Like hundreds of millions of others across Europe I sat down to watch the Eurovision Song Contest last night. We had to wait for 22 other countries of varying quality to perform before Jade came on with Andrew Lloyd Webber to perform the song he wrote, “My Time”.
Jade gave an excellent live performance and despite one of the violinists bumping her microphone into her mouth at one point, she carried on like a pro (Watch at 1min 20 secs into the clip below).
Fifth place was a respectable result, especially when compared to recent years. I hope that Jade is not too disappointed as I am sure that her great performance gives her the opportunity for a successful singing career now.
Despite the reforms to the voting system there still was an element of countries voting for immediate neighbours. For example Cyprus (as always) gave its 12 points to Greece. Although I have to say that Greece’s song was one of the better ones.
However the competition was stormed by the Norwegian entry “Fairytale” written and performed by Alexander Rybak. It was classic catchy Eurovision reminiscent of the 1960’s but I felt it was let down by Rybak’s forgettable singing voice. Clearly many countries disagreed with me! The 387 points he won is reported to be a record win.