Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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Friday, May 13, 2011
Finally getting around to posting a few random thoughts on last night's show, after Blogger's been through their dies horrendus last night and today. Better late than never. I was a little worried when yesterday's two posts totally disappeared, but now they're back. The latter slightly edited since Blogger went nuts before the show was over last night. o_O
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Ireland – speaking of stupid hair ... >:-) But now with stupid outfits too. Some people are seeing Ireland as favorites, but I really don't get that. The song is repetitive and annoying and as for the singers – who aren't the worst, not this year and not tonight – I think that androgynous look is a mistake. (Sorry, I don't want to make Eastern Europeans out to be bigoted fools ... but if the shoe fits and so on.) I don’t get the appeal of this song. I really don’t. Sorry to any sensitive Irishmen reading this (obviously not you, Paz ;-) but I think this entry will achieve nothing but to perpetuate Ireland's wandering of the Eurovision desert. It is annoying first and foremost and, a close second, irritating.
Overview of all the songs ... once with the performances and once with the postcards. Obviously of less interest to those of us who can’t vote tonight.
Another overview! Sheesh. Is short term memory loss very common in Germany?
Oh, now the presenters have changed their outfits! The second semi's worth it! I see. >:-)
Interval entertainment – what do they have for us tonight?? Breakdancers dancing to Bach. o_O OK, let's see that. Hm. This is actually kind of fun. A fun idea, and the dancers are pretty good as far as I can tell. I really like the incongruous backgrounds. :-) Great concept. Ooh, now they've even got a ballet dancer. I love this background of the huge cathedral! Coolness. Much better than Tuesday. Now I'm really looking forward to seeing what they've cooked up for Saturday.
The Big Five and a little chat with Lena. Relaxed and laid back. Nice. :-)
And now, the results! Sheesh, I'm nervous again. :-) Fingers crossed for Ukraine. :-) Let's hear it!
The finalists are ...
Estonia! Am I surprised? Yes and no. Good for them. :-)
Romania. Definitely not surprised.
Ireland?? WTF!? Europe officially has no taste.
Bosnia. Unsurprisingly and well deserved.
Denmark. Yup again. :-)
Austria. Hm. Not bad, Austria.
But where's Sweden? Who's the tenth?? :-o
Yup, there they are. Sweden, finalist number ten.
I'm happy with the finalists tonight except for Ireland. Boo hiss. Who voted for them?? It's a mystery to me. But at least we got rid of Israel. But alas for Cyprus! And Belarus too. But Cyprus deserved it much more going by their performance tonight. Alas! See you next year. :-)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
One down, one to go. :-) I thought it was a great show on the part of the NDR ... not so great on the contestants' part. I was quite surprised by several of the performers. (Poland, I'm looking at you. o_O) Several of the singers, or in fact most of them, did worse and some even much worse than I had expected. I really thought Poland had a chance of getting through, until about twenty seconds after she started to sing. And Croatia ... !! Don't get me started. They might as well not have had her even sing, but just put a sack full of cats on stage and have her hit the sack with a stick. That seriously wouldn't have sounded any worse.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Tomorrow at nine, be there or be square. :-) I will of course be blogging the whole thing live. Fingers crossed for Serbia and Hungary ... and us. :-)
For those who haven't managed to read all my endless reviews, here's an easier way. My overview of all the entries in video form. Enjoy. ;-)
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Like I said, this place is mostly known as a ski resort. Still some snow on the slopes.
The rest of us had time to do a little shopping in the local arts & crafts store while Tanumine was being pampered. This artist had also made a little ceramic turtle, which went home with me. :-)
The bride!! :-) Trying to figure out the parasol on the veranda - we eventually gave up on it. But not before I got this wonderful shot. :-)
Whee!! Not too hard to figure out which one is me. ;-)
Cake! There must be cake!! We like a bit of cake.
Crazy monster city that grew and grew and grew during a late night game of Carcassonne, but, miraculously, was actually completed.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Yay, San Marino! I'm so thrilled to see San Marino back. And what's so great is that things can only possibly go up for them. They cannot possibly do worse than they did in 2008, which is the only other time they've been in the contest. :-D They came last in their semi. :-D I shouldn't laugh ... !! I feel bad for them. But come on, you've gotta laugh. :-)
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Whee, Hungary!! Hungary is one of my favorite countries in the contest. I LOVE their song from 2005. I'm always looking forward to seeing what they'll come up with. Last year they didn't participate - they couldn't afford to because of the financial crisis. I'm not entirely sure what they were thinking with this year's entry ... because the crisis is nowhere near over yet, and if it was too expensive to compete, it'll definitely be too expensive to host ... ! :-D
IMO this is one of the best entries this year. In fact the only thing I don't like about it is that it's partly in English. (You can hear it in Hungarian here.) This song is catchy, it has a great beat, it's much more original than so many of the other entries this year ... or any year. :-) It's professionally performed by someone who really knows what she's doing. Great voice and great personality. (I mean, as a performer, obviously. :-) Lyrics that actually mean something more than just the regular boy meets girl kind of thing. What's not to like?
Only problem is that I've felt that way about other entries in the past - the first example that springs to mind is Iceland six years ago, I love that song and I could hardly believe it when it didn't even get through from the semi. At the time I primarily blamed her outfit. But obviously there were other reasons too ... to my mind first and foremost that the entry was too professional, too ... I want to say over-produced. Too slick and too commercial. It didn't have enough personality and character left to appeal to the ESC audience. Another song that happened to was Belgium's in 2006. That was a real surprise to a lot of people. Not least the Belgians. :-)
Anyway ... I think this song is wonderful, I love it, it's one of my top three favorites this year. I hope, and I believe, that Hungary will do extremely well this year. I'm worried that their song will suffer the same fate as If Had Your Love and Je t'adore. But I very much hope not. Hungary deserves nothing but praise this year. Go Hungary!! :-)
This is Kati Wolf performing What About My Dreams? by Gergő Rácz, Viktor Rakoncza, Péter Geszti and Johnny K. Palmer. This talented quartet will be competing for Hungary on Tuesday, May 10th. Good luck!!!
Monday, May 2, 2011
I love Israel's song from last year ... and I love their song from last time they won. So I was intrigued to hear that their entry this year would be performed by the same singer as in 1998, the hotly debated Dana International. I was hoping for the best. But alas, I was disappointed.