EUROVISION 2012

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Sweden's Loreen seems to have the momentum this year:

But what else is really good?

Tim F, Saturday, 19 May 2012 01:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

And some song about social networks...

nagl lack (seandalai), Saturday, 19 May 2012 01:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm sceptical as to whether Loreen's going to do that well. My (actual) money is on Norway.

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Saturday, 19 May 2012 06:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

Norwegian media is scared of another win, cut back so much on NRK's sports budget the last time around. I think Sweden will actually do it this time, though.

abcfsk, Saturday, 19 May 2012 07:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hour and a half to the first semifinal...

http://www.eurovision.tv/page/baku-2012

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 17:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

Welcome to the madness, non-Euro ILXors...

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 17:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

Here we go:

http://www.eurovision.tv/esctv/

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

Off to a good start with Rambo Amadeus.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

Montenegro blowing my mind here.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is great. Zero chance of making it through.

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

Love this. The horse some sort of allusion to Greece?

gyac, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Truck driver's key change in Iceland's song, drink a shot...

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Rambo Amadeus better make it.

Surely if anyone has a heart they won't make Greece win? Not a bloody chance of them affording to host it.

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

Missed Iceland. Greece too cheery by half.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

xp Could be why they've rolled out a boilerplate Europop entry? Competent but no-one's really going to remember it.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

so poor she couldn't buy trousers or even a skirt

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Even if Greece do win, the UK can host it because next year we'll have all this Olympics stuff lying around unused.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

xxxxp You could say that of several countries tbh. And Jedward have a better chance than this.

gyac, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

was that a shot of Roger Federer in the tourism Baku sports city

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

lol Johnny Logan shoutout

gyac, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

I WAS BORN IN DISTANT 1980

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Disappointing from the nation that gave us Wolves of the Sea.

gyac, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

still dreaming about Mick Jagger

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

omg when is it actually on and can I watch it online?!

wolf kabob (ENBB), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

I can't seem to get subtitles on. TELETEXT USED TO NOT ONLY PROVIDE SUBTITLES BUT TRANSLATE ALL THE SONGS INTO ENGLISH. This digital age is rubbish.

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

Argh

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

xxp
http://www.eurovision.tv/esctv
it's on now

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

ENBB it's on now! I posted links upthread!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

Albania! I guess.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

Tender ballad! Maybe.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

The wailing bit it the word "cry" in Albania, according to the subtitles.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

little bit of Bjork Yoga

kinda off key though... not so kinda

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

I kinda like this, actually. Impressive whale noises.

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

Only thing tender is the audience's eardrums after her vocal heroics.

gyac, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

lol, subs just read 'cos this is what I do best now' during the high pitched wailing

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

Why can't I get subtitles? Grargh smash

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

Subs are kind of laggy and rub tbh. And I'm watching via the TV card on my PC, so I can't really help anyone else.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

JEDWARD SPOTTED

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

KEEL THEM!!!

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

Not the best Costi song of the year, by a long shot, but i like it.

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

Moonwalking bagpipes! Yay Romania.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

Romania the best so far IMO.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

i think her earphones were off (not that it really mattered)

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

Okay finally some pyro.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

BRITPOP

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

xp Azerbijian's natural gas reserves being put to good use.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

Switzerland is the usual Eurorock with a touch of Muse.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

Swiss = "We love the Killers"

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

FOWOWING YUH WOWDEST DREAM YUH WOWDEST DREAM

I'M BREAKING BALLS

I'M BREAKING BALLS

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

crying

gyac, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

very serious looking chick on bass

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

Okay no

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

Belgium you are boring, silence.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

i kinda liked it, but i am 10 km away from Belgium so i dunno

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Finnish entry in Swedish, why not

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

Lordi this is not.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Pleasant though.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

Another competent but boring song. Maybe Jedward will win this, just by being one of the few exciting entries.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

Israel ring has earring in wrong ear to win

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

Israel you are...strange.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

brings older sister to give him a good luck kiss

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

This man is terrifying.

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

"You're the man in my playground"

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

this is amazing.

gyac, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

He looks like Dexter Fletcher's creepy uncle.

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

I like the Israel song! It's like a cheesy '60s proto-indiepop thing.

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

Mel C

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Israel has a certain...something, can we all agree? Hypnotic awfulness perhaps?

