May 25, 2008 13:18
United Kingdom's Andy Abraham finishes last in Eurovision Song Contest
Plus BBC commentator Sir Terry Wogan says he may quit over voting tactics
Abraham's song, 'Even If', received 14 points in the competition, placing it in joint last place. Russia won the competition, with their entrant Dima Bilan scoring 272 points for his song, 'Believe!'.
Accusations of bias voting were made again this year, with many former Soviet states awarding Russia the maximum 12 points during the voting process.
Sir Terry Wogan, who has provided commentary on the competition for the BBC since the 1970s, said that the voting behaviour may prompt him to quit his commentating role. "I think it's tremendously disappointing from the point of view of the United Kingdom," he said during the broadcast.
"Andy Abraham gave, I think, the performance of his life with a song that certainly deserved far more points than it got," he continued. "When you look at the points that Spain got, that Bosnia-Herzegovina got – some really ridiculous songs."
"It's very easy to pick a country that's going to give another country 12 points," he said after the event, reports BBC News. "It's sad, it's really, really sad. It was all talked about beforehand and I decided that I was going to dismiss it. But it's very difficult to dismiss something that's right in your face."