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 back in 2005. Back then ‘Congratulations’, produced to mark the 50th anniversary, was also due to be a BBC venture, although it ended up in the hands of DR, the Danish broadcaster, who had proven itself a friend of the EBU, albeit a slightly dysfunctional Eurovision host with both the contest in 2001 and supporting the EBU to launch Junior Eurovision. But despite the different hosts, both anniversary shows were produced in exactly the same way – and both recognised the same songs, the same eras, the same contest. But surely there’s more to wheeling out Fly On The Wings Of Love, Brotherhood of Man and Johnny Logan every ten years? Continue reading “Where are you now?”

12 points for normal?

So, this year Austria is being represented at the Eurovision Song Contest by Conchita Wurst. She failed to represent Austria in 2012, but she’s back with a big song – and a fair bit of controversy. As one of the first artists selected, Conchita got a few people a bit annoyed. Because Conchita is a women – who has a beard.

Created by Tom Neuwirth, Conchita is his “drag persona” – his character. But she is so much more than that. She is a singer, a model, an artist – a statement. But like I say, some people don’t quite like Conchita – because she has a beard.

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