Sunday, July 3, 2022

2017

The 62nd Eurovision Song Contest took place in Kiev in Ukraine.

In case you wonder why we use Kiev and not Kyiv, back in 2010, Reuters editor Robert Bessler responded to a reader’s query about the spelling.

“Kiev is not the Russian spelling. It is the commonly accepted English language spelling of the name,” he explained. “We are not writing in Ukrainian, we are writing in English, so we use commonly understood English names for cities – hence Munich rather than Muenchen, Cologne not Koeln, Rome not Roma, etc.”

Robin wins in Sweden – A split decision?

After their usual mammoth process, Melodifestivalen, the Swedes have chosen Robin Bengtsson to represent them in Kiev. Robin won with 146 points, as you can...

Monty’s Eurovision Countdown – Belgium

Belgium – City Lights by Blanche Like Azerbaijan, Belgium’s 2017 entry is another to whip out to demonstrate the direction Eurovision is travelling. The BBC...

Monty’s Eurovision Countdown – Moldova

Hey Mamma! by SunStroke Project I’m old enough to remember the time when the stock trade of many a comedian was the mother-in-law joke. We’ve...

Omar had better not come back without all his notes.

Omar had some back-lighting issues in the first run-through and, thankfully the cameras realised where he was on the second go, but he's not...

Swinging swinging swinging – Macedonia live!

With thanks to our chums at Eurovision Ireland, you'll get to see what we can see and make up your own mind about the...

Germany … it’s amazing what some thought can do

Much as it pains me to say this, Germany is not going to finish last with this one. They have preformed major surgery to make...

Final day of rehearsals!

Ok, so we’re off with the final day of press rehearsals, and it’s the hosts and the Big 5: we’ve seen these now so...

Salvador: A victory for music

Salvador Sobral has given Portugal their first ever Eurovision Song Contest victory. He won both the jury and popular vote with the song 'Amar Pelos Dois"...

The UK at Eurovision … We used to be good once

For the fourth part of my look at the woes of the Big 5 we focus on the country of my birth, Estonia ......

2017 UMK results (Finland)

Here are the final results from the Finnish Final held on 28th January 2017.