We sent our roving reporter Sam Dowler off to Vienna to mingle with Conchita at Eurovision 2015.
Here’s the low-down on the biggest divas, the controversial beer ban and the acts who wouldn’t share their snacks with anyone…
1 – No cameras (or more importantly beer) allowed in the ‘green room’. Yeah that’s the huge area where all the acts sit and Conchita swans about asking them questions. We totally snuck our phone in though and got a cheeky snap. Champagne and wine going around on trays. No beer though for some reason. We thought Austria was all about the beer. Apparently not!
2 – Presenter Mirjam Weichselbraun (first name pronounced Miriam, not MerJam as we heard one hapless interviewer say to her…awks!) is a huge star over in Austria. Here is her face gracing a billboard as one of the faces of Spar. The other being Sarah Jessica Parker. Yes really.
3 – Alex Larke who represented the UK as one half of Electro Velvet is the brother of Anna Larke who is the ex-girlfriend of Justin Lee Collins and went to court after he was abusive to her.
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4 – X Factor ‘eccentric’ Kitty Brucknell entered the national competition in Muldova to represent them in Eurovision. Kitty’s relation to the country? Nothing. And she only marginally lost out. We think Kitty’s craziness could have added to the fun. It doesn’t look like Queenie is impressed with her national disloyalty in the below snap at all…off with her head!
5 – One entrant that didn’t want a bar of anyone else is the Spanish act Edurne. Whereas most of the acts were sociable, the Spaniards wouldn’t even share their chorizo with anyone giving them the reputation of the biggest divas of the competition.
6 – Conchita is all the rage over here and some people take their obsession to new heights (or lows) we’ve spotted a number of lookalikes but the absolute Wurst (sorry) has to be the middle aged man in a sparkly gown with tartan boxers underneath. Too much, even for Eurovision!
7 – The anti-booing technology came into full force with the way the crowd reacted to Russia’s success. Algorithms had been created to prevent the public from hearing any negative chanting about our Soviet partners and their shaky human rights record.
8 – The future seems to be upon us as the usual stage directions were denoted by actual lasers, leading the presenters to think that they had stepped into another world as they were used to a bit of masking tape on the floor to provide their markers.
9 – Serbia’s representative was taking no prisoners, refusing to share her snacks with any of the other delegates. We think that’s just not cricket.
10 – In a case of the UK backing/flogging a dead horse, the BBC piled loads of cash into supporting our entry only for it to garner 5 points in total. Our Austrian friends candidly said to us ‘do you WANT to lose?’ Must try harder.