Kyiv 2005 (19.09.20)

Добрий вечір, Європо!

This week we visit Kyiv 2005, after Ukraine won the contest after only their second attempt. Originally, they’d had a three year plan to triumph, so Ruslana’s victory in Istanbul was a real feat. And notching up win before Russia made the achievement even sweet.

Of course, Ukranian-Russian relations play heavily in this contest (and at every contest since). Catherine Baker explains in ‘Contest in Context’:

On the night Greece triumphed but where will they place in #EurovisionAgain’s poll?

Of course Helena couldn’t be toppled!

Gothenburg 1985 (15.08.20)

God kväll, Europa!

We’re living out our neon and pastel fantasies in Gothenburg 1985 with thanks to SVT for allowing the EBU to screen this contest for the first time in 35 years.

Lill Lindfors is our excellent host for this Scandi-extravaganza – proving once more than Swedes know how to do light entertainment without breaking a sweat.

We’ve a ridiculous number of repeat offenders taking to the stage, including the eventual winners Bobbysocks! who snatched victory with the last three set of juries. 

Can they retain their crown this evening? Let’s find out….

Well done Bobbysocks! A second #EurovisionAgain victory for Norway, and a great night too for Israel jumping to the runner-up slot from an original placing of 5th.

Turkey and Spain leap 10 and 8 places respectively, while at the other end Ireland crashes from 6th in 1985 to 16th.

Spain and the United Kingdom finish in a dead heat and #EurovisionAgain cannot separate them as we do not have a rule about that! Oh well.

#EurovisionAgain returns on Saturday 19 September.

Jerusalem 1999 (18.07.20)

אירופה טובה, ערב

Shalom! It’s time for the last Eurovision of the millennium as we take a trip to Jerusalem 1999! Thank you KAN for helping out with this old IBA contest.

As you’ll see at the start, the hosts make a great deal about the fact that this year will be decided 100% by televoting.

One thing they curiously neglect to mention is that this is also the first year without an orchestra. Not that you’d notice, in our humble opinion.

An impressive stage, several bangerz and an interval performance from the Diva herself, Dana International, this is a modern if sometimes oddly paced contest.

Charlotte Perrelli née Nilsen wins the show, just squeaking past Iceland’s Selma in the last few votes… but can she replicate this at #EurovisionAgain? Let’s find out…

This was the tightest #EurovisionAgain yet! As we watched the votes come in Iceland led for large chunks of the 30 minutes, switching occasionally with Sweden, before Charlotte pulled away in the final 5 minutes.

Croatia improved on their original 1999 placing by one rung and weren’t far off a top 2 spot!

Cyprus were the big winners of the night, clambering up the table from 22nd to 11th! Perhaps ahead of their time?

COPENHAGEN 2014 (27.06.20)

God aften, Europa!

What a season finale! We visited Copenhagen 2014 for the final weekly #EurovisionAgain, and none other than the fabulous Conchita Wurst introduced it for us.

Probably my overall favourite Eurovision of all time – aside from the high quality of songs, the stage is epic, the production sublime, and one of the hosts is a frickin’ PIRATE.

We all know Conchita runs away with victory, but can she replicate that with the #EurovisionAgain scoreboard?

Justice was shared between four of the Big Five with the UK and France catapulting up 12 places from 2014, while Spain and Italy leap 6 and 3 spots respectively. 

Germany faired less well, sinking 7 places, propped up by a Belarusian Cheesecake at the foot of the table.

Russia’s Tolmachevy Sisters failed to shine, slipping down 10.

Note: this week’s #EurovisionAgain featured a collaboration between #EurovisionAgain and Netflix so some of our materials are branded to promote Fire Saga – we also ran a competition to win tickets to Copenhagen 2021.

Full details can be found here.

Belgrade 2008 (20.06.20)

Добро веце, Европа!

We’re off to Belgrade in sunny Serbia for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest!

One of my personal favourites, this contest has it all – and when I say “has it all” I mean “has a load of iconic pop girlies”.

Originally won by Dima Bilan after he threw an ice rink the kitchen sink at his performance.

But could he win #EurovisionAgain?

No.

Ani Lorak snatches the crown with perennial banger Shady Lady, rising one position along with Kalomira’s Secret Combination.

