Tonight we have a few friends coming over to watch the Eurovision Song Contest. Watching Eurovision with friends is an annual ritual for us, although it’s only the second time that we’ve hosted a Eurovision party ourselves. The last time was in 2014, back when we lived in our flat.
Whilst I wouldn’t call myself a massive Eurovision fan, I probably take a greater interest in it than most. I haven’t watched either of this week’s semi-finals, but I have listened to all of the songs on Spotify. Here’s the official playlist, if you want to do the same. Of those, I like the Danish and Greek entries the most. Romania’s entry is very silly, but still in the spirit of the competition. Of course, I haven’t seen any of the performances and part of the entertainment is watching the flamboyant displays that some acts put on.
Ukraine won the 2016 contest and so is hosting it this year. The implications of the 2014 annexing of Crimea mean that Russia isn’t taking part. Sadly, Ukraine hasn’t made a repeat of 2007 and so I don’t think we’ll be seeing much of Verka Seduchka this year. TANZEN!
Britain hasn’t won Eurovision since 1997, and I expect our chances are lower than ever this year, what with Brexit. Whilst our participation in Eurovision is completely independent of our membership of the European Union, I expect our European neighbours will feel less inclined to vote for us. Our entry isn’t bad, but I can’t see it winning, even in better circumstances. But let’s hope it’s not Royaume-Unis, nil points.
If you’re planning to watch the show tonight, the BBC has eight things that you need to know.