Despite being cancelled, Eurovision 2020 maintained much of its campy appealUniversal

Like many other Eurovision fans, I too was devastated at the news that this year’s competition was cancelled. Nonetheless, my desolation ended when the BBC announced how they would be marking the night - four hours of Eurovision-related material, celebrating this year’s entries, as well as looking back at past moments of success, shock and joy. And, of course, the majority was to be commented on by Graham Norton - thank god. 

The first section, called Eurovision: Come Together, was a trip through the greatest entries to have graced the Eurovision stage, including songs that were actually played on British radio, like Loreen’s 'Euphoria', and those whose performances are permanently etched (or scarred, depending on your view of Eurovision) in our memories, like Verka Serduchka’s stellar appearance for Ukraine in 2007. 

We also got to relive the days when the UK didn’t always receive “nil points”, with appearances by Katrina and the Waves, Bucks Fizz and Gina G in a slew of questionable outfits, (detachable skirts aplenty) with lyrics that were written by the gods. ‘Ooh aah’, Gina G sings, ‘just a little bit, Ooh aah, little bit more’ , and finally: ‘Ooh aah, just a little bit’. I’m getting emotional just writing it.

The British public, having witnessed all these moments of brilliance, were asked to choose their favourite performance and of course, Abba’s 'Waterloo' (1974) topped the list. Abba were one of 3 Swedish entries to grace our top 10, whilst Conchita Wurst snatched the second spot and fiddle-playing, pre-pubescent looking Alexander Rybak of Norway made a surprise appearance in third. 


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After this programme, we were treated to Eurovision: Shine a Light, where we saw 30 seconds of this year’s entries, along with a personal video from the artist. As for the songs, the usual wackiness of Eurovision was not lost this year; performances included new viral dances (google 'On Fire', by The Roop, for my favourite), amazing costumes ('Uno', by Little Big) and a 6ft7 Icelandic man gently boogieing in a living room in front of some shocked-looking parents. 

The clips filmed from the artist’s homes ranged from wholesome to painful. For example, while the UK’s representative, James Newman spoke candidly from his back garden about how much he appreciated key workers, others took the moment to make profound statements about creation, art and the power of music, or to do some shameless self-promo. Shame. 

Iceland's Daði & Gagnamagnið were crowned winner of Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! with their synth-pop track 'Think About Things'Golli

Special appearances formed a large part of the show; a rousing rendition of 'Hallelujah' by Gali Atari in the empty streets of Jerusalem, two-time Irish winner, Johnny Logan (aka Mr Eurovision) singing 'What’s Another Year?', and a short interview with Graham, the legend himself were all featured. Although the hosts kept the show light-hearted, Norton was visibly teary in his interview and the show drew to a quiet close with a deeply emotional performance of Katrina and the Waves’ 'Shine a Light' by Katrina herself, joined by this year’s artists via videolink. 

All this was topped off by the hosts’ announcement that Eurovision 2021 will be taking place in Rotterdam, and will have the theme ‘Open Up’. By the end, I’m sure I can speak for everyone when I say that we’re now stocked up on enough glitter, human hamster wheels and questionable choreo to last us until 2021. 

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