Fans of the Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga have been raving about the past contestants song-along. And now, as people all around the world remain in lockdown and unable to meet friends and family, several iconic stars of Eurovisions past have come together for a past contestant watch-along.

In a new video released by Netflix, we see four acts from the United Kingdom: Joe & Jake (2016), Scooch (2007), the group formerly known as Bucks Fizz (1981) and Blue (2011). Austria’s Conchita Wurst (2014) also appears with good friend and Australia Decides alum Courtney Act.

Eurovision Movie: Past Contestants Watch-Along Reaction Video

You can read some of their reactions below.

BLUE
Lee: How come we didn’t get a shot to be in this movie?
Simon: Because we got beat by Jedward.
Duncan: [to Lee] Remember when you had diarrhea and farted and followed through in the car and it stank the whole car out?
Lee: I didn’t just follow through, it went all up my back.
Lee: [talking about Will Ferrell’s character Lars stuffing his underwear with socks] Put a banana down there and it gets squashed, it needs to be something hard like a saveloy….
Duncan: Or like an Aubergine.
Lee: I‘m wondering if Will Ferrell saw us when we did Eurovision, I’d be buzzing if he did.
Lee: [Talking about Blue’s Eurovision experience] ‒ I remember them saying don’t get pissed, don’t get pissed and I’m like “I really want to get pissed”.
Simon: Best way to a woman’s heart my friend, sing about her!
Simon: Lee, now THAT’s how you hold a mic when you’re doing your long notes!

COURTNEY ACT & CONCHITA WURST
Conchita: [Talking about Will Ferrell’s stage outfit] “I love his look so much, I would wear that.”
Courtney: [Singing to Cher] No matter how hard you try, you keep pushing me aside and I ‒ [indiscernible]… I just messed up the words to Cher. Losing my gay card.
Conchita: [watching her cameo role] …and I’m a movie star now. Everyone wants to see this! Can we watch it again…?
Courtney: Did you have any hanky panky at Eurovision?
Conchita: I don’t ‒ I mean, you know, make-up artists, and…

BUCKS FIZZ
Mike: [Talking about Lars stuffing his underwear with socks] I enhanced myself like that every night when I go on stage.
Mike: [Talking about Will & Rachel’s characters] “Those two have to win it, if they don’t then Eurovision is fixed…(smiles)”

Cheryl: [The night of their Eurovision performance] We had the police escorting us didn’t we.
Mike: They may make a part two and we might do that one.
Cheryl: Well, we’re in the promo…
Mike: Are we?
Jay: Yeah, that’s what we’re doing.

JOE & JAKE
Joe: [Watching past contestants in the film’s song-along] I feel like everyone who was in the contest is there and there’s me and you watching along on our laptops…
Jake: [About the contest] The make-up artist used to hate us. She’d get us both ready and then we’d just sweat like mad..

SCOOCH
David: [Watching past contestants in the film’s song-along] What I don’t remember ‒ why didn’t we get the memo to be in that?
Russ: Even Pierce [Brosnan] looks happy!”

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Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
1 month ago

Good to see some UK participants in the reaction vid who liked the movie. Hope this movie will inspire them to not feel bad about losing at ESC 😉
PS: maybe its already been pointed out but.. I just noticed now that one of Dan Stevens’ back-up dancers look like the guy who danced with Edurne (Spain 2015). If its him, that’s awesome!

Last edited 1 month ago by Charli Cheer Up
GEE
GEE
1 month ago

How is Courtney Act an Iconic Eurovision Act when she hasn’t even been in the song contest. Click bait!

Last edited 1 month ago by GEE
Victoria
Victoria
1 month ago

Conchita is such a legend

:-)
:-)
1 month ago

This movie just keeps squeezing every last bit of camp into everything, movie itself, interviews, reactions etc.

But then again, has any of you seen Will Ferell in a serious movie? I doubt

Shame though that the movie just highlights the fun and different stand out humor songs or acts that aren’t quite much more than just that one song and nothing more, eurovision has a lot of potential artists too, who have managed to build a nice career in their own countries as well abroad; Lena coming first in my mind

Rhingo
Rhingo
1 month ago

Semifinal performance rocks ?

Karl Fradgley
Karl Fradgley
1 month ago

I loved every second of that … thank you to whoever put that together it really made my day 🙂

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

this is so disappointing! Why the F would you have Courtney Act n the video? She’s not a Eurovision participant. There are so many respectable artists from ESC, i don’t get it why they desperately want to continue the cheese/camp label for Eurovision when it has progressed so much! Conchita deserved to be there as she’s a winner but Courtney? Also, wtf Joe and Jake? I mean they are nice lads but they are not legendary! How come they didn’t ask Jade Ewen who brought the 5th place to the UK? Or fan favourite and a real ESC fan Lucie… Read more »

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Depends on who’s available, I suppose. And it does feel like those bits are catered more toward Eurovision acts more British fans are familiar with (and Courtney’s slight-enough connection – her attempting to represent Australia in 2019 – is enough for them to justify including her, considering she’s very popular in the UK, especially after appearing on and winning Celebrity Big Brother). Ireland’s Eurovision acts are a proud part of their heritage, but save for Johnny Logan and to a degree Dana, they’re not as well-known in the UK. Also, Ireland’s most successful acts are so far afield of Eurovision’s… Read more »

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

She participated in the Australian national final in 2019.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Is it bad that it’s taken me years to “get” her stage name? Courtney Act. Caught-in-the-act. I guess it depends on your accent.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

RuPaul had a time of it at first too until Courtney explained how the pun works in an Aussie accent, so Ru introduced her in an Aussie accent from that point on.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

This is MARVELOUS! I had no idea! Thanks for sharing! I LOVE IT!

