‘Alright cupcake!’ Rejoiner Campbell seizes on UK’s Eurovision flop to hit out at Brexit
Eurovision: James Newman reacts to getting zero points
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The former Labour spin doctor under Tony Blair’s Government appeared to suggest the UK had come last at the Eurovision Song Contest because of Britons’ decision to leave the EU.
In a short and pungent Tweet, Mr Campbell wrote: “Null points … Global Britain …”
But the bitter message backfired when both Brexiteers and Remainers ridiculed the Labour politician.
One Brexiteer responded: “If getting nil points for Eurovision is the biggest crisis, I will take it for freedom from an unelected EU Commission and a successful vaccine programme which would not have happened if we were still in EU.”
And another one: “Exactly, if this was a global song contest we would have got some points, because it is a European one, and they hate us, we get none. Now do you understand why we voted leave?”
One user added: “Almost every single song is sung in English and whole show is English speaking…Fairly Global yeah…”
Some hilariously mocked Mr Campbell.
One person wrote: “Oh no, we got zero points in a singing competition, what will we do? I know, we’ll keep going ahead with the best vaccination progress in Europe and forget about that sorry mess of a show.”
And another: “Yeah I can see brexit being reversed now because we got zero points in a singing competition that is decades past its sell by date…..
“But other than that it’s a valid conflation.”
Others were more blunt. One said: “It’s light entertainment, cupcake, not the Battle of Trafalgar.”
Some pro-Remain users also took a swipe.
One person said: “Actually I like a great deal what you say, but this is actually an example of EU pettiness.”
And another: “I voted Remain but being concerned about our standing based on Eurovision is a little odd.”
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Others were quick to point out the UK had come last at the competition multiple times before this year.
The first time being in 2003, when Tony Blair was Prime Minister and Mr Campbell his adviser.
Referring to Tony Blair’s decision to send UK troops to Iraq, one Twitter user blasted: “Last time UK scored null points? 2003.
“Who was in charge then and what unpopular action had the UK gov undertaken?”
More than seven million people in the UK tuned in to watch James Newman score nil points in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
It was a disappointing night for the British hopeful, who was the only contestant to scored zero points from the jury vote and from the public vote, coming bottom on the leaderboard.
The competition, which was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, after the show was cancelled in 2020, was won by Italy with rock band Maneskin’s Zitti E Buoni.
Some 7.4 million people tuned in to watch the competition on BBC One, giving the channel a 48.5% share of the audience.
It was the biggest overnight audience for a Eurovision final since 2014.
Newman took his defeat in good humour, drinking a beer and standing up to applause from the live audience in the arena.
The singer, who is the older brother of pop star John Newman, had hoped to win over viewers with his rendition of upbeat track Embers, which was inspired by the end of lockdown.
He performed in front of a crowd of 3,500 fans at the Ahoy arena.
The UK is no stranger to the bottom of the Eurovision leaderboard and came in last place in 2019 with Michael Rice’s Bigger Than Us.
On stage after the band’s victory, Maneskin frontman Damiano David shouted into the microphone: “We just wanted to say to the whole of Europe, to the whole world, rock and roll never dies.”
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