This year's Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Athens on 20th May, which means this year's local news filler pieces featuring men who laboriously collect every entrant from every year of the competition, which turns 50 this year, and regimentally claim "it's taken seriously everywhere else in Europe, it's just Wogan who makes it a laughing stock" will take place on 19th May. This year it seems to have become a must-watch in a nuts sense, not just in seeing Daz Sampson's post-irony on an international stage or even because last year's whole tribal drum dance phase will have passed, but because we have to see how Terry Wogan reacts to Finland choosing metallers Lordi as their entry. In fact they'll have to go through the semi-final on the 18th, so Paddy O'Connell and Lorraine Kelly will be first to react to men who insist on dressing thus:
In fact, this year's Eurosong appears to be mired in controversy the like of which we'd rarely imagine - a website has been set up to get Sampson thrown out on a technicality, which suggests not everyone gets the thought that it might be a gag, while Serbia & Montenegro have refused to ratify the official winner, the three acts that tied for first place in Moldova have refused to take part in the re-run and two of Spain's nominees claimed they hadn't entered the competition, leaving Las Ketchup - the very same, yes - as their representative. Meanwhile Germany are to have their name upheld by a seemingly ironic country band - where is Guildo Horn now? - and the centrepiece of the Netherlands qualification show was the allegedly symbolic burning of a former entrant's stage dress. Aren't there easier methods of cutting their Eurovision past adrift?