I have a confession to make - "I'm a Eurovision fan", okay I said " I'm a EUROVISION fan", not a huge fan, I couldn't name every winning country and their entry since time began, but I do enjoy watching and "playing along" for it is traditional in this household for everyone present to give each act a score out of 10.
This year the competition was held in Russia as they won last year, I couldn't name the song or singer but I do know they scored 272 points with Niece N and I giving them 11 out of 20,and what a show it was. The stadium was huge, seating 2500 people (but don't quote me on that) and was quite spectacular As a finale they had a stage above the heads of the audience which was covered with some kind of plastic sheeting, for want of a better description, in which dancers appeared to be "swimming". The stage was then slowly lowered so that it was only centimetres above the heads of the audience, it must have felt like being in a river. As I say, spectacular, and to think we very nearly didn't watch it.
There are always complaints of block (countries voting for other countries who just happen to share a border) or political voting but this, on the whole, didn't seem to occur nearly as much this year - perhaps due to a slightly different voting system. However, last year saw Terry Wogan quit as the UK's commentator to be replaced, this year, by Graham Norton and lots of viewers seemed to be none too happy with this, perhaps due to loyalty to Wogan or the fact that he was known and loved for having such a dry sense of humour or maybes because they just don't like Norton who, by the way, did an ok job.
Anyway, out of 25 acts, the United Kingdom (Hubby and I awarded 14 out of 20)came fifth this year with 173 points, which was fairly impressive when you consider we came joint bottom last year, and whilst Norway won with ,the biggest score ever recorded, 387 points( we awarded 13 out of 20), our personal preferences were for myself - Germany, who came 20th with a total of just 35 points though we awarded 16 out of 20 and for Hubby - Ukraine who, though we awarded 15 out of 20, came 12th with a slightly more respectable score of 76. There really is no accounting for taste and , if these scores are anything to go by, Hubby and I obviously have little in the way of taste - musically speaking ,of course!