• Thank you for the music…

    So we are indeed off to Denmark – and I would guess probably Copenhagen. I’m well chuffed with the result.  Whilst I think that the staging of the entry from Azerbaijan is very effective, it didn’t quite feel like a Eurovision winner – but second place is well deserved. I’m really glad that Norway and […]

  • It’s time for Malmö madness!

    So here we go then, guys.  It’s the day of the ESC2013 Grand Final! How exciting! So, where will we be off to Denmark next year? It’s looking highly likely! I travelled back from Malmö yesterday, after a great week.  I am slightly exhausted (in a good way) as there are long (exciting) days when […]

  • Great expectations…

    I have to admit it – I wasn’t particularly looking forward to the second semi-final. I thought most of the best songs were in the first semi-final last Tuesday. What a surprise then that I actually the show much more than I expected. In fact, you could say that it was one of the best […]

  • The return of the ‘Napkin of Death’…

    Here we go again – can I improve on 7/10 from the first semi-final? And how will your predications go?  Let’s see… enjoy the show! 😀   BRIAN PHIL 01. Latvia NO YES 02. San Marino NO NO 03. FYROM NO NO 04. Azerbaijan YES YES 05. Finland YES YES 06. Malta YES YES 07. […]

  • Round two in Malmö…

    I sat in on the first dress rehearsal for the second semi-final on Wednesday afternoon, with colleagues from the Malmö conference. My energy levels must have been a bit low after the conference paper in the morning – as I felt rather grumpy about the low quality of the songs in the mix.  Today, I […]

  • We’re holding out for a hero…

    Yesterday afternoon I headed to the Malmö arena to see the Swedish Singer Robin Stjernberg and our very own Bonnie Tyler rehearsing ahead of their performance in the final on Saturday night. The Swedes have once again selected a great song to represent them – and perhaps even win?  Perhaps not, but it will deffo be […]

  • Practice makes perfect…

    On Wednesday there was a mix of business and pleasure for me.  In the morning I attend a conference at the University of Malmo entitled A Transnational Vision for Europe? Performances, Politics and Places of the Eurovision Song Contest. It has brought together a range of academic and interested parties from around the world, reflecting the […]

  • We have lift off…

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first semi-final last night. Not many text messages during the broadcast (thank you!), but lots of discussion via social media.  Lots of positive feedback about how great it looked on the telly.  Live television takes a lot of preparation, with each country rehearsing their song over two twenty minute slots during […]

  • If you think some of the music is suspect…

    Fans of the Swedish/Danish television crime series The Bridge may be intruiged to know that lurking inside the ‘goodie bag’ that I received on arrival on Monday was an unusual surprise – something that looks surprisingly like a bagged body part. Take a look at the horror that presented itself… On closer inspection it takes an […]

  • After the sounds, the sights of Malmö…

    If you ever get the chance to travel to Malmö I would highly recommend it. What a lovely city in which to spend a few days.  We have been very lucky with the weather so far, with the sun shining on the World of Eurovision.  Good times. Over the last couple of days I have snapped […]