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so Lachlan was right. about two months ago, Lachlan and I were discussing who could afford to host eurovision in an attempt to gauge who would win, and that's when Azerbaijan first popped up on the radar... and it is amazing what you can buy with all that oil money, so next year we are going to Baku after a rather average song bought a Eurovision win.

I am not saying Eurovision wins are bought, but lets face it, Romania should have won last year and the only reason Germany won was because most of Europe were wanting handouts from the Krauts and you have got to give a little to get a little I guess. but no one knows vote buying like Spain...

all of the results this year were interesting though. France who were the firm favourite for the last month before the event finished 16th. Ireland who were considered second by the bookmakers near the end finished 8th and Italy who were nowhere near the popular entries finished Second. where did that come from?

The only result that wasn't a surprise was that Switzerland finished last in the final, though their qualification from semi final 1 was a surprise and didn't the surprises in the semis set up an interesting final.

Malta, Armenia and Belgium were all 1 point from qualifying for the semis and Greece won semi final one... how? the song was rubbish, ok the singer was cute, but the song needed to remove all the rap to be decent and seeing the rap was over 50% of the song... and how did Portugal not finish dead last I guess the camel toe made come Poland last.

San Marino had one of the best singers in their semi and only managed to get 16th and Norway, who wear a favourite early one despite the repetitive song, only managed to finish 17th. Nothing against the countries that did qualify from Semi one, based on their performance on the night, most deserved to do well, except Greece.

Semi final twos results were closer to what was expected... except Sweden who should not have qualified and again I am mystified as to how they finished first. On paper this was the stronger final though and so many of the songs could have qualifies. Israel finished a disappointing 15th and I am surprised that Belgium and Slovakia didn't qualify
something notable though is how the change of the televoting has effected the dispersion of votes. last year Euroivision started voting from the start of the first song in an effort to make the voting more even. Prior to that it was found that being one of the first 6 countries or last 6 countries gave you an advantage when it came to the voting. The middle countries were left at a disadvantage. This year in the first semi, none of the first 5 performers qualified. In the second semi (where i think the voting was a bit better overall) Bosnia, who performed first, finished 5th. in the final. Bosnia however do have bloc voting on their side and did have a performer who is hugely popular throughout all of the former Yugoslav countries it is beginning to appear that being in the first third of the draw is a disadvantage. To combat this we could start voting from half way through the event. another suggestion is allowing 5 minutes to vote for each song, so you can vote from the start of the song until the end of the next song to vote. This could cause issues with some of the underdeveloped phone networks though and if there  is a phone network, then we have to fall back onto the jury, and we don't want that

televoting is more transparent than a jury and a jury is more corruptible than a phone network, this is part of the reason why Eurovision turned to televoting. we didn't want to see 1968 again, but who is to say there hasn't been benefits for votes since then. the accusations have flown about but no one has given proof.
 
now we are back to partial juries, because too many western European countries have complained about the eastern bloc voting. I have said that this is the worst of both worlds. we will have to endure this corruptible system though for at least another year before the EBU can decide for sure that it is not working and get rid of the flawed system.

the other change i have cried for for the last few years is changing the selection from the semis so that the top 5 songs from each final can go through from televoting then 10 go through from the jury made up of any combination from both the semis. anything below the top 5 wont win anyway, it is found that an act has to qualify atleast second from their semi to win. the combined juries are just there to make sure the right songs are in the mix. sure they may tactically ensure that the songs that get through are similar to songs opposing the songs that their nation is entering. for instance if your country has a ballad, you ensure no other ballads get through ensuring people who will vote for ballads only have the choice of your song.

after watching the show tonight, it was shown to me how the results would have looked if the eastern European votes were taken out. Russia, despite having the best dance routine of the night, would have finished with 9 points. it then makes one ask the question, is there 'anti-bloc voting'? are western countries not voting for eastern European countries on purpose so they cant win? Montenegro did it to Serbia when Serbia and Montenegro were a unified nation, so why cant half a continent do it. Italy would have won without the eastern European vote which would have not only have been a triumphant return for Italy to the contest, it would of ensured Italy would have ensure they had an entry for 2012.

