Belfast Telegraph

Radio 2 Eurovision return for Wogan

Eurovision stalwart Sir Terry Wogan is back on air in the run-up to this year's final, picking his favourite tracks from decades of duff tunes and nul points.

Sir Terry, who became a Eurovision institution with his cutting commentary and deadpan one-liners while hosting the BBC's coverage from 1973 to 2008, is one of the names appearing on Radio 2's dedicated digital station.

Radio 2 Eurovision will be on air from noon on Thursday May 21 and Friday May 22 and from 10am on the contest weekend with presenters including Scissor Sisters star Ana Matronic, Scott Mills, Tony Blackburn and Sonia, who was runner-up in 1993 with Better The Devil You Know.

Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said: " I'm delighted to announce the return of Radio 2 Eurovision - the station's third digital radio pop-up service - a carefully curated schedule of programmes featuring the best of Eurovision past and present that's guaranteed to satisfy even the most dedicated of Eurovision fans.

"Each year, the competition unites the country and I'm proud to be offering listeners a truly digital experience once again with coverage across Radio 2 and its complementary pop-up service Radio 2 Eurovision."

This year's UK entry is Electro Velvet, consisting of Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas, who will fly the flag in Vienna with their track Still In Love With You.

The couple will be hoping to end a catalogue of disappointment for the British entry.

A lack of success in recent years saw former shop assistant Molly Smitten-Downes placing a lowly 17th, Bonnie Tyler finishing 19th and crooner Engelbert Humperdinck coming second to last.

The UK also endured a string of failures in previous years with Javine Hylton, Andy Abraham, Jade Ewen and boyband Blue.


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