Awards Analysis 2016: The Oscars

The day of reckoning is almost upon us as the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood prepares for the 88th Academy Awards ceremony. The #OscarsSoWhite diversity debate has dominated all the headlines since nominations were announced last month and host Chris Rock will inevitably throw a few jabs during his much anticipated opening monologue.

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Eurovision 2016: The UK national final, amongst others

Here comes the deluge. The storm proper arrives on Saturday, with finals in Finland, Hungary, Moldova, Norway and Slovenia. But the weekend starts early with tonight’s German final, whilst tomorrow night a U.K. national final lands in my London neighbourhood like a weird Eurovision dream come to life. Meanwhile, Sunday should see the crowning of […]

Eurovision 2016: The rule change

The voting system has been changed for this year’s contest. A separate 1-12 jury score will be given first by national spokespersons. After that, each countries’ accumulative televote score will be announced, in ascending order. That will make for a nail-biting final few minutes, as the highest televote points totals are added to the scoreboard. […]

Eurovision 2016: Dansk Melodi Grand Prix

I’m never 100% comfortable betting on other countries’ national finals, for fear of not totally understanding the voting audience. Is there an aspect of the act or song which provokes a cultural response I know nothing about? Still, I feel safer with a Danish national final than most others. The Danes are a relatively consistent […]