Eurovision is not perfect though and though changes will occur to get a more popular result, it shouldn't get rid of why we watch it, because it is the funniest thing on tv all year
passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
ok here are the top ten as per their shortest odds

France 6/5 with bodog
Ireland 3/1 with various agencies
Azerbaijan 6/1 sporting bet
UK 10/1 with various agencies
Germany (7/1 with bwin but the rest start around 16/1)
Estonia 16/1 with various
Denmark 16/1 with totesport and sporting bet
Finland 14/1 with unibet, 16/1 with victor chandler and 18/1 with extra bet. the rest start about 20/1
Sweden 19/1 with unibet
Hungary 19/1 with unibet

goodluck
passionpop: (my ass)
ok, here is the whole list, behind a cut due to the fact that the semis are yet to be screened in Australia

Euriovision Final )
passionpop: (sweet and innocent)
 Finland waited the longest time for a Eurovision win, but when they won, Lordi, it was a good win. The win in 2006 is something that will be remembered for all of Eurovision history, and not many entries, even winners, will ever be in the heart of Eurovision like Lordi. 

This year Finland sent us a piece of hippy-greenie shit... and I kinda like it. The song is most interesting seeing it is coming out of Finland atm. It is a song that has a global view at a time when Finnish people have made True Fins the third most powerful party in Finland and True Fins are against reaching out with the Finnish economy to help he rest of Europe. 



With the Hoo-Har with the results of the last Australian election and how many days we were without a government, it amuses me how life goes on in Finland despite over 2 weeks without an elected government, and they probably wont have one by Eurovision. What does politics have to do with Eurovision... I know it is meant to have nothing to do with the event, but it always has everything to do with it and it will be interesting what effect, if any, the True Fins will have on the Finnish results. will Europe vote for Finland to show we are friends, or voe against them in anger. Only Portugal can tell... 

Getting back to the song, because after all this meant to be a song contest, the song is nothing special, but it is sweet. Sure the singer (Paradise Oskar or Axel Ehnström, whatever you want to call him) looks like he should be in movies like Superbad or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but it isn't bad is it? It wont win, but it isn't bad. 

Now I go back to the results that Finland is used to getting, and I don't understand why this didn't score any points....





passionpop: (sweet and innocent)
 LIthuania has never won Eurovision, but they have successfully managed to get last place a couple times. Despite their lack of success, I love them and they have sent two of my favorite songs to Eurovision in recent years, 'We are the Winners' - 2006 (who obviously weren't the winners) and 'Eastern European Funk' - 2010. Also one of my favourite songs that didn't make it to Eurovision is from Lithuania, 2006's second place song by the group that represented Lithuania in 2010

This year Lithuania have tried to be a little Andrew Lloyd Webber, with a little less of the talent. This song is quite deserved of its odds of 200-1



When I was a kid I had a lamp. it was a doll in a dress with a full length skirt except she didn't have legs, she had a light bulb... it had to be mentioned because I cannot look at a long shot of Evelina Sašenko without thinking of that lamp. 

the first chorus makes my ears bleed and I have never seen a face so contorted while singing. on the plus side... it is a nice song, it just needs a better singer. this wont qualify. If something good like Eastern European Funk didn't qualify, this has no chance. 

Though i dot love Lithuania this year, I so usually love them, and though I know I have referenced this clip in a previously year, I love this. it is so bad it is good in a way.... not the song... the name, the clothes, the EVERYTHING... 


passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
Azerbaijan have a lot gong for them in Eurovison and Europe. they have oil and they do well in Eurovision and they have oil and they want tourists and they have oil and it is a former Soviet nation and they have oil. did I mention Azerbaijan has oil... watch out for America guys... 

