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'Biggest and best Eurovision party in the UK'

What's another year where this important musical event is concerned, wonders Luke Porter....

Published on May 27th 2010.


'Biggest and best Eurovision party in the UK'

AS SURE as night follows day, it's another year of Eurovision, and this weekend FACT , in Wood Street, are going all boom bang an bang over it.

The Picturehouse is hosting what is labelled as the biggest and best Eurovision party in the UK. Festivities include the live broadcast of this year's contest, to be held in Oslo, capital of Norway and once the nul points capital of the show. It's on the big screen,and Euro lovers will find a buffet laid on, live entertainment and a fancy dress competition, so Abba costumes and no shoes at the ready...

Unfortunately, Terry Wogan and his yearly rambles on the ludicrousness of it all will not be available. But even with Graham Norton, this annual gala is always a good laugh, as Europe comes together to revel in the 'art' of cheesy pop music. Except most of Europe doesn't see it like that.

Nevertheless, many a classic pop tune has emerged from the contest they would argue. Yes, but just not in living memory, you could reply.

The UK first entered in 1957, when Patricia Bredin finished in 7th out of the ten nations taking part at the time. Last years UK act 'Jade' finished 5th out of 25, not bad for us compared to recent years, not finishing in the top ten since 2003.

This year's British entrant is Josh Dubovie, voted for by the public, through the BBC, in the hopes of choosing an act that could actually end up winning the contest- a feat not achieved since Katrina and the Waves won in 1997 with Love Shine a Light. Josh's entry is a song written by “Hit Factory” kings Mike Stock and Pete Waterman, calle d That Sounds Good to Me. With odds at 66/1 of it winning and 5/1 of Josh getting zero points, we know which bet sounds good to us.

To see the UK's latest offering, along with all the others, on the big screen at FACT will cost members and children £10, and adults £12- with a donation from each ticket going directly to Children in Need.

Next year: All monies to go to Songwriters in Need

CLASSIC MOMENTS FROM EUROVISION.

They may even help you “Make Your Mind Up” when it comes to what costume to wear:

1967- Sandie Shaw and her bare feet walk the contest, winning easily with Puppet on a String

1968- Cliff Richards comes second with Congratulations

1969- Lulu wins for the UK with Boom Bang-a-Bang, a true classic

1974- Abba win with Waterloo.

1976- A victory for the UK as Brotherhood of Man win with Save Your Kisses For Me

1981- Bucks Fizz, with the added help of their famous mini skirt trick, win with Making Your Mind Up

1996 - Gina G and her 'classic' song- Ooh Aah.... Just a Little Bit, offers a prime example of the linguistic brilliance the competition so regularly breeds

2005- Jordan, in her tight pink Lycra, was narrowly beaten by Javine to represent the nation.

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