You know how lockdown’s been all about saving money? You can see where this is going…
I have one word for you. Eurovision. And no I’m not attending… just yet.
If you don’t know what Eurovision is (I don’t think most have if you don’t live in Europe), it’s an international song contest which features participants representing primarily European countries. Each participating country submits an original song to be performed live on television and radio, transmitted to national broadcasters with competing countries, then casting votes for the other countries’ songs to determine a winner. It’s the corniest but greatest thing ever! It’s like marmite, you either love it or hate it.
The finals are on this Saturday. It’s an annual event, and with COVID, it didn’t even happen last year. This makes my predicament even worse!
Now, the United Kingdom hasn’t won in… god knows. Definitely not in my lifetime – googling, be right back. 1997. Yes, two years before I was born. Why couldn’t they hold out for a couple more years? I’ll never know. Eurovision is a family tradition and I have way too many memories of watching all the entrants perform, hoping we’d have a chance of winning.
Every single time we’ve competed, you can expect to see us, either last, second to last, or somewhere in the last 5 ratings. Out of around 24 or more participating countries. Why? Our songs really haven’t been that great, performances are slightly dull to put it mildly, and in all honestly tactical voting comes into play. Majority of European countries have disliked us for quite some time, mainly due to politics. But you never know, theres always a chance we might make it to the top 15… I’ll be 40 by the time that happens but you never know.
So fast forward to the Monday just gone. Everything was fine. Fantastic in fact. If you didn’t know, in England restrictions eased even more this Monday. Cinema’s have reopened, hotels are welcoming guests, indoor dining is allowed instead of freezing in the pouring rain to eat your bacon sandwich. It’s all round a good time. Lockdown savings in the bank from not going anywhere…Up until Monday morning.
I don’t know why this had to happen to me. On such a great, optimistic day and weekend to look forward to, don’t rain on my parade. You didn’t even rain, you flooded my parade.
I come downstairs, switch on the tv to just check in on the news. Everything was good… up until 2 minutes later.
The tv just goes black. The sound is perfectly fine. But the screen has gone out like a light. The glass half full side of me just waited for the tv to fix itself, when that didn’t happen I just switched it off and on again. Thought I must still be half awake. Chill Antonia.
Tv’s back on, picture’s splendid everything’s great. Till 3 minutes later, the picture cuts out. I kid you not, the first thing that came to mind was Eurovision, and money. Money was an afterthought after Eurovision though. I knew the television was doomed. I literally start ranting to my mother about Eurovision. “How are we gonna watch Eurovision? Trust this to happen right before Eurovision. The same week as Eurovision in fact. I cant believe it. What are our chances? I knew this TV was gonna go soon. Why didn’t we get one when they were reduced?!” I was going out of my mind.
I immediately start searching TV’s online.
And oh my lord the prices. I literally tried everything to make it work again. It didn’t. The picture works for maximum 5 minutes, then it just goes completely black, with the tiniest hint of pictures moving in the background, but it’s basically the black screen of death but with the sound working just fine.
You know when you suddenly start looking for TV’s out of nowhere, they all look the same and expensive, as you weren’t expecting this purchase. I looked at some in store on the same day. Searched on my phone all evening and just slept on it.
Woke up yesterday, still unsure of what to buy. But finally made a decision, as different stores have different warranty’s. Just over £400 burned a hole in my pocket. The unexpected purchases are always the worst. The upside is that it’s meant to arrive on Friday just in time for Eurovision, I made sure of that.
I hope Eurovision knows how much of an avid fan I am of their show, I borderline had a meltdown at the thought of missing Eurovision. Find yourself someone that loves you as much as I love Eurovision. That’s what I say.
I’ve probably mentioned Eurovision close to a million times, but I don’t care. If you haven’t experienced Eurovision or caught the Eurovision fever, you need to! It’s the best thing after Christmas and my birthday.
The best Eurovision song to date has to be ‘Euphoria’ by Loreen.
Don’t mind me whilst I reminisce about Eurovision.
Have you heard of Eurovision? What do you think of it? Will you be watching? How do you normally celebrate the Eurovision song contest? What’s been your favourite Eurovision song to date? What country are you backing? Comment below!