The Eurovision Song Contest is a yearly musical competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

English: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jade Ewen. Ру...

English: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jade Ewen. Русский: (10 января 2010 года) Джейд Юэн и Эндрю Ллойд Уэббер на конкурсе песни «Евровидение 2009». (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television, followed by voters casting their ballots for the other countries’ songs to determine the most popular song in the competition.

 

The contest has been broadcast annually since its inception in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programs in the world, (although you’d never know this in the US). It

 

The Eurovision Contest is also one of the most televised non-sporting events globally with audience figures estimated at around 100 million and 600 million internationally.

 

But is the Eurovision Content itself racist?

 

Yes, if you ask famed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who said in a recent piece from The Telegraph, that the reason Britain has not performed well in recent years is largely due to their lack of interest in multicultural performers.

 

Webber worked with several performers of diverse backgrounds during recent Eurovision runs, including

Javine Hylton, Andy Abraham, and Jade Ewen.

 

“Did you see the Eurovision Song Contest this year?” Webber is quoted in the piece as asking.

 

“If you had seen it, you might have noticed one thing – I don’t think there was one black face on the programme.”

 

To read the entire piece and get more in-depth background on the competition, please follow this link: