The spectacle that combines pop, flamboyance, culture and occasionally politics (even though it tries hard not to) is back in May.
Eurovision looms large for its 54th event, from the city of Moscow.
As one of its most-buzzed events, SBS is once more bringing the two semi-finals and final to screen across three consecutive nights.
The two semi finals screen 7:30pm Friday / Saturday May 15 & 16 with the Final at 7:30pm Sunday May 17th.
There are changes this year to EV, not the least of which is the retirement of longtime commentator Terry Wogan from the BBC broadcast. SBS will send RocKwiz host Julia Zemiro, who has previously introduced the broadcast to Aussie viewers (not to mention appearing in the original Eurobeat stage musical), for an on the ground presentation. Accompanied by RRR broadcaster, Sam Pang, the two will represent the biggest EV coverage ever staged by SBS.
Understanding the reverence that is Eurovision, producer Paul Clarke indicates commentary will be kept to post-song, over the traditional ‘Postcards.’ There will also be extra video packages showing the lead-up to EV with the Australian presenters. Clarke has previously staged several big music events including two Kylie concert videos plus Long Way to the Top and the Countdown Spectacular.
Another change this year is the return of juries for voting. In an attempt to minimise political bloc voting, jury votes will comprise 50% of the voting results along with the public vote. Juries have previously formed part of EV voting- but not for some years.
So far Norway is the bookies’ favourite, with a charismatic male vocalist who also plays a mean violin. But there’s a long way to go.
Hello this is Moscow calling….
David Knox also blogs Eurovision for SBS.