All the finalists for this year’s gayest of gay events (how the Russians and friends hate that idea,) the Eurovision Song Contest, are now known and the excitement has been heightened by a couple of degrees.
In the second semi-final the presenters waited until the very last moment to confirm, what the entire audience was screaming for, that the Austrian entry should receive the last available place in the final. Yes, the Bearded Lady, Conchita Wurst, the drag queen with a voice that guarantees her a place in the hearts of Eurofans everywhere, sang a faultless and powerful rendition of her song, Rise Like a Phoenix.
The only real contender to taking the Eurovision crown away from the glamorous Austrian is the rather sedate but catchy country and western style entry from the Netherlands. The rest, well, judging by the theatrics of most of the acts, are reliant on those to see them through as the songs are pants. Having said that, the UK is represented by Molly singing a rather rousing opus entitled Children of the Universe and, although taking the last singing spot of the entire show, might just give us a better place than our previous low standings in the contest.
Lovely, funny and a man who sees the contest for what it really is, Graham Norton introduces and comments on the 59th Eurovision Song Contest live from Copenhagen. And that’s not all! Viewers who press the red button will be able to sing along to the lyrics of all 26 finalist’s songs. Red Button viewers will also be able to send their comments and Eurovision party photos to be shared on the Red Button service.
Remember to vote Austria, let Conchita be the Queen of Eurovision 2014 and give a smack in the face to the bigots who tried to get her banned.
Tonight – BBC One at 8pm