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7 Things You Didn’t Know About … Eurovision

April 12, 2018 | Leave a comment


7 facts about Eurovision

  1. Eurovision was set up as a way to unite people. I 1956, we were all to unite through song in Switzerland – and 7 countries took part. This year 42 countries will be competing (Russia is back after last year’s absence) – looking to unite through sequins and glitz, animal costumes and wind machines.
    Eurovision 1956
  2. When ABBA won in 1974 with Waterloo, the UK gave them ‘nul points’. Oh ho ho.
    abba smiles
  3. In 1969, there were 4 winners – that was before the tie-rule was introduced, so, United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and France all won. Nice, right?
    Eurovision 1969 winners
  4. In 1958, France won, but the one everyone remembers is Italy, with a song that you definitely know. Yes, you do. https://youtu.be/Z-DVi0ugelc
    Domenico Modugno Al Festival di Sanremo, nel 1959 (La presse)

    (La presse)


  5. Sweden has won Eurovision 6 times, Denmark and Norway have won 3 times, Norway has won twice and Finland just once. Iceland has never won.
    scandinavians rule eurovision
  6. In 2016, 204 million people watched Eurovision. Yes, that is more viewers than even Eastenders. Last year it was ‘only’ 184 million. But still more than Eastenders.
    eastenders angry with eurovisison
  7. Youngest ever winner was Sandra Kim. She was 13 when she won in 1986. She had a good mullet.
    sandra kim 1986
    The oldest person ever to enter was 95, so no – it is not too late!

The 2017 Eurovision Bingo Card from ScandiKitchen

April 28, 2017 | Leave a comment

The 2017 Eurovision Bingo Card from ScandiKitchen

It is one of our favourite times of the year: Eurovision. We get together, drink pina colada and cringe at the (often) awful songs, cheer on our homelands and eat far too many cheez doodles.

Every year since 2010 we have made Eurovision Bingo Cards. This year is no exception. From Wednesday 3rd May onwards you can pick up printed cards in the cafe – or simply print your bingo cards from here.

We play on twitter. There are not really any rules – we just like to pretend its a game so we can have an excuse to drink another Pine Colada and come up with half witty tweets. Do join us on the night – Saturday 13th May 2017.

Ps – on Eurovision Final day, we usually have feather boas, Graham Norton Cupcakes, lots of glitter, Eurovision bunting and more at the cafe. You really should pop by.

Eurovision Bingo 2016

April 28, 2016 | Leave a comment

Here it is: Your Eurovision Bingo Card for 2016.  Thanks to all of you who wrote in with helpful suggestions.

We will be playing live on Twitter on the night (14th May) – so pick up your Bingo cards in store or print it out here.

Don’t forget to raise your glasses for Mr Wogan at song number 9.


Eurovision 2016 update

April 21, 2016 | Leave a comment

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.

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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.


Eurovision 2016 – Update

March 3, 2016 | Leave a comment

Eurovision 2016 – It has finally begun! Every week we will have our Eurovision expert, Mr David Jørgensen, giving us news and comments on the wonderful world of Eurovision. Fancy reading more? Mr Jørgensen also writes at Schlagerfiasko.

So now we’ve got every Nordic country except Sweden decided. Finland plumped for Sandhja’s Sing It Away, Iceland is sending back Greta Salóme (last seen in Baku 2012) and Norway ultimately had to decide between an overexcited Viking on a Jamaican holiday and a woman doing a Loreen impersonation. Agnete’s Loreen tribute won. Probably for the best. Sadly, Norway’s lesbian tribute to Laika the dog in space didn’t get through to the final.

Incidentally, one of Norway’s songwriters is a Brit. So some form of success may still await for the UK.

Sweden is about to embark on the fifth week of its six-week search for a song. We’ll be watching (so you don’t have to).

Back here next week.


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