Know your Eurovision and win DAB radio
'You gotta turn it on, and then you gotta put it out/ You gotta be sure that it's something everybody's gonna talk about.'
Wise words indeed from Bucks Fizz and strangely prescient. More than 30 years after the band's Making Your Mind Up was a Eurovision winner, Radio 2 will be putting out four days of dedicated Song Contest coverage on its new pop-up digital station and urging fans to switch on.
Featuring Terry Wogan, Graham Norton, Ana Matronic and Michael Ball among its presenters, Radio 2 Eurovision will take listeners on a journey from semi-final nerves through to post show party, by way of Irish glory and blaggers' guide. That should get them talking.
'We may not take the Song Contest as seriously as some, but we love it just the same, for the magnificence of its musical mediocrity,' says Wogan.
'Radio 2's pop-up DAB service reflects the public interest, and I'll be reflecting the extraordinary success of Ireland's entries (a hat trick of wins) in Luck of The Irish. Here's to 'Douze Points' for Royaume Uni [the Irish entry] and Molly [Smitten-Downes who will represent the UK in Copenhagen].'
To celebrate Thursday's launch, Ariel is offering staff the chance to win one of five DAB radios. Just email your answers to the questions below to Ariel Team. Winners, drawn at random, will be informed on May 14.
Just remember: 'Trust your inner vision, don't let others change your mind.'Quiz starts here (entries now closed - correct answers in bold)
1: In what year did Graham Norton replace Terry Wogan as BBC television's presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest?
2: Paddy O'Connell is fronting a live Eurovision-themed show every day from Denmark. He's a familiar voice on BBC Radio but which of the following programmes has he NOT presented?
- Broadcasting House
- The Jeremy Vine Show
- Sounds Of The 80s
3: Presenter Maria McErlane will be fronting a couple of live Eurovision shows on the pop-up service. She provided the commentary for which other famous programme featuring the word 'Euro' in the title?
4: Radio 2's Sounds Of The 70s host Johnnie Walker is playing all the winning Eurovision Song Contest entries from that decade. ABBA famously won in 1974 with Waterloo, but which act won the contest in 1979?
- Marie Myriam with 'L'Oiseu At L'Enfant'
- Anne-Marie David with 'Tu Te Reconnaitras'
- Gali Ataria and Milk and Honey with 'Hallelujah'
5: In Eurovision Sounds of the 60s, Brian Matthew showcases the best entries of the decade. In 1963, the UK stepped in at the last moment to host the eighth Eurovision Song Contest from Television Centre due to which winning country from the previous year being unable to stage the contest?
6: Terry Wogan presents The Luck Of The Irish on the DAB pop-up service, but Ireland's luck ran out after 1996, when the song The Voice secured them their last Eurovision Song Contest victory. But who performed that winning song?
- Eimear Quinn
- Linda Martin
- Niamh Kavanagh
7: On BBC Radio 2 Eurovision Ken Bruce counts down the all-time favourite Top 20 UK Eurovision entries as revealed in a Radio 2 Poll. Which member of 1981 Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz had previously represented the UK in 1978 as a singer with the band Co-Co?
- Jay Aston
- Cheryl Baker
- Mike Nolan
8: Scott Mills is hosting two programmes on Radio 2 Eurovision. In 2012 he published his autobiography which had a three word title - what's the missing word from 'Love You ... ?'
9: Michael Ball talks all things Eurovision with some of the UK's past participants, but when did he represent the UK at the contest with the song 'One Step Out Of Time'?
10: One of the most famous interval acts at Eurovision was Riverdance, staged at the 1994 contest in Dublin, but perhaps the most bizarre interval act came at the 1989 contest in Lausanne, Switzerland. It featured a man demonstrating his skill with what?
- Spinning Plates
- A crossbow
The winners of our competition are: Andy Dowell, Jennifer Scott, Helen Whitcher, Richard Cullen and John Scale. Congratulations - you will soon receive your DAB radio set.