Journalist and Author
Benny Royston – Journalist and Author
Benny Royston is a published author and journalist. He has written three official books on the Eurovision Song Contest (under the name Barry Viniker) and has contributing many thousands of articles, columns and news covering music, entertainment, politics and current affairs.
Benny Royston wrote the copy for three official Eurovision Song Contest books between 2006-2008. The Official Fan Book included information about all of the year’s participants, including biographies, trivia knowledge as well as information about the previous year’s results and the year’s Eurovision Song Contest host city.
His knowledge about the Eurovision Song Contest makes him an important source of information for many journalists and he is often invited to speak on television and radio as well as comment on stories in the national and international print and online media.
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- Christabelle performs Malta Eurovision Taboo at UK Houses of ParliamentChristabelle met up with Boris Johnson as she performed her trackMalta’s 2018 Eurovision Song Contest entrant Christabelle has performed her entry Taboo at the Houses of Parliament in London. She was invited to perform to leaders of the British Commonwealth by Global Citizen because her song highlights the problems and… ... read more
- Eurovision Queen Conchita Wurst announces HIV status as positive, motivated and liberatedConchita found fame after winning Eurovision 2014 for Austria (Picture: Getty Images)Conchita Wurst, the former Eurovision Song Contest winner tonight revealed via her Instagram account that she is HIV positive. She decided to make the public statement because an ex-boyfriend was threatening to publicise her status. Fans have been quick… ... read more
- Cyprus ready to fire up their Eurovision form with Fuego by Eleni FoureiraEleni is firing up some Eurovision vibes for CyprusShe might not have appeared at any of the Eurovision preview events, but Eleni Foureira is likely to make a big impression with her Cyprus entry Fuego when Eurovision rehearsals get underway in Lisbon. Fuego (Fire) is a spicy modern pop song… ... read more
- Poland set to Light Up the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with Gromee feat. Lukas MeijerPoland are hoping for a return to Eurovision’s top 10Poland’s 2018 Eurovision Song Contest entry is gaining momentum as Gromee Feat. Lukas Meijer tour the promotion preview circuit. Light Me Up has been rocking crowds in Israel and Netherlands as well as being one of the stand out acts at… ... read more
- Eurovision 2018: Malta takes on Taboo subject with Christabelle’s songChristabelle is hoping to get Malta back into the Eurovision finalMalta are hoping that Christabelle is on course to return one of the Eurovision Song Contest’s smallest nations to the Grand Final this year after missing out in 2017. Taboo is a strong pop entry with deep lyrics and dark… ... read more
- Romania’s Humans race towards the 2018 Eurovision final to sing GoodbyeThe Humans are hoping to bring Romania some Eurovision luckThe Humans will represent Romania at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with Goodbye and have the task of maintaining the country’s 100% record of qualifying from the semi finals. This year’s entry is a stark contrast to recent Romania songs at… ... read more
- Finland, Israel, Australia, Spain, Albania and UK all impress at Eurovision In ConcertSuRie impressed the crowds at Eurovision In Concert (Picture: Monty Moncrieff)Eurovision In Concert, the annual Eurovision preview party in The Netherlands took place this weekend and predictions about how songs will do at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest are starting to firm up. The show gives some idea of how… ... read more
- Eurovision artists attempt to sing Netta’s Israel entry and it’s hilariousCan anybody cluck like Netta? (Picture: YouTube)Netta’s Toy is the runaway favourite to win the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and this week, we’ve seen her give two incredible performances. She performed the song live for the first time at Israel Calling in front of 30,000 fans at Rabin Square, Tel… ... read more
- Norway’s Alexander Rybak takes aim at a record-equalling second Eurovision Song Contest victoryIs Alexander Rybak about to score a second Eurovision victory?He might be absent from the Eurovision Song Contest promotion circuit, but Norway’s 2018 representative and former Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak is preparing for a serious bid for a second victory in Lisbon. So as the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest we… ... read more
- SuRie to the rescue for France as Eurovision In Concert rocks AmsterdamSuRie wowed the Eurovision-loving crowds in Amsterdam (Picture: Monty Moncrieff)She’s creating a Storm wherever she goes but SuRie’s double performance at Eurovision in Concert tonight has been getting a huge reception. She stepped in for French singer Emile as a last minute stand-in due to illness and the Amsterdam crowd… ... read more
- SuRie to represent a third country as Kristian Kostov returns for Bulgaria at Eurovision In Concert tonightIt’ll be all eyes on SuRie in Amsterdam (Picture: Guy Levy)With the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest less than a month away, one of the last big Eurovision preview events takes place in The Netherlands tonight. Eurovision In Concert takes place in Amsterdam and whilst Israel Calling last Tuesday saw over… ... read more
- The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is just one month awayIt really is only one month until the Eurovision final (Picture: BBC)It’s the most watched non-sporting event of the year and the Eurovision Song Contest is officially just one month away. On Saturday 12 May, Lisbon will host Eurovision for the first time and SuRie will be representing the United… ... read more
- Saara Aalto performs Monsters in 34 Eurovision languages as she aims to break second place curseSaara Aalto is bringing Monsters to Finland (Picture: EPA)Saara Aalto, the 2016 X Factor runner-up is known for being slightly over the top when it comes to stage outfits and vocal performance. But this time she’s really outdone herself. As a surprise to fans, she’s recorded an acoustic version of… ... read more
- Our first televised look at how Eurovision 2018 entries compare on the same stageWhich of this year’s Eurovision hopefuls stood out at Israel Calling?The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is just one month away and 25 of this year’s 43 entries were on display at Israel Calling, a huge preview party in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv. The show was broadcast live over Facebook and… ... read more
- This is why Israel is hot favourite to win the 2018 Eurovision Song ContestNetta stole the show at Israel CallingAfter the biggest ever Eurovision Song Contest preview event, Israel Calling 2018, all the talk is on the host entry. Netta’s first live performance of Toy proved why Israel is the red-hot favourite to land the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 crown. If you… ... read more