passionpop: (sweet and innocent)
Semi Final 2
Artist: Nathan Trent (Nathanaele Koll)
Song: Running on Air
Odds: $151

Word of the day
Laufen - Running

Nathan appeared in German X Factor in a group called Boyz II Hot which got knocked out before the top 10 after performing ‘When Will I be Famous’. Nathan was also in the top 33 for Unser Song 2017, the German Eurovision selection but had to withdraw after being announced as the Austrian representative. Germany’s loss has not helped Austria much.

The odds less reflect the song than it does the fact that is it pretty much a forgone conclusion that Italy will win this year. Running on Air will get votes and should make the final as it is a simple tune that is likeable and the singer a good looking little rooster, but something crazy would have to happy for this song to win… which is possible because Eurovision is in Ukraine and that is a nutbag nation.

This is not a mindless love song by a former ‘talent’ show contestant. Love isn’t mentioned in it all. No love, peace or hand-waving… why would this be sent to Eurovision.

This year’s entry was chosen by internal selection; however that is not always the case. In 2004 Austria had a national final called song.null.vier which included the 1976 winners, Robinson and Waterloo. When Robinson and Waterloo came second they tried to take it to court to challenge the result. Even if the 2004 was better than the 1976 one, it would have probably been best not to send it.

passionpop: (die bitch)
Previous Entries: 48
Wins: 2 1966 Udo Jürgens - Merci, Chérie
             2014 Conchita Wurst - Rise Like a Phoenix
First Entry: 1957 Bob Martin - Wohin, kleines Pony?
Most recent Entry: 2015 The Makemakes - I Am Yours
National Anthem: Land der Berge, Land am Strome


ZOË - Loin d’ici

German is an awesome language that gave us words like Schadenfreude, Fremdschämen, Backpfeifengesicht and Handschuhschneeballwerfer. Why, when you have all this awesome German to use would you sing in French. I just don’t get it. Why!

Austria had the most interesting national selection. There were ten songs that competed in “Wer singt für Österreich?”, the show to determine who would go to Eurovision. The show had a Jury element and a public televote. This song finished equal 4th with the jury but first with the public. When the totals were put together, ZOË finished equal second with Bella Wagner. For reasons that I do not understand Bella was considered to have come third. The top two songs by ZOË and Elly V (who came first with the jury, second with the public and first overall in the final) went to a super-final play off which ZOË won. I don’t think either of the other performances were better overall, but I don’t agree that the superfinal was the best way to determine the winner in this scenario.

This song is a fair way back with the bookies. Controversy in the national selections often has a slight impact on the final results and so this song really doesn’t hav a chance. Even if it makes the final, it will just be making the numbers.

You know it doesn’t have to be German German. It can be a dialect like Viennese German like in 1971

passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
Population 8 579 747
Area: 83 879 km2
Language: German
Eurovision attendances: 47
Eurovision wins: 2 (1966, 2014)

The Makemakes - I Am Yours

This band is classed as pop –rock, kind of like the candy, but this song, if anything, is old-school. I would work just as well on a mono 45 as it does in HD, actually I think it would sound better on a 45. It would also sound good as the theme music to a TV series but the bookmakers don’t think it sounds that good as a Eurovision song.

This song won the national final so convincingly that I don’t know why Austria bothered with a superfinal. I don’t actually mind this song and it will get a big cheer in the final being the hometown hero.

The coolest thing about this band is that they named themselves after a dwarf planned that was discovered in 2005. That planet was named after an Easter Island deity because the planet was discovered just after Easter (makes sense). Makemake is proof that science and religion can get along.

From a little planet to My Little Planet from 1976

passionpop: (sweet and innocent)
This is all of the semi final 2 performers this year. SPOILER ALERT this has details of their performances as well as a link to their rehearsals. If you want to keep how dire the acts are a surprise, please stop reading now

There is always one Eurovision semi that is far better than the other. This is not the better semi.


full list of second semi finalists )

so in short, I doubt anything from this semi will win or even come close. either the song is dire or the performance it not good enough to get it votes.
Best performances: well... possibly slovenia
Auto non-qualifiers: either greece or poland wont qualify or both,

the highlight of this semi is clearly Jessica Mauboy

passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
Austria are in the middle of a long dry spell in Eurovision. The only win Austria have managed was in 1966 with Udo Jürgens third entry in the event in a row. I doubt Conchita Wurst will go in thrice, but you never know.

Artist: Conchita Wurst
Song: Rise like the Phoenix

There is usually a Kitsch-ness to drag acts in Eurovision. Slovenia's Sestre and Denmark's DQ exemplified this. These acts were also shown up by their poor singing. Before taking on the persona or Conchita, Tom Neuwirth was already a finalist in a popstars like singing contest in Austria and was quite the little performer.

Though Conchita's chances don't look great (the bookies put Austria out of the top 10), it appears she may have had an affect on the favourites chances. Since controversy broke last week in comments by Aram MP3 that appeared to be trans and homophobic, Armenia's odds has slipped slightly from even money to not so even money. I appreciated that from this Conchita has made this year more interesting and that gets votes from me for that.

I like what she represents and stands for. As for the song, meh, it is another bond theme. At the moment though I only want it to win to fvck up Aram MP3.

Attempted Bond themes crop up regularly in Eurovision. Some, like Slovenian 2005 try to be deliberately bad so as to hide that it is an attempted Bond theme, but we know what you are up to, you crazy Slovenes.

passionpop: (big)
Country: Austria

Debut: 1967
Previous Appearances: 45
Wins: 1 (1966 – Udo Jürgens 'Mercie, Chérie')

Artist: Natália Kelly
Song: Shine

This song is fine until the vocal gymnastics start. I will put up with vocal masturbation so long as it is adding content to the song with words, but when it is nothing but the singer orgasming over themselves, I have no time for it.

The song starts of pleasant, and Natália proves herself to be quite a good little performer. Looking at her Bio on wikipedia, it is getting her to stop performing thats the trick. At least we know that she will give us a performance on the night.

Even if 'Shine' doesn't qualify for the final, it will be an improvement on the Austrian result of last year. It is hard to do worse than last though, so Go Natália...

In the end, this is Eurovision and it is all about the Musik

passionpop: (completely)
Performer: Trackshittaz
Song: Woki Mit Deim Popo (Shake your booty)

This is possible the classiest song in this years Eurovision, it is class with a capital ASS... literally. if this wasn't so tongue-in-cheek, it would border on bringing the contest into disrepute or something. 

here are some lyrics (translated to english):
Your booty has feelings
Your booty is a part of you
Don’t just leave it on the chair
Your booty has an opinion, yeah
Your booty wants to move

makes it sound like the subject of the song has worms right? that and well... body parts having an opinion is a guy thing, you know, the man brain is in the lower part of the body, and bootys don't think, they fart.

The song is catchy, I will give it that, but i fear it will be the only thing more annoying than Jedward... though it is early days.  Maybe there can be something more annoying than this, or maybe I will have a frontal lobotomy and like this song... though a bottle in front of me is more likely... 

Ethno-Hip-Hop is not new to Manurovision, Remember Greenjolly from 2005 and I never understood why people get Australia and Austria confused.... until this song


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