Could the stars be about to align in Stockholm?

Could the stars be about to align in Stockholm?

The new year and 2016 will mark the end of much for the BBC. With a new deal being struck with the government, it is likely to be another turbulent year for an organisation creaking under its own weight, a majority Conservative government that has never been the Corporation’s main friend and as a broadcaster […]

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Where are you now?

Where are you now?

Last night’s ‘Eurovision’s Greatest Hits’ celebration of 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest portrayed the contest in the only way the BBC knows how to. The camp, the glitz and the glam were all out to mark this special anniversary. This was the second big anniversary celebration of the contest after a similar affair […]

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Make Your Mind Up Time

Make Your Mind Up Time

As Copenhagen officially becomes the host city of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest, somewhere back in London, or perhaps now in Salford, someone is no doubt scrambling to put together a couple of press releases and a conference to unveil who will be flying the flag for the United Kingdom in the Danish capital – […]

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What Is It You’re Looking For?

Azerbaijan managed to win this years Eurovision Song Contest with a middle of the road entry that fails to have the commercial appeal of its two predecessors. Hardly original, the jury allowed the oil-rich nation to win because it propelled Italy’s ‘Madness of Love’ within touching distance of victory. Something changed in Germany and the […]

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So Can Always Be Over Now?

The favourites are decided, the rehearsals are underway and Eurovision fever has come to Germany. Europe’s biggest television production is looking as slick and expensive as ever, but won’t just another of those ‘eastern’ countries win because all their neighbours voted for some terrible, camp and ridiculous song? Stick with me while I dispel ‘the […]

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Respect Without Success

The BBC cannot afford to win the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf. But they cannot go much longer without a decent result. The dilemma that 2011 poses the broadcaster with, is a gamble. Send a respectable artist and risk success – send an unknown and risk flop and embarrassment. Don’t expect Gary Barlow – but […]

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Stock Check

If you are writing a song for the Eurovision there is one way to really distance yourself from the fans of the contest and last week that’s exactly what Mike Stock did. The reaction to the United Kingdom’s entry, written by himself and Pete Waterman, was far from supportive and with odds to win currently […]

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