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

"JAM SESSION"

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Warnings already sounding about San Marino here.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Are you ready for a little text?"

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

tumblr gif fave, i can see it now

gyac, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

probably San Marino's best entry ever (not that it's saying much)

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

Electronic acts are often accused of looking like they're checking their e-mail when they play live, but this could be the first time that could be said of a Eurovision act...

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is... really bad.

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

I guess it's kind of 'Flying the Flag' levels of shit concept, shit execution...

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

"GOOGLING"

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Wow, you can do so many interesting things with the internets! Thank you San Marino for letting me know.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

Is it the first time someone's used the word 'cyber' unironically since 1995?

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

"feel the entry between you and me"!?

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

first time "chemistry", second time "energy" would have been so much better...

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

I've already forgotten everything about the Cyprus entry.

gyac, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

wtf @ that BBC gypsy commentary?

gyac, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

i am not hiring a proper drummer for this c'mon

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hahah that drummer.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

HYPERcellist

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

Clearly the budget didn't stretch to a costume for the cello player.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

By the way, did anyone notice that they mentioned that you could only have six people on stage at Eurovision? That must be a new thing, right?

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

serious INSTANT STAR vibes from that one imo

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

Anyway, bozhe moi

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

xxp Definitely a new thing. Even last year there were acts with way more than six people on stage.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

nothing scarier than a Russian granny in her natural habitat

gyac, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

I do love the Russian grannies, but wish this BBC twat wasn't hyping them so much. Kind of makes me want to hate them just because I hate him.

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

is that a coffin

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Bozhe moi indeed.

Can't hate on babushki though.

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

xp It's an oven.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

:) (and it actually works!)

..

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

i quite spectacularly like it

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

This song will be played on a loop in Hell.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

How could anyone not like the Russian grannies ... OMG they're baking cookies!!

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Our six sing-ing golden girls from Russsia!"

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

GREEN ROOM IDIOCY!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh god, a San Marino interview

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

Via Singles Jukebox on Hungary: "this is what it would be like if Pendulum did a ballad"

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is horrible.

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hungary must be stopped.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

Trackshittaz up next!

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

Trackshittaz - Austria's answer to LMFAO.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

who here doubts the power of TRACKSHITTIN

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Moldova, pah, unless you let Sasha Bognibov do your entry then you're nothing to me, NOTHING!

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

Saving the best until last, Jedward.

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Jedward approaches...

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

BBC commentator just said that if Jedward didn't win, they'd keep coming back until they did! Now that's a threat!

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

Jedward get a silver shower...

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

Albania! Yes!!

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

Rambo Amadeus woz robbed.

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

uh, Jedward through...

banal like a null (snoball), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm up for Albania and Russia, they're good entries.

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

Jedward in again. Cartwheel mania!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

I am kind of praying that Trackshittaz will disappear quietly from Austro tv and radio within a month or so. State broadcast monopolies kinda suck especially hard at Eurovision times.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 21:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

OKAY WHY IS IT THAT I AM JUST NOW LEARNING ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF TRACKSHITTAZ

that is a weird thing to bring up over lean cuisine (DJP), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 21:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hahaha

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 21:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Anyway, video clips galore:

http://www.eurovision.tv/page/multimedia/videos

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 00:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

Can't believe Trackshittaz was robbed.

nagl lack (seandalai), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 00:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Tonight I'm cheering for Slovakia, Turkey, Georgia and...hmm. This really is a poor semi, isn't it?

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 18:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

cheering for belarus, esp if they all wear the motion capture suits again

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

There's something very 'early 90's Euroballad' about this Serbian song.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

There was an amusing rumour today that Belarus have been paying people in poorer smaller countries to vote for them.

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

This Macedonian song is very ex-Yugoslav.

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ummmm. What is with the headress?

emil.y, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Netherlands' answer to Kate Nash.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

off to the casino in my local navajo resort (err whatever it's called)

Ludo, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

Clean sweep on the fiddlers so far.

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

lmao that goober with the fiddle

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Malta is our first taste of bosh tonight iirc.

