On the naughty step - Conduct that deserves a ticking off

17th May 2013 at 01:00

This week: Eurovision

Dear, oh dear. It's that time of year again. If you're not a fan of throbbing Eurobeat, heavily accented crooners or surrealistic sequinned costumes, hide in the cupboard until Sunday.

The finals of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast tomorrow night from Malmo, Sweden, filling millions of living rooms with some of the most outrageously bad music known to mankind.

But the sheer awfulness of the contest is not enough to earn it a place on the naughty step. Oh, no. What pains us is that the shrieks of the adult- dominated Eurovision are drowning out the altogether superior "Schoolovision" song contest (bit.lySchoolovision).

This event, which involves schools around Europe submitting home-made music videos to be put to a public vote, has produced some incredible performances in its five-year history.

Austria, for example, entertained us all with The Wild Boar Song and Denmark amused with My Ferguson, a song about a tractor.

But surely nothing in this year's adult Eurovision will come close to the Czech Republic's 2013 Schoolovision entry: Mek Mek Medu is a superb Mittel-European mini-masterpiece that clearly deserves a wider audience.

So, boo to Eurovision silliness. And hooray for Schoolovision: put those children centre stage.

Photo credit: REX


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