BBC Breakfasts Eurovision coverage labelled as overkill by frustrated viewers

Eurovision Song Contest: Liverpool residents prepare to be hosts

The Eurovision Song Contest hasn’t been held in the UK for the past 25 years since Katrina and the Waves took home the trophy with their hit Love Shine A Light in 1997.

It was the following year that Birmingham was thrown into the Eurovision spotlight but sadly, did not win again as Israel’s Dana International soared to success.

Last year, it was Ukraine’s turn as Kalush Orchestra shot straight to the top of the leaderboard with UK’s Sam Ryder coming in second place.

Due to the ongoing conflict in the war-torn country, the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) asked if the UK could host on Ukraine’s behalf which was delightfully accepted.

With the Eurovision Song Contest final airing this evening, Saturday, May 13, BBC Breakfast is going all out to try and get viewers in the mood for the competition.

Presenter Charlie Stayt and the iconic big red sofa have relocated to Liverpool for the day to report on anything and everything Eurovision related.

From an interview with Sam Ryder and reliving the best Eurovision songs over the years, to live performances and talking to fans about getting tickets for the event, the BBC has tried to cover the show from every angle.

Travel news was also Eurovision-focused as rail strikes impacted those in Liverpool and the channel’s sports section saw Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola unhappy that a Champions League match had been moved because of it.

While those who love the international music competition may be thrilled with all of this coverage, viewers have taken to social media to express their frustration.

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@pabloantilles tweeted: “This Eurovision overkill. Jeez!! Give it a rest #bbcbreakfast.”

@Activist_Nurse agreed: “I’ve nothing for or against #Eurovision But there must be some other news somewhere or even just news #BBCBreakfast.”

@BCollier2012 also agreed it was “overkill” and stated “this is the BBC’s dedicated news channel, not The One Show”.

@stryder444 added: “We might actually get some news between all the adverts for Eurovision. #bbcbreakfast.”

@djb0607 also sarcastically commented: “#bbcbreakfast Jesus!

“I think the Eurovision Song Contest may be about to happen? They seem to be keeping it low profile for some reason?”

While Sam Ryder was UK’s hopeful last year, it is now singer Mae Muller’s turn to represent her country.

She will be performing her original tune I Wrote a Song and will be the last to take to the stage at Liverpool Arena.

But is she going to be able to impress the rest of the world and win their votes?

The Eurovision Song Contest final airs on Saturday, May 13, at 8pm on BBC One.

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