I ♥ The Eurovision Song Contest…

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!