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Eurovision Song Contest

I'm watching the pre-show right now, looking forward (not sure that's the right word for my apprehensive expectation) to the biggest music show in the world.  I watch it to get upset about the lousy music - but wouldn't miss it.  Lack of quality can be very entertaining!

Hearing the German entry earlier, I remembered why I hate it - it has an extremely repetitive melody, the same four notes over and over again.  It must be the most boring song I have heard in the past years.  Short skirts and wind machines do not make up for poor music and lack of talent!  The song and singer that took second place in the German contest was repeated just a few minutes ago, and both the song and the singer were excellent.  I voted for her, but even the fact that she came in a very close second doesn't reconcile me with the level of public approval.  Quality no longer pays - if it ever did.  Well yes, there was Johnny Logan, Abba, and some others that were worthy winners, but there were also numerous contributions that were awful.

So, who will win?

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lalwendeboggart
May. 24th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Who will win? Russia or the blind girl from Georgia :(

France SHOULD win, as they have uber-cool Sebastien Tellier and that song was just fab French pop, but way too subtle for Eurovision :(

Surprisingly this year it has been enjoyable with plenty of decent acts and songs, plus a handful of Divas and some daft things. Around half of it was entertaining viewing.

My verdict:
It seems to break down into these this year:
1. Things that sound normal and un-Euro - Finland, Turkey, Greece, France.
2. Ibiza - Iceland, Ukraine, Sweden, Armenia.
3. Madder than a box of frogs - Bosnia, Croatia, Spain, Latvia.

That was all quite enjoyable, in a cheesy or a genuine way! The shock of it!

Then there was the usual pompous stuff - Russia, Georgia, Portugal, Albania, Azerbaijan, Serbia, Romania. I'd rather have my ears scoured with the cat's tongue than hear any of these again. Eyuw.

And quite bland but inoffensive stuff e.g. UK, Germany, Poland, Norway, Israel, Denmark.

Right, voting results, let's see......
lalwendeboggart
May. 24th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
Hah. I was right :(

Mind, he is one of Russia's biggest stars, it would be like the UK putting Amy Winehouse up for it. Still a dirge though, even if he did have Timbaland as a producer.

If you take out 'political' votes, Greece was the real winner, and it's a shame as that was a good pop song, and not at all Euro-cheeze - a bit like Holly Valance.

Estonians have awesome taste, giving France 10 points :D

That'll teach us for putting bland songs in ;)
runesf
May. 25th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
I thought the music of this years song contest was quite good compared to earlier years. . .of course there was nothing mindblowingly good, but there was actually quite alot of songs I considered voting for.(but I chose not to vote at all)

I think it is a shame that all countries vote for their cultural neighbours, they do it on balkan, they do it in the old soviet countries, they do it on Iberia and we do it in the North. It is probably one of the reasons that England always end in the bottom. . .they simply have to produce a killer song in order to get any points. I actually thought the English song was quite allright compared to the songs I can remember you producing earlier.

I have a few objections to the entry Esty wrote, first I have to be offended on my nations behalf when you slag off the German song. It was written by two of Denmarks most profilic song writers. . . bad Esty :P

Now on to a real objection. . .I cannot belive you labeled Johnny Logan as a worthy winner! He was absolutely awful! Non the less he is a big star in Denmark and often tours here.

I don't know if I am becoming a nationalistic person or what, but the Danish song seemed to grow on me. At first I found it quite dull a song waiting to happen. . .but as I heard it a few times I started to like it.

As I said I thought there was a lot of quite good songs, but I was left frustrated as non of them made it to the top. . .It is hardly ever the songs I like that finnish in the best spots.
hukbillgoomba
May. 25th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
I am of the opinion that the UK should just start entering joke songs to Eurovision. I mean, we've no chance of winning ever again, not in the foreseeable future, anyway. I'd enter it with an ice cream truck playing some terrible version of 'if you go down to the woods today' or whatever and some fat guy singing the wrong words to it... While eating ice cream. XD

In conclusion: The Barrow Downs should enter next year. ;p
estelyn_strider
May. 27th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Well, Rune, someone should have told those Danish songwriters that they are allowed to use more than four notes for the refrain of the song! The song would have sounded better if the girls had sung on key; as it was, it was horrible!

I am old enough to like Johnny Logan's singing, so there!

I liked the very first male singer's voice - very Italian opera style. Most of the songs were inoffensive, as Lal called them, but also unimpressive. There was not one that tempted me to call in and vote.
runesf
May. 27th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Hehe that might indeed have improved the song. . . Actually I thought it was a bit odd duo who wrote the song, they are both pop maniacs, but the one of them usually has some level of quality. The other was also a judge on the Danish version of X-Factor and I think that says all about him.

I don't think that sertain music is only for sertain age-groups, I know I listen to much of the same music as me dad and also stuff that is not "youth orientated". . . I quite like some folk music, jazz, blues and classical.

When I watch the Eurovision I try to not to judge too much on the base on wich kind of music I prefer, this probably sounds a bit weird.

I will try to explain: Even though I do not aprichiate a certain type of music in genneral (there might be exeptions to the rule), I can still look for the song of better quality and give it credit for that.

I forget. . .who was the very first male singer?
eledhwen_ch
May. 28th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
I watched it too (the 2nd semifinale as well) - an utter waste of time, as I might have expected! This year, there was nothing I really liked! It's no longer a song contest, but a pop music contest, apparently.

Quality no longer pays - if it ever did.

Of course there was bad stuff in earlier times too, but also many really great songs which I still love today.

http://www.songcontest.ch/

On this page you can click on the countries and see a list of all their contributions since the beginning and you can listen to them too!
(Habe eben in Erinnerungen geschwelgt! :))
Some of my favourites are:

"non ho l'età" (Gigliola Cinquetti,Italy,1964)
"merci chérie" (Udo Jürgens, Austria, 1966) "Warum nur warum" dito 1964)
"Puppet on a string" (Sandie Shaw, GB 1967)
"Congratulations" (Cliff Richard, GB 1968)
"Après toi" (Vicky Leandros, Luxemburg 1972)
"Waterloo" (ABBA, Sweden 1974)
"Save your kisses for me" (Brotherhood Of Man, England, 1976)
"Dschingis Khan" (Deutschland 1979)
"Io senza te" (Peter Sue & Marc, Switzerland 1981)
"Ein bisschen Frieden" (Nicole, Deutschland 1982)
"Ne partez pas sans moi" (Céline Dion for Switzerland 1988)
"Nocturne" (Secret Garden, Norway 1995)

I know, I know, I'm an incurable nostalgic! ;)
Last year my favourites dropped out in the semifinale, and this year I had no favourites at all. :(
BTW I noticed that Italy, Luxembourg and Austria are not partaking anymore.
lalaith1
Jun. 1st, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
I thought Armenia was good. I like the Ofra Haza influence the eastern bloc nations have brought to the party, eg Ukraine's Ruslana from a couple of years back was great.

The winning Russian song was dull as ditchwater, though.
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