• ESC2017: good things come to those who wait…

    After a wait of 53 years, Portugal have won the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. And it didn’t just win – it swept all competition aside with a massive points total, from both the jury and televote… Watching at home made it seem a quicker night than it has been when watching live from the arena […]

  • ESC2017: C’mon Kyiv!

    Greetings from sunny Southport (well it was earlier) on Eurovision Saturday! Tonight the ESC2017 reaches its climax with the Grand Final, after two entertaining semi-finals. No one seems to have located my Euro-mojo. I certainly haven’t! Just one of those things this time around, I guess (although you will see my realisation on my comments […]

  • ESC2017: funky chicken and the dancing gorilla…

    After another entertaining evening, what did we learn from the second semi-final? Thanks to last year’s hosts, Petra Mede And Måns Zelmerlöw, singing and dancing hosts might be the new normal FYROM’s Jana Burčeska didn’t really seem to be singing much of her song We had the first toilet roll holder frock of the competition, […]

  • ESC2017: the douze and don’ts for the second semi-final…

    Tonight it’s the second sem-final of ESC2017. Last night it was the jury semi-final, where the international juries cast their votes. Here’s a clip of the action from yesterday… It’s the usual pick and mix of music and performances, so let’s have a look … Serbia As you would expect with the carefully planned draw […]

  • ESC2017: Kyiv is calling…

    After an entertaining evening, what did we learn from the first semi-final? Key changes are back, b-a-c-k, B-A-C-K! Belgium’s Blanche looked petrified Azerbaijan’s Dihaj was basically doing Lady Gaga Finland was robbed (but perhaps a little too simple in terms of staging?) Men without socks were quite popular There was a man with a horse […]

  • ESC2017: time for the first semi-final to Rise Like A Phoenix…

    It’s almost time for the first semi-final of ESC2017, broadcast in the UK at 8pm on BBC4. I’m actually going to watch the YouTube live stream – I can’t stand the inane commentary from Scott Mills, so I’ll stream from the YouTube feed on my telly. Not much movement in the betting odds since the […]

  • ESC2017: the first semi-final. Ooh, aah… just a little bit…

    Ok, so I’m doing things differently this year. In the absence of the backstage scoop and having seen none of the rehearsals, this first review is based on my impression of the songs based on what the songs sound like. I have tried to avoid some of the visuals from the music videos, as many […]

  • ESC2017: Time to Celebrate!

    Здравствуйте Eurofans! It’s Eurovision week once again – and can you believe that it’s a year since I was in Stockholm for ESC2016. Following Jamala’s victory with the song 1944, the Eurovision Song Contest has has travelled to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.  I, however, will not be making the Eurofan pilgrimage to the wonderful ‘Eurovision bubble’, […]