Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Eurovision Comes to Orpington

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 15th May, 2011

Eurovision is an annual fiesta of kitsch, wherever it is staged. This year it was housed in a converted football stadium in Dusseldorf. But for many of the estimated 120 million TV viewers who watch the event, it’s the atmosphere at Eurovision parties they’re attending that’s important. A number of local Liberal Democrat associations hold fundraising evenings that are a good way of winding down from local elections — particularly important this year, when disappointment was the predominant feeling amongst LibDem campaigners. I joined friends at Orpington Liberal Club, not for the first time. I thought Moldova’s entry and Jedward from Ireland really got into the spirit of things with their entries, though the winning Azerbaijanis, Ell and Nikki, were better than some others. At least Azerbaijan — which I visited on a journalistic assignment a few months ago — has the money and facilities to host next year’s jamboree. I do miss Terry Wogan’s wit, sarcasm and sometimes sheer mental fatigue as the British TV commentator, though. Graham Norton, untypically, was last night more low-key and rarely outrageous, which is surely what was called for.

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