It is that time again that makes me realise another year has passed like lightening (very much like the annual London Salute wargame show does), Eurovision is to be held this Saturday!
For those who do not live in Europe or if you do those of you who live under a rock and manage to miss this event each spring Eurovision is a talent show of massive proportions where a musical act from every nation in ‘Europe’ (the definition is rather loose with Russia and Israel taking part for example) takes part and then all the nations vote for a winner. The semi finals are underway now to whittle down the acts to the final group that will sing live in Baku 2012 this weekend.
I LOVE Eurovision and watch it every year but its not for the music. It is for the little party I have in the house and for guessing the winner and for laughing out loud at some of the frankly sublime and crazy acts from every corner of the continent and beyond. I have done this since the mid nineteen nineties and each year I sit up late for the telecast votes to come in. This time we in the UK are represented by musical legend and super heavy weight Engelbert Humperdink. You can see our entry from him below.
So my prediction for this year? Good fun, good laughs, a lot of not so good tunes and the winner…well unless there is a major upset it will be yet another Eastern European state courtesy of the ‘perhaps we should all block vote for each other’ mantra. Chances of it being the UK or any Western European nation…slim indeed.