Tonight is Eurovision Night.
For years, Hubby and I would watch and give our own score for the songs, then when we moved to the cottage in 2007 and had no TV, 2008 saw us listening to it on the radio.
Over the years, ‘the show’ has got louder and more puerile as the presenters shout in feigned excitement for the duration. We tuned out and switched off after 2009.
The highlight is of course the voting, which is honest, non political and not rigged in the slightest ( 😉 ).
Our first win was a barefoot Sandi Shaw with Puppet on a String in 1967.
Lulu brought home a shared gong in 1969 with Boom Bang-a-bang.
Brotherhood of Man walked it with Save your Kisses for Me in 1976, and Bucks Fizz won in 1981 with Making your Mind Up.
Our last win was in 1997 when Katrina and the Waves succeeded with Love Shine A Light.
We’d come second a few times too, but despite famous singers like Engelbert Humperdinck , Bonnie Tyler and boy band Blue singing their hearts out in later years, we have failed miserably.
There were some pretty catchy songs tonight, a lot of which were in English, some weird costumes and dance routines, loads of cheesy grins, even yodeling, and a fabulous stage on which to perform.
As for the UK?
Our Lucie Jones was billed at song entry 18 and belted out Never Give up on You. Stunning performance and full credit to her.
After song number 26 (France), we had the ‘entertainment intermission’, so I walked the dog and had a cup of tea.
Then it was all down to the vote.
I liked Portugal, Belgium, Sweden and Bulgaria’s entries. Not that that says much, as I haven’t picked the winner since Abba’s ‘Waterloo’ in 1974 when Olivia Newton John represented the UK with Long Live Love and hit a bum note in the first phrase.