We were fortunate enough to be able to attend The Royal Vauxhall Taven on Thursday evening this week.
Why? We were treated to superb live entertainment from the one and only Nicki French.
Nicki, as you will recall, represented the United Kingdom in Stockholm in 2000 at the Globen. Although scoring relatively badly at 16th place out of 24, this would now been seen as a triumphal score for a UK song.
Nicki is better than ever, looking younger than ever and has so much vibrancy and life, you cannot help but be swept along in her euphoria.
Yes its now just 62 days till the Final of Eurovision 2015. And sad news of the death today of Jørgen Ingmann Pedersen who died today. He was the joint winner with his wife of the Danish entry of 1963, Dansievise.
Today is also 40 years since The Teach In won the contest with Ding A Dong.
Following on with our "Past Previews" we present another song from 40 years, from Teach Ins neighbour's Belgium, "Could It Be Happiness" was the english version here is the original dutch version.
Using a great tool at http://esc.gerbear.com/sorter2015.htm you can sort all your eurovision songs into order from your best to your least liked. Its a great tool, if a little lengthy, and I had to keep on checking what some of the songs sounded like to compare the two, but looking at the results its pretty accurate to what I'm thinking at the moment.
Norway Mørland & Debrah Scarlett A Monster Like Me
Estonia Elina Born & Stig Rästa Goodbye to Yesterday
Australia Guy Sebastian Tonight Again
Romania Voltaj All Over Again
Netherlands Trijntje Oosterhuis Walk Along
Italy Il Volo Grande amore
Denmark Anti-Social Media The Way You Are
Spain Edurne Amanecer
Ireland Molly Sterling Playing with Numbers
France Lisa Angell N'oubliez pas
Austria The Makemakes I Am Yours
Cyprus John Karayiannis One Thing I Should Have Done
Switzerland Mélanie Réne Time to Shine
Germany Ann Sophie Black Smoke
Malta Amber Warrior
Montenegro Knez Adio
Iceland María Ólafs Unbroken
FYR Macedonia Daniel Kajmakoski Autumn Leaves
Serbia Bojana Stamenov Beauty Never Lies
Russia Polina Gagarina A Million Voices
Israel Nadav Guedj Golden Boy
Moldova Eduard Romanyuta I Want Your Love
Portugal Leonor Andrade Há um mar que nos separa
Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw Heroes
Slovenia Maraaya Here for You
Poland Monika Kuszyńska In the Name of Love
Lithuania Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila This Time
San Marino Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini Chain of Light
United Kingdom Electro Velvet Still in Love with You
Armenia Genealogy Face The Shadow
Georgia Nina Sublatti Warrior
Albania Elhaida Dani I'm Alive
Belarus Uzari and Maimuna Time
Hungary Boggie Wars for Nothing
Czech Republic Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta Hope Never Dies
For those of you who have not yet visited www.escSocial .com, we have a dbase of all the eurovision songs that have ever been. This database is available to access for all and each entry has they song, lyrics and record sleeve all together. By having such a database its great to play about with the information in the background. With that in mind, our top 100 visited songs are here for you to view.
The number 1 stop, oddly enough, not going to Abba, but Gali Atari & Milk & Honey for their 1979 winning entry, Hallelujah. Followed closely by the first winner, Refrain sung by Eurovisions first lady Lys Assia.
As the database also contains songs which include non qualifiers and withdrawn entries, some of them actually appear in the top 100. Can you spot them?