Inside the Eurovision Song Contest

Music, Glamour and Myth

Julian Vignoles

This book is the Eurovision uncovered. For the first time, one of its insiders reveals the inner workings of the Contest, the controversies and the key players over the last ten years.
Publication date:
January 2015
Publisher :
Liffey Press
Language:
English
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9781908308719

Dimensions : 234 X 156 mm
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£27.00

Overview
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• Insider's view of what actually goes on at Eurovision

What makes the Eurovision Song Contest so popular? Why do so many people love to hate it? Is the voting fair? Will Ireland ever win again? This book is the Eurovision uncovered. For the first time, one of its insiders reveals the inner workings of the Contest, the controversies and the key players over the last ten years. Julian Vignoles was a member of the Contest's 'board of directors', the Reference Group, for six years. He reveals the debates that led to changes in the rules, and the political disputes behind the bright lights and glitter of Europe's most popular TV show. He analyses in detail the voting patterns, completely de-bunking the 'bloc voting' allegations. Did you know that seven of the last ten Eurovision winners were actually from Western Europe? Julian Vignoles argues that, contrary to popular belief, former communist countries are under represented in the results. And why have both Ireland and the UK failed to win or come close in the televoting era? Inside the Eurovision Song Contest is also a Visual treat. Kyran O'Brien, a veteran press photographer, covered Ireland's involvement in the Eurovision for many years and his eye for the candid shot is evidenced throughout this book. With contributions from Linda Martin, Niamh Kavanagh and Charlie McGettigan, as well as critics, fans and the legendary 'back room man', Executive Supervisor Svante Stockselius, this book is a must read for all those who love - or are deeply sceptical about Eurovision.