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Eurovision Song Contest, same procedure as every year. And... I don't get it. Why Sweden? Why? What was so special or great about that song that it won? I can't even remember the melody or lyrics and only barely the title ("Euphoria"... and I don't really get that, either. There was nothing euphoric about it, that much I remember...). What. I don't even. What?

Iceland, I would have understood. Their song wasn't such a bombshell as last year (I still can't stop listening to that song) but after one or two times of listening to it it had a lot of appeal and was certainly more special than Sweden. Also, it sounded a lot like Runrig. Maybe that helped, too...

Turkey, I would have understood, too and I would have loved that. There was so much joy in that song and you could see that the guy singing it had a lot of fun. It was so great just watching him and listening to him sing that song.

Russia, oh Russia. Your babushki... wouldn't that have been cool? Wouldn't it have been great if six grannies from Russia won the biggest entertainment event worldwide? I mean... that would have been almost greater than Lordy winning in their year. Maybe even greater than Lordy.

Cyprus, hell, even that would have been better than Sweden. I actually recognized that song, unlike the Swedish song. Can anyone of you remember the Swedish melody here? Because, as mentioned above, I can't for the life of me.

Ourselves, of course... even that was better. Actually, Roman Lob gave a hell of a performance and eighth place is to be respected as a very good result. He gave everything and he got rewarded for it and uh... I'd like to thank all countries that awarded him points :D

Anyway, the two countries I would have liked to win didn't even make it to the finals. Either Latvia (their song was the most meta song I ever heard, in a way... I mean, it's a song for the Eurovision Song Contest about a song for the Eurovision Song Contest...) or the Netherlands (because a girl with a guitar and in Native American dressup never sounded so good, and I'm sure the Native American getup had some meaning... oh, well, actually, I know the meaning of it. Huh.), that would have been awesome because both were songs with character and just a little... extra something. Which is why I'll embed both videos under the cut.







Date: 2012-05-27 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apinkpanthress.livejournal.com
Love, the Eurovision is a hidden Politikum... *sighs*

And Turkey? -My mother is still fuming about that... boy.
She is embarrassed about him having entered the contest for her motherland. :P

Date: 2012-05-27 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gelbes-gilatier.livejournal.com
Yeah, I guess it was the whole "I stand up for human rights!" stuff she said before it...

And Turkey's song was a good song! It was fun, it was danceable, it was a little... special. It had everything a good song needs. Or at least it didn't sound as generic as Sweden's song. That was just another ballad you get tired of hearing really fast... but Turkey's song, that was great!

Date: 2012-05-28 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apinkpanthress.livejournal.com
Exactly, and her being being of moroccan descent...

You think so? My mother couldn't stop nagging & whining about it.
But I'll tell her that you(as a german who isn't my father) liked it. ;)

Date: 2012-05-27 09:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arwen-lune.livejournal.com
I think Sweden won through a combination of being interesting/stand out in a visual way, I quite liked it musically and other people apparently did too (or at least remembered it) and significantly, nobody feels bad about sticking Sweden with the bill for next year.

(I'm firmly convinced that's why Iceland got so few votes even though I agree they were good)

I predicted Sweden, Russia in the sense that Russia was the 'cute' vote that was likely to get some points every time, but probably nothing high from the pro jury. Sweden got high points with from the public nd the pros.

I can't believe you liked the Dutch entry. I found it toe-curlingly embarrassing. The studio version was at least listenable. I was a bit baffled when some media here seemed genuinely surprised we didn't get through the semi though.

The REAL bafflement was Albania. That screeching was completely off key and actually physically painful. How could they get so many points while musically solid (if unremarkable) Norway languished with six points?

I thought it was interesting how big the gap between pro and amateur singers was this year. Spain and Macedonia showed just how weak some of the other singers were.

Date: 2012-05-28 10:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gelbes-gilatier.livejournal.com
(I'm firmly convinced that's why Iceland got so few votes even though I agree they were good)

That is actually a very good point... think people thought about that and voted accordingly?

I can't believe you liked the Dutch entry.

I really, really do. I mean, it's just her and a guitar and I have a sft spot for handmade music and people entertaining their audience just with their voice and a guitar. Also, I like her voice. I really think it was a good contribution.

That screeching was completely off key and actually physically painful. How could they get so many points while musically solid (if unremarkable) Norway languished with six points?

Yes, yes, yes! I absolutely agree. What the hell were they thinking with that and how did she get into the finals???

Date: 2012-05-28 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arwen-lune.livejournal.com
Yeah, I think people do think about that when voting. There is a degree of pin-the-hideously-expensive-event-on-the-country to Eurovision, isn't there?

Mind you, I think a budget Eurovision would be awesome :-)

I found the Native American thing cringey. I get that it was a childhood 'playing Indians' thing but without that I might have supported it as a kind of mid-level 'I wouldn't turn this off if it was played on the radio' entry. I found her accent rather irritating to be honest, but I agree the song in idea wasn't bad.

I didn't see Albania in the semi's - maybe if she was a lot better on key there, I can see how she ended up in the finals? And one thing that I didn't know is that the pro juries judge on the performance in the semi. So maybe they liked her then. The finals performance was... spectacular though.

Date: 2012-05-27 06:55 pm (UTC)
inkvoices: (england)
From: [personal profile] inkvoices
Heh, Eurovison voting is always political and economical and rarely much to do with the music or performance itself, alas. We in the UK didn't get 'nil points' this year at least *grins*.

Date: 2012-05-28 11:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gelbes-gilatier.livejournal.com
Heh, I was surprised that I actually like the UK contribution :D At first I was like "What the fuck is that old man doing on the stage?" but his song actually had something and it takes guts to go on that stage with your voice and a guy playing the guitar. Also, my mom said "Well, after the show he can whoop it up with the babushki from Russia"... yes, my mum apparently has a filthy mind. I was appaled.

Date: 2012-05-28 06:54 pm (UTC)
inkvoices: (dance)
From: [personal profile] inkvoices
Our Humperdink *grins*. That is hilarious, I like your mum!

Date: 2012-05-28 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mjulok.livejournal.com
I think the best song won ;) I can't (and haven't been able to since our Swedish tryouts) stop listening to it. Why. Why can't this moment last forevermore

I also liked Cyprus. And it got 12 p from us so I guess I wasn't alone. I predict a big summer dance hit.

And Jamie Cullum wrote the German song so I kinda liked that one before I even heard it :)

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