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BBC Eurovision Producer Helen's Blog Part 3

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BBC Eurovision Andrew BBC Eurovision Andrew | 11:17 UK time, Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Helen Tumbridge once again brings her unique insight into the crazy world that is Eurovision. Warning - the following blog contains contains celebrity anecdotes, lifts and Jedward. 




I’ve had surreal moments in my time. For example:


  1. Travelling ten hours to film a cat that it’s owner said played ping pong - it didn’t


  1. Sitting with Roger Moore and Mr Blobby in a BBC tea bar.


  1. An incident with Jim Davidson that really can’t be blogged, but just wait for that book I’m planning…


But last night topped it all. Russell - my fellow producer - told 12 year old Lyndon and me that we had to be Jedward. I can’t tell you my response cos I’ll be edited, and the man back at the BBC knows how I hate to be edited (editor’s note – this is true). So, Lyndon and I were the two people behind the masks on BBC Three last night. I don’t know if I was Jed, or Ward. I just know it was a low point of my career and three years of drama school were wasted.


Also on the show was Denmark’s A Friend in London, David from Romania and the Twiins from Slovakia. I had them all - and their entourage - in a lift. I think we broke the world record for the number of people in a lift. On the subject of lifts, I have found the one remaining lift in the building that works. Please don’t tell anyone or they’ll switch it off. It was like the United Nations in a lift. I did worry if we got stuck that we’d all end up eating each other. I casually glanced around wondering who’s limbs I’d first start munching on, not the Twiins for sure, not a scrap of meat on them.


I wonder if you noticed the cheer Blue got when they played a 30 second clip from their video last night. It was by far the biggest cheer in the arena, bigger than the bookies favourite France. We’re currently second favourite….. can someone book the O2 for May next year please.


There were some real shocks last night. Norway didn’t get through. Turkey didn’t get through. But the biggest shock of all was how far I had to walk. I went round the clock a few times on my pedometer I can tell you.


And as Wednesday dawns, the sun is shining, there’s not a cloud in the sky, and I’m proud to announce the return of – drum roll please – “Tumbridge Tours”, so good they named it once.


After the rip roaring success of last year’s boat trip up and down a fjord where I threw myself at the Captain (a blonde version of Russell Crowe but with a sailor’s glint in his good eye) I thought we’d go on another boat. We’re off up the Rheine, along with France, Germany, Italy and Spain. I hope it’s a big boat. We’re all going to sing our songs and then we’ve been told we’re going to spontaneously join together in a verse and a chorus of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. How I love planned spontaneity. I can’t quite bring myself to tell Blue they’ve got to do this. I’m putting it here in the hope they’ll read it. Anyhow, whilst they spontaneously have fun, I’m going to scout round the port side looking for a sailor.


  • Comment number 1.

    I knew that it was you behind the mask. Not because I know you or anything, you know because I kind of did!
    Another cracking Blog!!

  • Comment number 2.

    Yesterday evening i was watching the Eurovision very carefully and enjoying it until the commentator referred to the Portuguese group as “here come the mental people”. I was shocked and surprised how a professional can say this live on TV. I wonder if this person – called scot mills – would be happy if he was in Portugal watching the Eurovision on TV and the commentator referred to the English contestant in the same manner. I found the language used offensive and inappropriate.

    Thank you

  • Comment number 3.

    Re: 2

    Yes, I noticed Scott's remark about the Potuguese entry - it was spot on. The act was bizarre at best, but for the most part it was just plain awful - I'm sure they love it in Portugal though.

    I found Scott Mills' commentary to be engaging and amusing. Is it just Scott you don't like? Let's not forget that in his day "Old Tel" made more than his fair share of disparaging remarks about anyone and everyone outside the UK, so let's not saddle-up the high horse just yet eh?

    Looking forward to tonight even more now!

  • Comment number 4.

    Just you and me at this Eurovision party, Graham, pass the bottle! Never watched X factor, is it on the other channel? Jedward won't make my playlist but I think they might have nailed it.


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