Here’s Mr Jørgensen’s Eurovision update for this week. We’re getting excited now… Just a month or so to go.
Not long to go until Eurovision finally happens (it does feel like it’s been going on since last summer at this stage) and Stockholm is preparing itself for an influx of fans by building a prefabricated Euroclub that looks a bit like a large warehouse. We’re sure it’ll be lovely with a few fairylights on.
Meanwhile, Eurovision came to the UK. Not through a win, of course, but with the annual London Eurovision Party at Café de Paris in the West End. We were there, and it was a lovely evening. Plenty of acts, kicking off with Ireland’s Nicky Byrne and ending with the UK’s Joe and Jake. Everyone was fantastic and sang brilliantly no duff vocals at all. The Nordics were represented by young Frans from Sweden, who is halfBritish and speaks English with an accent that sounds like he’s just stepped off the train from Canvey Island (a bit like us, come to think of it), and Gréta Salóme from Iceland, who plays the violin and is doing Eurovision for the second time. And there was a surprise appearance from Selma Björnsdóttir, who has also done Eurovision twice.
You may have read in the papers about a bit of criticism from the Swedish producer of this year’s Eurovision about how the UK respects the show. We’re going to sit on the fence about this one, of course. But we’ll be very angry with you if you dare to laugh at any of the performers.