Eurovision acts in London

May 1st 2004 saw 10 European countries join the other 15 EU members to make the European Union have 25 member countries, so the Foreign & Commenwealth Office in London decided to celebrate this - a week early - on April 24th.

There was food, drink, and musical acts from the 10 countries, and also, perhaps unaccountably, James Fox, the UK Eurovision entrant, who opened the musical segment with a short set.

We also had Julie & Ludwig from Malta, plus Ines from Estonia, Skamp from Lithuania (their first UK gig said lead singer Erica Jennings), plus a futher Maltese contingent - Fabrizio Faniello, Olivia Lewis & Paul Giordimaina, and Junior Eurovision entrant, Sarah Harrison.

A great day in glorious sunshine. Julie & Ludwig's Eurovision song "On Again...Off Again" went down a storm.

Malta's Julie & Ludwig in London

Skamp in London

Malta's 2003 Junior Eurovision entrant Sarah Harrison

Just over a week later on May 2nd, Cypriot entrant Lisa Andreas & Greek entrant Sakis Rouvas sang at the Eros nightclub in Enfield.

Lisa's performance was curtailed to a mime of her Eurovision song "Stronger Every Minute", as she had a throat infection, but Sakis made up for it by a very energetic perfoamnce that brought the house down. He will do well in Istanbul, but perhaps Lisa will do better.

Good luck to them both.

Lisa Andreas outside the Eros Club, Enfield

If you have any news or updates on this country's National selection I'd like to hear about it. E-Mail me, Geoff Harrison, at my contact page