Are Slovakia still in Eurovision? Will Norway get their missing stage back? Who are “Blue” anyway? When’s the next national final going to be? What’s happening with Iceland and “Afur Heim”? And will there be another dig at the German National Final? All that and more, plus music from Stella Mwangi.
This week’s fan is the man behind On Europe, one of the longer running blogs about the Song Contest. Looking to have fun as well as provide timely results, unbiased views, and some great multimedia from the rehearsals, Phil Colclough sits down to talk about his Eurovision with us.
John Kennedy O’Connor, the man behind The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History, has been looking back at how the UK select their “Song for Europe,” and with boy-band Blue now confirmed for 2011, he’s spotted the historical precedents for such a decision, and wonders if this might be the best thing for the BBC…
How much about Eurovision do our Juke Box Jury judges actually know? Ewan Spence quizzes Elaine Dove, David Elder, Danny Lynch and Ross Tillbrook in this month’s “Nul Points!” – the Eurovision Song Contest panel show – to find out.
If there’s one genre of music that you expect from Eurovision, it’s schlager, the high energy, adrenaline infused, dancefloor filling pop sound that crops up in every contest. To find out more about Schalger though, we needed some experts to talk us through what it really means, and if any one song typifies the look. Step forward the Schlagerboys..
As you sit down to watch the Eurovision Song Contest every year, do you ever wonder why the hosts, despite the tens of countries and the millions tuning in across Europe, always give a special hello to Australia? Why is there is always at least one crazy fan in the audience brandishing an inflatable kangaroo or an Australian flag?