It’s always a delight to see a new book about the Eurovision Song Contest, and Chris West’s epic looks at the history of Europe through the lens of its favourite TV show is the latest. John Egan sits down to review the paperback.
I know a lot of people might try to ignore Junior Eurovision, but the 2009 winner, Ralf Mackenbach, might make that difficult in the next few years. Yes, he's still in that strange no man's land that will make you think Bieber, but this self-titled slice of musical action shows a performer on the cusp of maturity.
Oslo 2010, and everyone's eyes are not on our eventual winner, but on the bronze medal position, Paula Seling and Ovi, bringing Romania their second third place at Eurovision. We've already had a review of Ovi's long player. Now it's the turn of Paula Seling.
Think back to Moscow 2009 and the brighty coloured fun that was Portugal's entry from Flor de Lis. It took a while for their debut album to come out, and then a bit longer for me to get a hold of it, but now it's here, and I'm a happy reviewer. Here's why.