I haven't referred to anything as Disney, but Azerbaijan is trying to be very Disney. The are not at the level of Disney crap that have been in previous Eurovisions, but they are quite Disney... maybe they are sending Disney because they know what America does to countries with oil and they are trying to show that they are friendly


This clip looks slightly less stalker-ish than the other official clip but it doesn't improve the song. I think it will do well only because there is more dance-pop than ballad pop this year, so ti will qualify, for the final but wont get far beyond that, I mean it is not that good.

I would *never* accuse Eurovision voting of being political, but Azerbaijan has a habit of finishing better than they possibly should. I am not saying that it is the oil, but if Elnur & Samir can finish 8th, this song could finish anywhere. The bookies have this at 16/1, so 7th from the top, and if it qualifies for the final it will go up. That does make me cringe alittle.

Azerbaijan got their best result of 3rd n 2009 in their second Eurovision. 3rd sounds good, but they got 207 points out of a possible maximum of 504 and finished 180 points behind first. though if this song had won, it would have been the oil


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France won 3 Eurovisions within the first decade of the competitions existence. The next two decades they won an event a decade and since their win in 1977 they have not won an event. despite this, they are still considered one of the most successful countries in Eurovision, equal with the UK on wins and not far behind Ireland. 

After only ever missing two contests, France they can at least be considered reliable. The two guarantees in Eurovision are France will be there and they will be singing in french (except in 2008 where the song was mostly in english)



Most of the time I am thankful that there is a 3 minute limit on songs, and though this song has a right to go 20 seconds longer, if it went for another minute and a half I wouldn't mind.

The song was not what I expected. it was opera, not this pop-rah bullsh!t, it was opera. OK, it sounds a bit Bolero, which one of my friends called "McDonalds Classical' (I am guessing he is referring to the fact that there are franchises serving this everywhere), but this is quality. This is far too good for Eurovision. I can see why this has come up as the favourite for the crown this year. It is is about 5/1, how accurate that is though, I don't know, after all this on the same UK site where you can bet on what colour hat the Queen will wear to her grandson's wedding.... and they say us Aussies gamble!

Frances potential depends on politics. the UK will avoid giving France points because they dont want France to have more wins than them. Ireland are unlikely to give France points because then France will be one win behind, and don't get my started on how Libya can affect them, however most other countries will vote for them though because lets face it, France is one of the few countries that can afford to host next years contest. If they don't win, they will be top three in a tight tussle for the hearts, minds and people of Europe...  what happened to the innocent days when we didn't assume politics played a part in the results

passionpop: (southpark)
Greece gave us one winner with Helena Paparizou in 2005. The song back then was a good pop song that was well sung and fantastically performed for Eurovision. The closest they got to emulating that success since then was when they sent a little princess to Eurovision.  

This year Greece has sent a man from Cyprus to represent them with something that resembles a big steaming pile of poo. This year grreece will have to have a fantastic performace, but the question remains, can you polish a turd?



OK, lets face it, the boy seems to be able sing and he isnt harsh on the eye, and like all Greek acts in Eurovision, he will be waxed to within an inch of his life 10 minutes before the show (any later and the regrowth will appear by the time he performs) but the song screams out toilet break. but maybe we should take the advice in the song, 'Don't believe what you hear, cause their truth kills the truth' 

I am still amused that the composer of the music for this song is Giannis Christodoulopoulos. That last name sounds like it should be a Sesame Street character. I can work with this as a performance for this song. the music makes me think of a slow tango, so why dont they get muppets to tango? There are two singers so they can have four muppettiers on the stage maximum (due to the 6 person limit). I would vote for that, even if Dustin ruined the art of puppetry at Eurovision. 

