ESC 1965: Contest Review

You could say that each time Italy hosts, we have a homecoming of sorts. After all, it was the Sanremo Music Festival, established in 1951, that was a template for Eurovision. This then, is the first homecoming, to the city of Naples. Interestingly, it is also the first year that some countries behind the so-called […]


ESC 1965: Song Reviews

All right, I’m back! With the official-ish start of the Eurovision season a couple of weeks away, and the bidding process for the 2023 host city down to its shortlist stage, it seemed like a good time to return to my reviews of contests past in preparation for next year. This time, I’m reviewing all […]

ESC 2022: The Big Five

Given that I’ve already reviewed the two semis, I might as well give some brief thoughts on the five countries already in the grand final, in running order. FRANCEThis years folk-electro track is one of the more frantic performances of the evening — it’s more or less the same as the national final, without some […]

ESC 2022: Results of the Second Semi-Final

Whereas the first semi-final had fans reeling with shock qualifications and therefore non-qualifications, the second semi was far more predictable. In fact, if you took the bookmakers’ odds into account, there was only one act who qualified against expectations. BELGIUM: The first country to go through was immediately one where you could see this was […]

ESC 2022: Post-Rehearsal Reviews – Second Semi-Final

Apologies for the delay, I realise the second rehearsals for this semi finished a few days ago, but I’ve been distracted by other things. Again, this is purely based on the short clips from the official Eurovision YouTube page. FINLANDLots of black balloons with yellow lighting, in keeping with the colour palate The Rasmus used […]

ESC 2022: Results of the First Semi-Final

Well, there’s nothing like a few shock qualifications to keep you awake and thinking, even when you sort of want to go back to bed for a nap before the day really begins. Let’s go through all the songs, in order of qualification announcement, and then I’ll think something up for the order of the […]