Interview with Ken Bruce on the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Ken Bruce

Just like that, Eurovision is back! What makes Eurovision so special to you?
It’s a glorious mish-mash of nations, musical styles and abilities. Above all, it’s always unpredictable.

How excited are you to be back on the ground for this year’s contest? Have you ever been to Turin before?
I visited Turin many years ago on holiday so I’m sure I’ll recognise some of the sights, but I might be too busy keeping my ear on the music.

What do you think about the UK entry this year?
Sam is a great singer and writer and it’s a song that deserves to end up at or near the very top.

How does Eurovision compare to the rest of your year on Radio 2?
It’s a moment of brightness, joy and dazzling excess - compared to the daily ritual of waiting by the Wogan House coffee machine!

Do you have any Eurovision traditions?
Every year I find myself uttering the phrase, “I should have gone to bed two hours ago.”

What are your favourite Eurovision memories?
The night Katrina and the Waves won for the UK in 1997. I can picture the moment still.

What is it about Eurovision that makes people fall in love with it?
The fact that it’s so resolutely unserious. We need more fun and pure escapism in our lives.

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The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final airs on Saturday 14 May, 8pm on BBC One and will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

Source BBC One

May 11, 2022 5:19am ET by BBC One  

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