- September 28, 2009
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Not only does it put a damper on the moment for those that do like the song, such commentary can also influence voters as unfortunately not everyone thinks entirely for themselves. Some people will feel embarrassed voting for something they're being told is bad. We weren't voting on Tuesday's show but Sweden was brought up positively in conversation multiple times throughout the night along with Malta. The favouritism was strong. Meanwhile tonight Georgia was mocked and cruelly laughed at and then that was it. It's so disrespectful. I hate how my country looks down on others but then it seems it's not just UK that does it.
This was painful to watch. I had no choice but watching the BBC broadcast because YT is blocked for the UK this year, and was really shocked how disrespectful they were.Even my country's own commentator Scott Mills was awful to Tornike after his song was performed. A sarcastic (actually quite nasty) "oh... it's finished" from Scott followed by what sounded like an "oh god" from Sara Cox. Then they proceeded to read out shady comments whilst laughing their heads off. "Look... if you want to vote for it you can" essentially mocking anyone that may have enjoyed it before the phone lines were even open. Another year and yet more moments I was looking forward to soured by disrespectful, ignorant, biased commentators. This shouldn't be allowed to be honest.
This was painful to watch. I had no choice but watching the BBC broadcast because YT is blocked for the UK this year, and was really shocked how disrespectful they were.
Also, telling us what are their favourites before the entries were even shown to us. Then, inviting people to tweet “what is making you laugh”... seriously?
I honestly never witnessed something like that in my years in Finland and Spain, not during the show at least, commentators should be neutral and respectful. arggh It was so annoying!
Our commentators have been like this year after year but this really was a rock bottom moment for them. That part you mention there about how they asked people to share what is making them laugh... no words. It was like two school children in a playground sniggering at others for being different.
This gentleman had a two year journey to get to Eurovision. Whatever the commentators personally think about the song should not matter in what was his moment. Tornike deserved respect like everyone else and he got delivered the exact opposite. I've disliked having Scott Mills as our commentator since 2012 when he (if I recall correctly) mocked a guest live on air for saying that their favourite was Suus, gasping in astonishment that anyone could enjoy it. Thank goodness he only does the semis at least. I wish Rylan Clark would replace him full time. Someone that's kind, funny and actually passionate about the contest. Scott didn't even know who Helena Paparizou was and he's been hosting the contest for over ten years. You don't mock Eurovision royalty like that.