Nederlands Congresgebouw, The Hague, 19th April 1980 After Israel quite understandably panicked about hosting a second time, it seemed that no-one else particularly wanted to either. Spain were asked first, but there was a reason why they gave Israel enough points for the win. Apparently the BBC declined too. Luckily the Dutch stepped in, on … Continue reading Eurovision 1980: Music, Petrol, Hitch Hiking, Penguins, Cinema, Theatre, Flutes, Hydroelectric Power Plant, Eurovision.
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 25th March 1972 So Monaco, one of the richest countries in the world, wasn’t able to host? Sure, Jan. I think it would have looked wicked in the Loews Casino. But fortunately the BBC were happy to pick up the tab (maybe that’s why Monaco is rich!) and, this time, stage the … Continue reading Eurovision 1972: “Nicole and Hugo, Where Are You?”
Koncertna Dvorana, Zagreb, 5th May 1990 For anyone not old enough to remember, this particular year needs some historical context. One of my favourite songs of all time, and I’m not ashamed to admit it, is “Wind of Change” by the Scorpions. Think back to how the world was in 1990. Communism in Europe had … Continue reading Eurovision 1990: “Listening to the Wind of Chaaaaa-eeeeeeenge”
RAI Congrescentrum, Amsterdam, 21st March 1970 I’m not being melodramatic in saying that this was going to be a critical year for the contest, one where it would be determined whether the contest had a future, or was going to be a funny little footnote in European history. The Scandinavian countries plus Austria had a … Continue reading Eurovision 1970: To Tux Or Not To Tux?
Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, 15th May 1993 So the story goes that as Linda Martin was singing the reprise of “Whiny”, an entrepreneur called Noel C Duggan decided that his equestrian centre in the tiny village of Millstreet in County Cork would be the perfect venue to host the 1993 contest, and had his letter … Continue reading Eurovision 1993: “This Is Not A Cowshed fyi”
In this series, I take a look at a maligned piece of work by an artist – or even an artist themselves – and then explain why I quite like it/them. If you’re familiar with the Def Leppard back catalogue, you’ll know that this is a very divisive album amongst fans. Many seem to land … Continue reading In Defence Of…Slang by Def Leppard
Because there is so much wrong with the UK at Eurovision, I had to make two posts out of it. Have a read through Part 1 if you haven’t already. Today we’re looking at some more potential solutions, and the first is pretty drastic… Exit the Big 5 I’m far from sure whether it would … Continue reading The UK: Why Do We Always Get It Wrong? Part 2.