I must confess to loving the Eurovision Song Contest despite, maybe because of, all of its 'cheesy' (slang for inferior, cheap, chintzy, according to Dictionary.Com) songs and it's history of 'BLOCK VOTING'.
Every year we sit, large bowl of popcorn between us, marking our favourites out of 10 points each. So what did we make of this years event?
Hosted for the second time by GRAHAM NORTON, this years offerings weren't, for the most part, typical Euro in that there was only one really, really 'over-the-top', fun record - France's 'Allez Olla Ole' sung by 'up and coming artist' Jessy Matador. However that said, the programme as a whole was fun and we especially enjoyed all the 'Euro Street Party' scenes taken from across Europe. After all, say what you want about the event itself but wasn't it great to see all those people brought together for the night, singing and dancing in the streets? - that's the real spirit of the event for me.
On the negative side - to me, it was a shame that only 6 out of the participating 25 countries chose to sing in their native language AND as for Cyprus's entry 'Life Looks Better In Spring' sung by Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders - it hardly seems fair that whilst the lyrics were penned by two Cypriots, the song, itself, was sung by a Welshman.
Our top three three acts:-
- 1st -Greece with 'Opa' sung by Giorgos Alkaios & Friends (20) (140) (Click HERE to view)
- 2nd - Ireland's Niamh Kavanagh with 'It's For You' (19) (25) OR France (19) (82) as mentioned above.
- 3rd - Armenia with 'Apricot Stone' sung by Eva Rivas (18) (141)
The actual top three acts:-
- 1st - Germany's 'Satelite' performed by Lena (246) (16) (Click HERE to view)
- 2nd:- Turkey with 'We Could Be The Same' sung by MaNga (170) (17)
- 3rd - Romania, 'Playing With Fire' performed by Paula Seling & Ovid (162) (13)
* Our marks out of a possible 20.* Actual scores as recorded on the night.
For BBC details of the event click HERE AND for Digital Spy's list of how each nation performed click HERE.