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

hell yeah Malta bitches eurohouse

Ludo, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is stupid but awesome at the same time. Could do well.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

otm

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

the foot dance alone is killing me

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is the best song so far

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah Malta was in need of some better performers, but the song and stage antics were pretty much winning

Ludo, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

at the falsetto ending I was daydreaming of the Maltese guy screaming 'This is for you Robin'

maybe in some parallel universe

Ludo, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

ok where's that crazy microphone stand thread

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

"We are the weiners"

emil.y, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

Belarus use the mic stands that Muse rejected for looking too wacky.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

Time for more bosh. Sad how Ukraine have lapsed from their glory days.

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

ponders Whitney Houston joke

Ludo, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

oof

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

can we just get the "I AM SECURITY" guy to sing something in this slot instead

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

As much as i love Gaitana, i'm really not feeling this.

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Beat my guest?

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Praying for FEMEN protest to interrupt this now.

Three Word Username, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Trumpets!

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

What is it with the preponderance of Eurodance in this semi?

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

God, this is wall-to-wall shite today.

emil.y, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

All part of the international conspiracy to screw Trackshittaz out of a placement. Thank you, international conspiracy.

Three Word Username, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

I hope Trackshittaz come back next year. Like Jedward.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

Maybe they could collaborate on an album.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Slovenia draft in Ulrika Johnson to sing the high bits...

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

God we're in a poor stretch here.

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

bosh bosh and Euroballads = ZZZZZZZ
At least the 1st semi-final had the entertainment value of frequent wacky Eurovision incompetance and non-sequiteurs.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

bring back the bosh tbh right now

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

speaking of which, Sweden's up next

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

Some of these countries really love their 80's power ballads.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

Half of tonight so far has sounded like a piss-poor Ministry of Sound compilation.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Celine Dion on beats

Ludo, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Did she just ninja kill that dancer dude?

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

Erotic disco monks. Now we're ok.

Three Word Username, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Back on course.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'M A POKER
IN THE LOCKER

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm a joker I'm a rocker I'm a fucker

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

i'm a hairdresser more likely

Ludo, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

Are we sure this isn't Sasha Baron-Cohen's new character?

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

this rules

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

My ship is made from rope jism for a bay?

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

hop onto my ship baby, I'll make you fly

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

lol boat-head-man

Ludo, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

A flying ship made from men wearing sheets.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

This does not rule.

Three Word Username, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

WRONG

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

ALL -- BY-- MY-- SE-ELF, Don't wanna be...

Three Word Username, Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

He was on Estonian Pop Idol. Nice to know that other countries don't give a shit about sending some unknown Johnny as their entry.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

That was actually quite lovely.

Three Word Username, Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

Come on Slovakia!

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh, I thought this could be good but the singer is too Bon Jovi. False metal!

emil.y, Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's Def Leppard!

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

IT'S THE FI-NAL COUNT-DOWN!!!

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

Please be in tune, i have money on you.

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

sharivari otm

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

The best entry tonight so far.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

BUT THIS RUSSIAN IS MAKING ME STRONGER

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

is he talking about putin?

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

Pitch went all to hell in the last minute.

Three Word Username, Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

actually I like Sweden better (btw they share 1 x songwriter)

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

She's about the right age to be the lovechild of Joni Mitchell and Ming the Merciless.

Three Word Username, Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Euphoria" is both anthemic + catchy enough to be a bona fide worldwide (well pan-European at least) hit even outside ESC season I think

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

That piano had better transform into a fire breathing robot or I'll fall asleep.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

Don't want the expense of hosting the contest next year? Simply get someone from a TV talent contest to sing your entry!
A tactic more and more countries are using.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm not sure all ESC-heads regularly check the Bobby Bare thread, so I'll post this fun fact here as well. Just think what might have been, with Engelbert only the second-oldest old-skool star in this year's final...

Bare was a participant in this year's Norwegian selection final for the Eurovision Song Contest, partnering up with some other dude. They finished third.

(Bare second from left.)

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Lithania's answer to Josh Dubovie.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

Here we voted for Malta, Turkey, Slovakia, Georgia and Indian Joan.

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

But I'll be happy if we avoid a Balkan power ballad sweep.

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think they'd be happy to avoid that too.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

Balkan power ballad gold.

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

"I left a bowl of shit for you"?!

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

stoked turkey made it through

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

Bummed Turkey made it through. Like a bad comedian attempting to act like Marc Almond c. 1989.

