passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
SPOILER ALERT: if you are yet to watch the semis, this is a list of the running order of the final, so the 11 non-qualifiers are not listed. if you don't want to know who qualified, stop reading now.

Other than an update  on the odds, this is mainly a copy and paste of what I wrote earlier in the week, mainly because it is not fair to base Denmark and the big 5 on their rehearsal and the 20 acts that qualified from the semis on their polished performance complete with gimmicks and effects, but Romania was pretty awesome in the end

Final running order )
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The semi performances will be the same in the final for those that make it. There are 6 that have already made it though to the final, most because they pay to.

The big 5 are German, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain and they are the the biggest financial contributors to the EBU. Denmark also Auto qualify for the Final because they allegedly sent the best act last year, they were at least determined to be the winner of last years contest.

so these are the other 6 rehearsals.

Auto-qualifiers for the final )

passionpop: (southpark)
Denmark are the carry-over champions in this years Eurovision song contest after winning in Sweden last year. It was the second time Denmark won in Sweden and Denmark's third win over all. The bookmakers have Denmark back in the mix this year. It is understandable

Artist: Basim
Song: Cliché Love Song

This is boyband song sung by a solo artist. The solo artist is also a previous X-Factor contestant. The only interesting and unusual thing about him is that he is of Moroccan decent. Basim is so young though that his parents would have been children when Morocco was in their only Eurovision contest in 1980.

It is another song with whistling in it. OK it is a whistle before each chorus, but is whistling the in thing in Europe this summer? Maybe you will need a little whistle in your song this year to win Eurovision.

In the End the song is light and happy and mostly harmless. I think it is only as high as it is with the bookmakers at the moment because Denmark auto-qualify for the final. In the wash up after the semis are decided, this will probably drop to 6th or 7th or maybe out of the ten entirely.

Over Europe over the years there have been a few Idol/The Voice/X-Factor clones, and I am not talking about the competitors like Basim being clones, but the shows being clones of the same format. In the Baltic states there is a cross border show called Fizz Superstar which is an Idol-esque show that has Entrants from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and in 2004, two Lithuanian's who individually competed in the 2002 version of Fizz Superstar showed up on the Eurovision stage as a duo. I hate Idolists.

passionpop: (subliminal)
Spain, it is alleged, bought their first Eurovision win in 1968. In 1969 they were involved in the first tie. Since then their entries have generally been involved in less controversy. This year has completely avoided controversy so far.

Artist: Ruth Lorenzo
Song: Dancing in the Rain

I am always concerned with songs like this live. Some performances of it she is not that bad, but dancing and singing is not good for her, but points for trying. To me though it is sad that she has to stand still while singing a song about dancing.

The most annoying pat of this song is “The rain, the rain, the rain!”, which is a really crap refrain for what is otherwise an ok song. The second most annoying part is Ruth has some lungs on her. Who'd have thought someone who came 5th in UK X-Factor could actually sing. There are possibly a few small flaws, but she can hold it together fairly well. This makes this years final look interesting.

After Greece in 2008 I developed a dislike for the little princesses who grow up in the US and then move back to their native country to be a famous singer, but this years entry from Spain has potential. I wish her well, though she wont win.

There are too many former X-Factor contestants in Eurovision, including Kati Wolf who represented Hungary in 2011 in a very short dress.

passionpop: (die bitch)
Italy gave us he most covered song in Eurovision history which is also regarded as the second most loved Eurovision song of all time, but Volare (Nel Blu dipinto di blu) never won Eurovision (it came third, THIRD!) and Italy has not won Eurovision as many times as it should have. Twice just highlights how jealous the EBU was of San Remo in the early days of Eurovision. Everyone still loves Italian music though and I am not sure why

Artist: Emma
Song: La Mia Città

I think Emma thinks of her self of being Madonna if Madonna was born 30 years later. Her clip performance looks somewhere between Madonna, Lady Gaga and Pink. The live clip looks a little Avril Lavigne crossed with Courtney Love. The song isn't as bad as those comparisons make it sound though.

I think what I like best about the clip is that that appears that she is wearing tummy tucking dacks. The pink bit, and by that I mean the pick chiffon outfit, does definitely show a high waist as does one of the black and white outfits.

This is one of the better songs this year and plausibly deserves to be better than the bookies rate it, however it feels like it should be a TV show or move theme or even a car commercial. A Toyota Corolla or a Mitsubishi Mirage would work driving around a city to this song. Top ten even if the bookies don't think so

And then there is the other Italy, San Marino. Lets face it, it cannot be a coincidence that San Marino returned to Eurovision the same year that Italy did in 2011

passionpop: (dead)
United Kingdom has won 5 Eurovision, the last was in 1997.The bookmakers are putting this years entry in the top ten and have the UK the highest out of the Big 5. The UK may stay the highest of the big 5, but after the semis, I don't see this song in the top ten.

Artist: Molly
Song: Children of the Universe.

This will probably get 12 points from the Ukraine and a few reasonable scores from other western European countries, but that's all political and has nothing to do with the song being any good. It isn't bad, it just isn't good.

The greatest flaw appears to be the vocals. The quite verse is drowned by the music and she only projects when she is being 'loud', and with all her theatrical work she should be able to project and be quiet at the same time. She mangles it here. The lines are not well articulated.

In saying that, all the bad can be hidden by an amazing performance. Good vocals and an amazing performance and this could go top 5. I think around ten would be its best hope though.

The Bio for this act say 'the lyrics promote the universal message of love and unity', which can be a winner. Italy tried to unite Europe in 1990 with 'Insieme: 1992'

passionpop: (dead)
Germany has tried many styles of music to win Eurovision including big band and country, but they have only come out with two gongs. This year they are not trying.

Artist: Elaisa
Song: Is It Right

To answer your question, no it is not right, it is wrong, very wrong. I mean are they trying to put the sexy back into piano accordions? Can we bring back relegation and ban Germany from Eurovision for this shit?

OK when it gets to the bit before the chorus it improves slightly, and a good performance could make this song interesting at least. When the song starts though, I keep thinking it is leading into a Zorba's dance. Maybe that's what they could do...

The bookies don't rate this and neither do I. I think Germany will be in the bottom ¼ of the results, though they should be used to that by now

There has been many accordions featured in Eurovision according to the internet. One to block out of your mind was Latvia in 2001. This finished the night 18th out of 23. How?

passionpop: (die bitch)
France has won 5 Eurovisions, their last being in 1977. 5 years after that win France withdrew from the 1982 event. A manager at the French broadcaster claimed that the event had an absence of talent and the songs were mediocre. In that vein France has sent the following to Eurovision 2014

Song: Moustache

The artists insist this is not intended as a novelty act, the song is actually a 'critique of our culture of hyper-consumption', which is why they are performing it at the worlds biggest music contest in a spectacle that cost millions to produce. No consumption intended obviously.

Lets face it, it is a novelty act and there are better novelty acts this year. The more novelty acts in, the less chance a novelty act has to win. Aw well this year is novel enough with Aussie Jessica Mauboy performing as the interval act in one of the semis.

This song is an annoyingly catchy version of “Ordinary Angels”, but Europe wouldn't know that song. It is a similar theme.

Novelty with a message is less successful than just plain novelty, just ask Rambo Amadeus from Montenegro. He didn't even qualify for the final in 2012. France doesn't have to worry about that though.


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