We have come a long way from those far off days of that hollow,
distance delayed monotonous monotone of "Norvege, nil points
- Norway, no points". Or have we?
In terms of TV production values, credit where credit is due,
the staging was lavish and (apart from a pop-up interloper dancing
with the Spanish entry) all seemed to go smoothly to plan. Indeed,
a highlight of the production was a series of cuts to live cameras
around Europe, featuring hundreds and thousands of "Flashmobbers",
all dancing to the same, rehearsed, choreography. It was very
effective and, as anyone who has ever sat in the control room
of a live TV broadcast will tell you, an ulcer producing task
for the director!
But, as we and some 120 million others settled down to song after
forgettable song, boredom began to creep in and, as yet another
country took to the stage, it was virtually impossible to remember
the one before last! Only Graham Norton stopped us grabbing the
remote and switching channels. In a cross between a grumpy old
man and Terry Wogan at his most acerbic, Graham ad-libbed his
way through the BBC broadcast with some excruciating comments,
that had you alternately squirming in embarrassment or roaring
with laughter. One memorable utterance came, as the Maltese judge
was delivering her results, standing in front of the picturesque
gateway to Valletta, wearing a very bright floral outfit. Graham's
voice-over had him egging her on to award the UK something,
but, like most of the judges before and after her, she failed
to do so... "Thanks for nothing, Malta. Now Ill say
it ... hideous frock" was Grahams response. Well, I guess
you had to have been there!
What You Missed
Just in case you weren't there, here are a few of the other entries.
Click an image below to watch a video of that Eurovision Song