America was here with bubble-gum pink Cadillacs, chrome, kitchens bigger than football fields, sunbeam patios, milk-shakes, crew-cuts, bobbysocks
, soda fountains, freezers, washing machines, shapely blonde wives, square-shouldered husbands, obedient children, beauty and the beaches.
Other winners among the 15 performers from 13 countries include Nicole, Loreen, Herreys, Dima Bilan, Anne-Marie David, Bobbysocks
and Emmelie de Forest.
Meanwhile, in the basement, Longyearbyen's teenagers showed they could party hard, but sadly before I could request a rendition of Norway's Eurovision winning single from 1985 (Let it Swing by Bobbysocks
) it was time to make the long walk back to the hotel ahead of the morning departure home.
Joining Brotherhood of Man and Scooch at the show was 1973 winner Anne Marie David, Black Lace, Irish singer and Eurovision winner Johnny Logan, Linda Martin, 1985 winners Bobbysocks
, Scott Fitzgerald, Irish winners Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington, Nicki French, and 2010 UK entry Josh Dubovie.
Now she has organised a concert at The Sage Gateshead which will feature Eurovision favourites including the first winner from 1956 Lys Assia, Anne-Marie David who won for Luxembourg in 1973, Brotherhood of Man who won for the UK in 1976, Bobbysocks
who won for Norway in 1985, Scott Fitzgerald, Daz Sampson and 2011 winners Eldar and Nikki, to name a few.
As well as the actual film, the DVD includes footage from a concert held at the Operaen, in Oslo, where Alexander performed with artists such as Elisabeth Andreassen (winner of the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest as part of Bobbysocks
) and Arve Tellefsen.
GO BACK to the bobbysocks
and quiffs of the early 60s with Rock and Roll musical Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Liverpool Empire.
"The band that always sticks out in my mind was those two women, Bobbysocks
, do you remember?