I’m not your toy! Final thoughts on Eurovision 2018

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, … Continue reading I’m not your toy! Final thoughts on Eurovision 2018

View of Eurovision 2018 stage before start of jury grand final show

Eurovision doesn’t last forever… reflections on the jury final and preview of 2018 grand final

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 … Continue reading Eurovision doesn’t last forever… reflections on the jury final and preview of 2018 grand final

Qualifiers of the second semi final at Eurovision 2018

My lucky Eurovision day – reflections on 2018’s semi-final 2

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 … Continue reading My lucky Eurovision day – reflections on 2018’s semi-final 2

Eurovision 2018 semi-final 2: hopes and predictions

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 … Continue reading Eurovision 2018 semi-final 2: hopes and predictions

Eurovision monsters in my head – reflections on 2018’s semi-final 1

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 … Continue reading Eurovision monsters in my head – reflections on 2018’s semi-final 1

Entrance to the Eurovision Village, Praça do Comércio, Lisbon

Eurovision 2018 semi-final 1: hopes and predictions (well, guesses…)

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 … Continue reading Eurovision 2018 semi-final 1: hopes and predictions (well, guesses…)

Cesár Sampson

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #1 AUSTRIA – Cesár Sampson – “Nobody but You”

On the eve of heading off to Lisbon myself, we finally reach my number 1 and it’s a country that had seen little success since its first win in the … Continue reading Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #1 AUSTRIA – Cesár Sampson – “Nobody but You”

Netta

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #2 ISRAEL – Netta – “Toy”

Israel last won in 1998; they also won in 1978, and there is a good chance that Netta could maintain that twenty year cycle of victories. This stormed to the … Continue reading Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #2 ISRAEL – Netta – “Toy”

Mikolas Josef

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #3 CZECH REPUBLIC – Mikolas Josef – “Lie to Me”

The Czech Republic has but a few appearances at the contest, and has barely seen the grand final, with just one qualification and even then they ended up near the … Continue reading Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #3 CZECH REPUBLIC – Mikolas Josef – “Lie to Me”

Eye Cue

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #4 F.Y.R. MACEDONIA – Eye Cue – “Lost and Found”

For a second year in a row, little Macedonia finishes in the Top 5 in the previews countdown – while last year wasn’t my own personal rankings, I would have … Continue reading Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #4 F.Y.R. MACEDONIA – Eye Cue – “Lost and Found”

Mélovin

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #5 UKRAINE – Mélovin – “Under the Ladder”

The song title may be “Under the Ladder” but this song has been going under the radar in the build up to the contest and in the betting odds. An … Continue reading Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #5 UKRAINE – Mélovin – “Under the Ladder”

Saara Aalto

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #6 FINLAND – Saara Aalto – “Monsters”

One of the big fan favourites, and everyone’s favourite Finn, the lovely Saara Aalto finally makes it to Eurovision and she hasn’t wasted the opportunity, giving us a big party … Continue reading Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #6 FINLAND – Saara Aalto – “Monsters”