Our colleague Anthony Faiola reports that Britain is suffering a national identity crisis over its long losing streak in the “campy, vampy” Eurovision Song Contest. Some blame an anti-U.K. sentiment among call-in voters across the Continent, but others point to some dubious musical strategies.
Amid its losing streak, Britain has responded to fire with gasoline — either shucking onstage the likes of Scooch, a bubblegum dance band with members dressed like flight attendants, or dusting off past-their-prime stars. Take Bonnie Tyler, please. This nation is holding out for a hero when the 61-year-old Welsh queen of the 1980s takes the stage in Malmo this week. But some who have caught her Eurovision act predict heartache to rival the [Engelbert] Humperdinck debacle.
No respect for Bonnie Tyler? Oh, come on!:
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