Eurovision 2018

The biggest music extravaganza on the planet returns this May live from Lisbon

Q&A with Ken Bruce

Eurovision is a few days of pure escapism, thousands of music fans descending on a foreign city to watch a fantastic international show packed with live music.Ken Bruce
Date: 01.05.2018     Last updated: 01.05.2018 at 15.33

You’ve covered Eurovision every year since 1988 - what is it about it you enjoy so much?

Eurovision is a few days of pure escapism, thousands of music fans descending on a foreign city to watch a fantastic international show packed with live music. Everyone is up for a party and it’s always good to see the fellow presenters from all of the other countries, some of whom have been presenting their country’s coverage for almost as long as I have!

What do you think of this year’s United Kingdom entry SuRie, and her song?

I think it’s a great song, with, importantly, a blasting key change: many a good key change has won the competition! SuRie has performed at Eurovision before, so I’m sure she’ll knock it out of the park on the night.

Have you managed to listen to all of the songs yet - which acts do you think have a good chance?

No; I prefer to come to it open-minded on the day.

What are your most memorable Eurovision moments?

Obviously when Katrina won in 1997, it was huge. I was there, and it was an emotional moment. Conchita winning in 2014 was an event as the song was memorable and her presentation was epic. She recently hosted a Friday Night Is Music Night special for Radio 2 at the London Palladium, which will be broadcast on the Friday before Eurovision, and her voice was incredible. Also when ABBA won in Brighton in 1974 it marked a real shift in Eurovision history.

What do you look for in a good Eurovision song?

The winning song is often an anthem that’s easy to sing along with and remember, and even when the vote is open the best, most original song usually rises to the top.