KAI RYSSDAL: And finally today . . . the Eurovision song contest. The annual competition draws viewers from all over Europe. Each country has an entry, most of them in the pablum-pop vein. Last year, Britain's entry flopped — finished 19th of 24.
Today the BBC, which chooses England's entry, announced their plan for dominance next time 'round: the singer Morrissey. He's in talks to write what Brits hope will be the winning tune.
Odd since Morrissey, A) Doesn't really write happy songs, and B) isn't a huge fan of Britain, and has lived in L.A. for years.
The Marketplace Players channel Morrissey at Eurovision 2007.
"MORRISSEY": Oh, Britain is dead and it's dying now
It's drunken and falling down
And broken its head, it's dead and bleeding
Stop feeding me lies, Britain!
I'll stab out my own eyes
We're smitten with money, wealth and fame
But lame like a horse that's been broken
Again and again
Our former colonies rise as we fall
India booms, Britain's profits appall
So let's end it all with tall bottles of poison
We deserve it
We deserve it, we deserve it, we deserve it
RYSSDAL: And some nice applause from the French contingent there . . .
CROWD VOICES: Bravo! Magnifique!
RYSSDAL: Rico Gagliano for the Marketplace Players.