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

Can't believe people voted for Estonia AND Lithuania - how much tedium can one final take?

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Had to miss today's coverage but sounds...off.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

You'll see bad comedian attempting to act like Marc Almond c. 1989 on Saturday, though. :p And a Sweden WIN one supposes. (I had high hopes for the song sung in UDMURT, but it is useless alas.)

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

Felt like Loreen's show didn't really come together tonight? I equivocate back and forth as to whether the song has general appeal outside of boshland.

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

That said, I have a 100% record at failing to predict Eurovision winners.

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

^^^ I'm sure I'll be sitting here on Saturday night saying "wha? people like this?!"

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think it's a pretty decent Eurobosh single but i'm not sure there's enough there to win over the older audience.

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

I guess it's between Sweden, Russia and Italy. Beyond that: ??? I don't think we'll see a runaway winner.

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

Russia is going to run away with this.

Three Word Username, Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

Kinda happy Italy has gone with the times and entered what is apparently a contender (only heard abt 20 seconds myself), rather than griping about it not being like The Old Days and withdrawing in a huff

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

If the juries vote for Russia they're a lock. But I dunno if they will.

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

(i'll grant the first 15 seconds of Russia are good, but then it is direct unto oompah crapper, I feel)

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oompah hasn't done well for DECADES; but still some countries insist on sending it. Netherlands this year. Idgi.

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

Final draw is up:

01 United Kingdom English Engelbert Humperdinck "Love Will Set You Free" —
02 Hungary English Compact Disco "Sound of Our Hearts" —
03 Albania Albanian[39] Rona Nishliu "Suus"3 Personal[40] 4
04 Lithuania English Donny Montell "Love is Blind"
05 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian MayaSar "Korake ti znam" I know your steps
06 Russia Udmurt, English Buranovskiye Babushki "Party for Everybody" —
07 Iceland English Gréta Salóme & Jónsi "Never Forget" —
08 Cyprus English Ivi Adamou "La La Love" —
09 France French, English Anggun "Echo (You and I)" —
10 Italy English, Italian Nina Zilli "L'amore è femmina (Out of Love)" Love Is Female (Out of love)
11 Estonia Estonian Ott Lepland "Kuula" Listen
12 Norway English Tooji "Stay" —
13 Azerbaijan (host) English Sabina Babayeva "When the Music Dies" —
14 Romania Spanish, English Mandinga "Zaleilah" —
15 Denmark English6 Soluna Samay "Should've Known Better" —
16 Greece English Eleftheria Eleftheriou "Aphrodisiac" —
17 Sweden English Loreen "Euphoria" —
18 Turkey English Can Bonomo "Love Me Back" —
19 Spain Spanish Pastora Soler "Quédate conmigo" Stay with me
20 Germany English Roman Lob "Standing Still" —
21 Malta English Kurt Calleja "This Is the Night" —
22 Macedonia Macedonian Kaliopi "Crno i belo" (Црно и бело) Black and white
23 Ireland English Jedward "Waterline" —
24 Serbia Serbian Željko Joksimović "Nije ljubav stvar" (Није љубав ствар) Love is not an object
25 Ukraine English Gaitana "Be My Guest" —
26 Moldova English8 Pasha Parfeny "Lăutar"

nagl lack (seandalai), Thursday, 24 May 2012 22:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

My predix for top 5: Serbia, Italy, Norway, Ukraine, Sweden.

Skeptical of Sweden if only because my Facebook feed is full of people going "LOREEN TO WIN" and "WORK LOREEN!" and these people otherwise only post about RuPaul's Drag University, so they are not really representative of Eurovision voters as a whole.

neil young & crazy town (edwardo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 01:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yah but I, for one, give no thoughts ever about RuPaul, and I think SWE is the proper Pop Hit of the bunch. It has, in a small way, the thing ABBA were good at -- in the chorus after the hook (eu-pho-ree-ah!), they provide ANOTHER hook (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-O!-oh). (ABBA would of course give a THIRD chorus hook after that just to rub it in.)

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 06:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

Your belief in it is giving me pause, actually. Most of the people I'm mentioning wouldn't know anything that's not charting in the UK or Sweden and haven't got any idea of what might work Europe-wide. I still think it'll be top 5 but perhaps not a winner.

