I just had a look at the UK clip above! Those women in their plastic shorts! And why do they all sing in English? The Belgian guy sounds American and has an Anglo name.
If the juries had to designate the worst song, they would have a hard time deciding -- it's all unremittingly terrible. Of course, if you look at it from a kitsch point of view, then it just becomes amusing.
Post by happytraveller on May 27, 2010 8:15:57 GMT
I guess I will be watching TV tonight. Then get frustrated and say to myself that I won't be watching the final. Then watch the Final on saturday, get frustrated and say to myself that I won't be watching that crap ever again. Until next year. ;D
"When life gives you lemons, ask for Tequila and salt and give me a call."
As I implied, I am very serious when I watch it. Yes, a lot of it is terrible, but I consider it to be a pretty accurate portrait of the condition of Europe every year.
People like to laugh at it because they do not want to face reality. These songs were chosen in each country, generally by public vote. You get to see which countries are proud of their national culture, which ones want to skew the image (France), which ones have surrendered to Anglo musical dominance, and which ones are really searching for something new.
Here is the lineup of the 25 finalists: Azerbaijan, Spain, Norway, Moldova, Cyprus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belgium, Serbia, Belarus, Ireland, Greece, United Kingdom, Georgia, Turkey, Albania, Iceland, France, Romania, Russia, Armenia, Germany, Portugal, Israel, Denmark.
And as a special treat, here is the creature from Serbia with the alien cheek implants.
We don't get most of America's "local consumption" music in our far flung lands -- and there's a good reason for that. And when you think how bad a lot of the international exports are (think about all of those 'shake your booty' videos), Europe has nothing to be ashamed of.
Yes, the original big countries are pre-qualified for the Eurovision contest, no matter how awful their songs are, because they are the ones paying for almost all of it.
What distresses me the most about the Serbian song is that it was composed by Goran Bregovic, who did the fantastic music for Time of the Gypsies and other films. Given the proper singer and treatment, it might have been good.