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Avast ye Eurovision liking landlubbers. After last year's Boom Bang a Blog Big Poll, Katie Boyle got a bit scared by how keen we all were to vote on the songs competing for Oslo so has only agreed to oversee this year's operation if it can be done from the safety of the open sea, where Eurovision fans cannot reach her. So, we can now proudly bless the Vote Boat and all who allocate points in her. Please send Katie your picks from the 2011 songs (regardless of whether it's in the first semi-final, the second semi-final or one of the Big Five). Vote by Saturday, April 2 and we'll bring you Boom Bang a Blog's favourites for the 2011 season. Happy voting!
The 20th Eurovision Song Contest came from Stockholm and it was very, very blue. The set was blue, the scoreboard was blue and the presenter's dress was blue. Debutantes Turkey were also blue, albeit in more abstract fashion - and we'll get to them later.
This was also the first year that 'douze points' was awarded at the Eurovision Song Contest. The voting system had been thoroughly overhauled to make everything as fair as possible, ABBA had suddenly made the Contest seem a credible sorta-thing for pop groups to enter and the viewing figures were going through the roof across the continent.
All 1975 needed was another top-drawer, bespoke slab of prime European pop to take the trophy and the Contest could maybe, just maybe, become the event songwriters of every calibre would sweat semi-quavers to be part of.
The judges went for this:
Winner 1975: Teach-In perform Ding Dinge Dong for the Netherlands
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.
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.