Everybody knows that the British are irrational about silly subjects. That's one of the things that endears them to us. I was following some of the Twitter posts last night (but not all two million of them -- every time I looked away for 10 seconds, my computer said "125 new posts"). When Portugal sang, there were a number of (trying to be funny) posts along the lines of "what country was that? I fell asleep before the end."
In any case, the European Broadcasting Union has nothing to do with the EU, so I don't see how Brexit could affect it. Countries like Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia have been members since 1950 when of course. Morocco even participated once. Jeez, even Libya was a member at one time.
Meanwhile, I was quite glad that very few voters were aware why Salvador Sobral who represented Portugal sang so softly and quietly, and just voted for the quality of the performance. He is urgently awaiting a heart transplant and received special permission to arrive in Kiev a week later than the other contestants because of his condition. He was even replaced by his sister at two of the rehearsal sessions.
Yes, it's just too bloated. Since they long ago gave up any pretence at not having any prior promotion or knowledge of the songs to come, I don't see why they don't do some series of preliminary elimination rounds, based on videos, and cut down the grand final live show to 12-15 songs.
Are you trying to take us back to the 20th century?
I was heartened this year by the fact that a half dozen songs were not sung in English. And now that Portugal has proved for the first time in 10 years that you can win in your native language, perhaps things will be a bit different next year.
Post by patricklondon on Jan 29, 2018 14:24:53 GMT
Powerful as a video, not sure how it would go over as one more in a long list of staged songs (if they were to allow each entry to have its own staging or video backing that might be another matter). And interesting to see how voters in the Visegrad countries will react!
Our entry will be chosen by viewers after a live show on 7 February, apparently.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Jan 29, 2018 18:42:57 GMT
I try to avoid Eurovision. OH sometimes watches some of it...and our son Russ watches it in the UK whilst his GF Sofia watches it in Finland...they skype at the same time and score the songs neither of them would give it the time of day under normal circumstnces but enjoy watching something together (apart)
Our selection show was last night. Thank goodness I recorded it - by zipping through the presenter's lame gags, the biographical intros for each act, the judges' panel discussions and of course the voting interval acts, I cut a 90 minute show down to half an hour of just the numbers. Some unmemorable pounding dance numbers with vague and meaningless lyrics, only one soulful young man, and a sort of Spice Girls wannabe act; but the obvious and eventual winner, for a singalong non-denominational feelgood number that is bound to headline at Pride this year but may well sink without trace in Lisbon (will she be allowed a choral backing track?), was this:
Well, from my own point of view, the British entry has not hit the spot either, but I know there is always room for surprise. These entries have about 4 months to hone their wares, and sometimes the final product isn't bad at all. Even though very few of the songs dare not to be sung in English, even the last two French entries have made a point of including some English language verses in the final product. I would be surprised if this year's French entry does not do the same.
Yes, I know the excitement is building in all of you as the fateful date of 12 May approaches. Returning to the French entry (which will not win, I assure you), I still really like the new video underlining the migrant crisis across Europe. Also, news crews went looking for the real baby Mercy and found her -- she and her mother are still confined in a refugee camp in Sicily. At least they have health care and are not going hungry. If the Eurovision song contest does one good thing, it will be to help them get out of there.
Every time I start researching this subject, I am obliged to try and dig up some of the weirdest new entries. I don't think that Armenia is planning to make it out of the semi-finals. (The song doesn't actually start until 1:35 since no song can last longer than 3 minutes.)
Two weeks to countdown. According to the bookmakers, Israel is #1 at the moment. I find this hard to believe. I have nothing against full formed women, but I draw a line between authenticity and parody.
#2 for the bookmakers is Bulgaria. The song is not unpleasant, but I find nothing original about it.
#3 is France. Wasn't expecting that.
#4 is Czechia. The song has a certain pizzazz (I have never before used that term in my life.).
#5 is Australia, our newest European country. This is a piece of crap as far as I'm concerned. Send her to American Idol.
Okay, I will admit that I only ever open this thread to get rid of the "new" icon. Sorry.
Now it has made me hate both Patrick and Kerouac a little bit since I succumbed to curiosity and actually listened to at least part of most of the videos.
What I mainly got out of it is the corroboration of my belief that an enormous amount of production time & money goes into turning out music that has nothing new nor even cheerfully listenable to offer. Too many performers, both men and women, with that same range of breathy voices, but without the spark of artistry to take that talent somewhere out of the ordinary. That said, I do like Lie to Me a bunch.
The Czech song is growing on me more and more. They qualified for the final last night, and I must admit that one of the most interesting things about these songs is the staging and the choreography of the live performances. Wearing a backpack was a brilliant stroke of madness.
They can retouch them, I'm sure, but any of the countries that get to the semi finals and make it to the finals are probably very happy with what they did. As for the "Big Five" -- England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain -- they can probably do whatever they want since they are automatically qualified for every contest since they are the biggest contributiors to the European Broadcasting Union.
One interesting thing about this year's contest is that there are quite a few more countries singing in their own language or at least not in English, due to the surprise win of Salvador Sobral last year in spite of all of those detestable English language Europop songs that usually win. I have to confess that the main reason that I want to watch the final this year is that Salvador Sobral will be present in spite of his heart transplant operation last December. I hope that his condition will be good enough to allow him to sing again.
I have to admit, though, that I have a soft spot for the singer from Russia. She was supposed to participate last year, but Russia decided to pull out because it was in the despised country of Ukraine. The singer is in a wheelchair due to a debilitating disease, and her condition continues to worsen. I nevertheless find it inadmissible that a country like Russia does not sing in its own language.
Aha, finally some controversy! The EBU has blacked out China for the broadcast tonight because they censored the Irish song during the semi finals. And now Ireland is the dark horse of the competition.