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Eurovision! - helen-louise
Why is it that every weekend that I set aside to get house tidying done, I get ill? I have a fever and I've spent most of the day asleep. stellarwind sent me "More cowbell", which is obviously the only prescription. And I've been watching Eurovision for my annual dose of extreme GAY. With glitter. 

I really loved the Azerbaijani woman's dress, which was blue and spangly. But I can't find a photo of it online - she wore a different outfit in the semi-finals and the official video.

Moldova - "Run Away". Perfect Euro-pop. I can imagine dancing like an idiot in a gay disco to this one :)

Turkey - "We Could Be The Same". This band is called maNga and they rock my socks off. Not as much as Lordi back in 2006 (that was real METAL), but still better than anything else we heard tonight. And it came second!

Not too much political voting this year. Belarus gave 12 points to Russia is political voting, and Cyprus voting for Greece. Apart from that it mostly went on talent.

The UK's entry was absolutely dreadful and deserved the 10 point total it got. I have no idea why we have to run this stupid "talent" show on TV every year instead of submitting an entry from a singer or band who's already famous?

Current Mood: sick sick

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hiddenpaw From: hiddenpaw Date: 30th May 2010 04:56 (UTC) (Link)
Turkey were OK until they let the singer sing. He imediately took all the edge off it. Both the wanabe rock acts were weak this year let down by looking like hard core metal acts but sounding like they've had thier edges smoothed off. A sad demonstration of Manufactured metal.

I've never been totaly convinced that "political voteing" is really as much down to actual politics as people think and more down to cultural familiarity. People vote for styles of music they know. they even are more likely to vcte for songs they know (There was a study on that the year the russians won); This years winner may prove to be an exsample of this.

I can't help wondering what would have happened if we'd sent the real Lilly Allen.
haggis From: haggis Date: 30th May 2010 07:56 (UTC) (Link)
The assembled party at Softfruit's house thought the UK entry was so forgettable we couldn't remember what it sounded like while it was still playing.

But the German girl was v pretty.
theta_g From: theta_g Date: 30th May 2010 16:32 (UTC) (Link)
DO the other nations pony up proper domestic singing stars or is everyone on stage semi-amateur?
hiddenpaw From: hiddenpaw Date: 31st May 2010 05:32 (UTC) (Link)
The Russian that one a couple of years back was the russian equivilent of Robbie Williams. We've used B listers before now, but never any of our top stars.
baratron From: baratron Date: 31st May 2010 18:16 (UTC) (Link)
I was going to say Bucks Fizz, but apparently they were put together for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Back in the depths of time, we've entered Sandie Shaw, Cliff Richard, Lulu and Olivia Newton-John who were all big acts. Sonia in 1993 was quite famous. And Katrina and the Waves in 1997 were a previously-famous band who hadn't done anything much in a decade.

But it seems that we do have a habit of picking complete amateurs, and I wonder why that is?
baratron From: baratron Date: 31st May 2010 18:07 (UTC) (Link)
Some other countries do use already-famous acts. Like that Turkish band I linked to - maNga - they've already won Best European Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
theta_g From: theta_g Date: 1st June 2010 02:29 (UTC) (Link)
That makes three acts I can name now - I was heretofore only aware of Dana International and Lordi :-)
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