I am referring to Eurovision, which hits our TV screens this weekend and the answer is, astonishingly, an outstanding yes … well in our house at least! I am no longer the biggest fan of this musical extravaganza as I think it has become less about the best song and more about voting for political allies, which is a real shame in my opinion, but apparently we always watched it when my children were growing up so they like to continue the tradition.
I don't think it has anything to do with me appearing in The Song for Europe contest to find the British entry back in 1980 but maybe subconsciously it is? If you want a giggle here is the link to the YouTube clip of the Main Event performing 'I'm Gonna Do My Best to Please You' … if you're in any doubt, I am the dark-haired one in green!
That was when I first met Cheryl Baker, who I am sure you will also recognise from the clip, and was the year before she joined Buck's Fizz and they won the contest with 'Making Your Mind Up'! Cheryl and I are still in touch with each other and, in case you didn't know, she is currently touring in the 'Happy Days' production produced by none other than our lovely No!No! guest Amy Anzel. I've yet to see the show but it has had excellent reviews so hopefully it may come into the West End.
I also know the lead singer from the 1984 entry, Kit Rolfe. The song was 'Love Games' performed by Belle and the Devotions. Kit used to work a lot with my 'other half' and I got to know her when I accompanied Chris on a cruise he did on the SS Canberra.
We had a great time and if you've never been on a cruise and always fancied it, check out our new shows called 'Imagine Cruising' which Kathy and Dale have been bringing to you. It is a great way to visit a number of different locations from the luxury of 5 star accommodation.
This photo of me was taken dockside in one of our ports of call, Valletta in Malta, a destination I returned to years later with my two children. And then of course there is the lovely Lulu, who won the contest in 1969 with Boom Bang-a-bang!
Maybe that's why I still watch it, because of my past connections. I wonder what Bob Ballard's excuse is? Bob is a well-known sports commentator who very kindly agreed to MC my charity swimming gala last year. He has already been tweeting about the two semi-final shows building the excitement for tomorrow … he absolutely loves it!
I hope you all enjoyed the Bank Holiday last Monday? I certainly did! My daughter, Sophie, came over with two of her friends and we took Milo the cat for another walk on his lead … she did a short video of him on her phone which I might try and add to this blog if I can work out how!
Then in the evening we went to Selhurst Park. Even if you are not a football fan you have potentially seen news reports about Crystal Palace coming back from a three goal deficit to secure a 3 – 3 draw against Liverpool in the last twelve minutes of the game. It more or less scuppered their chances of winning the title, for which I am sorry, but to me it underlined what smaller, less fashionable clubs like Crystal Palace are all about.
Yes, there is individual talent in the team but it is the team spirit and determination, and the unrivalled support of the fans whether we are winning or losing, that has marked this season as one of the best ever since I have been supporting them. It was our Player of the Year Awards on Tuesday night and Joel Ward very deservedly won Young POTY with the main award going to our stalwart between the sticks Julian Speroni.
But for me my Player of the Year is Damien Delaney – if ever a player could inspire a 'never give up' attitude it is him. I've liked him ever since he broke down in tears when we won promotion through the play-offs last year and after this season I like him even more.
I'm heading in to work now for Home and Garden Day on QVC. I'm on air at 4pm, 5pm (which is Yankee Candles today rather than our usual Fashion on Friday) and 7pm so hope to see you there.
Have a lovely weekend.