I won't even speculate on the influence of SNOWFLAKE COUGH SHOCK.

neil young & crazy town (edwardo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 09:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Well I tend to have this kind of belief in a song, but I'm not sure I am right more than about one time in five... :)

(ie I remember being this way about Lena's "Satellite", and have conveniently forgotten my enthusiasms that *didn't* win)

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 10:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Sure-to-be-wrong prediction:

1. Sweden
2. Italy
3. Russia

nagl lack (seandalai), Saturday, 26 May 2012 13:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm going to go with Norway, Sweden, Serbia, Denmark, Romania.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 13:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

Having some people round so not gonna be able to liveblog with y'all on this thread tonight. I've decided I'm supporting Albania, though, in goth retaliation for the overbearing sunshine and heat of today.

Been watching the Song for Eurotrash episode from around '98(?), it's pretty good: Edwyn Collins doing 'Ding a Dong', Kenickie doing 'Save All Your Kisses For Me', Shane MacGowan doing 'What's Another Year', Saint Etienne doing 'La La La'.

emil.y, Saturday, 26 May 2012 17:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

IT BEGINS

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Graham Norton, Azerbaijani government spokesman "There have been stories about riots. I've seen no trouble."

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

I still don't like the UK song, but Eng's vocals are better live than on the recorded version.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Hump has a certain... presence, it must be said. Song also Not Bad At All.

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

Also the botox has worn off and he doesn't look like embalmed like he does in the video.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is probably the best of the ballads, tbh.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

There are a lot of ballads this year, hopefully Eng's performance has shown people 'how it's done', so to speak, and we'll get some votes out of it.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

liking hungary a lot more this go-round - getting kind of a nu-george michael vibe (enough with the wobble bass already tho)

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hungary: much effort into what sounds like a bare skeleton of approximately nothing

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

HORSEMEN LAND

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

The person doing the subtitles tonight is a faster typist than whoever was doing it during the semis.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

TAILPIPE MAN LAND

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

xxp

HORSEMEN LAND

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

That long plait of hair going across her chest looks like a turd.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

markedly less terrible than the semifinal at least

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

Albania is like alien music on Star Trek...not a gd look.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

emil.y does a mean goth retaliation, it must be said -- this is wtf in all the most fabulous ways

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

CITY OF DRIVE

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

It'd be funny if everyone left the building before he took off the blindfold.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hahahaha!

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

The 'rrrruuuhhhh' bits make him sound like the singer from Bros.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

would have been better if he'd done those acrobatics with the fold on

Ludo, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

*does somersault and nuts self unconcious on the floor*

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Boz/Herz entry is like a subdued Celine Dion B-side. Really forgettable.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

For a second I thought 'what are those huge lumps on the Russian grannies' faces?', but then I realised that they were microphones.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

UDMURT

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

I have a feeling they'll be advertising car insurance for whoever Russia's equivelent of Shelia's Wheels is.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

Just turned on and those grannies are bluddy awful.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

Iceland = time for a piss break

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

Umpty-tum nonsense. But would have been top 3 10 years ago.

OOH KEY CHANGE

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

if you liked that key change, you're gonna love moldova

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

I wait with bated breath.

This Cyprus thing sounds like a David Guetta b-side.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

I must disagree with Aldo. Rabid grannies for the win!

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

But info quite like Cyprus ( actually I seriously do warn Enge to win, I just don't think it will happen)

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

France = shit.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's a bit 'mid 90's French Eurovision entry'. They've never really moved beyond that.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh I dunno. It's OK. I'm quite perversely thinking of It Bites.

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

it's kinda like the climax of a jodorowsky film

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

France = ok indeed.

xp lol It Bites!

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

LAND OF CARPETS

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Italian woman has annoyed me enormously in the build up, but the song has a chance.

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

Cut price Winelodge.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

"you're an independant Roman after all"

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think your right
Xpost

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Come on audience, sing along to these lyrics that are very likely to be in a language that you don't speak!"

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

"I bought a gunshot"?

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Barry Manilow!

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

He needs some headphones to hold to his ears as he emotes.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

Norway - if Skrillex was Turkish

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

PUSH ME
AND THEN JUST TOUCH ME
TILL I GET MY
SATISFACTION

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

"my heart beats faster as I'm scanning the crowd" > sniper?

