April 2010 Archives
A hugely popular radio star in his homeland - think of the impact Terry Wogan has made on British radio and you'll get an idea of Gerry's popularity - it is understood that concerns were raised when Mr Ryan didn't show up for his radio show this morning. He was later found dead at his home.
In a sad twist, today marks exactly 16 years since the broadcast of Eurovision 1994. Our thoughts go to his family, friends and fans.
Ken Bruce will play That Sounds Good To Me at some point after 10am tomorrow, so we'll finally be able to hear the finished version in studio/stereo fullness.
If, like me, you're at work/doing other things at that time of the morning, you can catch up with the broadcast a wee bit later on via the BBC iPlayer.
I'm a real geek when it comes to big international events. One thing I do almost every day is have a peek at the Olympic Park webcams to see how the preparations for London 2012 are coming along (they've just started to put up some very interesting bumpy white cladding on the exterior walls of the basketball arena). I don't know why, it just fascinates me.
The facilities for the next Summer Olympics will be under construction for at least another 18 months so it's tricky to see the progress alter too much from day-to-day, but one project progess-surfers can follow at close range and see big changes almost hourly is the construction of the Eurovision Song Contest stage in Oslo's Telenor Arena.
It's become tradition for the construction team respeonsible for sorting out the light-rigging, the stage construction and general transformation magaic to blog daily about their efforts. And when you think about the Contest still being a month away, it just goes to show how much work goes into making the stage look spit-spot. You can follow their diary right here.
We now have the final version of the UK entry, That Sounds Good to Me - and we have a safe set of lungs to perform it in the shape of 19-year-old Josh Dubovie. There is just one more thing to sort out before May 29 dawns. What should he wear while performing the song in Norway?
This is where you lot come in, you sartorially talented Boom Bang a Bloggers of which I am so fond. Boom Bang a Togs is another of our
passing-the-time-away-until-May important-and-serious competitions, with a prize (although I haven't decided what it is yet).
All you need to do is right click on the image above, save it to your desktop, then open it up in your computer's Paint programme/Photoshop - or even print it off to be scanned in later on - and draw right onto it the clobber you think Josh should wear in Norway to impress the judges.
The very best entries will feature in an online gallery to be shared with your fellow Boom Bang a Bloggers, then I'll ask some ladies I know who seem very clued up about fashion to pick the best one. They may wish to award extra marks for spangles and glitter - but that's up to them.
So, unleash your inner Gok Wan, or even your latent Viz cartoonist (although anything rude can't be featured in the gallery, extremelt daft ones can) and get designing. Once you're done, send your finished entry (preferably in PNG of JPG format) back to email@example.com with your message marked 'Boom Bang a Togs' - please include your name and where you're from and a few paragraphs to explain the reasoning behind your design - as that will also be used in the gallery.
Oh - and the desert boots are mandatory. So is Josh's head. They are the only rules.
The House of Boom Bang a Blog awaits your creations with much anticipation.
Thank you so much to the Schlagerboys for posting this video so speedily from tonight's preview concert in the Netherlands. Here is the final (final, final, final and final again) version of the UK entry for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.
And do you know, I rather like it.
So, will it sound much different to this?
In the Netherlands tonight, Josh Dubovie will be one of 18 acts performing their entry for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest at a yooge gala concert.
Most interestingly, this is the first time the *proper* Contest version of the song will be heard for the first time. The version above is that from this year's official Contest CD, allegedly a rush-job to meet the deadline so that the British song would make it on there. The BBC representative on its Eurovision Facebook page is tight-lipped over the final version other than it's 'far punchier' than this one.
One does hope so. It still sounds like a demo in the version above - and those elephant honks in the 'That-Sounds-Good-To-Me' bit are plain puerile. I do hope Pete and Mike have been listening to how Girls Aloud singles are mixed while working on the final version - that's how you do a pop song for the Noo Minnellium.
UPDATED 6.15pm: BBC Eurovision has just posted this message on its Facebook site - 'The final "single release" version of "That Sounds Good To Me" will be premiered on Saturday, when Josh performs at the Eurovision preview party in Amsterdam. He'll then perform the song again live on Dutch TV on Sunday.'
I'm reliably informed that if you follow this link at 13.48pm GMT you will get to hear the world premiere of the final version of That Sounds Good to Me, the UK entry for Eurovision 2010 - and the version that will be performed on stage in Oslo.
The radio station is linked to Sweden's Melodifestivalen and has Eurovision stuff on heavy rotation all year round, hence it being the first to play the song. Pity the BBC hasn't been too quick off the mark to have it played.
I'm not sure I'll be able to listen it - but if any of you Boom Bang a Bloggers do - post your comments below as to whether the remix gives Josh a fighting chance or if nil points is now assured...
UPDATE: Sorry! Should have said before, to listen, click on the button on the right-hand side of the screen marked 'Lyssna pa SR Melodifest'.