Kim
Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Why do Eurofans get so annoyed about Eurovision related articles featuring Eurovision alumni? I really think this website is great and informative but seriously some folk just never seen to be happy.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Blue are really funny! I’m happy seeing these British contestants coming back in little ways. If they got Frances Ruffelle or Michael Ball to react to it, I’d be happy as a clam. But man, no more publicity for The Fizz and their pro-Brexit bullcrap. They’ve done more long-term damage to the UK’s perception of what Eurovision is and how to succeed at it than Terry Wogan ever could.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Also, no better place to put this: I ranked every Irish entry before. Now I’ll do every British entry. Love Shine a Light Let Me Be the One Where Are You? One Step Out of Time Power to All Our Friends Congratulations Better the Devil You Know Never Give Up on You Ooh Aah…Just a Little Bit I’m Never Giving Up Love City Groove Beg, Steal or Borrow Children of the Universe It’s My Time Knock-Knock, Who’s There? Love Will Set You Free We Will Be Free (Lonely Symphony) Rock Bottom Storm One Step Further I Can My Last Breath… Read more »

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Another great list! Yeah, the UK were great at accessible, sing-along songs until they weren’t anymore. If I had to make a top 10, it would look something like this: Go I’m Never Giving Up A Man Without Love Ooh… Aah.. Just A Little Bit Better The Devil You Know I Belong Love Enough For Two Come Back Give A Little Love Back To The World Love Games I also recently noticed that “Jack In The Box”‘s chorus sounds suspiciously close to a song I dearly love – Michel Delpech’s “L’amour en wagon-lit”, and I’m wondering if that’s just me.… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Skiwalko
Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Go gets better the more I hear it, which I definitely didn’t expect. Tomorrow’s show is tentatively set for 9 PM CET, but everything is very seat-of-the-pants at the moment and I’ll likely be doing those juror spotlights long after the contest itself is over. It was fun, but this whole thing has been like herding cats, so unless I start early and get people to commit to the whole process from the outset, I don’t know if I have the patience, time, or energy to do it again. But we shall see.

Last edited 1 month ago by Joe
Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Thanks and best of luck! It’s still impressive that you managed to get jurors from every country, props to you. As they say, the first pancake is always spoiled, I think it would be great if there was another EASO (don’t know if that’s the official acronym) next year.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Been calling it ESO. Give me a few months after this one to get my head back in place and it’s a possibility. Meanwhile, we appear to be delayed a day because my Dutch juror’s been temporarily sidetracked. Life happens. What a headache.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Do you two base your rankings on the Eurovision performance or the studio version?

I listened to the studio Go just a couple of weeks ago after the 1988 #EurovisionAgain – it sounded so cheap! I did love the Dublin version, though.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

The live version, definitely! Scott Fitzgerald’s performance added a lot of depth and emotion the studio cut was missing. But it’s a great song either way, there’s an elusive sense of pain, exhaustion and relief in “Go” that tears me up every time I listen to it.

Last edited 1 month ago by Skiwalko
Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Yeah, and the orchestra sure adds a lot too. Same with Better the Devil You Know.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I actually like both versions, but admittedly they sound like two different songs. The studio version is delightfully cheesy and puts you in a summer mood, the Eurovision performance was much more lively and riveting (the guitar solo was a fantastic addition).

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

It’s all about the live versions to me with older songs. Nowadays, the difference between studio quality and live performance matters a lot, but for older performances the real value lies in how well they carried off at the actual contest.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

I didn’t find Blue funny. That’s one Eurovision memory I really didn’t need to know about. You’re right, though, I’d still take them over The Fizz.

As for Michael Ball and Frances Ruffelle, let’s throw in Colm Wilkinson to complete the Les Miserables set.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

K, yeah, the diarrhea one was unnecessary, but the rest I thought was kinda funny. And there’ve been a load of Les Mis veterans at Eurovision over the years. At one point I even tried making a full list (among the others are Lucie Jones, Daniel Diges, Harel Skaat, and Jean Vallee)

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Yeah, but these three are gold-level for being Original Cast!

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Jean Vallee is the OG-est OG: he was on the original French concept album as Jean Valjean. (And “L’amour ca fait chanter la vie” is an all-time great Eurovision song).

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

(Which also means two Jean Valjeans competed the same year, since Colm Wilkinson was that year’s Irish representative. Wicked!)
I also almost forgot the legendary Tommy Korberg from Sweden, who was also one of the famous Valjeans of the World at the 10th Anniversary Concert.