W12P Show Host Joel Bennett
Where have the last thirteen weeks gone? Well, the bad news is that this Thursday is the last in our Season One weekly shows but the good news is that we will be back on 27 June with the first of our monthly Season Two Shows. The even better news is that our weekly Season Three shows return on Thursday 7 November with the likelihood of a big, big change occurring. One that is so exciting I am barely able to continue to compose this message so let's think how we can celebrate Season One on this weeks final show . . .
Thursday 23 May 2013
8.00 p.m to 10.00 p.m GMT
The Saturday Show is the most exciting piece of radio work that I have ever been involved in. I like showing off. That's why I do what I do. Most of all, I like showing off the community that allows me to do this from in the country that I love. We are but a very small piece in the cog that makes Wales revolve but a fast moving cog in the Eurovision time piece in both the UK and now overseas. Working with Grant is a rare privilege as we always manage to bounce off each other and while I can't wait to connect to a large community audience for the first time I am also looking forward very much to the W12P Eurovision in Wales audience meeting Grant for the first time. Joel Bennett
Some of the highlights of Saturday's W12P Eurovision in Wales Party Show apart from the tracks from the final, a giggle or two possibly with Becky and Krista but definitely with Yorgi and very definitely between Grant and Joel, as well as updates on our partners at the Flying The Flag Charity for Leukemia and Lymphoma research, news from Eurovision Parties in Mumbles and Castle Square Swansea; and special features a brief message from Bonnie Tyler direct from Malmo (although we are hoping for an interview opportunity on Friday), an acoustic set and interview from Cascada recorded on Monday from Malmo, an interview with Anouk from Malmo and further interviews with France Amandine Bourgeois from Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam and Contest favourite, Denmark's Emillie de Forest from The London Eurovision Review in Soho.
W12P has worked very, very hard within the Eurovision movement which has resulted in audience levels averaging at 3,000 listeners per month which does not include podcasts which are held on the server of Radio International in the Netherlands or those from Smart Phone users.
This has resulted in a hugely talented team of people across Europe working closely together, pooling our resources and just some of the people who are in Malmo sending W12P material, some of which you can listen to on Saturday, includes the hugely experienced German born Jeurgen (J.P) Boering from Radio International in the Netherlands and his team consisting of Eric and Bert from Belgium and The Netherlands respectively, Lillian Brunell from Sweden and David Mann and Nikkie Allen from England and representing W12P from a fan perspective ahead of his first show as co host with Joel is Welsh speaking actor and broadcaster Glen Bartlet from Swansea.
Well, that was different. A change from the massive stage and mega effects and a more intimate production. David Mann of Eurovision Norwich who is reporting for W12P, alongside JP and the Radio International team, had already told us over the weekend that the arena is a lot smaller than those of Baku (2012) and Dusseldorf (2011). Earlier today David also told us that the sound quality inside the arena would not be quite to the same standard as in recent years but like Swedish Television and the EBU had announced Malmo 2013 was going to be one for the TV Audience and that it certainly was.
One could not but help (one meaning of a certain age) noticing a kind of retro feel to the delivery of Semi Final One in front of 11,500 fans. Apparently Swedish TV were at one stage contemplating making the event a standing room only show but the idea had (thankfully for me on a personal level) been scrapped.
The stage and production set up with a standing audience around the stage couldn't help us but think that this would be extremely beneficial to a band - dare we say one with a female singer - and of course Bonnie Tyler who is the UK's representative in Malmo sprung to mind, particularly when the production reminisced legendary UK music show Top Of The Pops which of course Bonnie has made so many appearances on.
In the UK we were treated to Loreen and the mixed ability choir with a moving rendition of last years classic winning entry Euphoria which led into the excellent solo host and top Swedish comedienne Petra Mede.
Unfortunately we had to endure BBC's Scott Mills occasionally unnecessary voice over but the addition of American Scissor Sister Ana Matronic whose Serbic roots shone brightly through the usual BBC diatribe came as a rare and welcome commentary treat. The Mills led interval interviews however were a nightmare with guests Dr Paul Jordan aka Doctor Eurovision treating his slot as a political swipe at Belarus (the BBC is a large organisation with programming designed to accommodate such remarks) and the tedious loud mouth Julia Zemiro the Australian commentator who tries so hard to be hilariously hip and funny and fails badly. Poor Loreen, the third guest. Upon being asked to sing a part of Anouk's Birds while an interval act was performing away loudly in the background I just wondered do the BBC ever, ever learn. Enough. The Show.
First up was Austria's Natalie Kelly whose nervous start was clear for all to see but managed to hold her voice well and she grew in confidence as her set progressed but 'Shine' it did not and the Brazilian/Irish Austrian former Kiddie Pop band Gimmie Five member found her way on the plane home to Rio/Dublin or Vienna.
Emillie de Forest booked her grand final slot (Second half of the draw) for Denmark with an assured performance but one that annoyed more than entertained. Staring with the big Celtic drums Emillie sat and squatted, bare footed, in a very Loreen type (last years winner) culminating in a finale which saw a coloured light shower engulfing her which was also very reminiscent of Ellie and Nikki's 201 winning performance. Lots of gimmicks and an audience half - full of her own Danish supporters created an addition to a song which I am now beginning to tire of.
Then, we are incidentally out of sync here so we can draw comparisons, Ireland's Ryan Dolan performed a predictable 'big drum' number in 'Only Love Survives' concluding Semi Final One's grand final second half draw and the evenings biggest surprise in Lithuania's Andreus Pojavis who somehow and still I am seeking justification, even the slightest little teeny bit, as to how on earth this song was selected to go further in the competition. Please let me know through the contact page here or Social Media as nobody else seems to know either.
Here's your Semi Final One competitor guide in pictures. The number next to the competitors name is the number that they will be competing in and the odds following each competitor are selected from randomly from Internet Website 'Oddschecker' only as a guide. If you do decide to use these odds please check with your book maker first. These odds only appear as a form guide for our own entertainment and remember - please bet wisely and responsibly.
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