As usual, I am struggling to write this through a Eurovision-induced hangover and the onset of PED (post Eurovision depression). I may still be in the host city of Lisbon, but that doesn’t temper the pounding head! I may have imbibed some of the legendary/notorious Mateus last night… Anyway, on to a few final garbled thoughts from last night’s eventful final! Continue reading “I’m not your toy! Final thoughts on Eurovision 2018”
So I have now attended three Eurovision shows (the two live semis plus the jury grand final) and it’s been a great experience. In advance of the grand final this evening, here are my reflections on the jury final (the show the juries watch to allocate their votes) and a preview of the final for viewers at home, including thoughts on how the running order seemed to play out and may (or may not) influence countries’ chances. Continue reading “Eurovision doesn’t last forever… reflections on the jury final and preview of 2018 grand final”
Thinking back to last year, it was the failure of fan favourite Estonia to qualify that was the big shock of semi 2. No such (nasty) shocks this time from what was an eclectic semi-final. A couple of pleasant surprises, and also a bit of both expected and less expected disappointments. The biggest news in terms of qualifications was the loss of both Romania’s and Russia’s 100% qualification records.
Continue reading “My lucky Eurovision day – reflections on 2018’s semi-final 2”
I am feeling a trifle jaded after partying in Eurocafe until 5.30am last night but am gearing up now for the second semi-final and another trip to the Altice Arena to attend the live televised show. This semi is considered as the less competitive one but I think it will be no less exciting than the first (and actually it is just as competitive – even if the songs are overall of a lower quality).
Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 semi-final 2: hopes and predictions”
This time last year, we were mourning the failure of Finland to make the final, but no such worries this year I am pleased to say. And what’s more, I was there in person this time! My first ever time actually at one of the contests, so it was a very special experience – and I have got the second semi-final and jury final still to go! Continue reading “Eurovision monsters in my head – reflections on 2018’s semi-final 1”
So it is almost time for the first of the two live semi-finals. The jury show took place yesterday so half the votes are already cast, though of course we don’t know the results of that. I’m both super excited and also anxious – I am actually attending the semi this evening – my first actual time at a contest show! Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 semi-final 1: hopes and predictions (well, guesses…)”
The Entente Cordiale is alive and well – with the vocalist of Madame Monsieur (France’s Eurovision 2018 representatives) falling ill just before the biggest of the preview events, SuRie, the UK’s representative for Eurovision this year, offered to take the stricken Émilie’s place and sing (with almost no time to learn the song and rehearse) at the concert. My friend Zoltan was the man on the ground and who I have to thank for sending this through to me. A true magical Eurovision moment! Continue reading “SuRie sings “Mercy” by Madame Monsieur at Eurovision in Concert 2018″
Well the favourite may not have won, but my second favourite from before the show wowed everyone with a powerful and assured performance. I had a great time there, seeing Lucie Jones, Mans and Mel; we even got to speak to Edward af Sillen, the script writer of Eurovision 2016, this show, and of course writer of Love Love, Peace Peace! Enjoy the pics and vids I took 🙂 Continue reading “A Storm-y night: my evening at Eurovision You Decide 2018 (United Kingdom national selection)”
So, for a third year in a row, the BBC is giving us a live televised national final with six acts to choose from. Voting will be split between a televote and a jury. I’ll be there at the actual show itself; this time it’s being held in Brighton at the Brighton Dome – the very place that hosted the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, famously won by Abba that year. So here is a very quick preview of the songs and artists and thoughts on suitability for Eurovision… Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 national selections: Eurovision You Decide (United Kingdom preview)”