Eurovision

You can’t blame politics (or Brexit) for Britain’s Eurovision woe

19 May 2019 22:56

Yes, Eurovision is political – but for 20 years now, this fact has been used as an excuse to explain…

The shame of those boycotting Israel’s Eurovision Song Contest

6 May 2019 8:00

Kobi Marimi, the 27-year-old Tel Avivian singer, picked to represent Israel at this month’s Eurovision Song Contest, can’t stop smiling: ‘I love…

Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations ignore an inescapable fact

13 May 2018 14:08

Was it, do you reckon, a felicitous birthday present from the Eurovision judges for Israel, with Netta standing in, a…

Spectator competition winners: a song for Europe

18 June 2017 9:45

This week you were invited to fill a gap by providing lyrics for the European anthem. The powers that be…

No, Britain’s Eurovision flop can’t be blamed on Brexit

15 May 2017 20:00

I see that the UK’s Lucie Jones has blamed her Eurovision Song Contest failure upon Brexit. Lucie actually came fifteenth,…

The Spectator podcast: Boris needs you!

14 May 2016 9:51

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The Spectator podcast: Boris needs you!

12 May 2016 7:53

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The ejection of Romania from Eurovision is shameful

22 April 2016 17:08

On Eurovision night, the best and most heartfelt performances always come from the countries imprisoned behind an Iron Curtain not…

Public will now choose UK’s Eurovision entry – but should we trust the BBC with the shortlist?

19 January 2016 11:10

For almost two decades, Britain has failed dismally at Eurovision – and deservedly. Our entries have been so bad as…

Måns Zelmerlöw’s ‘Heroes’ shows why Sweden rules the pop world

1 March 2015 15:12

This is a blog written after the first screening of Måns Zelmerlöw’s Heroes, which went on to win the Swedish nomination…

Australia joining the Eurovision shows the awesome soft power of the song contest

10 February 2015 19:07

All you want from Europe is free trade, cheap flights and the Eurovision Song Contest – the rest is bureaucracy.…

Sorry, Britain didn’t vote for the Austrian ‘Bearded Lady’

11 May 2014 15:31

There has been plenty of progressive backslapping this morning because Britain was one of the many countries to award the…

Eurovision 2014: the booing of Russia was a disgrace

11 May 2014 15:05

Yet again, the best Eurovision entries rose to the top on the night. Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria were the…

Eurovision: It was the beard wot won it

11 May 2014 11:10

I enjoyed Fraser’s preview of the Eurovision Song Contest; I had not known that he was such a fan. You…

We watched Eurovision – so you didn’t have to

11 May 2014 1:23

I like Europe, even if this may not be the place to admit it, and I like this moment, when…

Ukip and the vicious politics of Eurovision

10 May 2014 20:15

The Eurovision song contest has just started – seven million of us will tune in, at least 30 million Eurovision-related…

Exclusive poll: Brits think we’re doomed in Eurovision (and blame the BBC)

9 May 2014 9:28

Seven million of us will be tuning in at 8pm tomorrow night for the Eurovision final, rising to nine million…

BBC bureaucrats think they can pick a Eurovision winner. Let’s hope they’re right.

3 March 2014 13:48

listen to ‘Fraser Nelson on Britain’s 2014 Eurovision entry’ on Audioboo What would pop music sound like if the ‘hits’…

Spectator Play: what’s worth watching, listening to or going to this weekend

24 May 2013 18:33

This Saturday’s Eurovision contest was never going to be a triumph for the UK, that much was for certain. What…

Eurovision was as hilarious as ever

20 May 2013 9:51

Only in The Guardian could Britain’s humorous disdain for the Eurovision Song Contest be linked to the rise of UKIP…

Scotland’s 2013 Eurovision triumph

19 May 2013 12:18

Last night’s Eurovision was, as always, a collision of music, culture and politics. As always, the official British entry was…

The View from 22 – Nigel Farage debates future of Ukip, the return of Nadine Dorries, Eurovision and a Boris for Paris

16 May 2013 9:39

Does David Cameron have a plan for dealing with the EU? In this week’s Spectator magazine, James Forsyth reveals that…