MIND OF MY OWN
WOMAN'S OWN|May 18, 2021
The Woman’s Own columnist has her say on guilty pleasures and fat shaming...
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WILL YOU BE TUNING IN?

It’s the nation’s guilty pleasure but the UK bringing home the trophy this year is up for debate...

It’s almost here! That annual event where we truly get to learn exactly how much Europe REALLY hates us. Forget moans over Brexit – you haven’t heard anything until you’ve witnessed another sneering, glossy presenter from an obscure corner of the continent awarding the UK ‘nul’ points with a fake concern rarely seen outside the House of Commons. We are, of course, talking Eurovision Song Contest. A political war zone dressed up as a Gay Pride song contest. And it’s absolutely brilliant. Forget guilty pleasures, this torture of appalling songs by hilariously awful acts and even worse hosts is unmissable. Especially given that Saturday night telly has currently set such a low bar for standards it would challenge even the world’s best limbo dancers.

After being hit by COVID-19 restrictions in 2020, this year’s Eurofest is coming live from Rotterdam on 22 May and they’ve promised to pull out all ‘le stops’. Thankfully our very own Graham Norton will be doing the commentary for the UK, which is worth tuning in for alone.

That man could read out his shopping list and have you rolling about. Deliciously dry, scathing and yet still warm, he captures just the right amount of incredulous disbelief at the whole farce.

There are 39 acts – yes, 39! – taking part, which means that you can work out exactly how long it’s going to go on for as well as how much wine you need to get through it.

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