Greece rarely sends guys to Eurovision, i dont know why.... 

passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
 Hungary have a habit of showing up at Eurovision when ever they feel like it, in 16 years they have shown up 8 times and you never know what is going to show up, if it will be substantial or unsubstantial, of it ROX or NOX, but generally not

The best result Hungary has finished with in Eurovision was 4th back in their first Eurovision in 1994, and that record wont be broken in 2011



On a high note, her 'hey' is almost on par with Whitney Houston from 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody', and I would call her a white Whitney, but she isn't *that* good and I am sure she has hoovered less coke - I mean seriously, there isn't enough coke in the world for two to use that much

This is the anthem for the selfish breeders of generation Me! I think the video needs to have an overweight scrag singing it with yesterdays lipstick smeared over her mouth, a can of pre-mix in one hand and a cigarette in the other. the song is sung as she walks out on her 6 kids (from 5 different dads)  carrying all the expensive stuff (including that that belongs to the kids) from their public housing unit to pawn.

This years song is a gauge to how many scrags in Europe can afford to pay thier phone bill. It will qualify for the final but wont go far, it isn't like she is a V.I.P. or anything


passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
Germany are the carry-over-champions of Eurovision. Soon after they won, Lena, the singer of the winning song, announced she would love to defend her crown. so here we are again.

Last Year Germany sent a happy song, which suited Lena's sound, a sound that I commented last year, emulated one her idols Lisa Mitchell (from Australian Idol 'fame'), who took her sound from Missy Higgins, The Waifs, Frente!'s Angie Hart and a number of other Australian female singers of the 90's and naughties, and here it returns. 


I had two initial concerns about sending the same artist as last year, one: would she just go in and do the same thing as last year and two: would she stick with the same vocal sound or try and change it. the later was a concern because I know Angie Hart with pop!, and a vocal like that is a octagonal peg. Neither concern appears to be justified as she has found a suitable outlet for the sound that is different enough form last year and she has tweaked her vocal styling enough for it to pretty much work.

It is like a dark Bond track really. If Belarus sent any quality acts to Eurovision, this is what it would be like. The live version shows flaws in her vocals and the promo clip shows up how her vocal style isnt 100% for this song. either way though, she won last year by being the best of an average bunch, this year there is some much better quality songs and she has less chance. It is a smart song, it is certainly more mature than the last song, but something is missing. 

Though it is not a toilet break song, the song Germany won with in 1982 was. I want to see a performance, from both the 1982 song and from this years. I want sequins, I want pyrotechnics, I want something bloody interesting, just one thing is all I ask...  none of this political voting where a country only wins because it is the only one that can afford to host the following years contest... oops, did I say that

passionpop: (big)
Georgia have had a relatively short, though successful history in Eurovision, in all the 3 events they have competed in, they have made it to the final.Thats something that they wont achieve this year after seeing the live version of their song.

The most infamous incident in Eurovision History for Georgia was when they decided to go to Russia with 'We Don't want to Put In', a song that sounded like it was making a reference in the title to Russian President, Vladamir Putin. the song went 'We Don't want to Putin, I just want to shoot him'. sensibly they withdrew from the 2009 contest, rather than find members of their delegation had contracted mysterous ailments.



This is the live version, which is god awful. If you are going to be a lead singer, you have to be able to sing love... and if you are leading a band that is in a euro-rock genre, moving is also high up their with performance requirements. Why you would want sonmeone who is such a princess to be the lead singer of a band like this is beyond me

Other than the very 1990's retro feel of rapping randomly in a song, I have to admit that the recorded version is ok. It is 10000% better than the live version and that is no exaggeration. The recorded version is something you could almost hear on Triple J, the live version, well thats especially for Eurovision

For something from Georgia's Eurovision history, we go right back to last year when the the male dancers had diphallic images on their trousers.. 

passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
Spain has won 1 1/4 eurovisions, being part of the infamous 4 way tie of 1969, and allegedly buying a win in 1968. They also have not missed a Eurovision in 50 years. one wonders if that makes Spain the biggest masochists in Eurovision.

