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    Thumbs up Evgeni Plushenko in Eurovision!!!!

    Like a certain amount of Europeans I watched the first semi-final of the Eurovision song contest last nigh and what a surprise I got when Dima Bilan (from Russia) performed his song!
    There on the stage was the amazing Edvin Marton!
    Then all of a sudden I saw come on stage a familiar silouhet: Evgeni Plushenko who started skating on stage!!!
    Here's the vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyDkvmkuRSQ
    Enjoy!

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    I watched it too. It looked a bit strange, but I guess nothing will surprise me any more when it comes to Plushenko

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    Yeah, the ice was like a 5 by 5 square so he couldn't really do much except wave his arms (I guess that hasn't changed...). Still, I guess it was supposed to be more of an "interpretive" dance. And Plushy has certainly gained a few pounds since he left competition.

    The music video was kind of nice though-- at least he did like real moves. Although I'm not sure the violin really adds to the song. It's a little distracting, along with the guy's super heavy accent.
    Last edited by moviechick; 05-21-2008 at 09:34 AM.

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    Is this like a russian american idol or somthing? The guy was not a bad singer... but i am getting a little tired of the inspirational "if you just believe" type songs.

    The ice was ridiculously small to even wear skates on...bad idea.

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    It's like all of Europe and instead of "unknowns" competing like in American Idol, each country picks a song by an already famous singer to represent them at Eurovision. Apparently, it's the biggest and most-watched music show in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinymavy15 View Post
    Is this like a russian american idol or somthing? The guy was not a bad singer... but i am getting a little tired of the inspirational "if you just believe" type songs.
    Eurovision is in its 53rd year, I think, and remains wonderfully campy. Moviechick already explained it pretty well, but you should be able to find all sorts of info online. ABBA and Celine Dion (representing Switzerland) both did Eurovision, as did may other singers, some famous and others getting their start in what is, indeed, the most watched musical event there is. More bizarre performances include the German entry in 1979 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4OptTvX4I0), Finland's winner from 2006 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6Vzd...eature=related, and Moldova's grandma with the drums in 2005 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksJEGApQNCI.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kinga
    It looked a bit strange, but I guess nothing will surprise me any more when it comes to Plushenko
    The same can be said for Eurovision in general! Truly, as Eurovision gimmicks go, I've seen far worse than Plushy's 5 by 5 skate

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    I highly recommend that when watching Eurovision or searching for clips on youtube you try to find the BBC version because Terry Wogan's comments are often the greatest entertainment of the entire thing, especially when it comes to the voting at the end and he's noticeably drunk.

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    It should be pointed out that Russia has never won the Eurovision Song Contest despite their massive efforts. Now they bought a song from the world's hottest producer (Timbaland) and sent an Olympic Champion figure skater to accompany a singer who finished 2nd two years ago. If they don't win now (and I'm quite sure that they don't), what will they come up with next year?

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    I have a soft spot for Eurovision since it was during the interval of the final (in what? 1994 maybe?) that Ireland presented a certain entertainment that went on to sweep the world ... Riverdance.

    Jean Butler and Michael Flatley in that first performance -- pure magic.

    ETA: Perhaps the interval entertainment is actually less wacky than the contestants are? Because that first Riverdance performance was stunning. I've seen video. It's like the audience was completely blown away, no reaction at all for a few seconds -- then storms of applause.
    Last edited by rallycairn; 05-21-2008 at 12:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antmanb View Post
    I highly recommend that when watching Eurovision or searching for clips on youtube you try to find the BBC version because Terry Wogan's comments are often the greatest entertainment of the entire thing, especially when it comes to the voting at the end and he's noticeably drunk.

    Ant
    I so agree!!!!!!

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    Sorry, that is one of the most ridiculous things I think I've ever seen. Listening to the actual song is not so bad, but Marton/Plushenko? Along with Bilan lying on the stage and then slithering around in his bare feet? Ugh.

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    Oh, my. That was ... not good.

    Don't get me wrong, I lurve Eurovision and even love many of its most awful traditions (ooh, I wonder who Cyprus will award 12 points to this year!) but that song gives new meaning to the word mediocre and the other participants had no reason to be there.

    Usually it's hard for slow songs to win (and a slow song won last year so the chances of twice in a row are .... not good). Minus massive block voting I don't see this one going far. But then I have a close to perfect record of not predicting the winner correctly (though I did pick last year's winner after the semi-final).

    Back on topic, skating wise. Plushenko looks really out of shape (even the arm-waving looked tired). Based on this, I don't think an eligible comeback is realistic.

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    Thanks for the link! I have to admit that I like the Russian song and was entertained in a positive way as I watched the group including Plushenko. Not a bad idea, in my opinion.

    I´m not very much interested in Eurovision song contest and have not watched the show live for many, many years.

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    That act is embarrassing on so many levels.

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    Strange indeed. Wonder why Plushenko, an Olympics gold medalist, would perform in such way? It's good to see him though.
    Last edited by jennylovskt; 05-23-2008 at 08:40 AM.

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