Recently in Eurovision 2008 Category
There are some requests that are too good to turn down. One such offer came Boom Bang a Blog's way last week when a representative for Andy Abraham said the British entrant from 2008, who finished last in Serbia, wanted to share his opinions about this year's UK selection process, his experiences as a Eurovision entrant and anything else which crops up in the course of our chat. At nine o'clock this morning, before the rigours of two newspaper deadlines started chasing my tail, I gave Mr Abraham a call:
Boom Bang a Blog: Good morning, Andy. I'm calling you from Liverpool - but more importantly, where are you sat for our chat?
Andy Abraham: I'm in Hertfordshire in the studio, running through some songs. They're all songs that I've written and I'm trying out some things which are a little bit different but I'm not straying too far from the sound which I'm known for. I'll be touring with these songs, either at the end of this year or the beginning of next year. It's still a big part of my career.
I sang at Theo Walcott's 21st birthday party recently, which was brilliant for me because I'm a huge Arsenal fan, I've always loved football. It's a big night for us tonight against Barcelona and Man United are taking on Bayern Munich at the same time, although I know you won't be wanting Man United to do well up there! I have to say, though, Liverpool FC is my favourite team up north (Boom Bang a Blog is liking Andy even more now...).
Long-term readers of Boom Bang a Blog will remember Chris Knight, who filed some rather good reports and interviews from Belgrade in the run up to last year's Eurovision.
As well as liking song contests, Chris is also dead keen on the great outdoors and BBaB is happy to report that the group Mr Knight is a leading member of, Outdoor Lads, won the Best Float trophy in the parade at this year's Pride, held in Manchester over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Chris is in the safari suit colours in the middle of this photo. Well done to him and all the other Outdoor Lads. You can find out a bit more about the group, an outdoor pursuits group that's just for the boys, here.
Boom Bang a Blog was also at Pride this year. Tragically, I didn't have a float from which I could proudly wave a 12ftx12ft placard of John Siddle standing next to Alexander Rybak while dressed as Katie Boyle, although I did see the woman who plays Lilian in Shameless having a chat with Anthony Crank on the big stage - and danced to Bucks Fizz after too many shandies.
So, a fairly successful day all round, then.
You will do if you've seen the new ads for the Renault Megane in the breaks for Corrie and The X-Factor.
It's Sebastien Tellier with Divine, this year's French entry. It only finished 19th in Belgrade, but it seems to have pricked a fair few more ears up than the winning ditty did.
...except in Georgia, as three kids in yellow and black striped outfits (with a collective age that is less than this current blogger's) have just taken the 2008 Junior Eurovision Song Contest title in Cyprus. The song is called Bzzz...
For some reason, the show was presented by a pair of Londoners, but despite all the dreadful, dreadful music - even by Eurovision standards - there was a very poignant moment when the girl reading out the Russian scores gave the 12 to Georgia with a genuinely cheery smile. Sometimes, dagnammit, those kids can teach us a thing or two. The Georgians didn't return the favour.
Georgia has pulled out of the 2009 Contest in Moscow due to the political events earlier this year.
Some cynics are already suggesting this pint-sized victory is a rather convenient, sugar-coated way of enticing them back...
Tomorrow is the sixth edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest - and just when you thought the adults had the sole stake on rehearsal week drama and strops, wait until you hear about the kids.
In what could be a worrying too-much-lemonade-and-ice-cream scenario, the entrant for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (and on of the favourites to win) was taken to hospital on Wednesday and could only manage two of his four alloted rehearsal slots.
You can have a shufty at his song in this blogbit, along with the remaining two songs in the 15-strong line-up, beginning with:
Laiminga Diena performed by Egle Jurgaityte
Bless you for your loyalty in the run up to Fun-Sized Eurovision on Saturday. The first of today's four entries is from Serbia, this year's hosts of the other singing contest.
Uvek Kad U Nebo Pogledam performed by Maja Mazic
There's more this way.
Boom Bang a Blog has been absolutely inundated with no requests to see more previews of the songs taking part in this year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Cyprus on Saturday.
So, we'll keep going with the song from the host country's friendliest neighbour.
Kapoia Nychta performed by Niki Yiannouchu
There's three more to experience if you click on the bit marked 'Continue Reading'. I know, I know... we're just too kind to you.
Saturday sees the sixth running of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, live from Lemesos, Cyprus.
There is minimal interest in this Minipops version of the main event in Western Europe, although the host nation, Belgium, The Netherlands and Malta are doing their bit in Cyprus to stem the tide of Eastern European bloc voting on behalf of the Eurovision old school. We don't fancy their chances.
Over the next four days, we'll preview the 15 acts clamouring (but not running with scissors) towards the prize. Of course, one day, there will be one act who winds up winning both Junior and Grown-Up Eurovisions. A bit like Roger Federer winning the Australian and French Open five years apart.
If you can bear it, have a click to preview the entries from Romania, Armenia, Belarus and Russia.
As you may (or may not) know, Boom Bang a Blog HQ is not that far from Liverpool. The city is aquiver with anticipation today as it gears up to host the MTV European Music Awards at its spanking new ECHO Arena with stars like Beyonce, Bono, and perhaps even Val Doonican, turning up to be seen on the red carpet.
Only ticket holders are allowed near the venue itself (we don't have one), but it would be super fun to go along and boo this year's winner, Dima Bilan (named as Best Russian Act) for inflicting almost the dullest Eurovision victory-scooping song in history on we poor viewers as he strutted in to the ceremony.