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Old 05-26-2015, 05:48 AM
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Okay, so it's several days after the event but I feel I need to have a rant...

I've always loved the Eurovision Song Contest and await its arrival with great anticipation every year. Every year though for the past ten years or so I've vowed never to watch it again. In the UK we used to be so proud of our pop music- it was a given we'd do well in the competition and we tended to laugh a lot at many of the offerings from some of the other European countries.

How things have changed. Now its annually a question of how close to last we will finish. The rest of Europe has moved on. In the UK we seem to have forgotten its a song contest. Now we just put forward kitsch dirge that nobody in their right mind would genuinely like. This year's UK song was truly awful. It would never score highly on the British single chart so why do we seem to assume the rest of Europe would ever think it was good? Honestly, I know it's shallow of me and it shouldn't be about how people look but compare our pasty man with buck teeth with some of the other acts. Not only was it a bad song but it was aesthetically painful too.

The voting in Eurovision still brings up some really odd scoring but in general the best songs rise to the top. This year's winner was well deserved- a great song from Sweden that was beautifully and cleverly staged.

Now, there are so many 'European' countries involved there has to be a semi-final system. Yet the 'big' countries like the UK automatically get a place in the final. As a Brit I find this rather embarrassing and wonder whether people in other countries deliberately fail to vote for us partly due to the sheer arrogance of our automatic place in the final. Is it any coincidence that of the 'Big 5 countries', the UK, Germany, Spain and France all ended up in the bottom 5? The brilliant German song this year failed to get any votes despite it being one of the best songs IMO.

Enough of a rant. I feel I don't want to watch Eurovision next year as I know in advance the UK will do badly. I know after Christmas I'll start looking forward to it though and will, sure enough have my bottle of White Zinfandel and tube of Pringles ready.
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:05 AM
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I generally just decide based on how pretty the girls are (although we normally can't vote being in Australia). This year I was wanting Greece to get through as she was quite the looker!
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:23 AM
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I generally just decide based on how pretty the girls are (although we normally can't vote being in Australia). This year I was wanting Greece to get through as she was quite the looker!
Well, yes, I can see where you are coming from. If that was the voting criteria though I may have been tempted to vote for David DeGea's girlfriend- the Spanish entry.

Anyway, well done to Australia for doing so well- I quite liked their song. It would have made it awkward for the organisers though if the Aussies had gone and won the whole thing.
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:23 AM
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Well, yes, I can see where you are coming from. If that was the voting criteria though I may have been tempted to vote for David DeGea's girlfriend- the Spanish entry.

Anyway, well done to Australia for doing so well- I quite liked their song. It would have made it awkward for the organisers though if the Aussies had gone and won the whole thing.
I have a nasty feeling though that Australia got invited because Europe think we watch it to enjoy the music when we actually generally watch to laugh at some of the music. Granted it has improved heaps in the past few years, but I think Australian's watch it for the cheese factor more than the talent. I do miss Terry Wogan's commentary though...
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Eurovision again tonight.
Sister Nightroad- the Italian song was just on. Don't think its a winner but it was very sweet and beautifully staged.
The UK will have a good result if they finish higher than the bottom 8.
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Eurovision again tonight.
Sister Nightroad- the Italian song was just on. Don't think its a winner but it was very sweet and beautifully staged.
The UK will have a good result if they finish higher than the bottom 8.
Yes, the girl was the second place winner of Sanremo (the italian music awards) she has a very beautiful sweet voice but her songs usually are lackluster in the lyrics department. She's very young, her label probably tries to sell her to youngsters and doesn't care.
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