Eurovision 2021: semi-final 1 results reaction

It was such a joy to see Eurovision back, and with a crowd – something we haven’t seen much of in these pandemic times. The hosts were professional and efficient … Continue reading Eurovision 2021: semi-final 1 results reaction

Eurovision 2021 semi-final 1: predictions and hopes

After the marathon of the 39 videos and blog posts for my top 39 countdown, I suddenly found the first semi-final almost upon us and my customary preview/predictions post unwritten! … Continue reading Eurovision 2021 semi-final 1: predictions and hopes

Manizha

Eurovision 2021 top 39 countdown #23: RUSSIA – Manizha – Russian Woman

At #23 we have one of the most interesting artists at Eurovison this year in the shape of Manizha. Perhaps more than any other entry, including Cyprus, Manizha’s entry and … Continue reading Eurovision 2021 top 39 countdown #23: RUSSIA – Manizha – Russian Woman

Eurovision 2020 top 41 countdown: #17 to #15

We’ve had a very long gap between my post and video on 20 to 18 to this post, but it’s here at last! At this stage of my countdown, it’s … Continue reading Eurovision 2020 top 41 countdown: #17 to #15

Eurovision 2019 semi-final 2 predictions

Eurovision 2019 semi-final 2: predictions and hopes

So after the shocks, surprises and disappointments of semi-final 1, we’ve got the second semi-final coming up and once again, my friend and fellow Eurovision fan Clive and I have … Continue reading Eurovision 2019 semi-final 2: predictions and hopes

Sergey Lazarev

Eurovision 2019 previews countdown: #23 RUSSIA – Sergey Lazarev – “Scream”

Russia is the biggest country in the contest, both in geographical size and in population, and in recent years has also been a performance giant, with a string of high … Continue reading Eurovision 2019 previews countdown: #23 RUSSIA – Sergey Lazarev – “Scream”

Underappreciated Eurovision songs

Underappreciated at Eurovision: a selection of my favourite songs

Just before we get into my previews countdown for Eurovision 2019, and at the request of my lovely friend Graham, I’ve pulled together some of the more underappreciated songs of … Continue reading Underappreciated at Eurovision: a selection of my favourite songs

Julia Samoylova

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #41 RUSSIA – Julia Samoylova – “I Won’t Break”

Returning to the contest after their withdrawal last year, it’s Russia. There was a grand geopolitical melodrama last year that led to the withdrawal from the contest, held in Ukraine. … Continue reading Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #41 RUSSIA – Julia Samoylova – “I Won’t Break”

Julia Samoylova

Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #33 RUSSIA – Yuliya Samoylova – “Flame Is Burning”

At number 33 in our countdown is Eurovision’s largest country and one that, in recent years, is both always near the top positions in the final while also generating controversy and … Continue reading Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #33 RUSSIA – Yuliya Samoylova – “Flame Is Burning”

My top 5 songs from…Russia

Time to turn to Eurovision’s biggest country in geographical size and population – and often the country which generates the strongest feelings and controversy. This is very rarely to do … Continue reading My top 5 songs from…Russia

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 … Continue reading Top 10 countries by Grand Final finishing position