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Nul Points Paperback – 3 May 2007
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"The world's funniest travel writer turns his pen to the Eurovision Song Contest" (Observer)
"We love travel humourist Tim Moore's take on the Eurovision ultra-losers" (Sunday Times)
"It makes for a diverting trip and Moore's glib, easily digested comic style is well suited to these tales of defiance and depression and pride curdled with paranoia" (Metro)
"Moore is a talented and very funny writer" (Daily Telegraph)
"Funny and unhinged- there is something beautifully true to the Eurovision spirit about Nul Points" (Independent)
A hilariously funny book about the Eurovision Song Contest.See all Product description
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As a nation, the UK - a large, mainly gay, following excepted - loved to scoff at the Eurovision for as long as I can remember but still tunes in nonetheless. Moore sometimes lapses into this, which is all too easily done, and he is a bit too pleased with himself at times, but he is also genuinely witty (this man write for the Torygraph??) and some of what he unearths is really insightful. In its way, this book tells you more about modern Europe than most academic tomes.
As we learn along the way, the scoring system by which national juries give 12 points to their favourite song down to 1 for the 10th favourite came in in the mid-70s. Prior to that, an arcane system meant that loads of songs scored zero, while for a few years it was impossible to do so. The scoring goes on almost as long as the songs these days, which means a long drawn-out torture at the bottom of the table while the winner usually emerges long before the end.
It is worth noting that 'nul points' is a misnomer. Nobody is scored zero, they just never get mentioned. And in correct French it would be a singular 'nul point' in any case. Moreover, getting nul points doesn't mean that your song was the worst one, merely that nobody thought it among the ten best. Most of the nul-pointers were no worse than many others around them.Read more ›
The contest has given the English language the term »Nul Points«, despite the fact that, as Mr Moore rightly points out, the phrase has never been uttered on the Eurovision stage. He decided to limit his definition of »Nul-Pointers« to those who have failed to score under the current 12 points voting system (previous voting systems made it much easier to come away empty handed). This left him with a list of 14 acts to visit in their own counties, in chronological order, beginning with Norway 's Jahn Teigen and ending with the UK 's Jemini.
What had begun as a project based on the UK 's Woganesque derision of the ESC, fuelled by schadenfreude, quickly took on a life of its own as Tim Moore delved deeper into the lives and times of Eurovision and its »pointless« contestants. The book is meticulously researched and the author generously credits the Eurovision fan base as his best and most reliable source of material. From the 14 candidates, he finally visited 9. A meeting with Remediou Amaya [Spain 1983] could not be arranged and Çetin Alp had sadly passed away, drawing the final curtain on his 1983 debacle for Turkey (the book is dedicated to his memory). Wilfred ( Austria 1988), Thomas Förster ( Austria 1991) and Gunvor ( Switzerland 1998) all declined to talk about their Eurovision experiences.Read more ›
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I suspect this book is quite different from the original concept. Moore intended to visit the Eurovision losers, get some funny stories, and sing their song as a larky duet. Read morePublished 24 months ago by allwillbewell
Very enjoyable book. You don't have to be a Eurovision fan to read this book but I think it helpsif you are.Published on 24 April 2015 by Shaun
Another funny and entertaining book by Tim Moore. Even if the subject matter isn't necessarily appealing to you, Tim finds stories behind most of those humiliated at Eurovision... Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2014 by Rich
I just love Tim's writing and this book has been the perfect read for my commute to workPublished on 29 Jun. 2014 by green canary
Probably the book that has given travel-writer Tim Moore his greatest challenge as he seeks to track down all those who have finished the Eurovision Song Contest with the dreaded... Read morePublished on 29 April 2014 by AglishWD
As a long-standing fan of Tim Moore with a all-time loathing for the European Song Contest (ESC), I approached this book with trepidation. I needn't have done. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2007 by derekmas