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
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.
This very post is one of the reasons I started this blog several weeks ago. Last year I did a long Facebook status for people to follow during the Contest because I knew I'd be kinda busy...y'know, actually being there. So I got my bitchy, snarky comments all done and out of the way early so … Continue reading Eurovision 2017 Grand Final: A Bitchy Spotters’ Guide
So there we have it, now we know our 26 qualifiers for the Grand Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. We have our group that'll go head to head on Saturday night to battle it out for the glass microphone and in what order they'll do so. Before we consider what'll happen in the … Continue reading When a Semi Isn’t Enough: Looking to the Final
Right then, here we go again. Another misguided effort to look like I know what I'm actually talking about...predictions! Before looking forward let's take a little look at how the semi one predictions. SWEDEN ✔️ AUSTRALIA ✔️ FINLAND ✖️ AZERBAIJAN ✔️ PORTUGAL ✔️ GREECE ✔️ MOLDOVA ✔️ CYPRUS ✔️ ARMENIA ✔️ LATVIA ✖️ 8/10 is a reasonable effort from what ended up being a bit … Continue reading It’s Anyone’s Game! Semi Final 2 Predictions
In the run up to the Contest I put on record that I thought this was an incredibly strong semi final but boy did the wheels fall off last night. There were vocal issues with a number of performances, some singers massively raised their game and some were naught but perfection. This was interspersed with lots … Continue reading Your Guess is as Good as Mine: Semi Final One