- Over The Rainbow Canada
- Andrew on This Morning
- First O2 show sold out! Second date added
- Superstar – Live Show Announcement
- Official Diamond Jubilee song unveiled
- Jesus Christ Superstar UK Arena Tour
- Andrew to receive BASCA Fellowship
- Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jessie J reunite
- Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar Tony nominations
- Phantom celebrates 10,000 performances in the West End
- Highclere Castle
- Over The Rainbow…Where Are They Now?
- Happy Birthday to the London Palladium…
- Love Never Dies Australian premiere announced
- Andrew hosts centenary celebration for the London Palladium
- Andrew to perform in Julian Lloyd Webber’s 60th Anniversary Gala
- A statement from Andrew
- Oz Blog: The winner is revealed
- The last Dorothy mission….
- Oz Blog: The Final Countdown
- Danielle is your Dorothy!
- Danielle you are Dorothy… and here comes Dangerous Dave as Toto!
- Danielle, Lauren and Sophie have a go at Polo!
- The winning Dorothy to release charity single
- Sierra meets the Dorothys!
- Oz: Blog: Andrew makes his final choice and the final three are revealed
- Bombay Dreams Movie Announcement
- Oz Blog: The Fantastic Four
- Andrew to appear on The Graham Norton Show
- Andrew meets Bobby…
- Oz Blog: The second sing-off
- Oz Blog: A Dorothy Cull…
- We’re off to see The Wizard of Oz!
- From Nancy to Dorothy: A message from Sam and Niamh
- Oz Blog: An Emotional Goodbye
- Oz Blog: An audience with the Lord
- Andrew and the Dorothys get ready for their close up…
- An Over the Rainbow update from Andrew
- Andrew gets ready for next week’s Over The Rainbow
- It’s Toto time for Andrew…
- Oz Blog: Standing ovations as we say another goodbye
- Oz Blog: A chorus of Angels…
- Oz Blog: Another sad goodbye…
- Behind the scenes at Over The Rainbow
- Oz Blog: Making a Song and Dance
- Oz Blog: It’s goodbye to another of our Dorothies…
- Oz Blog: A Class Act
- Oz Blog: The first Dorothy flies over the rainbow
- Oz Blog: The first live show… and the public get to choose
- West End Story: What Nancy, Joseph and Maria Did Next
- Oz Blog: 20 become 10…
- Oz Blog: Over The Rainbow kicks off with weekend special
- Behind the scenes on “Wetten, Das?”
- Filming the Over The Rainbow trailer
- Andrew’s off to see the Wizard… and revisiting the South Bank Show
- BBC ONE Follows the Yellow Brick Road, Over the Rainbow
- The South Bank Show Revisited
- Andrew and Katherine Jenkins on Dancing On Ice
- Your Country Does Need You! Jade is the winner
- We meet Eurovision’s Bucks Fizz
- And then there were three…
- Unbreak our Eurovision hearts
- The Eurovision zoo…
- Chris Moyles The Musical?
- Triumphant night for TV’s Nancy
- A Lulu of a Eurovision
- Double whammy Grammy
- Lee Mead’s final performance as Joseph in the West End
- Grammy Award Winner joins Andrew in his quest for Eurovision glory
- The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber sets new record
- Your Country Needs Them…
- The first instalment from our Eurovision blogger
- Rachel leaves I’d Do Anything semi final
- Andrew to receive Woodrow Wilson Award
- It’s goodbye Niamh!
- Andrew and the Nancy’s meet Celine Dion
- I’d Do Anything Results: Sunday 11th May
- The Phantom of the Opera goes digital!
- Andrew’s speech to the House of Lords
- I’d Do Anything Results: Sunday 4th May
- Could Jenna be Nancy?
- A Tribute Concert for Steven Pimlott
- I‘d Do Anything: Blog 1
- Thank you to chinamusical.net
- Playbill Unmasks Phantom Lyricist
- Andrew Lloyd Webber to be ‘American Idol‘ mentor
- Michael Ball Meets Andrew Lloyd Webber
- I’d Do Anything begins on BBC1
- Andrew and Madeleine set the record straight
- Andrew’s Special Award from SOLT
2nd, March, 2009
Mark’s top Eurovision outfits
1. Bucks Fizz, Making Your Mind Up, 1981 (1st). Of course the mother of all wardrobe shenanigans is this famous UK Velcro moment, which set the tone for sartorial rip-offs ever since. Various people have claimed to have thought the ruse up but the true genius has never been unearthed.
2. Angelica Agurbash, Love Me Tonight, 2005 (failed to qualify for final). The queen of the costume change – and the universe if you believed the self-publicising journal foisted on everyone – managed to wear three outfits during her entry for Belarus, none what you might call understated. And men in frills leaped and bounded in attendance as she performed. Camp as Butlins.
3. Marie N, I Wanna, 2002 (1st) It was the nifty routine that won Marie N Eurovision for Latvia rather than the song, which didn’t even make the Latvian Top 30 after the contest. Starting out dressed as a bloke in a white suit and trilby, she gradually disrobed to become a sultry, sexy siren in an evening dress. Dana International without the surgery, then.
4. Lill Lindfors, Gothenburg, 1985. This outfit award goes not to a singer but the host of the 1985 contest in Sweden. Lill Lindfors entered and seemingly caught the bottom part of her frock on the set, which ripped off leaving her rather embarrassed. Then she calmly unfolded the top half of her ensemble to form a full-length dress. Phew, that was close!.
5. Herreys, Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley, 1984 (1st) The Swedish blonde trio of brothers swept to victory with this lyrically challenged number. The secret of their success? Their little gold boots, which were actually referred to in the song. Why else would you wear em, eh?
6. Youddiph, Vyechny Stranik, 1994 (9th). One of Russia’s early entries featured a soulful young lady in a dress that made her look, as one wag put it, like a sun-dried tomato. It was certainly red, and with various holes and spaghetti-like panels, she could make her frock do all manner of, er, interesting things. All of which distracted from the rather dull song.
7. Paul Oscar, Minn Hinsti Dans, 1997 (20th). The Eurovision night all PVC freaks will remember. Cool Icelander Paul writhed around on a sofa in shiny kecks fondling himself while blonde Amazons in more PVC and fishnet contorted themselves around him to a throbbing beat. Yikes.
8. Hot Eyes, Ka Du Se Hva Jeg Sa, 1988 (3rd). In this niftily titled Danish entry it wasnt so much lead singer Kirsten’s clashing turquoise ensemble and spiky red hair. Or the backing dancers in orange and yellow wielding cardboard guitars, or the conductor joining in. It was that Kirsten was clearly on the point of giving birth. Good job hubby Soren was on hand among the backing singers.
9. Linda Wagemankers, No Goodbyes, 2000 (13th). Dutch Linda looked like she rented her voluminous black and white PVC hooded cloak from Billy Smarts Circus. It needed to be big – when she took it off to reveal a skimpy, silver shredded number, there were also two male dancers lurking underneath!
10. Schmetterlinge, Boom Boom Boomerang, 1977 (17th). The four male backing dancers wore Lycra one-pieces which where white on the front and revealed them wearing tuxedos and smiley facemasks when they turned around. The Austrian entry – which included the words kangaroo, didgeridoo and Kojak – was a dig at the contest in particular and the record industry in general.
Mark Cook (watching Eurovision since 1967)
Mark Cook is a journalist and theatre critic for the Guardian Guide and The Big Issue