Eurovision 2023

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Cor blimey or something.

Much to come as various national finals happen but I already know my 'we are an arch art outfit and we know what we're doing' Hatari/Konstrakta entry for the year:

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 14 February 2023 16:30 (one month ago) link

For the first time ever, I really like the Danish song:

He wasn't great on stage, so I don't think he'll win it, but that is legitimately a good song, no?

Frederik B, Tuesday, 14 February 2023 19:27 (one month ago) link

It's definitely closer to a typical Swedish entry than a Danish one.

The Norwegian entry this year is a big dumb goofy song, with emphasis on 'dumb', but in a very weak year I struggled to find an alternative to root for.

abcfsk, Tuesday, 14 February 2023 21:11 (one month ago) link

(His hat is insured)

StanM, Wednesday, 15 February 2023 06:35 (one month ago) link

I thought from the clip that Croatian entry might be too wacky for me, but it's great. Wild but actually musically good, too. Eastern European countries have really been testing the 'no politics at Eurovision' rule over the last... decade?

emil.y, Wednesday, 15 February 2023 13:24 (one month ago) link

I didn't mean the clip, I meant the preview image. You know, that thing.

emil.y, Wednesday, 15 February 2023 13:25 (one month ago) link

If that Belgium song doesn't have "I have gone off the internet..." then, well..

Mark G, Wednesday, 15 February 2023 14:57 (one month ago) link

Okay Finland's choice is currently my fave easy

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 25 February 2023 21:57 (one month ago) link

Has anyone tried (and maybe even succeeded) to buy tickets before? I'm considering trying to get some today as a gift for someone, but get the sense it may be all but impossible. Also, any tips on which events might be good to aim my sights at if I do try?

brain (krakow), Tuesday, 7 March 2023 08:48 (three weeks ago) link

do european visitors need a visum?

StanM, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 12:58 (three weeks ago) link

As suspected I had no joy on securing tickets. Ah, well.

brain (krakow), Tuesday, 7 March 2023 13:42 (three weeks ago) link

All of my Eurovision friends failed too! A couple got to the end but there were only hospitality packages available for £300-£400, way too expensive. Apparently the site kept crashing people out of the queues and there's a lot of bad feeling going around.

I gave up on the idea of going earlier in the year, I don't have the mental or physical capabilities of withstanding huge crowds. Far too much anxiety + fatigue. Unfortunately everyone else has decided to go party in Liverpool even without tickets to the shows, so I won't even have my normal group chat available this year. Bah.

emil.y, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 14:06 (three weeks ago) link

no joy with our group either

nxd, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 19:02 (three weeks ago) link

This year is shaping up to be real good. Austria's banging ode to being haunted by Edgar Allan Poe:

emil.y, Wednesday, 8 March 2023 21:41 (three weeks ago) link

'I Wrote A Song'
I heard a song. Then forgot what it sounded like 5 minutes later, apart from a vague memory of an Eastern European banger that people like but gets lost amoungst the other entries when it comes to the voting.

you gotta roll with the pączki to get to what's real (snoball), Thursday, 9 March 2023 18:30 (three weeks ago) link

loreen heavy favourite to win mello
obvs not as good as euphoria but i like it

nxd, Friday, 10 March 2023 11:20 (three weeks ago) link

Don't hate the UK song but it has strong "eliminated in Andra Chansen" energy

TWELVE Michelob stars?!? (seandalai), Friday, 10 March 2023 12:39 (three weeks ago) link

Albania always a favourite of mine, but this year it looked like they botched it with a mess of a song - but lo and behold, they dusted it off and remixed it, and now it sounds awesome, love the drill bass (!) that's in there at some points, just a fabulous melange of modern and traditional sounds and instruments:
Albina & Familja Kelmendi • Duje

another big favourite this year:

Latvia's Sudden Lights with "Aijā":

*personal* favourite obv, both of them, neither of these will make it to the final unfortunately.

the Spanish and Czech entries, sister acts in a way, will do much better:

Blanca Paloma • Eaea:

Vesna • My Sister's Crown:

I also love our Dutch entry. it goes (pretty shamelessly) for a Duncan Lawrence x Common Linnets hybrid, but it actually works imvho.
Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper • Burning Daylight

would never give this type of stuff the time of day outside of Euro season, but I'm glad to have this yearly opportunity to indulge in it

Loreen winning again would be the boringest thing ever btw. the song is okay, but it offers nothing new, it's a retreat. please remain a Eurovision icon, don't become a mascot. one Johnny Logan is plenty, thank you.

Agreed that Czechia is pretty choice. And agreed on Loreen so here's hoping not, I'm still giving it to their neighbors across the Gulf of Bothnia.

Full playlist of all 37 choices is now up:

But if you just need a summary:

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 19 March 2023 21:56 (one week ago) link

Anyway made my annual Eurowhat appearance -- and among other things I got to talk about Finland so I win.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 March 2023 14:45 (three days ago) link

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