September 2008 Archives
We're stopping off in Wallasey, Wirral, today and it's our first choice from a lady Eurovision fan.
Step forward, Miss Lorna Hughes.
Our cavalcade of Eurovision's rosy moments stops off in Manchester today, where a gentleman known as Laurent Flechette (he is local), tells us about his particular pick of the Contest pops.
Laurent explained: "Ah, my favourite Eurovision song.
"This is not such a difficult choice you might think for a fan of the contest going back over 40 years. (I can still remember my bitter disappointment as a young boy when Kathy Kirby was beaten into second place back in 1965. Yes, I am that old).
"But I have to go to 1977 for my favourite.
Hot on the heels of the news of the juries' return in Moscow, today (Wednesday), several newspapers are reporting that HRH Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (thank you to Look Around You for that joke) is playing a key role in next year's selection process for the United Kingdom.
It's unlikely Sir Andy will be penning our 2009 tune (he's not too hot at bringing songs to a close in under three minutes), but he could be taking on a mentor-type role in an I'd Do Anything/Any Dream Will Do-type primetime selection process which will marry up a singer with a song.
Nothing has been confirmed by the BBC yet - but it sounds encouraging.
(NOTE: In 1969, the not-yet-famous Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice submitted a song called Try It and See for the BBC's Eurovision panel to consider as a potential entry for Lulu to perform in Madrid. The tune never made it through the first sift. You can now hear a reworked version of that entry throughout the world in productions of Jesus Christ Superstar. It's called King Herod's Song).
Boom Bang a Blog has put the flags out, banged the drums and sent out a clarion call to Eurovision fans across the globe (all seven of them).
In this quiet patch of Eurovision goodness, it still remains our mission to entertain and educate the casual surfer who accidentally stumbles on Boom Bang a Blog. Perhaps they're looking for something about Lulu. Or explosives.
We digress. What did Boom Bang a Blog ask the fans of Concours De La Chanson?
Quite simply, we wanted to know what their favourite Eurovision song is - and why.
The first fan to answer our call was Mr Phil Tipton. His choice lies within.
Some very, very important people have been making Eurovision-related decisions this week. Boom Bang a Blog can only dream of being so vital to the smooth running of the Song Contest machine.
Over in Moscow, lots of presumably po-faced types in slacks and sweaters have been discussing what to change and what to retain at next year's event which rumbles ever closer to the Russian capital.
Do you want to know what they've come up with?
Aw, well done Poland. They've just scooped their first ever Eurovision title, 14 years after their impressive debut at the Song Contest (they took silver in 1994) by sort-of-moonwalking their way to the 2008 Eurovision Dance Contest trophy.
The United Kingdom finished ninth (not a double-digit position - let joy rain down upon us all) out of, umm, 14 competing nations, but let's not be churlish. Instead, we shall concentrate on the winners.
Right, there may not be much in the way of blanket promotion across the airwaves for the competition, but the 2008 Eurovision Dance Contest begins at 8pm BST tomorrow (Saturday) at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.
We know who's taking part, but when exactly are they playing? And do we know what moves each couple will be showing off to a watching continent?
Of course we do. We're Boom Bang a Blog.
Taking on the burdenous mantle this year is actress (note: 'actress'. Not 'professional dancer'. Oh yes, we know how to play by the rules...) Louisa Lytton, who is taking a break from chasing naughty teenagers down alleyways full of really big bins in The Bill to give a potential hometown victory in the Eurovision Dance Contest a shot. Well, look how well the Chinese athletes did in their own back yard at the Olympics.
If you've read the entry for the Russian couple, you'll be aware that there are actually two couples hailing from Ukraine (goodness knows why, it's not as though Russia has a population of Monaco-esque proportions), which will probably make for some interesting votes on the night.