10 Famous Acts You Might be Surprised to learn have performed at Eurovision
10 Surprising Benidorm Cameos
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#1 Joan CollinsJoan Collins has played the Solana owner Crystal Hennessy-Vass since season6. A recurring regular since 2014, it will probably Joan switching off the lights at the Solana should the show ever come to an end!
#2 Uri GellerMagician Uri Geller made a short cameo in Series 9 to give some positive thinking advice to Solana worker Billy.
#3 The KrankiesIan and Janette Tough (aka ‘The Krankies’) played swingers Pepe and Agnes LeCruz in the season finale of season 6.
#4 Sheridan Smith
Sheridan Smith played guest character Brandy. She was a love interest for Martin Weedon (Nicholas Burns) after he split from his wife Kate (Abigail Cruttenden). Brandy was portrayed as a caring person but was revealed as a con woman in her later episodes by stealing from Martin and the rest of the hotel guests.
#5 Tony HadleyEx Spandau Ballet front man Tony Hadley made the opening episode of series 10 in 2018 even more star studded as he belted out ‘True’ to an assembled wedding party of cameos. Later, he sang ‘Gold’ from a boat to the guests assembled on the beach.
#6 The Chuckle Brothers2018 cameos did not just included Tony Hadley. The final season also had a cameo by the Chuckle Brothers as a magician and an assistant in drag.
#7 Cilla BlackCilla Black made a cheeky cameo in the opening episode of Benidorm in 2011. The former Blind Date host makes a surprise appearance at Madge’s villa, where she ends up offering Middlesbrough Swingers Association’s most famous members Donald (Kenny Ireland) and Jacqueline (Janine Duvitski) the chance to share a sauna.
#8 Una StubbsUna Stubbs made a surprising appearance in Series 3 as Martin’s Mum Diane Armstrong. Past revelations included much more than her dancing skills!
#9 George Shelley
Former Union J member George Shelley played Giles, a university friend of Rob Dawson in series 9.
#10 MadnessMadness ended series 9 by giving a performance to remember in the Neptune’s Bar!
10 Top Eurovision Facts
#1 Eurovision is the #1 biggest Music Show in the WorldThe Eurovision Song Contest (French: Concours Eurovision de la chanson), often simply called Eurovision, is the longest-running annual international TV song competition. It is watched across five continents by hundreds of millions of viewers and is the largest music competition in the world. It has helped start the careers of the likes of Abba and Celine Dion and has a large following of dedicated fans.
#2 At the first Eurovision, each country sang two songsIn 1956, every participating country could enter with two songs. The Netherlands were the first country to sing a song on Eurovision with “De vogels van Holland” (the birds of the Netherlands).
#3 All Eurovision songs have to be 3 minutes or lessAll Eurovision songs must not be longer than three minutes. Which makes sense given the number of contestants..
#4 The UK has hosted the Eurovision four times without winningThe previous year’s winner hosts Eurovision but it’s so expensive that nations have pleaded poverty to get out of it. The countries who have opted out include the Netherlands, France, Monaco, and Luxembourg and the job went to the UK four times
#5 Five barefoot winnersThere have been five barefoot winners in Eurovision history: Sandie Shaw (1967), Sertab Erener (2003), Dima Bilan (2008), Loreen (2012) and Emmelie De Forest (2013)
#6 Only 6 allowed on Stage!Groups of more than three were not allowed into Eurovision until 1971. Even now, no more than six people are allowed on stage (including backup singers and dancers). In recent years backup singers have been allowed to be “invisible” (i.e. sing backstage, out of camera shot).
#7 Ireland has won Eurovision seven timesIreland holds the record of most victories in Eurovision Song Contest: Seven victories! The six of these victories was in the 80s and 90s: 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996
#7 The UK has hosted 8 timesThe contest has been held in the UK no less than eight times, despite them only winning five times. The venues were London (1960,1963,1968,1977), Edinburgh (1972), Brighton (1974), Harrogate (1982) and Birmingham (1998).
#9 Nine in ten Danes watched Eurovision in 200195 percent of the Danish viewing public saw the 2001 contest on TV – the highest percentage in Europe
#10 Ten famous participantsBlue, Lulu, Julio Iglesias, Engelbert Humperdinck, Sandy Shaw, Cliff Richard, Bonnie Tyler, Olivia Newton John, Michael Ball and Celine Dion have all graced the Eurovision stage!
The 10 most valuable £2 coins that could earn you a mint
If you have a pocket full of change, you might want to empty it out, as you could be in for some very good news! That’s according to the money experts at ChangeChecker, who have revealed a fascinating Scarcity Index, detailing the 37 £2 coins experts believe could be worth a mint one day – because of their low circulation numbers. The stories behind the coin designs are fascinating too – the stories behind each of the to rarest £2 coins are detailed below.
#1 Commonwealth Games – Northern Ireland
The rarest of them all: The 2002 Commonwealth games Northern Ireland £2 coin is thought to be the most sought after in circulation. It is followed by Wales, England and Scotland, and is already worth up to £72 on eBay.
#2 Commonwealth Games – England
Commonwealth Games England: In total, 2.5 million Commonwealth Games coins were issued, but the mintages for each of the four designs range from 485,500 to 771,500. While they’re all classed as ‘rare’ some aren’t worth quite as much just yet (around £8) – although experts say this will jump in the future.
#3 Commonwealth Games – Scotland
Commonwealth Games Scotland: . At first glance, you might struggle to spot the difference between the four Commonwealth coins. They all feature the same running athlete trailing a banner behind. But each has a different cameo, representing each of the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom.
#4 Olympic Centenary
Olympic Centenary £2 coin: The modern Olympic Games started in Athens in 1896 and have since become the greatest sporting event in the world. The games of 1908 were originally scheduled to be held in Rome, but due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, they were re-located to London, hence this iconic coin.
#5 King James Bible
King James Bible £2 coin: First published in 1611, the King James Bible is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England. It is widely regarded as one of the most important books ever published in the English language for its influence on the nature of protestant worship as well as English culture. The reverse design of this £2 coin features the first words from the book of John – ‘In the beginning was the Word’.
#6 Commonwealth Games – Wales
Commonwealth Games Wales: In total, 2.5 million Commonwealth Games coins were issued, but the mintages for each of the four designs range from 485,500 to 771,500. While they’re all classed as ‘rare’ some aren’t worth quite as much just yet (around £8) – although experts say this will jump in the future.
#7 Mary Rose
Mary Rose: The Mary Rose was a ship built and completed at Portsmouth Harbour in 1511 for Henry VIII and named after his favourite sister, Mary Tudor. It was the pride and joy of England’s Royal Navy but in 1545 it tragically sank with the loss of all 35 men. The reverse design of this commemorative £2 coin features a depiction of the ship by John Bergdahl.
#8 2015 First World War (Navy)
First World War Centenary (Navy): This is the Royal Mint’s latest edition in its commemoration marking the centenary of the First World War. The United Kingdom £2 coin honours the Royal Navy. This official coin captures the strength of a force whose contribution to victory in the First World War deserves to be remembered.
#9 London 2012 Handover
London 2012 Handover: At the end of each Olympic Games, the next host city of the Games is celebrated with a flag handover ceremony. On 12 August at the London 2012 Closing Ceremony, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro was handed the Olympic flag by the president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge. This £2 coin is synonymous with that exact moment.
#10 Olympic Handover
Olympic Handover £2 coin: The end of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games marked the first major event for the London 2012, with the official handover of the Games to the next host city. The Olympic Flag was handed over from the Mayor of Beijing to the Mayor of London, followed by a short performance inviting the world to London for the 2012 Games.