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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Musings on Eurovision 2016

Last week was all about Eurovision 2016 and I was fortunate enough to watch both semi-finals as well as the final on Saturday night. As always there was much tweeting after wine and I was delighted to see so many fellow bloggers joining in with the mayhem (you know who you are!). Even the cat joined in, adding her own unique point of view on the chaos that is... Eurovision.

The distinct lack of cheese and eccentricity was more than compensated for by presenters, Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw. I wasn't fussed on several of the entries that made it through to the final, but could quite happily have watched the presenters all evening.

It was this absolute gem from the second semi-final that almost made me choke on my wine...
Caution: contains nudity.

My overall favourite song was Belgium as it reminded me of an early 1980s disco track and therefore perfect for Eurovision. Our boys, Joe and Jake came in at an unimpressive 24th place despite giving it their best shot.

I was slightly amused by the thought of the US seeing Eurovision live for the first time and kept wondering what they thought of it. Justin Timberlake performed during the interval and I wondered if the US crew were taking notes and will be invited to enter next year? If they join, I'm guessing the rest of us won't stand a chance as they will want to win.

Despite Australia being in the lead after votes from the professional juries, there was a surprise overall win by Ukraine once all the viewer votes were added. For the record, I have no idea how this happened.

As always, Eurovision was a slightly crazy way to spend a Saturday evening in May, but life's serious enough as it is and sometimes it's good to let your hair down and escape for a spot of harmless, hilarious fun. I can only imagine how many people in Stockholm woke with up with hangovers on Sunday morning.

Here's to Eurovision 2017 and tweeting after wine all over again.

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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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