The greatest performance Spain has ever given was arguably last years entry by Daniel Diges. When Jimmy Jump invaded the stage, the song continued so professionally that I for one wasnt 100% sure it was a stage invader until the 7th performer came out onto the stage.... I had been drinking though. yeah I know it was the second song, but... drinking!


 
What is it about the female singers in Eurovision looking like drag queens? OK the live version her makeup isn't as bad as in the promo clip but there appears to be a trend. drag performers are meant to look over the top, Eurovision performers... well...

The song is a nice floral little summery song that will get spain a similar result to every other year in recent history. Yes, I expect that they will be in the bottom half of the final again. If only they didnt have automatic qualification in the final. 

Now back to when the Elyse Keaton, the mum from family ties represented Spain. That was 1984... 

 

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Italy may not have been in Eurovision for over a decade, but now that they are back, they go straight into the final. This is not by virtue of their musical potential, but because of their money. They are the third biggest financial contributer to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU - who run the Eurovision Song Contest), and any Italian will tell you that money will get you anything, it will even get a prostitute to tell a judge that she is really just a dirty slvt - well most pros will. Money makes the world go round.

it is nice that Berlusconi has let Italy compete in Eurovision again, even though it is broadcast on RAI who, despite being state controlled, compete with the networks he owns. I am sure the small ratings drop wont affect his earnings though.



I have been waiting 14 years to review Italy, and this is that they have sent...  it is not that it is bad... except that bit at the end of the chorus where the vocals are sung to sound like a trumpet which fvcken hurts my fvcken ears, it isnt bad. It is not something I would buy, but I could see it getting a fair amount of 'the grey vote', and whatever other votes Berusconi can buy.

I am a little over Big band, it has been done and done and done. I liked the 2007 entry from Germany much better than this and that came 19th so what fate will this song have. It will likely, undeservedly, do better than Germany did back then thanks to the help of San Marino, who coincidently returned this year, but without votes from the blocs, you wont get too far.

The Sentimental vote is Italy's best hope. It was a sentimental Europe that have been crying for Italy to return to Eurovision, and it is Sentimentality that made me post Domenico Modugno, though it is not Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu, because everyone does Volare


passionpop: (southpark)
Switzerland is to blame for Celine Dion after she won Eurovision for them in 1988. Her heart will go on, like Switzerland, On an on through years of losses. they waited 32 years for their second win after winning the first Eurovision back in 1956, so they aren't due for another win until 2020. 

Switzerland has given us some Great moments in Eurovision. who can forget the swiss wiggles, Piero and the Musicstars or Vanillia Ninja, the Estonian band or.... or any of the others. memorable....



this song sounds like it should be used in an ad for Insurance or something, either that or a christian love convention, it is that blind swaying that this song starts that conjures up the latter visual, palms up in the air praying... while others are preying on the crowd...

anyways, the vocals dont go with the music. neither is bad, but they are caramel cheesecake together. Cheesecake is the bomb, caramel is divine, but put them together and it is all wrong. I wanna go back to the Serbian song now please. 

I decided to listen to this song one more time to decide if it was really that bad and started a sneezing fit. I think i am allergic to it, so I had better put something else on... like this:

passionpop: (sweet and innocent)
 Serbia won their first Eurovision as an independent country, but rapidly went down hill. being an automatic finalist in 2008, 2009 saw them fail to reach the final (just, though they should have qualified, their song was much better than Croatia's which got in in lieu of Serbia).

In  2010 Serbia's entry was the 'Jedward' of that year and was an improvement despite how annoying it was. This year the improvement has continued and this song is nowhere near as annoying as Milan Stanković.



