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The Terrorvision Song Contest

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!

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.

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.

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.

However the singer, Celine Dion, had other ideas…



Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Old School Stuff


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