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Mario F.
05-20-2008, 06:20 PM
I've made my mind already.

12 Points - Bosnia & Herzegovina
He looks and acts completely insane. 12 Points.

11 Points - Armenia
If there is something nicer than a sexy blond, that's a sexy brunette. 11 Points. Song, 0 points.

10 Points - Finland
It's not new, but it still needs guts to bring hard rock to the ESC. 10 Points. The actual hard rock, 0 Points. Go home!

1 Points - Greece
0 Points everything. 1 Point promotional video...

0 Points
Everyone that brought Spanish rhythms. And that also disqualifies Armenia. Tough luck.

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I know there's a second semi-final to come. But I won't even bother, except for:

12 Points - Portugal! Ah!
She's fat, 6 points. She's ugly 6 Points. Take that MTV *finger!*
Song, 0 points. I throw up everytime Portugal brings a song about the sea.


EDIT: Can a Moderator please fix the typo on the title? Thanks.

DavidP
05-21-2008, 07:27 AM
I wish I was more in touch with what's going on in Eurovision, but I am not. Last time I really followed it was in 2006 when I was living in Italy. There was some good music though :)

Mario F.
05-21-2008, 11:05 AM
I wish I was more in touch with what's going on in Eurovision, but I am not. Last time I really followed it was in 2006 when I was living in Italy. There was some good music though :)

You can tell from the above I don't think equally ;)

There was a time I wouldn't miss it for anything. But then I grew up... But seriously, ever since they changed the voting system to have the population do the voting, the whole thing went down the drain. The quality of the songs is just dismaying. It got just too commercial and there does seem to exist this strange idea that a pop song to be danceable needs to have a Spanish rhythm.

I still follow it from a distance though, hoping a new ABBA emerges or something. Second semi-final is tomorrow night. Don't miss it and see Portugal sticking a finger at MTV... she has no neck, she looks like a man, she can't move right, and she's a big lady. Portugal sweetheart! We love her. Except for the song.

twomers
05-21-2008, 11:47 AM
Hey, Portugal. What about IRELAND *shudders*. Though that said, that turkey was probably the most successful contestant we sent to the eurovision.

>> There was some good music though
You were clearly watching another contest.

Mario F.
05-21-2008, 01:58 PM
Oh. Yeah! Darn how could I forget it?... ok I'll change my 11 points vote:

11 Points - Ireland
Having a puppet singing the whole song is deliciously ironic. 10 points.
1 Point for the whole confusion on the stage.

twomers
05-21-2008, 03:43 PM
What confusion on stage? I didn't watch. I didn't even know it was on until I heard we didn't get in. I can't watch the Eurovision... it makes me cringe.

Mario F.
05-21-2008, 03:55 PM
They had the puppet on the center on top of a box sort of thing where the guy handling it was hidden. Then they had heaps of dancers frolicking about sometimes dancing, sometimes doing something entirely different. It was... confusing.

The song was not entirely bad, I must say. Which is exactly why it didn't make it. Because they wouldn't ever allow a puppet to do better than their precious contestants. Go Ireland!

Mario F.
05-22-2008, 02:40 PM
Hmm... second semi-final was today. Interesting... Georgia actually came up with a song. I mean, folks, listen to this... there was an actual song in the in Eurovision Song Contest!... It's ok. I'll let that sink in. I know...

Meanwhile I got my revenge on my wife for being forced into it as she made absolute sure she wouldn't miss it. When Czech Republic came up my jaw dropped. 5 half-dressed gorgeous playmate-material ladies and no song to go with it. Awesome stuff. I left my desk and joined her on the couch. When it was over, I left again without saying a word... 30 seconds later she mumbled something :devil:

twomers
05-22-2008, 02:47 PM
Hang on. A song. You mean like ... music? But it's the eurovision... Have they been banned?

Mario F.
05-22-2008, 02:53 PM
It's completely unfair towards the other contestants. Georgia should be disqualified.

