Has it really been four years since the first Alternative Eurovision? On Friday, its latest outing launched this season’s London Wonderground with a mixed bag of musical shenanigans taking in comedy, burlesque, drag and some audience participation.

Taking as its inspiration the events in Copenhagen the following night, Anna Greenwood helmed a night which was a veritable kaleidoscope of outfits including pensioner Ida Barr’s hip-hop dress, Georgois Bourgeois’ Putin-inspired onesie and the burkha and military uniform displayed during Des O’Connor’s number.

This was the full line-up of Alternative Eurovision 2014:

  • Anna Greenwood (host)
  • Sofie Hagen
  • Benjamin Louche
  • Bourgeois and Maurice (winners)
  • Des O’Connor
  • Dusty Limits
  • Four Femmes on the Thames
  • Flange Krammer
  • Ida Barr
  • Lili La Scala
  • Roulston & Young
  • Tempest Rose


All pictures: Guilherme Zuhlke O’Connor exclusively for This Is Cabaret