Hello Europe, this is Edinburgh calling with a brand new blog dedicated to all things Eurovision. Launching with less than a month to go until Kyiv means there’ll be plenty of build up and previews in the run up to May 13th. And then as we then recover in our collective hungover mire of post-ESC misery there’ll be plenty of debrief and looking back at previous years to fill those cold, dark summer months
I have never seen the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This Sunday will see the Contest’s 15th iteration and I am yet sit down and watch one from start to end. The more I thought about it the more I realised I don’t think I could recall a single song from the past 14 years of … Continue reading The Kids Are Alright. Or Are They?
Having just been treated to mere morsels over the last few months the Eurovision news has been coming thick and fast this week. The logo and slogan reveal has split the fandom over the last few days, not everybody’s on board with ‘All Aboard’. Finland’s Yle essentially stuck the middle finger up to the 300 … Continue reading Always the Bridesmaid: Going One Better at Eurovision
This year marks the 50th anniversary of a very important landmark for the Eurovision Song Contest. Yes, it’s been fifty years since the United Kingdom, Austria & Denmark first participted...but it’s not that. It’s fifty years since duos were first allowed to compete...but it’s not that either. After Italy sent Nunzio Gallo with the over … Continue reading 60 Minute Song Contest: Hour Greatest Challenge
The nights are drawing in, Strictly's back on the TV and mince pies are being sold in supermarkets. The summer is most definitely over and that can only mean one thing: the sleeping giant that is the Eurovision season is starting to rear its head. Despite the fact it was only a few months ago … Continue reading Who’s on First: Let The Games Begin
On Tuesday we had a look at the first half of my rankings of the 2017 postcards. But we’ve saved the very best for today. Here we have the countries that put a little thought into it and produced something a wee bit different. 15th - MONTENEGRO 🇲🇪 Much like every other aspect of the Contest … Continue reading From Kyiv With Love: The Postcards (Part 2)
The interval act, genial hosts struggling to speak French, Jon Ola Sand being awkward live on TV. There are some things about the Contest that are there year in, year out. Another would be the postcards. You’re always going to need that thirty second window to get those glitter cannons off and that massive school … Continue reading From Kyiv With Love: The Postcards (Part 1)
Politics is oft described as showbiz for ugly people. Setting aside the physical appearance of your local MP one can see how these comparisons are made. A rumour mill that can work itself into overdrive at the faintest of whisper of gossip. Staged PR stunts, backstabbing-a-plenty and careers that live and die by public popularity. … Continue reading United Kingdom, Start Voting Now!
So it's now been over a week since Salvador conquered all and took the Eurovision crown for 2017. This time last week people were hurriedly crunching the numbers after the EBU had released the full voting for all shows. By now they were looking for voting patterns, figuring out how Portugal won so dominantly and … Continue reading Silly Faces, Wasted Air Miles & A Full Wardrobe: Eurovision 2017 by Numbers
Well, there we go. Months of National Finals; weeks of preview parties, interviews, speculation; a fortnight of rehearsals, 2 semi finals and then...the right song won. Chuffed. Salvador Sobral gave a truly impeccable performance of ‘Amar Pelos Dois’ to smash both the jury & public vote. He didn’t quite pull a Rybak in terms of the … Continue reading One Magical Night in May
YES! Best. Song. Ever See you all in Lisbon.