The NINTH annual London Eurovision Party took place this past weekend, returning once again to the lovely Cafe de Paris in the heart of London’s West End, and what a success it was!
Hosted by the King & Queen of Eurovision in the UK – Paddy O’Connell and Nicki French – the show brought together 18 of this year’s contestants, including the UK’s very own Joe & Jake.
We’re not just saying this because they’re representing the UK, but it is great to see Joe & Jake getting better and better with every performance and – almost as importantly for Eurovision these days – making the most of their offstage appearances, mingling with press and fans and showing utter professionalism. Credit must go as well to the BBC in the way they are managing them.
It was also a wonderful chance to see some special guests, including Selma from Iceland, Aminata from Latvia, and Eleftheria from Greece, who got the whole club partying with her Eurovision megamix.
OGAE UK got in on the act too, sponsoring an appearance from Macedonia’s Kaliopi. She was the true professional and seemed to be genuinely enjoying herself, even persuading OGAE UK President Alasdair Rendall to sing a few lines of Dona on stage.
It was great to see such a huge turnout from OGAE UK, and on behalf of all of us we’d like to thank Kabir, Russell, Roy, DJ Dave and all the organisers for their hard work. Organisers of events such as these don’t often get the appreciation they deserve, so we’d like to place on record our thanks and appreciation.
With preview season almost concluding for another year, the next time we see these acts will be in a certain city called Stockholm…..