The Good Tradition Of Eurovision…

Quite possibly the highlight of my musical year...
Quite possibly the highlight of my musical year…

Do I love the Eurovision Song Contest?

Do I? DO I?

YES! YES, I do!

For those unfortunate people who are unfamiliar with this extravaganza then here is the Eurovision Song Contest description according to Wikipedia…

“The Eurovision Song Contest (FrenchConcours Eurovision de la chanson),[1] often shortened ESC, is an annual song competition held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956.”

Do I watch it every year without fail? Oh yes!

Do I have an mp3 version of every entry into the contest since 1956  in my iTunes library? Oh yes! Remember the post I’m Steve and I’m an iTunes-a-holic?

Yes, I realise that the actual date of the contest isn’t until May but I’m going to follow a similar theme to my Playlist Of The Year series of posts and plan to do a number of posts up until the show and review each year since I started watching. WARNING! Tune out now if you are offended by the weird, the wonderful and the unbelievably cheesy – however, I am so excited by the fact that I can combine my love of Eurovision with my new found love of blogging that I am currently, almost, peeing my pants!

When did I start watching?

Well, the first year I can actually remember hearing the winning song was 1989. I was eleven years old and didn’t actually manage to see the entire show. I started watching it and couldn’t understand why the singers weren’t all singing in English and I soon fell asleep.

I woke up during the voting stage – which if you haven’t ever watched the show is almost as entertaining as watching the performances – and I was hooked. The song that was currently leading would constantly be replayed and I loved it – I knew I had to tune into this show the following year, watch it from start to finish and also possibly record it onto VHS.

This song eventually won – “Rock Me” by Riva from Yugoslavia.

I couldn’t wait until the next year to watch this amazing show again. Very much like I can’t wait until tomorrow when I write my first post on my first “proper” year of Eurovision. Be afraid, be very afraid!

This was posted in response to the Daily Prompt hosted by

Traditions: we’ve all got ‘em. They might be family dinners on special occasions, or having a particular kind of cake on your birthday (Jeanne Cake, natch), or popcorn at the movies, or meeting your friend for a 5k run in the park, rain or shine, every Sunday morning. What are your favorite traditions, large and small? What is it about your traditions that keep them going strong for you?

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19 thoughts on “The Good Tradition Of Eurovision…

      1. My only exposure to it, and I have said this already as a joke even though it is true, is “My Lovely Horse” from Father Ted.

        We had to look it up then to figure out why Ireland did what they did on the show LOL


      2. Haha. If you have some time then read some of my reviews of past contests. If you didn’t think Europe was mental before then you will after 🙂


      3. I will! Question though, if the contest doesn’t start until May, how are the entries available now? Or is it a preview?


  1. When I was younger (in the black and white days of TV and a little later), I loved the Eurovision watching at home with mum and dad. Even when I exiled off to Switzerland me and Mr. Swiss like watching it. It was before the time when Europe was not too big. Today I am not sure if it is Eurovision. I remember the time when Yugoslavia was the only East European country competing and the singer would sing in his nice suit with a bow tie, something like an operetta. He never won, but it was nice. I also then could sing the winning song after the competition as it was still in my head (and I speak many languages, so that is not the problem). Today it is like a talent competition and the winning songs seem to disappear somewhere, never to be sung again. Good luck with your Eurovision contest, but it is no longer my Eurovision song contest (Where did Sandy Shaw go with her Puppet on a String).


    1. Awww. Thanks for your comment. I guess everything changes. But i think it went through a phase of ridicule but now it’s coming back to people taking it serious. Well, maybe sadly except the UK. We moan that it’s all political why we get no votes now but it’s not, it’s because our entry’s are rubbish. I will look out for the Swiss entry 🙂


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