BBC bosses have been told by fans of the Eurovision Song Contest that it's time to quit the show over its so-called political voting.
The UK faced another humiliation in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku over the weekend, as entrant Engelbert Humperdinck limped home in second to last place.
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Viewers then flooded the BBC website with complaints over the voting, which saw the UK only receive a total of 12 points from Ireland, Latvia, Belgium and Estonia for Humperdinck's song 'Love Will Set You Free'.
One complaint read: “It doesn't matter who we have represent us things will always be the same and that's political PULL OUT AND DON'T BOTHER WASTING ANYMORE TIME OR MONEY!”
Celebrities even waded in, with 'This Morning' host Philip Schofield tweeting: “It's time to pull out.
'Not even Robbie [Williams] could win it for us, it's too political.”
Sweden scooped the first prize, with singer Loreen receiving 372 points for her song 'Euphoria'.
Humperdinck, meanwhile, said that he enjoyed the experience despite the outcome.
“I want to thank everybody, especially my fans around the world for their words of support,” he said. “I did the best for my country, the rest was out of my hands.” [Daily Mail]
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