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The Terrorvision Song Contest

19 May

My lovely hubby who hails from the good old U.S of A has just experienced his first ever Eurovision Song Contest. He laughed at the tactical voting; thought the entertainment during the interval was cheesy; cringed at some of the ridiculous acts; questioned whether or not some of the countries were technically part of Europe; wondered what the hell the wardrobe department were thinking; expressed surprise at the low placing of the United Kingdom and marvelled at how next year’s show would coincidentally be held in the country of the winning entry. Er…

Welcome to the wonderful, weird and wacky world of Eurovision!

The Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest

Even though I now think that Eurovision is a bit old hat and only tune in to watch the voting – if at all – I didn’t always feel like that. Eurovision was a big deal in our house every year as my mum’s enthusiasm would rub off on all of us. Dinner would be out of the way and we would all be huddled on the sofa as we prepared for three hours of what our unsophisticated young minds considered to be great family entertainment. Snacks would have been bought at least a week in advance and we would all chomp our way through the United Kingdom’s latest disaster; Ireland’s new victory and yet another nil points for Luxembourg.

The Godfather of Eurovision, Terry Wogan

The Godfather of Eurovision, Terry Wogan

However, there were some highlights and I’m glad that I was able to witness some classic moments. I loved Michael Ball’s cheesy dancing; Frances Ruffelle’s suggestive moves; Sonia’s vibrant performance; enjoyed seeing the first ever entry by a transsexual artist; seeing the same artist take the most amusing tumble on stage a year later; listening to the powerful vocals of Niamh Kavanagh and ‘Mr. Eurovision’ himself, Johnny Logan; watching the United Kingdom bring it home with Katrina and the Waves in 1997… and lose it abysmally in 2003 by getting their first ever nil points courtesy of Jemini. And who could forget the dulcet tones of one Terry Wogan who provided the witty commentary every year until 2008? Wogan was to Eurovision what Noel Edmonds is to Christmas.

Johnny Logan: Am I the only one who thinks that he looked like Patrick Swayze?

Johnny Logan: Am I the only one who thinks that he looked like Patrick Swayze?

One of my favourite entries was back in 1988 when Scott Fitzgerald represented the UK with the tear jerking ballad Go. I may have been very young at the time but even I couldn’t mistake the power, emotion and meaning in the song. Anyone who watched Eurovision that year will also remember how fierce the voting was and the nail biting race to the finish line as it looked as though a well deserved victory for the United kingdom was imminent. Sadly victory belonged to Switzerland that year as we were beaten by one measly point. The singer who secured Switzerland’s win was a Canadian girl with bad teeth, a dodgy perm and we all believed that once the fuss died down, she’d just fade into obscurity.

Scott Fitzgerald

Scott Fitzgerald

However the singer, Celine Dion, had other ideas…

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Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Old School Stuff

 

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2 responses to “The Terrorvision Song Contest

  1. jennypugh

    May 20, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I hadn’t realised that we’d lost to Celine Dion in the past, how strange when you think how successful she’s been, and she started in Eurovision! I love Eurovision, it’s a great laugh every year. I liked so many performances this year, but I did really like Denmark, so I was happy that they won 🙂

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    • darkangelrocks

      May 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      I know – I guess Ms. Dion is living proof that Eurovision doesn’t have to spell disaster for your career. I used to be a huge Eurovision fan too but over the years feel it’s lacking in something. Too bad you’re only allowed to do original songs on Eurovision because if Bonnie had belted out Holding Out For A Hero, we’d have won for sure!

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