9 June – Let’s turn up the heat, start a ripple in the water

We often mention the props acts use to enhance their three minutes on stage. But just think of the stage hands. Their hearts must sink , especially as they have 45 seconds or so to get one act off stage and the next act on.

You’d think the acts would think outside the box and keep things simple. Because it doesn’t always work. Today’s birthday boy Eric Papilaya thought big with his prop. Hopefully it came in parts, just help with the stage management. But it also had people on it. Clever or what? Anyway, in the biggest ever semi-final, being song 27 in the running order perhaps wasn’t a good thing. As it happened, Eric and his pals finished 27th overall on that Thursday night. It may not have qualified, but it was definitely entertaining.

Eric is 43 today.

Frohe Geburtstag, Eric!