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Monday, 22 February 2016

Eurovision 2016 and why it's OK to tweet after wine

Mans Zelmerlow, Sweden, Winner, Eurovision 2015Utter the words Eurovision Song Contest and you'll hear a lot of different opinions. It's possibly the television equivalent of Marmite as people either seem to love, or loathe the contest in equal measure.

Amid the usual hype and party atmosphere, the Grand Final of Eurovision 2016 takes place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on 14th May. It will be presented by Petra Mede and 2015 winner, Måns Zelmerlöw, and feature performances from 26 finalists who have made it through the semi-finals being held on 10th and 12th May.

Long overdue changes to the voting system should mean that it's less likely for any country to go home with the dreaded 'nul points.' In previous years, each country's public and jury votes have been added together and announced at the same time. From this year however, the jury votes will be announced first, with votes from viewers in all countries added and announced afterwards. It's hoped that this will create a nail-biting finale to the competition, as the winner will only be known right at the end.

The UK entry is yet to be decided. Six acts have been shortlisted for Eurovision: You Decide which is to be screened live on BBC Four on Friday 26th February. This is to be hosted by Mel Giedroyc and will feature performances from previous Eurovision winners, Måns Zelmerlöw and Katrina Leskenich from Katrina and the Waves.

I have to confess to being a huge Eurovision fan. It's the one and only night of the year where I break the first rule of tweeting and happily tweet after wine throughout the entire contest. There's often a party atmosphere on Twitter and it's fun to join in with like-minded Eurovision fanatics sharing increasingly hilarious thoughts as the night progresses.

This year I'm hoping for more cheesy entries after a fairly subdued batch last year. I'm also hopeful that the competition will be less about politics and more about celebrating Eurovision's reputation for quirkiness,  eccentricity and sense of humour.

Isn't that what Eurovision's meant to be?

I hope to see you on Twitter. #Eurovision2016


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14 comments :

  1. Eurovision is a blast from the past! As a child I'd watch it with the family and I loved it - probably because I got to stay up late for that one night! I have to confess that I don't watch it these days. Maybe I'll give it a shot this May!

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  2. I used to love Eurovision but have to confess it's not been the same since Terry Wogan (RIP) left. :(

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  3. I used to love watching it until I realised, as I got older, it was more about politics than the actual talent. Pleased to see the voting procedures are being changed, long overdue x

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  4. I can't remember the last time I watched the contest. I only ever remember Abba and Bucks Fizz!!!

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  5. I am not into Eurovision much but it does sound fun, staying up late and tweeting into the night, I may give it a try this year!xx

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  6. I'm torn! I always spend a huge amount of time complaining about the voting system of Eurovision, but I also enjoy the irony of it all. I have been known to only watch the voting in the past! I shall watch this year and see how it goes, maybe if the voting system has changed the UK may stand a chance?

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  7. I always used to love Eurovision when I was little but I haven't watched it since I was possibly about 18! I think I will give it a go this year :)

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  8. We love Eurovision in this house! Often hold a party and do a sweepstakes type thing :D Will be interested to see how the new voting system pans out.

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  9. I am not a fan of Eurovision at all. I like it even less now the boys are around. In this house it is football or nothing!

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  10. I am not a fan of Eurovision at all. I like it even less now the boys are around. In this house it is football or nothing!

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  11. Eurovision is so much fun on Twitter! I missed it last year, but in 2014 I had a ball. Hopefully I'll be joining in again this time round.

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  12. Hi Izzie, we used to watch the Eurovision, but haven't in a few years, no other reason than it was probably on past our bedtime. I have never Tweeted my way through a program, but it sounds like fun. I'll bear it in mind if we watch it this year.

    xx

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  13. I haven't watched the Eurovision in years! I might introduce the kids to it this year x

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  14. Eurovision always brings back memories of school when every year we'd be allowed to watch it! Perhaps this year I should take a revisit?

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