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Moments after Conchita Wurst (Austria’s ESC Winner from 2014) sang her final reprise of “Rise Like a Phoenix” A truly magical moment!.

Friday 20th November 2020

Today is the day I thought to myself “I badly need to do a website! It’s been over 6 years since I started the Eurovision Showcase. I must create one. But, where do I start?”
I was thinking about this for a few months now, so obviously I would inundated for adds about ‘Squarespace’ and ‘WIX’ because that’s what Facebook does, doesn’t it?

So, I sent a FB message to Kylie Wilson on Wednesday night. Kylie has been a good friend to me in the Eurovision Fan Community since 2014 and listening to her podcast ‘ESC Pulse’ it was a must that I had to listen to her advice. She has built a very popular fan podcast and website, which I have been lucky enough to be a guest host on many occasions. Her advice was invaluable to me as she pointed me to the direction of

I must admit it’s no frills, no fuss and clear instructions and payment plan was just exactly what I was looking for. Thank you Kylie! x

I think it’s nothing “special” among the greats here on the Internet but, my greatest WWF/WWE professional wrestler Mick Foley said after he won the World Championship “Big Daddio – I DID IT!!!”

Monday 7th December 2020

A few weeks has passed since the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Warsaw and still for the life of me cannot get the French winning song out of my head. Poor Rob has been witnessing me dancing around the house singing “La La La La La La La J’imagine”. Which I can imagine, gives you the absolute creeps. But, Valentina’s win for France this year has given France it’s first ever win at a Eurovision Song Contest since 1977! It’s a darn catchy tune which is the most important part of having a competitive edge at a singing competition. So, congratulations to France and Valentina!

I’ve officially now launched this website now and I am completely overwhelmed with all the kind and sweet words you have been sending my via Twitter & Facebook. It’s very much appreciated from the bottom of my heart. I have put a lot of time into this show since October 2014, and now being able to showcase the very best of the Eurovision Song Contest to you is what makes me so very happy. Each and every week without fail. x

Tuesday 16th February 2021

The Eurovision Song Contest season is right into full swing and this is where things really start heating up! It’s “almost” our first big “Super Saturday” with Norway selecting it’s entrant (I’m particularly praying for Raylee to win), we also have the 3rd Semi Final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen and also we have the 1st Semi Final of Festival da Canção 2021. I absolutely love this time of year. Yes, maybe the weather is awful and it’s raining almost every day but a lovely warm cosy house sitting on the sofa watching television from across Europe. I adore different types of music and especially in different languages. It’s absolutely fascinating! Still no sign of information from the United Kingdom or Irish delegation which is making things a bit nervous. I just hope that both the UK and Ireland send a up-tempo song this year, as Europe WILL be looking for an escape away from all the negative sad news and stories we’ve been hearing for the last 14 months (by May anyway).

Anyhoo – enjoy the season. Let it wash over you! 🙂

Sunday 25th April 2021

We are now less than a month away from the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. It’s been two years in the making, and we are finally about to get a pan – European / Australian music contest in front of a few thousand people. It’s going to be really interesting that we are going to have a Eurovision in an arena again, but without the 15,000 scream Eurovision fans chanting for their entry to win. I cannot wait for the Eurovision theme tune to start on Tuesday 18th May 2021 at 8pm and then we can get to the excitement of the semi finals.

It’s been pretty difficult in the last few weeks as I haven’t been able to host the show fully, due to the fact I’m standing in a local election in my town in Hampshire, UK. I could ‘t be more proud and thankful for my husband Rob who is sitting in for me and presenting the show until I can return on Sunday 9th May. I have also bought some extra exciting software to use in my make-shift studio in a spare bedroom. I’ve bought some new microphones, new headphones and a production console too. It’s cost me a pretty penny, but I have to thank to my loving late-grandad David Tuttiett. He left some money for me and all of my cousins and this is going to be a great investment to my production quality of the show.

The official CD of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest is now and mine came through the letterbox yesterday. I’ve already gone onto my iTunes and uploaded it onto my phone! I know I’m crazy but I couldn’t wait any longer!!!!

Eurovision 2021 isn’t long now. Keep up to date with all the latest news on 🙂 Stay Safe x

Monday 24th May 2021

Congratulations Italy!!!!!
Italy won the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Zitti e buoni (Quiet & Behave)” by the group Måneskin. They won San Remo’s Song Contest back in March, but convincingly won the public televote and came 4th with the juries at this year’s contest in Rotterdam, Netherlands with 524 points. Beating France into 2nd place, Switzerland 3rd, Iceland 4th and Ukraine 5th. There had been a lot of hoo-ha about the lead singer in the green room acting suspiciously, but the EBU released a statement this afternoon with a statement saying the accusations on social media were completely unfounded and it was ‘fake news’. It’s quite scary to think that some internet social media trolls are trying to ruin their win.
Sadly, in the United Kingdom there is a war of words going on across social media and on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and 5 about what the United Kingdom needs to do next regarding the Eurovision Song Contest. Personally, I went onto BBC Radio Solent on Sunday and Monday morning to quickly defend the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest, and the fact that we should continue participating. Yes, we got ‘nil points’ but we had a song which was not memorable or competitive. No disrespect to James Newman at all, but he was also let down by the creative designer or the performance. The BBC and BMG need to take a look once again at the UK entry, and we need to eventually send a song which stands out in a competitive competition. We can do it, and Europe will respect our efforts once again if we put the effort in. We have kept on sending songs to the contest for which we think Europe likes. Sod that… We need to send songs that people will vote for! They vote for songs and performances which stand out, memorable and have an identity.
I wish James Newman all the very best and I hope the ‘nil points’ doesn’t get him down and that he enjoyed the experience, representing his country which not many singers have the opportunity to do too.

James Newman (The United Kingdom at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Maneskin (Italy at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, The Netherlands) – Winners of the ESC 2021

Tuesday 28th December 2021

Apologies for the late posting and late update on the blog. It’s been a very difficult year for me mentally. As some of you know, I’ve been having mental health issues for about 5 years now, and even though I am very lucky to have such love and support from my nearest and dearest, sadly it has been still very difficult to deal with. Eurovision has been my sanctuary and hosting this radio show on a weekly basis has been a real joy and highlight of my week. Thank you for everyone who has got in contact over the past year. Remember to please stay in contact and send your requests in as many times as you like! This is not only my show – it is yours too!

Congratulations to Armenia for winning the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Qami Qami” by Maléna. One of the most modern sounding Junior Eurovision entries. You can check out the performance here: Click Here

I hope you’ve had a fantastic Christmas and a big Happy New Year to you all. See you in 2022! X

Ciaran at work (behind the wheel) December 2021

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