I've been collecting these for a good few years now, and this year's contest has some cracking songs in, which has made me a very happy bunny today when this arrived earlier than the predicted release date: thanks Amazon!
It may not convert anyone who's not already a fan, it may not be "cool", but I defy anyone to listen to Azerbaijan or Romania in particular and not bop along. Perfect to do housework to!
There's plenty of variety too, one of the hallmarks of 21st century Eurovision. It's not just cheesy Europop anymore, not that there's anything wrong with that! But there are genuinely moving moments too, bits of rock, and even a Belgian Westlife style number.
Sadly the biggest low point has to be the UK entry, written in haste and derided at leisure. The whole sorry effort shows how little Eurovision is regarded in this country, and gives lie to the idea that the contest is somehow fixed in favour of Eastern Europe - it's not, but many Eastern European countries send credible artists with decent songs. We treat it as a joke yet still expect to win by right. It ain't going to happen.