Category: Eurovision

Smash Hit’s “20 Eurovision Belters…”

Back in October, UK music TV station Smash Hits ran one of their many themed portions, but this time with a Eurovision bent. Entitles “20 Eurovision Belters….” it was always going to be interesting to see what tracks they decided to play on a decidedly mainstream UK channel. Amazingly (for the UK) they were pretty good about the picks. There was UK bias in choosing some runners up from the BBC National Finals, and while the debate over Jemini’s inclusion should be obvious (it was a poor performance on the night, but the song itself is a a reasonably good

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Eurovision Halloween Special

Halloween today, and to ‘celebrate’ most of the local primary school/nursery got dressed up and invited the parents into the school for the school breakfast mornings that happen reasonably regularly. So this morning was time for a last minute, super quick, costume. And being Halloween, it has to be something genuinely scary. Oh and not a witch, because the school was going to be full of them. Some lateral thinking was needed… Is that a frightening vision? Me hosting Eurovision? For some reason the rest of the school thought so – naturally I disagree. I wonder what Svante Stockselius thinks…

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High School Musical to save UK at Eurovision?

Okay, call me crazy, but I’ve had a great idea… I think. It would mean sacrificing national pride to a mouse, but it would be worth it. The announcement that Andrew Lloyd Webber will be composing the UK entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 gave some hope to the UK fans of the competiton (and diplomatic relations across the continent) that we might nmot end up in last place in May next year. The catch is we’re still doing auditions for a ‘talented amateur’ to represent us in the biggest stadium performance this side of AC/DC at playing Wembley.

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How The BBC Should Change Eurovision

At the end of last month, after I made a flurry of posts regarding the perceptions of the Eurovision Song Contest (and negating each one of them), The Stage approached me to ask if I could do a column based around a simple question… “[what should the BBC] do to improve the competition’s standing (and our [the UK’s] standing within the competition)?” In 500 words. The column went out in this week’s print edition of The Stage, and has also been posted online via their TV Talk Blog… The contest will run for a full entire week in Moscow, with

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How To Fix Eurovision

I love the unintended double meaning in this blog post from Daniel Sullivan. With the title ‘Eurovision to be Fixed,’ he points out his delight at the re-introduction of the jury vote. Of course, with perhaps only eight people in the jury to influence, rather than a whole country voting on the phon, doesn’t this fix make ‘fixing’ Eurovision (in the sense of Franco, Spain and Cliff Richard’s “Congratulations”) a little bit easier? I’ll stop giggling quietly to myself now.

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Jury Voting Returns To The Eurovision Song Contest

Interesting decisions from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) from their meeting in Moscow to discuss the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2009. Apart from the almost formality of confirming Russia’s capital as the host city next May, the voting system to decide the winning song will now be made up of a mix of pre-selected juries and telephone voting of the general public. This is similar to the recent Eurovision Dance Contest, where roughly 25% of the available points were awarded by four judges in the venue (they were given the weight of four countries, so instead of their top cote

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