The biggest winners of the fandom reevaluation are Iceland’s Euroband (a massive 11 place leap into the bronze position), Sweden’s Charlotte Perrelli (up an enormous 13 spots) plus France (+7), Finland (+6) and even the UK’s Andy Abraham (+7).

Sadly, for every bop there has to be a flop… and rather harshly Dima Bilan slumps 8 places to 9th, Georgia tumbles ten places, and show-opener Romania crashes to the bottom of the pile.

Dublin 1988 (13.06.20)

Tráthnóna maith, an Eoraip!

We’re heading back to Dublin for the 33rd Eurovision Song Contest held in 1988.

This edition of #EurovisionAgain was introduced by Danish act Kirsten Siggard who herself has a very special guest.

1988 is an iconic show which coincides with the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of Ireland’s capital city.

Tonight we celebrate the introduction of an electronic score board and the slick presenting skills of Pat Kenny and Michelle Rocca.

A monumental tussle between the United Kingdom and Switzerland ended when Scott Fitzgerald failed to receive a single point from the final jury, leaving Celine Dion to snatch victory by a solitary point.

The #EurovisionAgain poll cemented Celine’s lead and also saw some long over love for the Turkish entry by MFÖ.

A good evening all round…

Lisbon 2018 (06.06.20)

Boa noite, Europa!

Pop out the pastel de natas – we’re jogging back a couple of months to the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest: Lisbon 2018!

We were joined by the wonderful UK entry SuRie, who shared her experiences of the night (and what a night she had!)

SuRie put together a fascinating Twitter thread which explains the behind-the-scenes drama that took place immediately after her stage invader. You can find that thread here: 

One of our favourite recent contests, this show has everything – a Scooby Doo-style memorable Moldovan melody, more fada than you can wave a Padrón pepper at, and a final top two on FUEGO.

Netta took home Israel’s first win in 30 years with TOY, but can she repeat that success in our #EurovisionAgain poll?

Congratulations Eleni on snatching the #EurovisionAgain crown, and swapping places with Netta. Incredibly, #Fuego was trending at a ridiculous rate at the results came in:

Elsewhere on the countdown both SuRie and Saara Aalto rocket up the leaderboard 19 and 21 (!) places respectively.

Waylon’s Outlaw In ‘Em with its controversial staging, perhaps unsurprisingly given the context of June 2020, crashed out in last position.

Rome 1991 (30.05.20)

Buona sera, europa! We’re off to Rome for the 36th Eurovision Song Contest.

Big thanks to RAI for allowing the stream this one for the first time in full since its broadcast. It was available for a week after the event, and we’re sure this fresh copy has made its way onto a YouTube channel somewhere.

One of the most charming contests in the archive, Rome oozes character and a chaotic energy yet to be replicated, thanks in no small part to the hosting style of 1990 winner Toto. Allora! 

This was the last event in which the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia participated, and the second ESC to end in a tie!

Count backs revealed that Sweden had won more 10 point scores from juries than France (they tied on douze points) and so Carola was crowned victor with Fångad av en stormvind.

How did the acts fair in our #EurovisionAgain poll?

Carola cemented her victory and sent us a a very cute speech to celebrate:

That’s two #EurovisionAgain crowns for Carola… so far…

Riga 2003 (23.05.20)

Labvakar, Eiropa! This week we visit Riga 2003 for the 48th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest!

Brought to us by Latvijas Televīzija (thanks for lending us the show), this would be the second consecutive Baltics Eurovision and the last before the 2004 brand and copyright streamlining, plus the introduction of a semi final.

t.A.T.u were the bookies favourites but were pipped to the post by champion Sertab Erener for Turkey, and runners-up Belgium with their song in an entirely made up language.

It was also a notable for being a year of RELENTLESS BANGERS, which would explain (alongside monitor issues) why UK act Jemini slipped through the cracks to receive our first nil points. Of course, Terry Wogan blamed it on the Iraq War and political voting; a salty take to say the least, but one the UK press has found hard to shrug off since, despite all the evidence.

The #EurovisionAgain poll received nearly 4,000 votes once more and saw big successes for Spain (climbing from 9th to take silver) and Iceland (beating Belgium by a single point to claim bronze)!

Austria and Poland plummet 13 and 15 places respectively, and Jemini clambered up the pile leaving Malta with the wooden spoon.