The Jon Ola Sand interview answers all of our questions #not
USA – The latest interview of EBU’s Jon Ola Sand regarding the Eurovision Song Contest brought lots of discussion today on the web. Of course the key questions were asked but we still think that many things are missing and some are no coherent somehow. Let’s take things from the beginning, though.
Regarding Eurovision 2018 edition, highlights of the interview were that there will be no voting system changes and Portugal is trying hard to put its best team to work. He seems more relaxed after all the mess with the Ukrainian organisation last year which is good.
“The potential has not been reached yet because we still have a lot to do,” he said. “Changes have to be made in steps. And step by step we will continue to develop and take care of the ESC. When we decided to change to the present system in 2016 it took many years to make sure it was fair and that we could do this. We had tested it many times and measured the consequences of a system like this. We talked a lot to the members about it, to make sure they were on board and understood the whole set up.”
Now there were two more points discussed in the interview. It is clearly that one of his legacies as an EBU Eurovision Executive Supervisor, Eurovision Asia underway project is a great success. He also seems to have implied that he and EBU are working to bring Eurovision to the US although it felt more of a wishful thinking rather than a plan underway.
“We are actually in contact with producers in the US to see if it is possible to stage a similar show as the Eurovision Song Contest in the US — competing states against states,” he said. “This is an idea that doesn’t come from us, but from producers there who know the market.”
But nevertheless we were never answered the question to what happened to the 2006 EBU sale of the Eurovision format to the USA. Wasn’t it Silverman who snatched the Eurovision format rights for NBC? Since then nothing heard! Suspiciously nothing! Bu then again EBU never answered to what happened to the dr project of making this huge and ambitious digital archive of Eurovision back in 2014!
In the meantime when the US and Eurovision combined into news, the Eurofans go frantic and some of them seriously need to learn how to read between the lines. It is clearly that EBU would like to collaborate with LOGO TV for airing the contest the US although TV ratings are still ver low (another complicated thing how TV works in the US).
What makes me confused may times is that every time Eurovision broadcast to the US is mentioned the official titles are “for the first time in the US by LOGO TV”. Am I wrong that in 1971 PBS USA aired the Eurovision Song Contest? OK it’s the first time in the recent years but weirdly everyone make an effort to skip this information, which could be nice just for historic and sentimental reasons.
Undoubtedly airing the contest through LOGO TV gives a big potential to the contest as the pro LGBT sentiment in the US is growing but this could label the contest as a gay-vision contest instead of what it was suppose to be years ago (Family Event) “rebranded” in recent years into gay friendly event.