So, 2016 in my opinion, was a bit of a write-off. What with Brexit, all those celebrity deaths and now Trump as the leader of the free world. It’s been a real downer and I’m glad to see the back of it! To cheer myself up, I started thinking about The Eurovision Song Contest and why it was founded in the first place. I came to the conclusion it was to bring Europe together after the tumultuous times preceding the competition’s inception. The Eurovision slogans of recent years give an insight into this sentiment. From Copenhagen’s ‘#JoinUs’, Vienna’s ‘Building Bridges’, Stockholm’s ‘Come Together’ to Kyiv’s recently released slogan, ‘Celebrating Diversity’.
With all the recent divisive rhetoric, I thought we could all do with celebrating a bit of unity in the form of Eurovision. So, to cheer us up after such a pants year, I got my fellow HelloEuropeans (I like it and I’m sticking with it!) to write about their favourite Eurovision moments of all time.
I’m going to start with my favourite moment so here goes….
The moment I’ve selected is pretty UK-centric but I couldn’t help but write about it. It’s one of the reasons I love Eurovision so much and it highlights to me how much the UK has lost touch musically with our European neighbours. Our chart music has moved on but our Eurovision entries remain substandard. The music we enter in Eurovision is considered by many in Europe, as a bit of a joke!
In 2005 many a Eurovision fan sat down to watch the UK’s song Touch My Fire, performed by Javine Hylton come a disappointing 22nd. It is however, the UK’s televised selection show, Making Your Mind Up that most people in the UK uncomfortably remember.
An overly inflated Katie Price (a.k.a. Jordan) screeched her way through the camp number, Not Just Anybody. Complete with pink cat suit, she looked less ‘musical artist’ and more ‘Pink Tellytubby’. I think knowing she would be 8 months pregnant when the Eurovision Song Contest aired in Ukraine helped convince the British people to vote in their droves. The performance received 29% of the popular vote, just 1% behind the overall winner! Javine won in the end but how things could’ve been different if only Miss Price could…erm…sing!
If you love her song you might just be in luck as it is reported in the Huffington Post, a full decade after her famously dire performance that she would like to have another go at representing the UK at Eurovision. You Go Girl! Never let a lack of talent hold you back. If you missed the initial grim performance, here it is.
I think you’ll agree that this performance is one to remember, although possibly for all the wrong reasons. Nevertheless, to me at least, a true UK Eurovision highlight.
We’re going to release these as a series so keep an eye open for future ‘favourite Eurovision moments’. Let us know what you think and if you have your own favourite moment send us an e-mail and we’ll put it on the site.