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Ewan Spence continues to look at the discography and music of Eurovision entrants before and after they've appeared on the world's biggest television show.
There was a point when we Eurovision watchers didn't know that Alexander Rybak's 'Fairytale' wasn't going to win the Song Contest for Norway. I think it was just before he sung the track on the Norwegian National Semi-Final. The smart money was straight on his name at the Bookies the next morning. A few months later and the world realised what we had been telling them since that first performance.
If you pop in here regularly, you'll have heard mention of the Advent Calendar on my other Eurovision website, Whoops Dragovic. Behind Door 13 of this year's calendar are the first 14 of 42 Top Trumps cards, based on all the entrants of this year's Contest in Moscow. You'll find some examples below.
The remaining 28 cards are split into two sets and can be found behind different doors on the Advent Calendar. Once you have all 42 cards, imagine the fun you and your pals could have for, ooh, about seven minutes before getting bored.
And no, I'm not telling you which doors the other cards are behind. Where would the fun be in that? ;o)
Spain didn't broadcast their allocated semi-final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest live, due to a sporting event. As they were contractually obliged to do so, the European Broadcasting Union has given them a ticking off.
On a more political note, Azeri telly was fined 2,700 euros for blurring the number viewers had to call to vote for the Armenian entry, interfering with the TV signal whilst the Armenian act was performing and then the small matter of the police taking Azeri citizens who voted for Armenia in for questioning after checking their mobile phone details.
Surely that sort of behaviour deserves more than a 2,700 euro fine? And Azerbaijan is being allowed back in for 2010.
It makes you think.
You can be forgiven for not knowing that there's another Eurovision going on this weekend - because not many countries seem to want to enter it. The seventh edition of the Junior version of our favourite Contest takes place in the Ukrainian capital on Saturday night but despite the high hopes the EBU had for the event when it began in 2003, just 13 nations will be lining up in Kyiv's Palace of Sports (the same place that Proper Eurovision was staged in 2005) to have a go at winning the trophy, with the majority of entrants coming from Eastern Europe.
Here's a brief report on how the competition climaxed with a taster of some of the performances.
The public vote went to Sardinian-speaking/singing group Dr Drer and Crer Posse.
Many thanks to our business reporter and fellow blogger Alistair Houghton for passing this little gem on to Boom Bang a Blog - there's another European Song Contest taking place this weekend, celebrating the mother tongues you don't hear very much about in the mass media.
Leeuwarden in the Netherlands hosts the sixth (No, I'd never heard of the previous five, either) European Minority Song Contest Liet International on Hallowe'en night.
Sounds a lot more fun than Brucie's laboured jokes on Strictly...
Our Girl in Moscow could put the solo career on hold to replace departing 'Babe Amelle Berrabah according to this report here.
However, according to this report here - the whole story is a load of hogwash.
Interesting stuff - but it's also an indication that Jade's solo career post Eurovision hasn't been much to get excited about. Which is a bit of a shame.
UPDATE: It was confirmed this morning that Jade IS a new Sugababe, but taking over from the only remaining original member, Keisha Buchanan and not Amella Berrabah. What do you think? The Sugababes are getting more and more unpopular with each passing album - is it a wise move on Jade's part to sign up?
Intriguing news from one of Boom Bang a Blog's Hull-based correspondents.
This year's UK entrant, Jade Ewen, was at this event at the weekend, where the line-up also included recently nodded-to 1979 competitors Black Lace.
Despite Jade bursting forth onto the world stage with It's My Time via Your Country Needs You, Ms Ewen didn't perform it at the show (fair enough, she's not obliged to), but introduced the song she did perform, My Man, as her first single.
First? First? Are we missing something here? This sounds more like a record company banning Jade from mentioning the 'E' word than anything else, but then again, a fair few of the crowd that day would have turned out to see her based on that brief sojourn to Russia four months ago.
If that's true, it's a bit of a shame, considering her rise to fame is a product of a talent show organised by ther very corporation which runs the station in question.
This does sound like yet another 'don't touch a Eurovision singer with a bargepole' approach that the UK is particularly notorious for. A bit of a shame, as the song is a million miles away from her Andrew Lloyd Webber-penned Contest entry - but stills sounds very MTV-friendly. Perhaps if My Man climbs the charts, they'll change their minds.