Ludo, Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

"My meat is all peaking when I can tell you're around"

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

"skinning the crowd" > serial killer taxidermist

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

"I don't know what I'm doing tonight but this birdshit is making me stronger"

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

Enge is back! Come on Enge!

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

Bless, Arnold Dorsey forgot his stage name for a minute there.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

"looking like a 8NP rally" lol Graham

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

LOL, I'm watching the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition (Violin this year, last two competitors of the finals + declaration of the winners tonight) instead - don't think I'll start a thread about it I guess :-)

StanM, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

Azerbaijan's song is a bit Sam Brown's 'Stop'.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

I was just thinking the same.

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

Clearly they have good dentists in Baku.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

Aye, me three. Sam Brown xpost

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

pogo! pogo!

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

"When you make me pee"

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

i like the moonwalking bagpipe player

kid steel (cajunsunday), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

liking the unplayed instrument with THREE brass bells sticking out of big brass bell. That can't be real, surely?

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's the pro musician's trick of storing multiple vuvuzelas in a Wangerian Tuba.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

Denmark - rhyming 'stranger' with 'stranger', good job.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

Denmark- she is both the Captain and Tenille (thanks for that one, Molly)

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

Greece definitely dont want to win this year.

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think that Greece's song is going to do well, even if they don't want it to actually win.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's the closest we have to an obvious Shakira clone this year.

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

I actually thought she was miming for about the first two bars, then she hit that flat note and has been pitchy ever since. </randyjackson>

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

This reminds me of the Greek entry from the year their stage routine included a giant white neon stapler.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

er, yes, this could really win...Germans en masse to vote for it.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

"University of Surrey in London" ffs Norton, it's in Guildford.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

ideas on how could they host? Def open air, for a start...taking right back to classical basics. xp

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

greece winning would be hilarious

sonderangerbot, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

if Greece wins Cyprus will host i think

Ludo, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Sweden sounds much better than the semi-finals.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

I am loving Sweden cos I have always wanted Bats for Lashes to do a straight dance track.

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

A few times in the past, countries have won and then couldn't afford to host. Luxembourg won in 1973 (for the second year running?) and the 1974 contest was hosted in the UK.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

I actually don't like this Swedish one.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

We'll have a bunch of Olympics stuff lying around unused anyway.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

I hope he saved some Tuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrkeeeeeeeeeeeey for us!

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

BOATMAN LAND

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

"My chef is big, uh-hunh"

This so is Sacha B-C

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

They fucked up the manboat.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

NAKHCHIVAN!

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

Spain's singer looks constipated and I'm not surprised. "No pressure, but don't win, OK?"

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

Germany's song has 'Jamie Cullum joint' written all over it.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Agreed. Germany is diabolical.

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

I quite liked Spain. Germany is pretty awful though, like a cheap version of The Script. Jamie Cullum you say?

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

Fun fact: you can pretty much sing the chorus of last year's winner on top of this German one

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

xp he's co-writer

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

This performance would be better if he a) stopped grinning, and b) actually stands still while singing the line 'standing still'.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Shadows are back!

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

THIS IS SO SHITE THIS IS SO SHITE

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

Those Southern Europeans must've have used all their idle time to bring it this year: Cyprus-Greece-Malta to co-host it next year.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

"come on give me a hug" -wtf??

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

FYR Macedonia's answer to Bonnie Tyler.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Macedonia for the win.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

I don't think that guy's actually playing that guitar.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

Xpost

Nah, Spain's power ballad was better.

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

developing giant soft spot for the FYROM right now. This is NOT false metal.

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

JEDWARD!

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

Worst production of Shakespeere's 'Henry V' ever...

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

See, it's not as much fun now that they're borderline competent. Except for the bizarre "and the way I'm rubbing her now" line.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

Love Is Not A Thing

kid steel (cajunsunday), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Taking a cue from that famous song by Boston, 'More Than A Object'

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

"see my vest, see my vest" etc.

Actually, I like this.

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

omg @ ukraine

second only to popcorn (or something), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

SO many songs tonight have a "na na nanana na na nanana" bit

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

just... no

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh i've missed the russian grannies, such a shame.

second only to popcorn (or something), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

I thought the parping brass tune was being made by her for a minute.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hammer pants.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

"I forget my lyrics"
oh I wish you would...

