Doris, you made me curious, so I listened to it. I agree - I didn't care for it either. It's not that I hated it... it's just that it didn't hang together for me at all. It felt like a... how shall I put it?... patchwork?
There are alot of strong entries this year.
One of the thing s that end up in the youtube comments about these songs is whether this song is 'suitable' for the song contest or if its too musch of a high or low standard for this competition.
Nowadays, dance music with electronically produced sound is most popular but there has also been a small yet growing trend to return to more acoustic sounds- country, folk influences, incorperating unique instruments etc. or just a proper band setting. There is also an increasing trend to have songs in English as they tend to do better.
This year, i have enjoyed entries from Malta, Finland, Armenia, Greece, UK, Ireland, Hungary, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway and The Netherlands.
Yes, I can imagine that many would use English, and that it would do better, as more people woule understand it. There was a period - I forget when that changed? - when you weren't actually allowed to use any language other than your own. (Some countries have more than one official language, of course, so they could choose amongst those.)
Thanks, I'll check out the ones you've named!
In that vein, I remember that about ten years ago there was a "World Idol" competition, with national idols from several different countries as competitors. It was fascinating to hear the diverse talent from all over, but even more interesting was the fact that with one exception, everyone sang in English. The one exception was the Lebanese contestant, who sang in Arabic. The winner, Kurt Nilsen of I think Norway, was spectacular, and I think everyone voted for him. What a great, warm voice. I hope he's still having a successful career, because he was a real pleasure to listen to.
Originally Posted by LRK
The Eurovision Youtube page have released a video about how the voting system works.
I must say, it was a lot clearer than my explanation!
Funny coincidence: I was just looking up Esther Ofarim, and it turns out that in 1963 she came in second in Eurovision, representing Switzerland. That must have been really early in the contest's history.
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Originally Posted by Olympia
I actually don't think Waterloo is all that great - Abba had better songs, and there are Eurovision songs that I liked much better.
Originally Posted by GF2445
My favorite Eurovision winner is from 1973: Anne Marie David's Tu Te Reconnaitras, and the second place song that year, Eres Tu, is also fantastic. The most Eurovision song ever is Dschinghis Khan from 1979, which has to be seen to be believed
These days it's just overblown production values with everyone singing generic crap in English. The 1970s were Eurovision's best decade. But this is also fun: Charlotte Nilsson's reprise of her 1999 winner, Take Me To Your Heaven (in English and Swedish), followed by all of that year's entrants singing an English version of 1979 winner Hallelujah. It's all very... colorful As Eurovision should be!
ETA: and of course, the best interval act ever - no, not Riverdance; Madcon's Glow from 2010, with all the flashmobs, a special royal appearance and the North Sea guy!
Thanks for the leads, Buttercup! I'll look them up.
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Eurovision is coming up in less than a month! Remember the have a listen and if you live in Europe, im sort of jealous even thougn Australia is bradcasting eurovision as well.
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Well, it’s less than 4 hours until the first Semi-final of Eurovision 2014 kicks off. And I can’t wait!!!
Although I am not one of those people that goes over the top about Eurovision, I wouldn’t miss it. I just love it. And, at the same time, I hate it.
I love the whole concept of singers from all over the continent battling it out to come out on top. I love discovering singers from other countries that I would otherwise not come across. I love finding out snippets about the cultures of other countries through their entries.
But, I hate the format. I hate the way that the entries are divided up into 2 semi finals, with only a certain number from each going through to the final. Because, every year, there always seems to be one semi which has an awful lot of good acts, while the other does not have so many. And, as a result, there are not enough spaces available for all the acts you would like to get through from the semi with a whole pile of good acts.
I hate the way that some countries put in joke acts. And that, every year, a lot of the joke acts get voted through to the final at the expense of the good acts.
But, most of all, I hate the accusations of political voting. Despite what the anti-Eurovision detractors may want you to believe, the reasons countries vote for their neighbours is not purely political. Anybody with an ounce of common sense will realise that countries that are neighbours are liable to have similar tastes in music.
Mind you, I am the exception to the rule. Because, through watching Eurovision, I have discovered that my taste in music is purely Eastern European. And that is coming from a guy that is Irish!
There are some countries that I seem to like every year. One of them is Azerbaijan – about as far from Ireland as you can get in Europe!
