I can’t believe the furore over the Eurovision song contest results and the ensuing curmudgeonly comments from the British public and Terry Wogan himself. I have not seen such myopia, xenophobia and dare I say racism emanating from an event that should advocate friendly global relations. To say that the Eastern block states all voted for themselves in a narrow minded “neighbours” way seems foolish since the Russian states actually loathe each other. The reason the votes fell as they did is because those countries have their own heroes and their own chart topping stars who are taking the contest to a new stage, by pitching songs that have resonance in their local areas. Russia reportedly invested 10 million euros ($15.7 million) in Dima Bilan’s winning shot. The added hook came when the singer was accompanied on stage by a Stradivari-playing violinist and Olympic figure skater Evgeni Plushenko, who danced on his skates on a small round of what looked like ice, but was actually plastic. They are backing artists who exhibit true showmanship, unlike the Brits who never put anyone with any real following forward for Eurovision. Let’s not forget the “voice of Russia” had been the favorite to win in Belgrade. Sorry Andy, but your song wasn’t up to much and you couldn’t even win the X Factor and as for the British public, stop being such old farts. A PR disaster looms..