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 🙂

 

Deban Aderemi is our UK correspondent, and contributed this report from London. Follow him on Twitter @debanaderemi. Then follow Team Wiwi on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

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Zolan
Zolan
7 years ago

A simple idea with good leveraging possibilities.
It has the potential to foster curiousity and educate the audience, as well as build a sense of occasion and maybe even seed some new traditions.
There’s also an opportunity to broaden the range of perspectives available as a way to wean people off of the old narratives without losing the core audience who enjoy settling into the familiar schtick.

Huh
Huh
7 years ago

London 2015, please!!!

Bram
Bram
7 years ago

Better late than never I guess. Australia’s SBS has a digital Eurovision radio for the whole month of May (and they don’t even participate in the contest).

Hayastan 2015
Hayastan 2015
7 years ago

ara she could not sing normal it song not good, Armenia are best and winning.
H A Y A S T A N e u ro v s i on 2015 .

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

Nothing odd about having a show about Ireland, they are still the most successful country in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Callum Nowacki
Callum Nowacki
7 years ago

About time the BBC do more than simply broadcast the contest. Absolutely buzzing about this; can listen at school on the Thursday and Friday, then relax and wait for the grand final on Saturday and then get out of post-Eurovision depression on the Sunday. Wooo!