Why ‘nul points’ is bet­ter than not tak­ing part

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

Do­ing badly at Euro­vi­sion is bet­ter for na­tional morale than not tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion, a study has found.

Re­searchers from Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don found that fin­ish­ing near the bot­tom of the ta­ble was as­so­ci­ated with a 13 per cent higher chance of life sat­is­fac­tion, com­pared with not tak­ing part. Mean­while, peo­ple were four per cent more likely to be sat­is­fied with their life for ev­ery in­crease of 10 places on the fi­nal scoreboard.

Data was col­lected around the time of the con­test be­tween 2009-2015. The re­search is pub­lished in the jour­nal BMC Pub­lic Health.

It came as Rus­sia last night failed to qual­ify for the Euro­vi­sion fi­nal for the first time.

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