August 2008 Archives
Time was when the Eurovision relationship between Ireland and the UK was strictly one-way traffic. The call of: "And finally, Ireland... 12 points" could be heard regularly from the London-based jury, whereas the Dublin spokesperson would usually relish the announcement of "...and we give one point to the United Kingdom" with a rather smug grin.
But with the Eastern European love-in the Contest has now become, something rather marvellous has happened. The now-neglected former Eurovision powerhouses of Royaume Uni and Irlande have forged a voting relationship of Greek/Cypriot proportions.
Once again, controversy rears its Medusa-like head, as the twosome shaking their tushes for TV Greece are both professional dancers - a blatant flout of the rule which states one half of a couple must NOT be a professional dancer. Boom Bang a Blog wishes it knew the Greek for 'how naughty'.
By the way, this bit isn't against the rules, but for some reason, the pair representing Greece also happen to be Australian.
Although Eurovision voting is so often referred to as political, it's very rare that world politics actually makes itself felt at the event.
This could all change in 2009.
Russia's victory in Belgrade means next year's Contest is bound for Moscow. Reports are now circulating that, following the recent unrest, Georgia will boycott the Contest.
Boom Bang a Blog must stress that this news has not been officially confirmed by the Eurovision organisers and is based on a statement carried on an Estonian news site, but we will keep you posted on any developments.
Shock developments in the world of the Eurovision Dance Contest.
Spain has pulled out. That's because this year's competition does clash with a number of important national football fixtures for the countries taking part in Glasgow and, to be brutally honest, this newest addition to the Contest family isn't going to tempt too many viewers away from the pitches.
This is likely to have an impact on the viewing figures, but we will stoically carry on by telling you a bit more about this twosome, who are hoping to make it two-in-a-row for Finland at non-singing, all-dancing Eurovision.
These two think they're well flash with their stretch limo outside Tivoli Gardens. These two are, in fact, Patrick Spiegelberg and Katja Svensson, the Danish hot-hoofers who will soon be heading off to Glasgow for this year's Eurovision Dance Contest.
And this is another pair (like the Azeris we met last week) who don't seem to be strictly conforming with the ethos of someone who's not especially good at dancing joining forces with someone who is, in the spirit of good fun across the Eurovision network.
Katja is a dancer and Patrick is, hmm... a choreographer.
According to this week's Radio Times, Terry Wogan is bidding au revoir to the Eurovision commentator's mic, 37 years after he squashed in to a tiny booth at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre to watch Monaco (who don't even enter anymore) take the 1971 title over Spain, Germany and UK entrant Clodagh Rodgers.
Imagine Boom Bang a Blog's surprise, then, to get a phone call yesterday lunchtime and be asked to nip on the radio later that day to talk about it.
We're not sure what she has on her head, but allow us to introduce Eldar Dzhafarov and Anna Sazhina, the game pair who'll be representing Azerbaijan in Glasgow at the Eurovision Dance Contest.
In a year full of Eurovisiony debuts for the Azeris, it is now about 10 weeks since the nation did rather respectably in the Singing Contest, where the Jim Steinman-style devils-and-angels type screamer Day After Day took eighth place.
Whether Eldar and Anna will wow us with so much fire and ice remains to be seen.
Look at this smashing pair. You don't need the likes of Boom Bang a Blog to tell you that it's Dorian Steidl and Nicole Kuntner (I'm so glad I'm not a commentator), who will represent Austria at this year's Eurovision Dance Contest in Glasgow.
Shall we get to know them a bit more? Do come this way.