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Here are the answers to the questions posted yesterday in It’s Rock n’ Roll (Kids).

I received a mail from a reader wondering about my lack of a picture round.  Specifically, they wondered if I had deprived them of a Eurovision-themed round.  Fear not! It was just a ‘regular’ picture round.  If it had featured 20 Eurovision performers, I would definitely have gone the extra mile to post it up!

The Eurovision really is a gold mine for trivia.  What a shame it won’t be around again for another 51 weeks…

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This year’s Eurovision Song Contest may have come and gone but our host at this week’s quiz in Gilligan’s, Claremorris, had just come back from attending the event in Düsseldorf.

This led to the round I’ve been waiting my entire life to try: a Eurovision music round!  More on that later.

I was paired up with Aidan, who I’ve been been with before, and his mate Andrew, who was making his Gilligan’s debut.

Our highest scoring round on this night was nothing to do with the song contest, mind you. Round 5 featured a hand-out listing 20 car models, with teams asked to identify the manufacturer of each. A 20/20 here took us from also-rans into joint second at half-time.  In the end, our team won by the narrowest margin possible, our 120/150 pipping my mate Ger’s group to the line.

At least it wasn’t on countback

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Happy Friday the 13th to you all.  I’m in a pretty good mood today as we are slap bang in the middle of Eurovision Song Contest week. 🙂

In honour of this special event, the Friday Five Trivia on this morning’s radio show were all about Europe’s biggest television show. You can check them out by clicking the convenient play button below.

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Eurovision old logoFollowing the first semi-final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, here are the answers to the Eurovision questions I posted yesterday.

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Lordi win the EurovisionThe 2009 Eurovision Song Contest takes place this Saturday evening in Moscow. Or rather the final does. The main event is preceded by two semi-finals, the first of which takes place tonight (Tuesday), with the second semi occuring on Thursday night.  After the semis, the field of 42 countries will have been whittled down to the 25 competitors who will take part in ‘the world’s biggest television programme’.

The first Eurovision took place in 1956 and, in the 53 years since, it’s become something of a cult. Nothing else combines culture, popularity and negative street cred as the ESC does. In its time, it’s managed to spawn a GrammyRecord of the year‘, a revolution and, perhaps most famously of all, ABBA.

Unsurprisingly, it’s also something of a quizzing gold mine, with venues, hosts, interval acts and gaffs all being viable themes for quiz rounds before one even gets to the acts and their songs.

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