Because a lot of the good acts don’t get through to the Final, I actually prefer to watch the Semi-Finals. In fact, the only reason I watch the Final is to see the pre-qualified counties – the host nation, and the “Big 5” that put the most money into the EBU.
I am really looking forward to seeing the Spanish entry. Ruth Lorenzo is one of my favourite singers.
Ruth took part in the 2008 series of the X Factor, and she was the best singer in the competition by a country mile. Six years on, and it still angers me that she was voted out 2 weeks before the final. The irony is that she was head and shoulders above the rest of the acts that night (here is her second performance – Bon Jovi’s “Always” ). So, the only explanation I can think of for her being voted out was that the Great British public didn’t want a foreigner to win.
What really galls me is that the two weakest singers that got through to the live shows – Eoghan Quigg (from 30 miles up the road from me) and Diana Vickers – both beat Ruth in the competition.
Here is the performance that everybody remembers from Ruth’s time on the X Factor – her “Save Me” song from Week 2 of the Live Shows. Prince’s “Purple Rain”.
But, getting back to Eurovision, and I really hope Ruth is given a song that properly shows off her amazing vocal range.
As you may have gathered from that comment, I haven’t heard her song yet. That is because I prefer not to hear the entries before the competition. That way, I can properly judge the acts based on what I see on the night.
Before I got hooked on Korean dramas, I would have spent my breakfast time every day watching German music channels. So, I had heard Lena Meyer-Landrut’s “Satellite” dozens of times before I even found out it was the German Eurovision entry that year (2010). And, whilst I liked the song itself, I did not like Lena singing it. Well, I say singing – she was actually just talking her way through it. I often thought “that would be a brilliant song if they had somebody different performing it…”
But VIVA was going overboard playing it. And I started to hate the song because I was not getting to hear the music that I liked. And then, come the night of the Eurovision Final, Lena’s live performance sounded even worse than the studio version. Yet she still won!!! (My favourite, Portugal, come 18th…)
And then Germany brought her back the following year as well!!!
So, since then, I have avoided all Eurovision songs so that I do not have any pre-developed biases.
Well, that’s enough waffling for now. Good luck to all the entries that I will like in both tonight’s Semi, and in Thursday’s. And let’s hope that as many as possible of the good acts get through, and that the joke acts don’t.
And, of course, good luck to Ruth on Saturday night!
I'm with you there! For some reason, Azerbaijan always has brilliant songs and performers, and they do really well. Azerbaijan is one of only two countries to place within the top 10 every year that they have competed.
Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan
Finland has always done so abysmally that people used to say "when hell freezes over or Finland wins the Eurovision" when referring to something that was extremely unlikely In 2006 we finally won and with a record score at that. People went mental, going to the streets and partying all night. It was also awesome because there had been so much bad press before the competition to the tune of "our entry is so embarrassing, another zero points coming our way, the song is disrespectful to religion" etc. (the last one is especially stupid - when you look at the lyrics of the song, it could very well be a gospel song!). I still think Bosnia and Herzegovina should have won that year, though...
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Oh, don't start me on who should have won each year! I hardly ever agree with who wins! And usually my favourites finish in the late teens...
Originally Posted by TMC
I LOVED Lordi!!!! Personally, I couldn't understand what all the controversy was about.
Plus, it helped that the costumes made them look like characters out of Power Rangers!
Are they still going? I heaven't heard tell of them in a long time.
I was just looking through the running order for this year's Semis, and saw that Paula Seling & OVI are back for Romania. I absolutely loved their 2010 entry, "Playing With Fire". Usually, I forget most of the songs from one year to the next, but that is one song that has stuck in my head ever since. And I loved the way they performed it with duelling pianos on the night.
I hope their 2014 song is as good!
I'm not sure whether returning performers is a good thing. Like, take Valentina Monetta of San Marino. I hated her 2012 song (joke song)... but I loved her 2013 song (ballad). So, who knows what I'm going to think of her 2014 song!
Hey, I just saw the time. Gotta go!
I have no idea about Lordi...probably a one-hit-wonder? I can't be sure though as I rarely listen to any music (ironic since my husband is a DJ )
Still, every time I read about the singer Lorde I get this mental image of Lordi on the stage in their costumes
Oh and Playing with Fire - brilliant! Our tastes seem to be quite similar!