Lacking the focus – part 12 of #Eurovision novel serial

Your daily pop culture love in…

Continuing our serialisation of What’s The Deal With Europe?  The novel that inspired the comedy movie Transatlantic Smash.


The guys hadn’t yet been able to agree on a title for the album; Ashley and Patrick wanting Hesseltine, as an ironic nod towards pro-Europe Tories trying to use the contest to bolster support for the EU.  But Robert was having none of that.  The politics, the girls, the chance of stardom, the lifestyle, and so much other crap might well have taken over, but deep down the music was the part that he loved most and the rest was starting to leave a bad taste in his mouth.

Robert had to focus on why he had agreed to do this in the first place.  It was a song contest.  To him it was that simple.  The most important thing was to remember that.

If you’re going to enter a contest, you’d better figure out how to do it.  Michael had taken that off of his hands too.
Basically, UK submissions are through BBC Radio Two.  And they manage it up to the point where it’s handed over to the Making your mind up program.  Before that point, the last fifteen are played on Terry Wogan’s breakfast show.


Unfortunately it’s not quite as simple as sending a tape to Terry.  As the songwriter, you send a demo version and a professional panel whittle it down from the hundreds of entries, and over a number of weeks, it’s whittled down further on Terry’s show and then the final six feature on Making Your Mind Up.  You have to question whether the demographic that listens to Terry’s show is in the best position to be picking a European pop song, but there you go.  That’s the way it is and Robert just had to accept it.

Robert had to immerse himself in his music to cope with the anxiety.  Unfortunately he took it a little bit too far.


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