Speaking on the latest episode of The Euro Trip podcast, Eurovision 1981 winner Cheryl Baker has revealed she believes the current contest is a much better event than when she won the contest as part of Bucks Fizz forty years ago.
The group famously gave the UK their fourth Eurovision win, and as the anniversary of their victory approaches, Cheryl has been reflecting on their famous triumph.
When asked what she thinks of the current contest, she spoke fondly of the Eurovision we see today.
“I think it is far better now than it ever used to be. If you look at the Eurovision when we won the venue was pretty big, but not as big as it is now… and the audience was full of what looked like stuffed shirts.”
“It’s fantastic… the atmosphere is phenomenal, and electric and happy. If the only the world was like this.”
Bucks Fizz won the contest when it was held in Dublin, while Cheryl Baker also performed at the 1978 contest in Paris as part of the band Coco.
She went on to recount her various visits to different contests over recent years, and spoke of how much she enjoyed each event.
“I would say that it is better than ever before”
“My dream was to get me, Mike and Jay [fellow members of The Fizz] out to Rotterdam for Eurovision this year, but unfortunately that won’t happen.”
Cheryl, Mike and Jay hope to return to the recording studio in the next few months to begin work on their 40th anniversary album.
And you can listen to her full interview on this week’s episode of The Euro Trip, alongside a chat with Danish duo and Dansk Melodi Grand Prix hopefuls the Cosmic Twins.
About The Euro Trip
The Euro Trip is a podcast available on Acast, Apple Podcasts and Spotify with Rob Lilley and James Rowe bringing you a weekly show featuring big guests and fun games from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Brought to you by Eurovoix, every Wednesday Rob and James will be bringing you interviews with some of the biggest names from the contest, finding out what makes them tick and giving us their memories of performing on the Eurovision stage.
Games will also keep the listeners entertained with the European Quiz and the One Second Song featuring in the weekly show. In addition, they’ll also bring you the very latest news.
Hosts Rob and James have been fans of the contest for well over a decade, with Rob having been the presenter of Eurovoix’s Eurojury for the past five years and James having produced the last two editions.