• ESC2018: Eurovision by numbers…

    It was a night of numbers at ESC2018. We had the 1500thsong performed by Alexander Rybak, and another ten songs through to the Grand Final. We had four presenters who are fun to watch, but a bit giddy at times and having to deal with a dodgy script in places. Still, they are entertaining to […]

  • ESC2018: it’s my second semi-final ‘napkin of death’…

    Seriously, as a fan… kill me, kill me now! So glad I’ve been watching from home – as I got a lot of stuff done in what was, for me, the least interesting run of songs, ever… So, before the result is announced, here are the top ten qualifiers on my napkin tonight… Norway Romania […]

  • ESC2018: right back with Rybak…

    The first semi-final was a bounty of riches. This time around, it feels like slim pickings in terms of certainties to qualify for the final. That said, it starts with a bit of Eurovision royalty… Norway A familiar face returns to the Eurovision stage this year. Alexander Rybak romped to Victory back in 2009 with Fairytale. […]

  • ESC2018: count to ten with Mr Benn…

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching the first semi-final last night, and we now know the top ten qualifiers for the Grand Final on Saturday. But what else did we learn?  There isn’t an LED wall this year – did you notice?  You could tell the fan favourites, based on a noticeably louder masculine roar from the […]

  • ESC2018: what does your ‘napkin of death’ say…

    Ok, a quick post before the result. My top ten prediction is: Azerbaijan Czech Republic Israel Estonia Bulgaria Albania Austria Greece Finland Cyprus Who knows! It was a great semi-final! 🙂 xx  

  • ESC2018: the heat is on for semi-final one…

    I’m doing things a bit differently when reviewing the two semi-finals this year. I found that a lot of the music videos for the songs really detract from the quality of the song. The eye gets confused so much that the ear doesn’t like what it is hearing! So what I’m posting here is rehearsal […]

  • ESC2018: the launch of another titanic Eurovision…

    Europe’s longest running television show is back on our screens this week as the good ship Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) sets sail on it’s 63rd voyage. For regular viewers it’s the now familiar passage through two semi-finals (Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 May) with each sending 10 songs to the Grand Final (Saturday 12 May), where […]

  • ESC2018: Olá Amigos!

    All Aboard, Eurofans! It’s that time again… This is the 11th year of my Eurovision Song Contest blog. I’m not blogging from sunny Lisbon this year, no – it’ll be sunny Southport/Ormskirk for me once again. As with last year this won’t stop me from getting suitably Eurovision giddy, and sharing my thoughts on the […]

  • 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 […]