At long last, the BBC is spending the British taxpayers’ money where it matters! The Eurovision Song Contest will be the main feature of a pop-up radio station, where Terry Wogan will reprise his role as one of the presenters. Joining him will be Bucks Fizz, Scott Mills, Michael Ball, Paddy O’Connell and Scissor Sisters’ front-woman, Ana Mantronic.
Radio 2 Eurovision will be on air from May 8 to 11. That’s four whole days, y’all! Some of the highlights of previous contests will be covered, and there will even be some exclusive behind-the-scenes clips from the Euroclub parties. It sounds too good to be missed!
Terry Wogan, who presented BBC One coverage of Eurovision from 1973 to 2008, will host Luck of the Irish, reflecting on why Ireland has won more Eurovisions than any other nation. A tad odd as they’ve struggled to qualify in the last decade….
“We have an incredible line-up of presenting talent, bringing all the excitement, sartorial disasters and musical catastrophes to our listeners,” says Bob Shennan, the BBC’s director of music.
The digital station will be available online, via the iPlayer radio app and on the Radio Player from May 8, when listeners can hear highlights of the first semi-final, complementing coverage on BBC One, Three and Radio 2.
To get into the spirit, be sure to buy your very own Molly Smitten-Downes t-shirt. You can wear it while you listen to the show 🙂