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

edward norton here.

second only to popcorn (or something), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

trumpet strumpet?

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

"This rabbit makes you my girl"

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

Colin Farrell

Ludo, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

I will never not love Moldova. Probably the single most reliable Eurovision nation of recent years.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

Moldova's dancers do a homage to the TISWAS 'dying fly' dance.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

xp They try hard, but there's always a faint ridiculousness about them.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

which one of these is the dictator's daughter again

sonderangerbot, Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

Moldova had great staging but only middling song at best.

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

I like Iceland much more in the recap.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

No interval act? It's just all the postcards edited together. What a swiz.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Just in during the break. Ought to be Sweden, Cyprus, Ireland or France. Or Norway.

I sincerily hope the Albanian lady screaming horribly onstage early in the show got some medical help afterwards. She sounded like she was in serious pain.

The GeirBot (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

interval act is after the voting right?

Ludo, Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

I never flagged Geir for a Jedward fan.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

They're very melodic. They sing in several keys at the same time.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

Albania was insane-alien enough for me to actually give it a vote. Five others as well: GBR, FRA, ITA, SWE, FYROM.

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

They're very melodic. They sing in several keys at the same time.

That's what I thought of the Greek act.

The GeirBot (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

12 points to Greece!

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

Norway, UK, Ireland and Ukraine all on 0.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

Romania too.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

Norway and Denmark still haven't scored anything!

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

teh curse of goth retaliation works pretty well it seems! 12p for Albania from both SAN MARINO and SWITZERLAND

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Not far off being uncatchable, I think.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Anyone understanding the Albania vote? Seriously?

Guilty_Boksen, Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

At least it was distinctive. The Azeri song was completely anonymous.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

I love this "Swedish" woman.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Hi there in Azebrgj, Azrarbajj, BAKU!" Good sjow, brit-swe lady! :-D

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

Actually, Swedish people sound British when they're drunk.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, but not like Adele, surely?

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

i'm told it was a "bit"

sonderangerbot, Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

God I love Finland :-D

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

Germany are a bit cruel putting somebody on her period counting their votes.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

Anke's the only person to allude to democracy so far.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Israeli announcer sounds like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Poor Tooji.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

ESC trivia: has ANY songwriter ever been both the winner and last-placed in the same year? I don't have the answer, but wd to Peter Boström!

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

Still cannot figure how Tooji even made it to the final when doing this badly in the final. Something about the starting position maybe? It was considerably more favourable in the semi final.

The GeirBot (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

Tooji was in a very poor semifinal; thus, he proceeded. For NOR as for GBR, I suspect it was top-15/20 but not top-10 for many countries. Fair enough. Best song won.

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

No doubt about the best song winning. And obviously also one with huge hit potential, which is important for Eurovision. The Eastern European winners of the past years haven't even registered on the hitlists in Western Europe.

The GeirBot (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

Tooji might have been poor in the dress rehearsal when the jury makes its vote, i suppose.

It'll be interesting to see the public / jury split on some of these.

Sweden was a deserved winner - most of the last decade's competitions have had deserved winners. It's 2-26 that's usually mystifying.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

Geir, you seriously need to stop saying "hitlists".

"Hitlists", in English, means, unless I am much mistaken, "people you want to kill". It does not, unless I am much mistaken, mean "songs that are hits". Just thought you might like to know. The word is "charts".

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

(det heter "hitlister" på norsk nemlig, så det er en fair feil å gjøre, men etter så mange år? brrrr...)

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

It'll be interesting to see the public / jury split on some of these.

Pretty certain the jury is to blame for the horrible Albanian entry performing so well....

The GeirBot (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh come on, Albania was somewhat DISTINCT at least! :-D

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 23:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

i liked ukraine, romania, moldova..... is the whole thing a stitch-up or what?? i.e. sweden can afford to host it yadayada - forgive me if this has already been answered

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 26 May 2012 23:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

This year's UKR was teeth-on-edge HORRIBLE to me, but that is of course just a matter of taste. ROU and MLD I cannot honestly say I remember, so they were probably OKish.

