Having been a fan of Petra Mede from Sweden's Melodifestivalen, I was so pleased when she got to host Eurovision in 2013, and then in 2016, she co-hosted with Måns Zelmerlöw, the previous year's winner. Together, they were awesome in the half-time act which (in a loving way) took the piss out of Eurovision, by … Continue reading Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #8 : Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw
The first time I saw Måns Zelmerlöw perform live was at Stockholm Pride in 2008. At the time, I think he really only had one hit song, "Cara Mia". Måns Zelmerlöw at Stockholm Pride 2008 Eight years later, he was back at Stockholm Pride, and performed that song again. Last night he also sang another … Continue reading Måns Zelmerlöw at Stockholm Pride
There was a moment about half way through the voting when it looked like Russia was going to win. For what it’s worth, I’d taken a break from watching the contest to take the garbage out and had missed their entry, so I had no idea what the fuss was all about. In the Green … Continue reading Eurovision 2015
As the opening beats from "Don't Say No" by Midnight Boy came from the speakers of my television, for just a brief moment, I was transported back to the 80s and to Brisbane's (in)famous nightclub, The Beat. Back in those days, Joh Bjelke-Peterson was still the Premier of Queensland, and I was a young man … Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2015 #4
The "car crash" that was last year's Melodifestivalen (the Swedish competition which chooses an entrant for Eurovision) hasn't, so far, been repeated this year. Although the songs last year were reasonably okay, the hosts were terrible. The biggest problem with last year is the hosts seemed to have been under the impression (or were told) … Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2015 #1
Gosh, I love the internet. You can lie on your couch in Sydney (as the rain intensifies) and via your television set, be transported across the other side of the world to Sweden and watch the announcement of this year's host of the Eurovision Song Contest. Sweden's hosting this year, by the way, after Loreen … Continue reading Äntligen! Äntligen!
Newspapers can be a wonderful reminder of the place you have been, as they can include both the major news events happening at the time, as well as the smaller details, such as the weather and what's on television. I've still got a copy of The London Times from when I first visited Europe in … Continue reading I Made The Headlines