Friday 8th February 2019, MediaCityUK It would have been much easier to go to Brighton last year, but that didn’t happen so my dedicated self made the 500 mile round trip to Salford instead. I set off early, after dropping off a very annoyed Mini LLPP. Annoyed because under 16’s aren’t allowed to go. I … Continue reading Eurovision: You Decide. I Might Actually Have Decided For Real.
Jerusalem International Convention Centre, 31st March 1979 Not for the only (but for the first) time, Eurovision would be heading into one of the most volatile places in the world. Without going into political territory, there’s been more than a bit of controversy about this year’s show being in Israel. I do think that Tel … Continue reading Eurovision 1979: “Holy Sprog!”
“It’s a very important day!” said Ken Bruce yesterday. Indeed it was Ken, as it was my birthday. But for everyone who isn’t me, it was an important day because the BBC released their six (well, three) shortlisted songs for Eurovision. I really, really want this to be a year that we send a good … Continue reading You Decide: I Decide
If you have had this conversation with someone who follows retro Eurovision – or even possibly an older relative – then the chances are they will have had a strong opinion on the use of live music as opposed to backing tracks at Eurovision. Before I go any further, I will try and condense the … Continue reading The Eurovision Orchestra: Should It Come Back?
Grand Theatre Luxembourg, 7th April 1973 I’ve been especially looking forward to writing about this one. This contest for me, represents the crossover from the 60’s to the 70’s moreso than the actual date or the switch to colour. Purely in music though, not in the production. The set looks like it was built from … Continue reading Eurovision 1973: “Some Kind of Happy Batman Family”
Studio 15 di Cinecitta, Rome, 4th May 1991 I am blogging this contest with a mixture of a sinking heart and rubbing my hands with glee. I expect if you are reading this and know a thing or two about Eurovision, then this will be one of the first contests you will have clicked on. … Continue reading Eurovision 1991: “United Colours of Meester Naef”
What? But Eurovision is in May! While it’s true that there are indeed no official Eurovision Christmas songs, there are a few that could be played at this time of year and not sound out of place. And we badly need writers to give us some fresh new Christmas music. The last really good, original … Continue reading The Best Eurovision Christmas Songs