Oh Hurrah! Spangles and gratuitous flag waving! Eurovision is here. Tonight, with some dear friends & an atlas, we will be watching assorted European countries singing & dancing their hearts out to (hopefully) hilarious commentary from Graham Norton. I just love it! Not sure I could manage it neat, as in without the commentary. They certainly made the semi-finals hilarious. Which we had two of this year. With the breaking up into countries of the various parts that were once Russia, the entries have got too numerous for just one night of fun. Now we have three. Yay!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Eurovision, it was started after the Second world War, to try to bring the European countries together through the healing medium of music & has been running for 55 years. From such lofty ideals have spawned some fab bands like Abba, but mostly wonderful kitchy europop with outrageousness aplenty. But to be honest, I think that it does bring us all together. Its about the campest evening you can get without going to Mardi Gras, but appeals to even the straightest bloke. As long as he's in touch with his inner sequins.
It also serves as an educational tool. Every time it gets to the voting stage we have to reach for the atlas to predict who will vote for whom. Obviously you can't vote for your own song, so everyone seems to vote for their neighbours unless they have a less than pleasant history together. Then they vote for everyone else but. Its all highly entertaining stuff. We also always have to utter the words: 'How is that country in Europe?' That, and 'oh my life, what are they wearing?!'
Did I mention that Moldova's entry, a suprise sucess story from the semi-finals, contains men in 2 metre cone hats and a unicycling bride. I tell you. Its not to be missed.