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Eurovision Song Contest

1:58 am on May 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I doubt if anyone other than me on this forum is sad enough to enjoy this program, but just in case anybody bothered to take a look...

What a joke it has become, it is now a performance contest not a song contest. The poor old song writer is hardly mentioned.

None of the singers could hold a tune properly even poor old Englebert Humperdink, who just escaped coming last, had trouble with a key change during his song.

The camera work was appalling hand held jerky movements that interfered with the motion of the singer and dancers inducing an urge to vomit.

The political nature of the voting stage, which always used to be the most enjoyable part of the process, has made everything boringly predictable where the eastern european countries vote for each other as do the scandanavian countries and several other blocks (even though their songs are terrible).

I had a tenner on Englebert to win (purely out of patriotism) but after hearing all 26 of the acts I thought the stand out Eurovision style hit was the two Irish boys. They also came nowhere. The winner was Sweden where the usual scantily clad young lady sang in the predictable breathless fashion that most of the currently popular singers affect. Her movements suggested that she suffered from some convulsive disorder of the musculature. I though her song was one of the least appealing but she won. Could it perchance have anything to do with the fact that her song had been released and heavily promoted in several european countries well before the show? Surely not, that would be in effect cheating wouldn't it. If it is permissable perhaps next year the UK entry should be Sir Paul Macartney singing "Penny Lane" or "She loves you".
4:22 am on May 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Huge venue and spectacular lighting effects. Did you notice how many mixing desks were up the back?

But sadly not much in the way of entertainment unless you like DISCO. Only a few singers had any tonal quality beyond a scream, but I doubt if that was important. I noted that people sending their votes in were limited to 20(!) votes. However these events are usually still controlled by the directors.

So it may not be the case of "who won?" but "who was not good enough to win?".
1:52 pm on May 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It's pushed heavily, and many still seem to like it, so it may still be popular.

I caught a snippet of it and realised quite quickly why it doesn't appeal to me. And as for the voting system, can we believe it's not biassed in some way.

It's not a song contest, it's a show.
4:29 pm on May 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It was promoted as a song contest, but the songwriters were not really mentioned. I can understand how Sweden's entry got so many votes, but how did Russia with 5 grannies who could not sing, get voted to second place?
5:33 am on May 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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:: insert wisecrack about Granny Awards here ::

Wow. Still running. Only time I ever saw it was one year my family lived in Norway, back in

:: cough cough ::

oh, a good many decades ago. As I remember, the only entry that was worth beans was the Dutch, so of course they were nowhere in the results.

But why shouldn't it come back year after year? The Miss America pageant has been televised for even longer. Everyone views it with utter contempt... but they view it.

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