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Not a Book: Eurovision

Yes it’s a not a book post on a Saturday – and that’s because it’s about something that’s on tonight – the Eurovision Song Contest and there’s no point in telling you about it’s after the winner has already been chosen and you can’t have your say (if you’re in a voting country).

I’ve watched the semi finals, I know who my favourites are, I know who the bookies favourites are and I’m looking forward to see what insanity unrolls this year. We’re in Turin after Måneskin’s win last year – and they’ve had one of the best years of recent winners so could this be the start of something big for this year’s winner?

If you’ve never watched Eurovision, it’s a mega song contest where a countries compete to win a glass microphone trophy and the chance to nearly bankrupt their national broadcaster by hosting the contest the next year. It can be wildly political – but it can throw up the wildest winners. – Ukraine are this year’s favourites but I loved the Wolves and their Bananas in semi final one.

And it’s 25 years this time since the UK won with Love Shine a Light and Katrina and the Waves (complete with drummer Alex whose mum lived up the road from me) and for the first time in ages we might have a chance of doing ok – after getting zero last year. I’ve probably jinxed it now but hey. Enjoy everyone, and here are some of my favourites from through the years and if you’re in the UK and want to watch, it’s on BBC One from 8pm.

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