Each March two things happen. In the world of the Eurovision Fandom, and National Broadcaster, it’s when the countdown has ended, and so has any national selections, and with them any tinkering or revamps of songs. Here in the UK it’s our yearly attempt to feel better for ourselves as we give millions of pounds to the charities of Comic and Sport Relief.
For those who may never have come across these before, (probably speaking to those outside of the UK), they are a yearly appeal held to raise money for UK and originally African cause, but now global ones. Half being given to each the UK and the world. Starting in 1988, Comic Relief was created with the BBC, as a way the UK could raise funds by being “Funny for Money”. From the January there is programmes on the BBC, either new or celebrity versions, to make famous people look stupid. All this leads to a live telethon on Prime Time Friday night BBC One, which ends in the early morning. In 2002 a Sporting version was held to fill the alternate years that Comic Relief was not hosted, with the goal of inspiring the nation to be sporty for money.
With over a billion pounds raised over Comic Relief’s history it has helped thousands of people all over the world. This is an amazing charity and annual event, but one feature of each year’s appeal has become a less visible as the years have gone on, to the point it was actually absent from this years Comic Relief. The Official Single.
Each year we normally get an official single to help raise even more money. Traditionally a comic song, it has just become a song which has been attributed to that years appeal. But this is a missed opportunity.
To help raise more money and increase international attention to both charities, BBC Eurovision should work jointly with them.
BBC Eurovision should do a great charity concert, that is our national selection. All the profits go to that years appeal and the winner, as well as being that years entry, will be the official single of either Comic or Sport Relief. This will help in so many ways.
- Bring the country behind our entry.
- It will be a massive advert for our song in the UK, and raise more money.
- Inspire better artists and big names to take part in the National Selection.
- It will make the National Selection and Eurovision in extension look more of a respectable endeavour.
- Help generate better music which will be better received in the contest.
- The better the song, the more sales on the continent, and therefore more money.
- Helps make the contest’s ethos of coming together (preferably without a towel), be more or an ethos, and actualised.
Need I say more.