Preview – Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals

Eurovision 2017
Programme Name: Eurovision 2017 - TX: n/a - Episode: Eurovision 2017 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Commentators of the Eurovision Song Contest Semi Finals Mel Giedroyc, Scott Mills - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

The final for Eurovision is on Saturday, but before that there is the issue of the semi-finals to deal with, with coverage from Mel Giedroyc and Scott Mills.

This year the event is being held in Kiev, Ukraine, and has already faced numerous problems; from high-level officials quitting over “staffing issues”, to the Russians being banned because their representative performed in the disputed Crimea. There is also one other big issue with this year’s contest needs bringing up: why is Britain bothering to take part?

Seriously, why are doing it? We are only in this competition because we give so much money to the European Broadcasting Union, and thus automatically get a place in the final. The chances of Britain winning are not only remote because of our lack of quality, but also there is the elephant in the room – this will be the first Eurovision since Brexit. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we ended up with nil points come Saturday night.

Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals are on BBC Four at 20.00 today and Thursday. The Grand Final is on BBC One at 20.00 on Saturday.