GanglyLamb
05-22-2008, 03:30 PM
When it was over, I left again without saying a word... 30 seconds later she mumbled something :devil:

Exactly how a lady is supposed to behave in this society ... I can relate with you.
But before I drift off to that topic:

Eurovision has been losing the quality over the years, today you can win as soon as you get something that resembles a song but has a great show to go along with...
I can still remember the days the Eurovision song festival was a family bussinnes as in: we could stay up late and watch the show together with the whole family and nice music was performed.
But since the quality of music has been degrading I've been following it from the sideline.

But as a Belgian I'm throwing my vote to - of course - Belgium , oh no wait a quick check on the website tells me im too late they are already out... Thats how far the sideline has gone over the years ...

twomers
05-22-2008, 03:43 PM
>> I can still remember the days the Eurovision song festival was a family bussinnes as in: we could stay up late and watch the show together with the whole family and nice music was performed.
Me too, and I'm not that old. It's a joke competition. The presenters are awful. Does anyone take it seriously anymore?

GanglyLamb
05-22-2008, 03:54 PM
Woa , you are making me look like either Statler or Waldorf from the muppet show (I'm only one year older then you :-o), although im known for giving critique on alot of things (so that part might fit me).

Anyway, ever since more and more countries joined the festival it has lost its touch(at least to me). It's more a "I'm your friend if you are my friend" festival nowadays.

I think the people that might take it seriously are either between 7-13 years or 65 and upwards or something ... ~



~I might be wrong (I usually am)

twomers
05-22-2008, 04:07 PM
I meant "not that old" as not being old, not in comparison to you. Heh. I think you might be right about the age ranges.

Mario F.
05-22-2008, 06:50 PM
What annoys me most about it, is the feeling I always have of a missed opportunity.

Every single one of these countries have excellent musicians and singers. I'm a big fan of world music and always explore other countries music, particularly that, while not entirely traditional, has its roots on the specific country traditional music(s) or is strongly tied to its culture. I've listened throughout the years to simply amazing songs where (although I can't tell about lyrics) shows excellent skills in composition.

Now, the Eurovision was never a stage for world music, although about every country has one time or another brought their genre in. But... c'mon! Did it need to be a stage for trash pop? Absolutely horrid what they made of it.

GanglyLamb kinda described my earlier years. It was really a fun and pleasant family event. And we did listen to good music. Now, I don't know of anyone (my fan wife included) who doesn't say every year this is the last time they'll waste time with it.

GanglyLamb
05-25-2008, 01:52 PM
So Russia has won... (I watch the last 10 minutes of the show yesterday evening).

The only word I could understand from his mumbo jumbo english was the word "believe"... and what do you know , the title of the song was .. right "Believe"... Also when they started to thank the fans etc , all they could say or at least what they were trying to say was: "we won!" - then some russian talk :-).

Thank god the people in Belgium who were giving live comment on it were just too funny :p (at least I had a good laugh).

maxorator
05-25-2008, 01:58 PM
Russia had a good song 2 years ago. This one was simply boring.

twomers
05-25-2008, 03:27 PM
What? Was it on? I missed it... I feel a little empty for missing it and I really don't know why.

CornedBee
05-25-2008, 04:38 PM
Hehe, Germany totally came out at the bottom. And nobody should be surprised. :)

Mario F.
05-25-2008, 06:03 PM
I gawked in horror as Russia's sassy love song, was climbing.
I found no comfort in the second place being occupied by a Mariah Carey's greek copycat.
I tried to flee and hide under the third place, but it was crowded with ukraine's american-spanish mtv wannabes.

My blood pressure was climbing, and the only thing saving me from an agonizing death was a bucket and the comic relief given by the Swedish country representative when he was casting the votes.

I actually liked that Laca guy from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He should have won. I didn't like Georgia song so much after I heard it this second time. France was not bad either and Spain deserved a better place. The song was easy, but was funny. I was also impressed by the Turkish band. Almost pure rock. Would like to know the lyrics.

EDIT: it's funny to witness... every since the voting was changed to this telecast nonsense, immigrants are the ones who decide who wins. Since most immigrants come from eastern europe... yeah.