NZ ‘should join Eurovision’
New Zealand could join Australia in the weird and wonderful music extravaganza of Eurovision.
The idea was floated during the visit of European Union (EU) trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom this week, who was here to officially launch trade talks between New Zealand and the European trading bloc.
Malmstrom – one of the most powerful leaders in the European Commission, the body that negotiates trade for the EU – came to discuss the potential opportunities a trade deal would bring, along with medicine patents, agriculture as well as the labelling of cheese.
During her visit, she was asked whether New Zealand could join the long-running Eurovision Song Contest. She replied: ‘‘I think we should give this serious consideration.’’
Malmstrom has referred to Australia’s recent membership to the contest as ‘‘momentous’’.
Yesterday, she told TVNZ’S Q+A show that New Zealand would be ‘‘very welcome’’.
‘‘I don’t know the formal procedures for that – it’s beyond my pay grade – but I’m happy to look it up for you.’’