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Destination Lisbon!

So I’m back from outer space…. Sorry, just getting in the (camp) mood for Brighton Pride but just enough time to squeeze in a mini-update after the traditional Eurovision low season when I have a hiatus from posting on my site. But with Eurovision 2017 now three months in the past, and Wimbledon 2017 (my other great passion) now done and dusted, it’s time to turn thoughts back to updating the site and thinking of next year.

And next year is going to be especially exciting for me and my fellow Eurovision fanatic friends, we’ve booked to go to Lisbon during Eurovision week!  Continue reading “Destination Lisbon!”

Magnus Carlsson performing at Eurofest at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern

We celebrated Eurofest’s 5th birthday with a great night (my hangover is a testament to that) and fabulous show by Magnus Carlsson, who will know from Melodifestivalen and a former member of Alcazar. Enjoy these vids – sorry, first two I filmed in portrait rather than landscape until my friend Zoltan pointed it out!  Continue reading “Magnus Carlsson performing at Eurofest at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern”

My top 5 songs from…Italy

With a big political event taking place in Italy this weekend (a referendum on changes to the Italian constitution that could lead to the resignation of the Italian Prime Minister if he loses it), it’s a topical time for my first top 5 of a Big 5 country. Italy were one of the founding countries of Eurovision but took an extended break between 1998 and 2011. They are very much back as a major feature now, and a consistent contender for the top places.  Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Italy”

Upcoming posts and pages on my Eurovision site

A very short note just to say what I’m planning for the site over the coming couple of months before we enter into peak national final season in February and March next year.

I’m going to be creating a country profile page for each Eurovision country – they’ll be permanent pages and will include facts about the country’s Eurovision history, maybe include videos of their winners, last places, or otherwise notable songs.

I’m also going to be doing a series of posts of my Top 5 from each country. Very much a personal choice so I hope it will generate some comment or discussion! I’m not going to do it in alphabetical order – in honour of my good friend Zoltan I’ll be kicking off with Hungary in just a couple of hours…

If you have a country you’d like to see me do my top 5 of, let me know in the comments, otherwise I’ll be adopting a scattergun approach!

Top 5 results by countries’ first time appearance at Eurovision

With this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest having just taken place (Georgia winning for a record 3rd time), and Belgium and Macedonia announcing their 2017 artists in the last few days, it’s definitely beginning to feel a lot like Eurovision season! Time for another top 5 – best debut performances of new countries at Eurovision. I’ve taken it from 1970 as by then, the original core of Western European countries were established, and afterwards saw entrances from the East – first the Mediterranean and Middle East (Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel), and then the waves of Eastern European and ex Soviet countries from 1994 onwards.  Continue reading “Top 5 results by countries’ first time appearance at Eurovision”

Bonfire Night: a Eurovision top 5

I’ll be jetting off for warmer climes for a week, but I’m not forgetting my blog in the meantime and with the UK’s Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes’ Night) taking place this weekend, what better time for a fire-themed Eurovision top 5? As it turns out, very few Eurovision song titles have used the word “fire” in the title but I’ve dug into the archives and have 5 fire-themed songs for your enjoyment.  Continue reading “Bonfire Night: a Eurovision top 5”

A top 5 of my favourite less well-known Abba songs

It may not have escaped your notice, but Abba were back in the news this week, announcing plans for a “new and virtual live [Abba] experience“. It’s not, as some people overexcitedly thought, a reunion concert, but nonetheless it sounds a great concept! Abba remain by far the most famous, enduring and commercially successful act to have emerged from Eurovision, so with the news earlier this week, what better to finish a Friday than a spot of Abba!  Continue reading “A top 5 of my favourite less well-known Abba songs”

Top 10 countries by Grand Final finishing position

200 days to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2017! Some bits of Eurovision news today: Slovakia confirms they won’t be participating next year (they haven’t taken part since 2012) and Moldova confirms that they are taking part, bringing the number of confirmed countries to 41. Moldova haven’t missed a Eurovision since their debut in 2005.

While Eurovision season has indeed begun, news will be quite intermittent until we hit the Christmas period when it will pick up a lot of pace. In the meantime, I’ll be posting up lots of Eurovision content. Today, we’re looking at the top 10 countries by average finishing position in the Grand Final. I haven’t included countries that have not competed in less than 5 finals, and I haven’t included semi-final performances, just how the countries have performed in the finals. This does include countries who no longer compete in Eurovision (or at least haven’t competed for some time). Some familiar or expected countries in this list, as well as some surprises!

Continue reading “Top 10 countries by Grand Final finishing position”

Resurrecting the site! Plus results from the Vauxhall vote and thoughts on Eurovision 2016

Well, it’s been a long while since I posted – my post-Eurovision hangover (both physical and emotional) somewhat scuppered me writing a post in the week after the Grand Final!

But with Eurovision season firing up again (yes, we’re in for the long haul here at mattloveseurovision.com), what better time to relaunch the site again. I’ve missed doing it, hope you will be glad to see it back!

Continue reading “Resurrecting the site! Plus results from the Vauxhall vote and thoughts on Eurovision 2016”

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