Lloyd Webber blames UK's Eurovision failure on racism
ANDREW Lloyd Webber has blamed the UK's poor record at the 'Eurovision Song Contest' on racism.
The star (64) spoke out after a string of disappointments in recent years for UK acts including Javine Hylton, Andy Abraham, Jade Ewen and boyband Blue.
The impresario co-wrote the song performed by Ms Ewen, who came fifth in 2009. Asked what he thought about Britain's record, Lloyd Webber told the 'Radio Times': "I don't think there's any point beating around the bush.
"I'll put it to you by asking you a question. 'Did you see the Eurovision Song Contest this year? (when Engelbert Humperdinck narrowly avoided coming last). "If you had seen it, you might have noticed one thing -- I don't think there was one black face on the programme."
"At the press conference in Moscow (in 2009), I was asked: 'Why have you brought a black artist?'. I said: 'Because she is the most talented artist that we had and I think she's a major, major star.' I think we would have come second, but there's a problem when you go further east . . . "
Asked whether he was saying that racism was the reason Britain did not win, he said: "Well, it doesn't mean that we would necessarily have won that year but we could have come second. If you're talking about Western Europe -- Germany, fine; France, fine; Spain, fine; Greece, fine; Scandinavian countries, fine. But Ukraine? Not so good."
The impresario, who previously worked on BBC shows like 'How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?', also admitted he was not a fan of 'The Voice'.
"I don't know what the problem was there. Everyone was out of tune all the time. I just couldn't watch it," he said.
Mr Lloyd Webber, who is set to find the lead for 'Jesus Christ Superstar' in a new ITV1 show, 'Superstar', also told the magazine he had been given the all-clear after being treated for prostate cancer.
"I mean, they actually told me not to bother coming back," he said.