• ESC2016: Crimea River…

    Well, I said that it felt like a surprise winner was on the cards and I was right! I said all along on this blog that I thought the Ukraine would be top three, and I am actually delighted that Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. I was having a conversation with a […]

  • ESC2016: Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie…

    I am back home, and it’s finally Eurovision day! Months of anticipation are over, and in just a few hours the Grand Final will begin and Europe will decide the winner. Russia is still being touted at the hot favourite, with Australia, Ukraine, France and Sweden in the top five. I still think this year […]

  • ESC2016: Let’s get Fizzical…

    Eurovision week is gaining momentum in Stockholm. It feels much busier, and even for the family final on Thursday afternoon, there seemed to be many more people heading to the arena, as we made our way to the press centre. I haven’t got bored of how awesome the arena looks… By the magic of television, […]

  • ESC2016: The second semi-final – the douze and the don’ts…

    If you were watching the opening sequence on Tuesday evening, doesn’t it look rather like the Globe arena is being annihilated by an alien invasion? 😀 It’s the same sequence tonight, but with a different opening routine, the sylings of which are suitably schlager-tastic and Busby Barclay-esque. Lot’s of fun, with a witty musical take […]

  • ESC2016: guys and dolls…

    Another lovely day in Stockholm on Wednesday, and thankfully rather cooler than when we arrived. After a busy couple of days there was a slower pace as the first dress rehearsal for the second semi-final was later in the day (5pm). So, a bit of a mooch about the city and a few touristy things […]

  • ESC2016: great expectations and the cruel mistress…

    Last night ESC2016 finally jumped the first of three fences. Semi-final one was a slick show, for sure. I hope you enjoyed it. Russia and Iceland played with their interactive projections to excellent effect… I hear that the BBC opted not to show the interval act that I had highlighted yesterday. Pity, as it was […]

  • ESC2016: are the singers on song for semi-final one?

    There’s a nice buzz around the city today. As you can see Stockholm has been decked out with the branding theme for the competition this year: Come Together. It’s all about unity and cohesion – continuity against a backdrop of change. These are familiar themes from the cosmopolitan heart of the Eurovision Song Contest. This […]

  • ESC2016: Hot in the city…

    Heya from sweltering Stockholm! And a very lycklig tisdag från Stockholm. As is usually the case, whenever I travel I get slightly obsessed with the weather. I guess we all do. We have had lovely weather over the past few days in the UK, and the same seems to be true elsewhere on the continent, […]

  • ESC2016: Here come the six super troupers…

    As you will probably know, the ‘Big 5’ (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are the countries that contribute the most to the EBU coffers, and as such they get an automatic pass to the Grand Final. Some people are a bit sniffy about this as it’s seen as favouritism, and it does […]

  • ESC2016: Abba-dabba-doo, here’s semi-final two…

    Ok, we have to select another ten songs to make it through to the Grand Final on 14 may. Don’t forget to tune into BBC 4 in the UK, on Thursday 12 May at 8.00pm. And remember that at Eurovision YOU DECIDE! 01: LATVIA Justs – Heartbeat We start the second semi-final with one of […]