TONIGHT sees the return of the Eurovision Song Contest after last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic.
To honor the return of the greatest of all vocal shows, we’ve decided to go back through the archives for some of the competition’s weirdest and most wonderful moments.
Brighton’s best-known connection to Eurovision is obviously Abba’s winning performance at the Dome in 1974.
– mat horwood (@matthewhorwood) May 20, 2021
But that’s not the city’s only connection to the annual competition.
In 2005, Brighton-born glamor model Katie Price set her sights on a career in pop after her successful stint on the ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! .
Katie entered a competition to be UK Eurovision Song Contest that year with a song called Not Just Anybody.
Katie Price talks about her Eurovision attempt on Loose Women, Colleen is wild 😂 pic.twitter.com/rDlVV7BK8E
– AJ 🇧🇪🇺🇦🇸🇲 (@OneiroMou) April 12, 2020
Her performance, described as “memorable” by critics, garnered 29% of the vote, but lost to Touch My Fire by Javine Hylton, who won 30%.
Javine finished 22nd in the Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on May 21, 2005, three weeks before Katie gave birth to her second son.
During a Loose Women television appearance, Katie claimed her failure was a “solution” because she was seven months pregnant.
She commented during a discussion on discrimination against women of childbearing age in employment.
She said, “What a surprise, I lost a percent. It was a solution, I think.
“Was it because you were pregnant?” Coleen Nolan asked.
“Absolutely,” Katie replied, adding, “Yes, absolutely” when asked if she really meant it.
“Don’t you think it’s because it was kinda bad?” Coleen asked.
Katie admitted it would have been a disaster because she couldn’t sing.
“I can’t sing the song now and I couldn’t sing it back then,” she confessed.
“It was so cranky, if anyone played it I’d be just like that (cover my ears).”
Showing a clip of her performing the song on GMTV ahead of the Making Your Mind Up show, she revealed that she also mimed the song.
The BBC declined to comment on its claims for redress.
James Newman, the British contender for this year’s competition, is hoping to make a less controversial appearance when he takes the stage in Rotterdam tonight.
He was scheduled to perform last year and will represent the UK with his new track Embers, a contrast to the ballad My Last Breath, which he planned to sing in 2020.
Graham Norton will return to Eurovision Song Contest on BBc One as commentator for its 12th competition, while Ken Bruce will host Eurovision Song Contest on BBC Radio 2.
The grand finale of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place at 8 p.m. on BBC One.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-22 06:00:00