It’s Eurovision week again! I hope you’ve all got your Eurovision trees up, sent your letters to Father Eurovision and other similar tedious conceits. Now that the Powers That Be have devolved the decision making process back to the people (after the song imposed on us last year scored us a whole five points), we actually stand a chance of getting into double figures this year and the list of the UK’s 20 Greatest Eurovision Entries has been updated accordingly. There will be more Song Contest-related shenanigans later in the week, but for now, here’s a reminder of why Douglas Adams decided that the most offensive swearword in the entire galaxy was “Belgium”.
Welcome back! In part 1 we saw that having a good song doesn’t necessarily equate to a Eurovision win. We also put forward the unorthodox viewpoint that Daz Sampson and Ricardo Autobahn are better songwriters than Diane Warren and Andrew Lloyd Webber, but can any of them trump Engelbert Humperdinck? Here’s the top ten… Continue reading
The Eurovision Song Contest has always been one of the year’s major events in my household, ever since I was young enough to believe that the voting was actually based on the quality of the songs rather than a desire to avoid being invaded. Every spring I would look forward to the thrill of the Song For Europe competition to choose our entry for the main event – and the inevitable crushing disappointment when the UK failed to get anywhere near the sharp end of the voting, or even worse, came second to the Irish entry again. Being familiar with most of our entries over the years (there’s a fair number of the late ’70s and early ’80s ones nestling in a box of 7″ singles in the cupboard somewhere), I’ve attempted to pick the best of them and put them in order, based not on their success in the contest or any kind of intangible “Eurovision factor”, but simply on how good the song was. Is it possible for a song to be too good to win the Eurovision Song Contest? Let’s see… Continue reading