Jerusalem Eurovision hosting remains in balance

With organisers warning fans not to book flights to Jerusalem, and thinly veiled warnings to those hoping to make political capital from the 2019...

Why your favourite didn’t win Eurovision – Part 3: Close, but...

They may be close, but in the third part of my look back, the Juries begin to upset me! 10th Moldova Avg Jury Position  – 15.40 ...

Why your favourite didn’t win Eurovision – Part 2: Mid-table

And so, at a snail's pace, we move onward to the middle part of the scoreboard. Also-rans ... or have we all missed something? 19th...

Why your favourite didn’t win Eurovision – Part 1: The lower...

As has become traditional, I will try to give you some insight into why Europe talked the shits about your national representative. You might...

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Making your mind up – Do Eurovision petitions work?

When did you last sign a petition? My guess is 'not long ago'. I also suspect you didn't so much put pen to paper,...

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Nova Deca

Serbian striding and strutting

Hhm. Serbia’s not great. Musically this has plenty to stand out, but visually they’re making a bit of a fist of it. There’s some...
Ermal Meta e Fabrizio Moro

Germany (just) and Italy

I'm doing a double header, which I realise will cause that Phil a headache as it didn't fit the nice neat end of day...
Ryan's dancers

Irish dancing – but it’s no Riverdance

I was still having a beer when Ireland came on, but somehow that seems quite appropriate. Ryan standing with guitar, a female backing singer...
Elena

Cyprus – big in the hall but the stage is swallowed by it

I went over to the arena to watch the first go of Cyprus. I’m a little underwhelmed, if I’m honest. We’re only allowed in...
Ari

Iceland – Hello, is that 1992 … they want their song back

Ari looks silly on the screens. He's got a silver suit on with some preposterous red trimming that I hoped would light up and...

VIDEO VAULT

Not so much fun

What do you do if none of your songs are good enough? That quandary once befell our friends in Norway. You go to the trouble...

Hitting all the notes – but in random order

It was 2000, a brave new world - and just for a change we were in Stockholm for Eurovision. Belgium did their usual thing and...