The final line-up of acts for Eurovision’s Greatest Hits – the BBC’s contribution to the 60th anniversary Eurovision celebrations this year – were announced earlier this week.
It’s not a bad line-up mixing numbers from the last fifteen years including Conchita from 2014, Denmark’s 2013 win Only Teardrops, Sweden’s 2012 winning song Euphoria and the stupidly infectious Fly on the Wings of Love from 2000. Lordi makes an appearance too – of course they do – it was a hit and secured Finland their first and only ever win in 2006. Thank God Scooch didn’t threaten the UK charts or the Eurovision voting table when the contest was hosted in Finland the following year, otherwise we’d have risked being tortured by them again. After which I would have needed to make another video.
Veteran Eurovision songwriter Ralph Siegel gets the credit he deserves, with an appearance from Nicole who’ll be singing the song Siegel wrote for her, Ein Bisschen Frieden. I’ll be hoping for the version she sang on Danish TV a few years back, over the mid-tempo version she
sang mimed to at the beginning of the German pre-selection show in 2008.
Particularly impressive is seeing the ‘fellas with the golden boots’ who won for Sweden in Luxembourg in 1984, returning with their number Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley. Infectious and sweet, there’s something rather lovely seeing the three brothers now in their late 40s and early 50s still doing the moves they did thirty or so years ago, as in this performance from 2013. Their performance in 2002 is also pretty fine too.
But my personal favourite, is Anne-Marie David who won for Luxembourg in 1973 with Tu te reconnaitras. Judging by this appearance on last year’s Belgium pre-selection show singing with the country’s eventual representative (he didn’t fare well), that there Anne-Marie has still definitely got it.
The event is on 31 March 2015 at Hammersmith Apollo in London. It’s a pre-record for later broadcast on BBC One and BBC Radio 2.