Tag: Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision: the morning after

Well, that was interesting, wasn't it? I think Lisbon did a fantastic job of hosting this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Yes, a few of the interval pieces dragged a little, and yes, some of the 'natural' conversations between hosts and entrants were a little strained - but aren't they always? The set was amazing, many ...

It’s Eurovision time!

I've been a very bad Eurovision fan... Firstly, I completely missed the first semi-final on Tuesday night, as I had to attend a business event up in Edinburgh. A few sneaky glances at my Twitter feed showed me what I was missing. Some real FOMO there. I caught up by watching the second semi-final on ...

Eurovision 2018: My favourite

It's that time of year again. On May 12th, this year's Eurovision Song Contest final will take place in Lisbon. It's also time for me to make a prediction. Seems like only yesterday that Portugal won for the very first time - with an excellent song. One that remains a firm favourite even now. And ...

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 ...