Thursday, May 6, 2021
The Big Five

The Big Five

Five broadcasters cough up the most cash to stage the Eurovision Song Contest – they get a free pass to the final and then moan that nobody likes them.

France – Variations of an enigma

So, to the third of our Big Five anthology. This is the one that perplexes me the most. With Spain and Germany I knew what...
Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw

BBC sets date for Eurovision song pick

The latest Big Five broadcaster has set a date to choose its song for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. This time, it's the turn of...

Bilal gets the Eurovision nod for France

So here we are at nearly midnight CET as French broadcaster France 2 finally revealed which of the eight songs in the final gets...

France – Now then this is more like it … maybe

Now, France 2, this is more like it.  I don't like your strategy of sneaking it out on a Thursday afternoon when I was...

Eurovision 2018: A game of two halves

There are 104 days to go until the great and good of Europe (and bits beyond) gather in Lisbon to compete in the 2018...

Meta and Moro take Sanremo crown

In the very small hours, another edition of the Sanremo festival ended with Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro winning the Italian spot at the...

Sanremo goes public with names for 2019

24 acts will compete in the 2019 Sanremo Festival. The competition traditionally sources the Italian Eurovision song. For the first time since 2004, there will...

Mahmood wins Sanremo with ‘Soldi’

Italian-Egyptian rapper Mahmood won the 69th Sanremo Festival with 'Soldi' (Money). Ultimo ended in second place with Eurovision alumni Il Volo in third. The Teatro...

Germany unveils Slovenian singer with Bulgarian song

If you've been wondering where Symphonix had got to at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, wonder no more. They're behind Big Five Germany's entry....

La Bella Italia? – Mostly

If you have been reading these missives, and I know plenty of you have, you’ll have noticed that I’ve drawn comparisons between ages and...