The english version is available to listen to here and I suggest it be given a listen. Once you get past the Human Nature sound of this (oh they could cover this for their mothers day album, I can see it now) and the 60's set design, this song is so happy and bubbly that it makes you sick! I think this is the best competition for Blue sofar. 

my liking of a song is generally the kiss of death (except in 2006 and 2009) but i can see myself car-dancing to this and humiliating myself at traffic lights. I am not due to like the winner until next year but how can anyone hate this song? I challenge anyone not to bop to this song. I want to watch people struggling not to bop to this, that would be amusing....

Due to the 60's feel of this song, I am going back to the 1960s for a song from Yugoslavia
 

 
passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
Iceland is good at being the bridesmaid or the wooden spooners. Though they have competed in all but 2 years since 1986, their best effort has been second in 1999 and 2009.

This year, the 2009 second place getter was overlooked in favour of  'Coming Home', an emotional choice of song seeing the song writer and original singer of 'coming home' passed away of a heart attack (reported as natural causes) in January. 


I am so sorry Iceland, but this is a big steaming pile of poo. All they need is Charlie Chaplin to perform a comical dance to make this complete. if this qualifies from the semi, I will be amazed, though it is up against Portugal so it might be a chance....

If they stripped this back and removed the music and exchanged it with something else, ANYTHING ELSE, then this song would be less of a joke. I wanted to like this song. I wanted to love Iceland, but I cant. the less said about this song the better

to get me away from the hoedown... thats what it sounds like at the start, a call to a hoe down... anyway, lets go to 1987, when things were better than this... and before Iceland discovered hairspray. 


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The United Kingdom last won with the help of Katrina and the Waves in 1997. More recently they managed to get their first nul points with Jemini, and quite deservedly so. As with England in the cricket, you never know what team the UK is going to send to Eurovision. 

There was talk in the United Kingdom a few years ago of entering Eurovision as separate countries (Scotland, Wales etc), as this was seen as the only way they would be able to get a win, with the help of their neighbours voting. This year I dont think they will need the neighbours. If they doesn't win, they will come bloody close



I don't like boybands. I don't like pop. I don't mind this. I don't like it any more than Ireland or Israel or Russia (i like it alot more than Portugal though) but it is a more clever choice It comes at a time when people around the world are standing up. I think the idea will do well in Eastern and northern Europe and the boy band will do well in southern and eastern Europe. This could win.

My main criticism though is that when I first played this song today, it set next doors dog off. she was howling like you wouldn't believe. Maybe there is something truly awful in this song that I couldn't hear. I don't know how much of a music critic she is, but her bark may be the kiss of death on this song. 

If The UK wins this year, they will still be one shy of Ireland's record. The Uks wins started in 1967, and puppet on a string is an apt choice of song after listening to a boyband.

passionpop: (my ass)
Russia loves pop, well they love sending it to Eurovision. Maybe it is a case of 'when you are on a good thing...' or not so good, as the case my be. though it has won them a Eurovision (2008) and got them to bridesmaid twice, So I guess I should expect pop from Russia for years to come

This year Russia has turned to RedOne to pen hem a winning entry. RedOne is best known for his work with Lady GaGa, will he work for Russia... maybe


Alex Sparrow (Alexey Vorobyov) is no captain jack. he is a young cute ricky martin type popstar, who comes across as too 'clean' to sing (pull or put, I am unsure which) 'my mind in that dirty zone' as he gently kisses the cheek of a girl in the crowd. Maybe it is that a guy cant get away with performing those lyrics as well as a girl can or maybe he needs female dancers and not boytoys.

I have been hearing about this song like it could be 'the one' this year, but all I hear is 'New York, London, Paris, Munich, everybody talk about POP MUSIC'. I can see this doing well on the dancefloor (after it has been cut to smithereens), I can see people playing it in their car on their way to a night out, but I cant see this as being any more than a Eurovision pop song.

Russia didn't always send pop to Eurovision. Their pre-pop entries also have some hints how to make this years entry better. get old burnt orange curtains and make them into an amazing dress. also am I the only person who appreciates that the Russian song was introduced by a man who died of a cocaine overdoes

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