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 26 May 2012 23:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

Gaitana will struggle to top the song she did about Shakhtar Donetsk winning the Ukrainian league. She's really quite fascinating - she came to prominence, as i understand it, not as a contestant on a TV singing show but on a terrifying-sounding Russian version of the Krypton Factor. She's apparently a phenomenal athlete with a spectacular IQ.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 23:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

As a child, Gaitana displayed smartness, good imagination and business qualities making her pocket money by selling hamsters. I used to always have the best and the most expensive hamsters, recollects Gaitana proudly, because I painted them and combed them. They looked fat and beautiful.

<3

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 May 2012 23:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Albania has always had reasonable diaspora turnout, this year they obviously managed to get the juries on board as well.

nagl lack (seandalai), Sunday, 27 May 2012 00:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

Crowd favourites round our way: Malta, Sweden, Russia, Moldova, Turkey.

nagl lack (seandalai), Sunday, 27 May 2012 00:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

How did Azerbaijan do so well though? Bribery?

nagl lack (seandalai), Sunday, 27 May 2012 01:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

* I love the Albanian goth entry
* The Swedish song was unutterable shite
* We were really hoping the UK would come last just to shit up the whole incumbent-contentment thing for the Tories.
* Azerbaijan are totally corrupt nutbags
* I still wish Rambo Amadeus had made it

emil.y, Sunday, 27 May 2012 03:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh, I forgot the most important thing... I totally shouted "too much time on ilx" when the word 'nakhchivan' came on screen. I am an idiot.

emil.y, Sunday, 27 May 2012 03:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

I did raise my eyebrows when they mentioned that Malta had given 12 points to Azerbaijan three years in a row. I certainly don't think they'd be above wanting to bribe juries or rig votes but i'm not sure it would be all that easy to accomplish and it would be pretty risky.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Sunday, 27 May 2012 06:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

Austria came last in their semi. Fuck you Europe.

neil young & crazy town (edwardo), Sunday, 27 May 2012 06:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

Wow, Norway really did just scrape through the semi-final - tied for tenth place with Bulgaria.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Sunday, 27 May 2012 06:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

No idea Austria came last in the semi... it was a shit song though...

They should have picked bearded tranny Conchita Wurst instead of those shittrackkers - at least people would have remembered the entry..

Talcum Mucker, Sunday, 27 May 2012 07:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

Conchita Wurst would have been delightfully wtf. But her song did not feature the line "Your bum has an opinion".

neil young & crazy town (edwardo), Sunday, 27 May 2012 09:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

"University of Surrey in London" ffs Norton, it's in Guildford.

― Radical Jedward (snoball), Saturday, May 26, 2012 9:18 PM (Yesterday)

lol

http://news.uk.msn.com//blog/trending-blogpost.aspx?post=94aed414-e4f5-4970-be97-ecf7f46b65b9&_nwpt=1
https://twitter.com/#!/search/%22University%20of%20Surrey%22

Radical Jedward (snoball), Sunday, 27 May 2012 10:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

That "up up up" bit in the Swedish song is annoying as hell. I love Eurovison but there's too much anonymous Europop written by Swedish hacks clogging up the competition these days.

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Sunday, 27 May 2012 18:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Having said that the worst songs were Germany and Denmark, which were sort of snootily anti-Europop singer songwriter bollocks that sounded like they were written on the back of a fag packet

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Sunday, 27 May 2012 18:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

the german song was written by jamie cullem

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 27 May 2012 21:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

per comments upthread, I had to remind myself that I was watching Eurovision with friends, rather than on ILX, when this appeared:

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Monday, 28 May 2012 06:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

The guy reading out the votes for Finland during this contest is officially my new hero!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

It was one of previous Eurovision winners Lordi, wasn't it? Ah, how I yearn for those glory days...

emil.y, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yes that was Mr. Lordi, of Lordi.

nagl lack (seandalai), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 09:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

from the meme resuscitation department:

nagl lack (seandalai), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

after a while it starts to sound like the new Daft Punk single

Ludo, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

YOU KNOW DAMN WELL WHAT COUNTRY IS THIS, RIGHT?

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Lordi made a horror film called Dark Floors a Finnish friend described as "terrible, absolutely terrible". It's streaming on Lovefilm in the UK so i'll probably end up watching it, though.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 21:42 (1 year ago) Permalink


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