Tag: Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision relief!

I asked. I pleaded! I begged for your votes for this year's Eurovision entry from Portugal. And it seems to have paid off. After an incredibly tense run-off in the voting (well done, Eurovision organisers for adding such a nail-biting voting mechanism!) it looked like Portugal's hopes were about to be dashed by a 17 ...

Eurovision 2017: A plea for Portugal

So, my wishes came true. Portugal made it through the Eurovision semi-final earlier this week and now have a chance to win the final - started in just under an hour. Here's the thing. Portugal, despite performing 49 times since joining the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964, have never won. They've never even made it into ...

Going out on a Eurovision limb…

I've been a pretty poor Eurovision fan this year. It was only the other day that I consciously sat down and had a look at this year's entrants. Last year, I was blogging about the contents weeks in advance. I'm losing my edge, obviously. Or perhaps running my own business means I have more to ...

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Why Sweden should host Eurovision every year

Just check out how they opened last night's semi-final... https://youtu.be/v6qSt8Qp9ck Give it to Sweden to host every year, I say. And while you're at it, make Petra Mede President of Europe.

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Eurovision semi-final two: reflections

If I'm honest, I'm pretty disappointed with the results of last night's second Eurovision semi-final in Stockholm. I thought some of the great songs I've grown to like in the last few weeks were a virtual shoe-in for the final. I was sure of the other would bomb. Boy was I wrong. It seems like ...

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Eurovision 2016: semi-final 1 (aftermath)

  Oooh. Despite what I promise myself every year, I end up getting more annoyed at Eurovision voting decisions. Last night's first semi-final of the song contest was no exception. While acts like Cyprus and the Czech Republic getting enough voted to secure a place in Saturday's final, the guys from Estonia and Iceland went ...

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Eurovision 2016: FYR Macedonia

https://youtu.be/fd8WHhNWp4c I'm man enough to admit that, against all my better judgement, this has grown on me since I first heard it. I actually found myself humming along with it the other day. Scary. It has shades of Bonnie Tyler about it (check out the leggings and strained chorus) and, while it's quite generic in ...

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Eurovision 2016: Italy

https://youtu.be/WySSLip5uzc I've fallen a little in love with this song since I first heard it. I've actually had the Eurovision 2016 album on loop since it appeared on Apple Music. Don't judge me. But this Italian song, I love. It's not a winner as it's not that sing-a-long or memorable, but there's something about its ...

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Eurovision 2016: Australia

https://youtu.be/2EG_Jtw4OyU You may very well wonder how and why Australia is competing in the Eurovision Song Contest. I stopped querying participation some time ago, to be honest. Apparently, the Eurovision knows no borders (though it does know outstanding membership fees, much to Romania's embarrassment). But they're here now and so we better get used to ...