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UK TV host Lorraine Kelly brands Europe “racist” in a scathing attack on Eurovision 2019 result

Kelly blames John Lundvik's defeat on "racist" Europeans whilst branding Slovenian entrants "serial killers"

One of the UK’s most popular television presenters and long-term Eurovision fan, Lorraine Kelly, has launched yet another scathing attack on Eurovision to follow on from her TV show opinion piece last week. Following the publishing of her latest column in The Sun newspaper, social media users have been largely appalled and outraged at Kelly’s latest claims.

Lorraine on Arcade: “a reject from an album by a Coldplay tribute band”

As part of her regular contribution to The Sun, one of the UK’s most popular newspapers, Kelly has dedicated her column to a series of slurs towards continental Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest. She brands Slovenia’s Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl as “creepy serial killers”, the Australian performance as a “warbling woman on a pogo stick” and winning entry “Arcade” as a reject from an album by a Coldplay tribute band. That’s the same “Arcade” that you’ll find inside the top 50 of the global Spotify chart.

Lundvik’s defeat down to “Europe exhibiting worrying signs of racism”

But they are not the worst slurs you’ll see amongst this Lorraine Kelly thought-piece. Kelly insists that John Lundvik, who she emphasises to be “British-born”, was the rightful winner of Eurovision 2019. However, she is “convinced” that his defeat was down to his skin colour. She convinces herself that this is the truth and must be “proven otherwise”.

It’s a bloody disgrace but, until it’s proven otherwise, this was down to parts of Europe exhibiting worrying signs of racism.

Lorraine Kelly, 26 May 2019

Michael Rice did not deserve such “vindictive scoring”

Her conclusion is that it is time for the UK to withdraw from Eurovision “to avoid being ritually humiliated every year”. Embarrassingly, Kelly actually states the likely reason for the UK’s poor result in 2019 but glosses over it in favour of blaming politics and Brexit. On the UK’s performance in Tel Aviv, she declares:

Our boy wasn’t helped by lacklustre staging and a fairly average song but he did not deserve such soul-sucking and, frankly, rather vindictive scoring.

Lorraine Kelly, 26 May 2019

Kelly even mentions earlier in her article that the super-talented “rightful winner” John Lundvik was co-writer of Bigger Than Us, a song she later claims was “fairly average”.

Do you see where Lorraine is coming from in her thought-piece on Eurovision 2019? Or, do you think she has overstepped the mark with these personal attacks on her fellow Europeans?

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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