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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- Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral greeted by fairytale arrival at Lisbon Airport... read more
- The United Kingdom can win Eurovision again according to the voting figuresLucie Jones andthe UK delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 (Picture: Getty Images)The United Kingdom scored 111 points at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest – 99 points came from the international juries and 12 from the international televote – but the breakdown of voting reveals that politics, surprisingly, played… ... read more
- Portugal’s leaders celebrate historic Eurovision Song Contest victoryMarcelo Rebelo de Sousa (Picture: AFP/Getty)Portugal’s president and prime minister have congratulated Salvador Sobral after he ended Portugal’s 53-year wait for victory at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was the longest barren spell in the competition. Salvador Sobral’s entry Amar Pelos Dois (Love For Both) won with a record-breaking 768… ... read more
- Israel may return at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest after allIsrael announced the 2017 contest would be its last – but could they be back next year? (Picture: Eurovision)During the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest voting, Israel’s jury spokesman created one of the shocks of the night by announcing that after 44 years of participation and three Eurovision winners, 2017 would… ... read more
- We called it – Metro.co.uk correctly predicts 2017 Eurovision winnersWe had a feeling Portugal would win it (Picture: Thomas Hanses)It’s been an incredible two weeks of drama at the Eurovision Song Contest but we called it right. Metro predicted the winners: Portugal won the first Eurovision Song Contest semi final Bulgaria won the second Eurovision Song Contest semi final… ... read more
- Spain saves Germany from a nightmare 3-in-a-row Eurovision recordPoor Spain. (Picture: Thomas Hanses)Germany were saved from finishing last at the Eurovision Song Contest for a record-breaking third year running by Spain. Germany moved off the bottom to finish 25th out of 26 songs. Spain came last after a nightmare Eurovision year. London-based Levina performed Perfect Life for Germany… ... read more
- 2017 Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral performs winning reprise with his sister LuisaSalvador Sobral won the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with a landslide victory for Portugal with a staggering 758 points. MoreHero blogger 'discovers loophole that stops global cyber attack'Leeds Bradford Airport evacuated due to a 'suspicious package'Prepare your ovaries for these photos of Justin Trudeau and his sonSuffering from a… ... read more
- Does the new Eurovision voting system create an unfair bias?Lucie Jones fared well with Eurovision juries, but poorly in the public vote (Picture: Getty Images)The Eurovision Song Contest voting system was modified in 2016 along the lines of Sweden’s national final, Melodifestivalen’s system. Instead of a combined jury and televote result from each country, the jury votes are now… ... read more
- The United Kingdom sunk by the Eurovision Televote yet againLucie gave a flawless performance of Never Give Up On You – but despite being a hit with the juries it fell down in the televote (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)It was disappointment for Lucie Jones and the United Kingdom despite a huge improvement on this year’s Eurovision Song Contest scoreboard. The… ... read more
- Italy, Portugal or Bulgaria? We predict who win the 2017 Eurovision Song ContestWill Salvador, Francesco or Kristian lift the Eurovision trophy? Or someone else entirely?After two weeks of rehearsals, including 84 technical rehearsals, 9 dress rehearsals and 2 live semi finals, tonight sees the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest take place live in Kyiv. The runaway favourite has been caught in the betting… ... read more
- Romania’s Yodel It! cannot be ruled out for a Eurovision winThey’ve never won it before, but Romania are in with a shout (or should we say a yodel?) for Eurovision Song Contest glory. Ilinca feat. Alex Florea are bringing one of the big party songs tonight and it’s been one of the most well received along the Eurovision promotion trail.… ... read more
- Surely Sweden can’t go on to win Eurovision again. Or could they?Sweden has created a conveyor belt of strong Eurovision entries in recent years and this year they’ve actually brought the conveyor belt itself. Drayton Manor reopens after schoolgirl's death Tonight’s performance from Robin Bengtsson features five men on treadmills performing another strong Swedish Eurovision entry. I Can’t Go On… ... read more
- Could France finally win tonight after 40 years without Eurovision success?France could be the dark horse in tonight’s Eurovision Song Contest. Alma closes tonight’s Eurovision final with her entry Requiem and if there is a surprise result, it might be one ooh la la of a big one. Here’s how to work out who will win Eurovision 2017 The… ... read more
- Belgium’s Blanche is all over the charts and she still has a chance to win EurovisionAccording to iTunes across Europe, Belgium may have topped the first Eurovision Song Contest semi final and regained momentum going into tonight’s final. Their entry, Blanche, is just 17-years-old and is competing in tonight’s final with City Lights. Here’s how to work out who will win Eurovision 2017 The song… ... read more
- Portugal’s Salvador Sobral set to break their Eurovision record tonightPortugal are primed for their biggest ever Eurovision Song Contest tonight. Incredibly, Portugal have never managed to finish in the top five at Eurovision in 53 years of trying. Here’s how to work out who will win Eurovision 2017 All that is set to change tonight as Salvador Sobral… ... read more