One of the big television events of the year is due to take place on Saturday.
It is the Grand Final of the fifty ninth Eurovision Song Contest.
Earlier on in the week there were two semi-finals where thirty one countries competed against each other for a place in that Final. Six others countries – Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom are put through to the Grand Final automatically. Molly Smitten-Downes – a singer songwriter – has been selected to be the UK entrant this year.
Molly will be singing Children of the Universe, a song that she co-wrote with Anders Hansson. Unfortunately in recent years the United Kingdom has sadly not done particularly well in the competition, and it will be interesting to see if this year’s entry can make it into the top five. The Contest is being transmitted from Copenhagen and will begin on BBC1 at eight o’clock - meaning that it will not clash with Britain’s Got Talent! As well as the various songs, there will be some spectacular local entertainment as well. This year more information than usual will be given out about the various professional juries. While the emphasis remains on the quality of the various songs, it will be interesting to see how the songs are interpreted by the different artistes. It is very much a programme that works best if it is viewed with family and friends.
Then each person present can compete against each other to discover who correctly predicts the winner. What is amazing about the Contest is not just that it has lasted for so long; but also that if you watch it live, then you are sharing an event with many millions of other people in dozens of other countries.