Like most countries, Australia has “terrestrial” TV and “subscription” TV. I’ve mentioned the TV channels before in my post called What’s On Television in Australia?
I’ve also mentioned subscription TV in my post about English Football on Australian Television.
Now I want to talk about one particular channel on the free terrestrial television service, it’s called SBS. SBS stands for Special Broadcasting Service. The notion behind that was…
“…to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians and, in doing so, reflect Australia’s multicultural society”. SBS is one of five main free-to-air networks in Australia.” – Thanks Wikipedia.
Last weekend they certainly delivered on that. Would you believe it? This will make your day! Thinking of moving to Australia but can’t bear the thought of tearing yourself away from…..
Now, you have to do remember though when Eurovision is on live in Europe, it’s about four o’clock in the morning here. So we watch it delayed ‘live’ on the Sunday evening. The shame about that was I saw ABC News on TV, and they announced Sweden as the winner before I had watched the programme.
Did that spoil my Eurovision? Not at all!
But the fact that I heard the result just shows how much I still have to learn about being an Australian. Most Australians, especially those going to a Eurovision Song contest party (see below) spent Sunday hiding from the news, not turning on their radios, avoiding the Internet and ignoring the phone when it rang.
That’ll be me next year.
SBS offered a full coverage, with programs on Friday and Saturday evening covering the semi finals and a full four hours to cover the final on Sunday evening.
Engelbert Humperdinck flew the flag for the UK, he looked fantastic at 75. He also notched up 12 points, the U.K.’s highest total since 2010.
Awesome achievement from The Hump.
Last time I saw this show in the UK, it was hosted by Terry Wogan; these days I understand Graham Norton does that job. Here, in Australia, we had Sam Pang and Julia Zemiro, two suitably dry witted commentators for the event.
And parties! Australia has Eurovision parties. Sydney led the way on that one, with the biggest party, apparently, held in the Oxford Art Factory in Oxford Street. The party featured camp outfits, lip-synched lyrics and choreographed dance routines, all helped along with the drink of the day, the Eurotrash cocktail!
Eurovision Drinking Games
There are also Eurovision drinking games. Some of them can have quite complex rules…
- Helicopter camera shot = have a drink.
- Somebody mentions the word “love” = have a drink.
- Someone forgets their words = have a drink.
- Costume Reveal: If someone strips off part of their costume = strip off one item of clothing!!
Eurovision has never been so good!
SBS also run a televote for the “Unofficial Winner”. Who did they vote for?
That’s a bit boring, isn’t it? Same as the real winner.
But what really shocked me most about the unofficial vote, was the country that should have won the real contest, but came fifth, were voted fourth from bottom by Australia.
I can’t believe it! This was awesome, stick with it, you’ll be stunned. It’s a pure Eurovision delight…
Eurovision: alive and well in the land down under.
Now, where did the inspiration for that Costume Reveal rule come from? Would it be the winners from 1981….