Eurovision 2012: “Good luck on your journey, Azerbaijan!”

Mark Lawson on the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Azerbaijan – “the most politicised contest yet.” [Apart from the one in 1974? – Ed] Indeed. Back to Mark Lawson. Tensions between several of the core participants had been raised by the possible exit of Greece from the stricken eurozone and, increasing the volume of disharmony to Jedward levels, BBC news and current affairs programmes have run several reports questioning the suitability of the host nation because of Azerbaijan’s record of … Read more

“Love Will Set You Free is actually quite a savvy song choice…”

Having decided to to send a relative newcomer to the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku this year – the 75 year old Arnold George Dorsey, better known as Engelbert Humperdinck – the BBC have now unveiled the song he will be singing.  Apparently, Engelbert is “very proud of the song”.  Well, it’s not a turkey…  From the Eurovision channel Okaaay…  I’m not seeing much ‘choreography’.  But as the Guardian’s Stuart Heritage says While Love Will Set You Free might not be a song that imprints … Read more

Engelbert Humperdinck will represent the UK…

RTÉ may be trying again with the terrible twins, but the BBC have decided to send a relative newcomer to the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku this year – the 75 year old Arnold George Dorsey, better known as Engelbert Humperdinck.  No members of the public were consulted in the decision. Will he do better than Blue’s 11th place finish last year… Pete Baker

“Jedward will now represent Ireland…” – Redux

The RTÉ selected panel, and those members of the Irish public who voted, have, once again, decided that Jedward will represent Ireland RTÉ in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest – to be held in Baku in May.  And Louis didn’t even need to fix the voting this year.  [Allegedly! – Ed]  Indeed. Whether RTÉ are any more willing to host next year’s final than they were this one is another matter.  [At least it’s not another turkey! – Ed]  You might … Read more