At Home (still…) 22nd March 2021 First of all, What. A. Great. Year. we’ve got coming up! I’ve bonded with 2021 very readily. Unlike last year, I have commuting time to do my blind listening on Spotify, and Twitter time to see the fandom’s reactions to the entries. And hoo boy, I’m really not on … Continue reading Eurovision 2021 Preview: Unpopular Opinions Ahead
James Newman has dropped his 2021 entry here. Have a listen: First off, I was really glad to hear he was going to be back and I don’t understand what the delay in announcing this was about. He clearly wanted to do it, so why the dithering, BBC? I think most Brits were very nervous … Continue reading The UK entry 2021. It’s not half bad…
RDS Simmonscourt, 4th April 1981 I have a “big” birthday this week and what better way to mark it than by finally publishing the contest of my birth year? And a year where my home country won, to boot? Not that they deserved it though… It’s ten years since Ireland last hosted, and it’s very … Continue reading Eurovision 1981: How to market Velcro
Palais du Centenaire, Brussels, 9th May 1987 Firstly, sincere apologies for the lack of blog action in recent months. Along with many people, 2020 has thrown some fairly major curveballs into my life and my head has just not been in the right place for writing a frivolous blog. Thankfully we are healthy and in … Continue reading Eurovision 1987: Is that an Anus in the Air?
Yesterday the EBU announced that backing vocals could now be added to the instrumental backing tracks, and I am NOT here for this decision. I understand the logistical difficulties, and I’ve already discussed why bringing back the orchestra isn’t feasible, as lovely as it is. However I had hoped that the EBU may consider making … Continue reading Backing Singers: An Obituary
As most fans are by now well aware, Will Ferrell has been working on a Eurovision parody film, which will be released on Netflix on June 26th. Here is “their” entry. …and here’s the trailer Imma get straight to the point and say that I think this is brilliant. It’s a well observed, astute parody … Continue reading VOLCANIC PROTECTOR MAN
At Home, 11th May 2020 Today I should have been cycling (well, mostly taking the train, especially with this wind) to Harwich ready for my night ferry to Rotterdam. Obviously that’s not happening today, so instead I’m going to give my verdict on the year that wasn’t. Some commentators feel it is unfair to rank … Continue reading Eurovision 2020: What Might Have Been
At home, 28th April 2020 If you missed Part 1 yesterday, you can find it here Absolute Guilty Pleasure Austria 1983 – Westend “Hurricane” Vying with “Pump Pump” here, but this is just so 80’s, so Austrian and so naff in every way. But I love it, especially the dancing and Gary Lux’s porn star … Continue reading The 30 Day Eurovision Challenge – Part 2
At home, 27th April 2020 When I saw the 30 Day Eurovision Challenge on Twitter, I knew there was no way I could do it justice in 280 characters per tweet. So here it is in blog form. Your favourite song of 2020 Iceland – Dadi og Gagnamagnio “Think About Things” The biggest tragedy of … Continue reading The 30 Day Eurovision Challenge – Part 1
When I was in Tel Aviv, I quickly discovered that the city was very cycle friendly, particularly the route from my hostel to the arena which followed the seafront, through the port and then through a park. Thanks to the local Boris Bike system, I was able to pick up and drop off bikes as … Continue reading Rotterdam by bike – it’s still on! (sort of)
The Dome, Brighton, 6th April 1974 I’m very chuffed that such esteemed international event (I say that in total seriousness!) made it to Brighton which is only about 20 miles from where I live. Brighton generally looks like a sleepy seaside town in the travelogue but nowadays has a huge LGBT scene and I’m sure … Continue reading Eurovision 1974: Not All About Agnetha
The least surprising news of today is that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Eurovision is cancelled. It was very clear that it would not go ahead this year in its current form, but I had been hopeful for a remote version of it. The technology is there, it would have been a huge … Continue reading Eurovision 2020: Sad but necessary
(yes I know that’s an Irish song, but “No Dream Impossible” was a bit too generous and overused) Here we go! I’ll be completely honest – when I first heard the leak of this song, the day before it was officially announced, my first idea for the headline was “The UK: Why Do I Always … Continue reading The UK entry 2020: Do I Dream?
Scandinavium, Gothenburg, 4th May 1985 If you take the 20 years from about 2000 to now, not a huge amount has changed in Eurovision in production terms. That’s partly down to the EBU more deciding how things should be done rather than the hosting nation, but the main reason why I love the period from … Continue reading Eurovision 1985: Supersize Me, Part 1.
Editorial Note: I have used the word “schizophrenia” here as a means of concisely describing Ted’s symptoms in a manner that laypeople can understand, especially in reference to his delusions and hearing voices. He was never formally diagnosed in his lifetime, and in fact Schizophrenia itself does not have an exact medical definition. Mind.org.uk has … Continue reading Ted Gardestad: I Want A Moon Of My Own
The Point Theatre, Dublin, 30th April 1994 The EBU must have breathed a sigh of relief when RTE decided, after last year’s logistical nightmare of Millstreet, to host in the much more accessible Dublin. I’m torn on whether this is really an improvement though. Dublin, as hospitable as it is, just lacks the heart and … Continue reading Eurovision 1994: Fast Legs Time