Tuesday, May 24, 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.”

Montenegro – From the sublime to the gloriously gay

Rarely has there been such an abrupt mood change at the contest, and this may well play to Slavko Kalezić's chances. It's like he took...

Finland – Sing little birdie

After Slavko, we're getting a cold compress in the shape of Norma John and their ode to self harm. I'm assured they're fun people...

Melodifestivalen – Semi Final 3 Results

More perfect pop and a few bum notes. It's Melodi-time in Sweden and once more two songs made the grand final. Two lucky pluckies...

Australia – doing a flip flop

So the Aussies are drawn third, but perform in fourth place, because they have the same stage director as Georgia. This means he has to hot...

Azerbaijan – My lovely horse

Dihaj is first up after a short break - and if you've been following the bookies, this song was fancied to turn in a...

BELGIUM – Thank you for being a friend, driving down the...

What? Not that Blanche? Not even the one from Corrie? One must fire one's researcher! <<Googles* "Blanche Belgium Eurovision 2017">> Ah ... It ... um ... appears that...

Monty’s Eurovision Countdown – Romania

Yodel It by Ilinca featuring Alex Florea I hope you’ve had the opportunity to attend the brilliant Eurobeat, a theatre show parody of Eurovision with...

Austria: Nathan’s pulling a moony

Nathan Trent is up next and he’s pulling a moony. No, he’s not getting his arse out (he's not even singing the word when it...

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"...

We’re an open church here…

Never let it be said that we don't encourage contra opinions. Reader John Abrams clearly didn't like my review on Croatia so he wrote...