Some might say Eurovision is over for the year, but the truth is, Eurovision is never over! If you haven’t guessed, I’m a big fan, and because May is both the month of this fantastical music contest AND the bookish Wyrd and Wonder, I thought I’d mash the two together to create something weird and wonderful (pun intended). The premise is simple: any outfits/stage looks that took my fancy, whether during the premier, or the show itself, paired with a fantasy book cover I think matches its colours and vibes.
All photos taken from the Eurovision photo gallery.
I have to start with my beloved Mahmood (ft BLANCO) and his fabulous skirt for the turquoise carpet pairs perfectly with Saint Death’s Daughter by C. S. E. Cooney.
Sheldon Riley from Australia did a perfect impression of this Beowulf cover, and also performed very beautifully.
Laura Pausini, one of the hosts and a constant in my childhood, had many looks throughout the Eurovision week, all of them wild, but this particularly witchy one goes well with A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H.G. Parry.
The colours of the Serbian group might not fully match Richard Swan’s The Justice of Kings but the vibe is there, as well as the religious oppression, and that’s what matters.
It will forever be a mystery why Albanian singer Ronela Hajati wore such a stunning outfit for the turquoise carpet and then paraded mostly naked on stage… anyway, this look goes perfectly with The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid.
I wasn’t super impressed with Vladana from Montenegro, but she’s definitely beautiful and her stage was very good – it reminds me of the cover of Sistersong by Lucy Holland!
Moldova were absolutely wild and I ended up loving them much more than I thought I would, which is coincidentally how I feel about Little Thieves by Margaret Owen. It’s what Vanja would want…
I am so sad that Georgia didn’t make it through to the final because all of them had the coolest outfits and I would have liked to see them again… anyway this guy in particular has the perfect colours to go with The Unbroken by C.L. Clark.
Brooke from Ireland wasn’t a standout but her look reminds me of The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh.
I have to say that had the camera-work not been all over the place I would have enjoyed this witchy performance by France a lot more… I do love their colours, and they go perfectly with The Stone Knife by Anna Stephens.
Lastly, S10 from Netherlands kept it nice and simple, highlighting her beautiful vocals, but there’s plenty of space in the book cover world for black and white, so I chose my recent read of Equinox by David Towsey!
Hope you enjoyed my little indulgent post, and if you have better ideas of what Eurovision looks go with what books (and I mean, you could probably do loads with Mika and Laura Pausini’s looks alone), then feel free to do one yourself, and tag me so I can see! Will this become an annual tradition? Very likely…