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All hail Eurovision

Wayne Clewes fesses up to his love for Eurovision

Published on May 21st 2008.

All hail Eurovision

Now I have a confession to make. I love Eurovision. I would go as far as to say that it is one of the highlights of my year, but that probably tells you more about the sheer drudgery of my mundane everyday existence than the appeal of Eurovision.

And this year, just imagine, with the two semi finals to root out the chaff, there is a whole nine hours of Eurovision viewing to savour.

From an early age, I was enthralled by this contest of chaotic culture clashes, the music that veers from ear-splitting peasant anthems to Europop genius and, of course, the utterly biased voting system which explains more about European integration than the EU could ever manage. And this year, just imagine, with the two semi finals to root out the chaff, there is a whole nine hours of Eurovision viewing to savour.

Naturally, this year Britain stands as little chance as ever; but what do you expect when you select a former bin man as your entrant? Mind you, Ireland has a turkey representing their hopes. In a slightly tipsy moment, I have frittered away rather a lot of money on the fortunes of Andorra and Sweden but expect to be utterly disappointed on both counts. But, by the point that the winner is announced, I shall probably be too drunk to care. Never the mindful host, whenever I have attempted to host a Eurovision party, the whole occasion has quickly deteriorated into a debauched shambles.

However, if you can muster enough people to forsake their Saturday night, the LGF are offering Eurovision party packs this year, with loads of tips and hints on how to make your do a success and raise money for charity to boot. Visit www.lgf.org.uk for full details.

But, if you can't bear to tear yourself away from Canal Street on a Saturday night, the whole Village is set to go Eurovision mad. Venues are to adopt a country each, with a number of them showing the contest itself, and there is the possibility that a few former Eurovision stars will be putting in an appearance. The Village Business Association is also rumoured to be running a Eurovision Treasure Trail across the Village offering the participants the chance to win a number of prizes.

And, if that wasn't Eurovision enough, the spoof musical Eurobeat will be at the Lowry from May 19-24, starring Mel Giedroyc and Gareth Hale in a show where the audience gets to vote for the winner and even Terry Wogan puts in an appearance, albeit recorded on a large screen.But I shall very definitely be at home, surrounded by saggy bunting and empty bottles of wine, fruitlessly rooting for Andorra .


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Cruz 101 May 24
The grande dame of the Gay Village celebrates 16 years in the business. Miss Cara hosts a huge shindig featuring a live performance from Booty Luv, if that means anything to you.

Essential May 24
Apparently, Essential are inviting everyone to get banged up this bank holiday and have the rather aptly named guest DJs, the Hoxton Whores, paying a visit from that there London.

The Ritz, May 25
Making their last appearance in Manchester before Pride, Federation pulls out all the stops for a typically flamboyant party for the bank holiday. Greg Myers and Nik Denton are your DJs and the pre-party takes place at Spirit.

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