Yes, Dima Bilan on his second attempt after 2nd place in
Athens 2006 won with Believe, and the 2009 contest will
therefore be in Russia, and I've already decided I will be there for
the final on May 16th 2009! 2nd place was taken by Ukraine's Ani Lorak
with Shady Lady and in 3rd place was Kalomira for Greece with
Secret Combination. The UK came joint last.
There's been a lot of talk of the UK pulling out after this poor
showing, but the truth is we need better songs and a less carping
commentator. I love the Wogan breakfast show, but he's too negative
for Eurovision - I'd recommend listening to the Ken Bruce Radio 2
commentary which I have as a recording alongside Terry Wogan's. Ken
is much less critical and indeed suggests that this year voting was
more about the songs. Russia did get points from countries outside
Eastern Europe, and let's not forget Norway came 5th with Hold On Be
Strong sung by Maria. A good song from Western Europe can do
well. Let's hope the UK puts up a good song next year - its only 6
years since we came 3rd with Come Back sung by Jessica Garlick, but
its more important the show takes place and is watched by all those
millions as Saturday night entertainment.
Its all down to Maria Serafovic - Serbia's winning Singer of
the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest - the 2008 contest will be held in
Belgrade, Serbia in May 2008.
Come with me once more into the world of The Eurovision Song Contest!
There's a calendar of upcoming events on the left and a list of songs
to compete on the Songlist Page
No reports this year
Well this year seems to be a first for many reasons. The first time
there have been 2 semi finals, the first on May 20th, the second on
May 22nd. Both will be shown in the UK on BBC-3. the line-up is on
the Songlist Page. The final is on May 24th.
Its also a first in that I will not be attending this year's contest
- the first time since 1993 which I missed after attending the 1992
show in Malmo. It hasn't yet fully sunk in, but this is the way it
has to be - at least for this year. So no reports from the contest on
this site which has reported during the week since 1997, but now the
hullabaloo is 2 weeks and perhaps that's too long.
The official site at www.eurovision.tv
is doing a sterling job, and I will be watching the shows on BBC-TV.
Make sure you don't miss it!
Let's hope the winner is a good 'un, and we know the contest will go
from strength to strength.
Main thing is to take note of the Czech singer's song lyrics and Have
Since its so hard to find I thought I'd give here the voting order
for Saturday which was determined way back in March: UK, Macedonia,
Ukraine, Germany, Estonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania,
Belgium, San Marino, Latvia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Israel, Cyprus,
Moldova, Iceland, France, Romania, Portugal, Norway, Hungary,
Andorra, Poland, Slovenia, Armenia, Czech Republic, Spain, the
Netherlands, Turkey, Malta, Ireland, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Greece,
Finland, Croatia, Sweden, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, Montenegro,
Georgia and Denmark.
And here's an Excel spreadsheet with all
the maths for the fast typers to have their own scoreboard.