• A fairytale ending…

      So, how did your favourite song do on Saturday night?   I thought that it was a really entertaining evening, from the opening act of Cirque du Soleil, through all the songs to the stunning interval act.  I hear favourable things about how Graham Norton handled proceedings, which is good as it must have […]

  • Guys and dolls…

    Today and the only trip to the press centre is to get a sense of the vibe a couple of hours before the broadcast. It was also an opportunity to share with you who we met today… Can you believe that we were having a mooch around Moscow when we spooted the bus of the […]

  • It’s the final countdown…

    Well, friends – it’s time for us to turn our attention to who might just win this thing!  I’ve been here for just under one week, and have shared a wonderful experience with some good friends and colleagues. Karen, Brian, Toni and Apostolos have offered laughter and friendship as we have navigated our way through […]

  • What time is it…

    All together now… “It’s my time, it’s my time, my moment…” I promise I will try to avoid any more references to anyone’s time after this – as references to our song title are getting increasingly irritating – and that was just in the UK press conference this afternoon!  So, that’s given you a clue as to where […]

  • As seen on TV…

    Thursday evening and a packed Olympic Arena here in Moscow.  I had mixed feelings about this group of songs – but many of them came through rather dodgy rehearsals with some good performances.  Some failed to impress and were sent home.  As for the ‘Napkin of Death’  I did OK – getting 8/10.  That means […]

  • Chiara’s new backing singer…

    Read my report and see the pics  on the Boom Bang A Blog NOW! (click the link on the right of the screen)…

  • Here we go again – our second semi-final predictions…

    It’s 19:00hrs local time on Thursday evening – and I’ve had an awesome day – I met Chiara, the Maltese singer, at the recording of a TV special that will be broadcast on Maltese TV tomorrow night.  It was fun and also a little surreal.  She was lovely – but more about that on the […]

  • Dressed to impress, once again…

    Wednesday was a much damper day in Moscow, and the rehearsals for the second semi-final (broadcast on BBC3 at 8.00pm on Thursday) are underway.  I had at first thought that this was the better of the semis, but after the performances on Wednesday I was left somewhat underwhelmed.  Having said that the stage continues to be […]

  • Midnight at the Olympiski…

    Hope you enjoyed the first semi-final last night – and thanks for those of you texting and generally getting excited about the fact that, a) Eurovision 2009 was finally underway, and b) that I was there! Please don’t forget that we are 3 hours ahead, so it was 2300hrs local time – and after 0100hrs local […]

  • Sugar coated breakfast serial…

    Who says there’s no such thing as a free dinner?  Who tells you that you can’t get something for nothing?  Well, here at the press centre you can!  We get given loads of freebies – and as I said last year, this is to coerce good copy from us journo types, reporters, bloggers, liggers and […]