• So long, farewell…

    And so we’re off to Sweden next year! What a great result for them, and for the rather charming Måns Zelmerlöw. Sweden have finished in the top three four times in the last five years, and won it twice in that time. Their victory last night means that Sweden is now outright the second most […]

  • Climb every mountain…

    Well, today is a historic day for the Eurovision Song Contest. Firstly, it will be the 60th Grand Final. This has been celebrated far and wide, and is a marker of how important it has become for popular culture in Europe since 1956. Secondly, it marks the first (and hopefully only) time that Australia will participate (although […]

  • Something good…

    Last night (Thursday) the line-up for the Grand Final on Saturday was completed, with the addition of the final ten qualifiers. I hope your favourite songs made it through. I forgot to post our predictions, but both Brian and I got 8/10. We had seats up in the gods of the arena, but the atmosphere […]

  • Sixteen going on seventeen…

    On Tuesday night we saw sixteen songs compete to get through to the grand final of ESC2015. Tonight seventeen will battle it out to be one of the ten songs making it to Saturday night. Yesterday I sat through the dress rehearsal in the arena, ahead of the second semi-final tonight on BBC3 at 8pm. […]

  • I have confidence in the ‘Big 7’…

    Well we were up and at ‘em first thing today, arriving at the arena for the second rehearsal of the ‘big seven’ – expanded this year to include guest country Australia. I haven’t seen any of the previous rehearsals, so it was good to finally be in the arena in the standing area at the […]

  • Von-trapped in the arena…

    I have spent most of the last two days in the arena and press centre. I haven’t really had a chance to explore this lovely city yet. That will come in the days ahead, and I know that there has been a lot going on in the euro-bubble. I know that I feel like I’ve […]

  • Do – ra-te – me…

    (see what we did there?) Once again your English/Irish posse have put their heads together to determine our choices for who is going through, and who is going home. Here are the results of the ‘all kinds of everything’ commentators from here in downtown Vienna. See if you agree, because, in a departure this year, […]

  • I have confidence in Semi-Final 1…

    Ok, ahead of tonight here’s my thoughts on the dress rehearsal – see if anything has changed my mind. The opening sequence sees Conchita Wurst welcome us to the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. An lengthy sequence will see all a participants parade through the arena. This is them metaphorically building a bridge between the artists’ green […]

  • Let’s start at the very beginning…

    It’s a very sunny Tuesday here in Vienna, with temperatures at the moment in the mid-20s. I have finally made it to the arena, collected my accreditation and I am now in-situ with Prof Brian Singleton in the press centre. We won’t make it into the arena until tonight, but we will be watching the […]

  • The hill’s aren’t yet alive with the sound of music…

    How difficult can it be to get from departure point A (Southport), to destination B (Vienna). Erm, well extremely, as it happens! Prior to departure I had a frustrating Sunday afternoon trying to check-in online via the Brussels Airlines website. I cannot recommend their user interface! After a little bit of user error on my […]