ESC II

The main event of Saturday evening was the Eurovision Song Contest, a two hour ‘live’ show replacing the normal epic.

That it had been put together in just a few weeks, after nearly a year of preparation for something very different was impressive. The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) has huge resources available, but even so.

I saw the UK/BBC version introduced by Graham Norton. I know it was on in other countries.

The main part consisted of the 41 songs. Each had a short introduction, a video clip of the tune and a few words from the performers.

In with it all were some favourites, Johnny Logan and Mans Zelmerlöw made an appearance, previous winner Netta was funny and nice and then sang a song that was a bit calmer than her winning song:

ESC I

Yesterday was the ESC, the Eurovision Song Contest. Except, of course, it wasn’t. Virus hits again.

Normally there are two semi-finals of 2 hours each during the week and a final of 3 to 4 hours on the Saturday, not including all the rehearsals, press shows etc. That’s an awful lot of live television to an awful lot of people in so many countries.

Suddenly, after a year’s preparation, it wasn’t going to happen. No visit to Rotterdam, no UK coming last, nothing.

Eurovision

We’re all very sad here this week.

Under normal circumstances it would have been Eurovision Song Contest week. You know, the most watched TV programme in the world apart from the Super Bowl.

No contest this year. Where you are, your local tv station may be broadcasting something to celebrate. I believe there is an evening of the songs planned using the music videos.

UK will still come last.

Here’s a favourite song: