Roy D Hacksaw was out in Turin at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, promoting his new book, Worst. Eurovision. Ever., signing copies and keeping an eye on all that Eurovisiony gossip. And more than a few things from the book almost came true. For a start, a plunky bunch of Moldovan folk punks were a hair's breadth away from winning the public vote, six countries had their jury votes cancelled after stories of a potential vote fix emerged, and one delegate was so poorly behaved that the organisers breathed a sigh of relief when they got knocked out in the semi-final. On top of that, the competition's organisers not have to work out how they get around holding next year's show in a bona fide war zone. Still, at least there were no dodgy Norwegian black metal bands causing all kinds of chaos, so it wasn't all bad. But Roy's in depth knowledge of the contest suggests that that might happen before too long.
So if you're suffering with the Post-Eurovision Blues, fill the big empty gap in your life with Roy's book, and hold a whole new Eurovision in your mind's eye. And better still, we've still got a few packs of our cracking Eurovision Trumps Cards left, so get in quick before they all run out!
Order a copy of the brilliant and eye-opening ‘Worst. Eurovision. Ever.’ here.
Order a copy of ‘Bugger Banksy’, Roy’s previous and equally hilarious novel, here.
Did you know?...
Eurovision was initially envisioned as a way to unite Europe after the Second World War but just seven countries took part in the first ever competition in 1956.
Four countries were named Eurovision winner in 1969, with the UK, Spain, France and the Netherlands all finishing with the same number of points.
Ireland still holds the record for the most Eurovision wins, at seven, and Norway has finished bottom of the scoreboard the most, 11 times.
The youngest ever main artist was 11-year-old Nathalie Pâque from Belgium. She represented France in Eurovision 1989 with the song "J'ai Volé La Vie". The oldest was 95-year-old Emil Ramsauer from the Swiss 2013-band "Takasa"
161 million viewers watched the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. That’s a lot of cheese.