Category: Eurovision 2009

The greatest Steadicam shot ever was at Eurovision

One locked-off camera and a singer behind a mic stand is no longer the formula for a winning Eurovision peformance, and anyone watching the rehearsals comign out of the Telenor Arena this week can see the camera crew working to find the best shots for each performer. But will anything rival Karsten Jacobsen’s steadicam shot in 2009? From the back of the Russian Olympic Stadium, he jumped on a Segway and went to full power and accelerated towards the stage… he steps off just as his wheels crash to their death, sprints towards, and then round, singer Petr Elfimov, before

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Eurovision: The Long Playing Records on Boom Bang a Blog

If you haven’t worked it out yet, I like Eurovision. So when Jamie McLoughlin asked if I would like to do some guest posts over on Boom Bang A Blog I was more than happy to say yes – and would you mind getting back to me after the Edinburgh Fringe is over. So it’s taken a little bit longer than we expected, but my series of posts about the albums and music of performers at Eurovision will be featured on the site over the next few weeks. First up though is a little interview with me: …I know it’s

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Just Call Me the Renegade Eurovision Host

Thanks to Lisa Devaney for a quote that, if I were looking for an advertising strap-line, would be right up there on the top of the poster. This Renegade Eurovision Host was interviewed by Devaney last month about my adventures at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, and my use of Web 2.0 technologies. Specifically the live coverage of the contest on Twitter and my audio commentary podcast. Twitter got noisy surrounding Eurovision, as it sparked hundreds of amusing tweets about the song contest, and gave rise to an alternative tweeting voice when journalist Ewan Spence used Twitter to cover the

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Charts Could Seal the Fate of UK’s 2010 Entry

I think that this week’s UK Charts pretty much answers the question of what happens to Jade Ewen post Eurovision. Around Europe, her Eurovision song “It’s My Time” charted at #75 (Germany), #34 (Sweden) and  #75 (Switzerland). Becoming a success in Europe was one option after her appearance in the song Contest with the Lloyd Webber/Warren penned song. The other was to become a big name in the UK. Unfortunately the bottom line, chart success and single sales, hasn’t happened. She entered the Top 50 last week at #27, and this week has dropped out of the Top 75. Not

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Which Eurovision Commentary Tweet Was My “Dr Death and the Tooth Fairy” Moment?

For all his many years of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest on the BBC, Terry Wogan will be remembered for his introductory line in Denmark. As the hosts walked on stage, the national treasure uttered “Here comes Dr Death and the Tooth Fairy.” While it would take a lot to even come close to that, many of my Twitter commentary lines were very much loved on the night, and retweeted around the world. Now the event is over, I wonder which one of my lines would be “the one destined for a T-shirt” for next year? So here are the

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One In Ten Tweets during Saturday Mentioned Eurovision (and some #media140 Thoughts)

Yesterday was the first #media140 conference in London, talking about the use of Twitter and over instant short form methods of communication in journalism. I had hoped to get down to it, but it was so close to getting back from the Eurovision Song Contest (Moscow) that I just kept half an eye on it. Typical of the medium, I started getting pings on Twitter that I was getting mentioned from the panel on “The 140 Character Story…” So I pinged back to ask what was being said (which is a horrible Web 2.0 feedback loop, I know); Documentally: you

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