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Friday, 22 May 2015

Eurovision!!!!

So, who's looking forward to Eurovision tomorrow?

I AM :)

For those who are unfamiliar with this annual tradition when Europe goes completely mental - this is a music competition when Europe sends "their best talents" to compete and win the honour of hosting the contest the next year.

This year the contest had been running for 60 years!

Okay, so sometimes the performers in the past haven't been the greatest, but they always mean well.

Over the last few years I think the standard has been incredibly high. There were only three songs I simply could not listen to this year :).

Once upon a time there was just the one contest, now there are so many countries entered they have to have semi-finals, so I've already watched those this week. Rob is very sad because his favourite did not make it to the finals - he was rather hypnotised by the young lady in the skimpy cop's outfit dancing for Moldova.

I'm a little disappointed though, there don't seem to be any completely out there acts this year :(. No opera vampire dubstep like 2013 - I love his voice:

Some other highlights over the years: Dita Von Teese on stage for Germany in 2009; Ukraine's Verka Serduchka, drag queen in silver 2007; Lordi winning for Finland in 2006 with Hard Rock Hallelujah and there are so many more ;).

We do have Conchita in the green room though - she's doing all the interviews :). Conchita won last year for Austria singing Rise Like A Pheonix and she is awesome - yes, she does have a beard and an amazing voice:


If you would like to know more about Conchita and why she was created, visit her website and her new album is available from Amazon and iTunes.

Conchita stands for respect for all and diversity and inclusion and dignity and so does Eurovision (well, okay, occasionally not dignity ;)) - Pride is alive and well at Eurovision.

All the acts have videos of their songs up at the Eurovision Youtube channel (linked on the Eurovision site), as well as their performances so far. Looking at the videos my fav was the following one, Unbroken by Maria Olafs from Iceland, but she was a little too nervous at her semi and didn't make the final:

My fav from the semi's is this one from Sweden, Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw, which I found unimpressive recorded, but live he's amazing - I think he's one of the favourites which probably means he'll get nowhere, but he was very impressive:

I even like out song this year :) - that makes a nice change. It's called Still In Love With You by Electro Velvet and it's very bouncy. We haven't got a hope since we're going 5th in the running order and half of Europe hate us, but it's a superb song and I will not have anything said against it.

The Eurovision Youtube Channel has just about everything - so check it out :) I must remember to order my copy of the DVD.

Do you watch Eurovision? Do you even know what I'm talking about? Do you fancy watching Eurovision now I've rambled about it?

13 comments:

  1. I tend to watch Eurovision by accident these days, but it used to be compulsive viewing - we even had Eurovision parties when I was younger :-)

    Have a wonderfully Euro weekend!

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    1. We are having a few local friends around - I have made jelly shots ;)
      Thank you. Now to tidy the house before this evening!

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  2. This looks awesome! I've never heard of this before and wish I could watch it!

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    1. You can :) This FAQ on the official site tells you how :) http://www.eurovision.tv/page/faq

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  3. What? An all European singing competition? That sounds amazing!

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    1. I watched a show on how it all started and the last 60 years last night and it's amazing how it's grown. It started with a handful of countries and now we have so many we need semi-finals :) I love Eurovision.

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  4. Used to be an avid watcher for many years - last time was probably when Lordi won in 2006, deservedly. Brit entry isn't far better than it has been for years... perhaps since Catriona and The Waves.

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    1. I think that's when we started watching again after not watching it for years :). We try not to miss it now :). I thought our entry with Blue was a good song and they performed it well, most of the others have been uninspiring since Katrina. I do like this year's though - it's fun and not like all the others.

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    2. Far better is what I meant to say - catchy, fun, and great production values.

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  5. Making my way around on the A to Z Road trip! Stopping by to say hello and I hope to see you again next year, if not sooner!

    Mary
    www.JingleJangleJungle.net

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    1. Thank you for dropping by, I hope you enjoyed my blog :)

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  6. I like to watch Eurovision sometimes, though never the whole thing. This year, though, I managed to remain completely oblivious that it was even happening until I was told yesterday that Sweden had won. :P

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    1. We love it - it's become a bit of a tradition to have a few friends round and watch the whole thing. I have to go use the computer during the voting though because I can't bare the embarrassing antics of the country spokespeople :). I wanted Sweden or Italy to win, so I'm pleased with who got it.

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