All Kinds Of Everything for Eurovision

The build-up to the 57th Eurovision Song Contest in Baku

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They Think it's Moldova......... It is Now!!!!!!!
Well folks that is Eurovision done for another year. As Pasha and his Moldovian dancers minced off the stage last night, we had seen the last performnace. No more rehearsals, no more press conferences - just an interval act, some (mostly predictable) voting and a great winner and reprise for Loreen and Euphoria!!!! I am delighted to be heading to Sweden. It will be my 6th contest in a 6th different country and i am already excited. There were people at the airport booking up hotels in Sweden already.

I do hope our esteemed editor and chief Keith Mills will change his mind about not coming, nearer the time. I will be there with bells on and I reckon the thought of leaving his website in the hands of Andrew Main and myself might override the one of disappointment in going to Sweden next year.

Again I apologise to the people of this blog for my terrible prediction success but as I have said before I am merely a fan not an expert. Of the 14 countries I predicted could share the top 10 spots I got 8 of them correct which looks pretty decent until you see that the 6 i never got were nowhere near - UK Iceland Ireland Cyprus Ukraine and Romania. Never go to the bookies on my say so.

I am now checked in at the Travel Lodge at Heathrow with the final leg of the journey home tomorrow - bliss. I will leave you with a little annecdote of my flight from Baku to Istanbul!!!
You know you are living the high life when you have to scoot past Zeljko Joksimovic on the plane to get to the toilet in a hurry only to find Kaliopi waiting to get in when you are finished."Elaine Dove - seat warmer for the stars at 35000ft!!!!"

Thankyou all and see you in Sweden 2013 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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That your final comments on the firago of an international song competion produces 29 comments on your site shows just how wonderfully important your sire is. By Monday morning the Eurovision village was down - destroyed. Your magnificent press centre next to the Crystal hall is gone. The crystal hall is now called the Haydar Aliyev Hall of Europe. Where wewre the comments about the police atrocities here during the contest and the mainfest corruption? Total fucking silence. Who paid you guys? During this contest you played into the hands of the EBU, the Azeribaijani government and it's cliques. Shame on you all. And if you think that not attending next years cotes will wash away the sins in the confessional - think again. You quoted the comments of last years winners at the end of Dusseldorf by the crowd Azerbaijan schisse - Go on admit it - and you came here to wallow in the Azerbaijan Governments merde. Now you don't want to go to Stockholm or wherever the Swedes decide to hold it next year. Fantastic maybe you are accepting the mess that the Swedish fuck Stockcube made of our fantastic comepetition. I'm no longer a fan of the contest that I used to be in let's say 2002. Bring back total jury voting, get rid of the fireworks, dancing, mincing, dancing, and open language rules. Get rid of the feedback to the singers, get rid of the miming musicians, and make this thing a song contest again rather than a over-hyped kareoke extravaganza that the Swedish "stockfucker" turned it into. Tell me why this fortnight of rubbish should be allowed to continue. It's become a massive festival of corruption. If you watch the BBC Panorama prog, the EBU tacitly admit that the Azerbaijan production was bought. The Germans produced the contest this year. The Azeri's were unable to produce the show themselves - used turks to build the hall and their secret police to force people out of their homes to produce the show. You sad sad people.

Interesting given your hatred of Sweden (and by inference Loreen from your previous comments), she was the only artist I am aware of who mentioned the human rights situation in Azerbaijan during her time at the contest.

And if you're going to comment further could you please spend less time swearing and insulting people. It only undermines any argument you choose to make. You sound like a five year old having a temper tantrum.

I would just like to point out that I was out there to blog to Eurovision fans about what was happening regarding rehearsals etc. I am not paid in any shape or form but do it for the love of the contest and the interest of the readers. I am very aware of the issues in Azerbaijan but I was not there to report on that and incidently did not witness any of the atrocities you mention. By all means you are entitlied to an opinion but don't tar me with some brush that i don't deserve and get your facts right before you start mouthing off about who pays me and what i chose not to mention. I was merely a fan commenting on the show and I believe I did what the people of this blog wanted me to do. The BBC were paid to go and report for their Panorama programme and also did a good job. Was not my remit tho x

Well if you had your way there would be no wowmen in attendance either, we should all wear black and not clap or cheer.. Please get real, the contest is fine, yes, some ethical issues need tightening up at ERU head quarters... It's still the most amazing, colourful, friendly extravanganza in the world...To take this away from so many people from all walks of life and oh even Gay people, (who in my opinion have single handedly helped keep the ESC alive)who make it interesting and fun would be a travesty, I am so happy Sweden have it next year they weill not let the majority of us down.... this will be one firework of a contest, we all cant wait...

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