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Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Eurovision 2013 - First Semi-final
The most annoyingly-enjoyable, gloriously-silly TV event of the year kicked off last night. The first semi-final, choosing ten of sixteen hopefuls to go into Saturday's final. (Second semi is tomorrow night).
Hosted by this Swedish lady in mermaid-type shiny dress, for which I think even Mae West might have bothered to peel a grape.
Belgium's 18 year-old winner of that country's 'The Voice' TV talent show sang a reasonably appealing punchy song, 'Love Kills'. (He could turn into a hottie - when he grows up!)
This was very much a 'first-impressions-count' vote. In fact the only one of the songs I've heard so far is the U.K.entry - Bonnie Tyler, she of the raspy voice and of 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' fame. She qualifies for automatic entry on Saturday night, along with France, Germany, Spain and Italy, because of those countries' major contribution to the event's costs - as well as with Sweden, last year's winner.
In last night's vote not one of the countries making up the former Yugolsavia made it to the finals, yet all the states which comprised parts of the former U.S.S.R. did make it. Very strange, though I don't suspect any foul play - but that doesn't mean suspicious goings-on never takes place.
Quietly pleased that Cyprus didn't get to the final. Their always giving maximum points to Greece - and vice versa - year after year after year, irrespective of the quality of the other's song, was just too silly to take seriously.
So that's Stage One over. Got to go through it all again tomorrow night. And then, Saturday - the one night in the year when I allow myself to stay up until after 11 p.m. Oh, what excitement in store!
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Another year has arrived way too quickly and Eurovision is here again. How quickly the year has passed. Watched a few performances on Youtube and have to admit I was fascinated with Romania. In fact, had to watch it a second time. I really liked Croatia and found some eye-candy and I loved the song. If I were able to vote, Croatia would have been my choice. We will see what the next round brings.ReplyDelete
Not keen on watching Croatia again, Paul - and as they've been eliminated anyway I think I'll pass on that one.Delete
Will look out especially for Romania tonight. Hope that overall there are rather more hotties to ogle at than in the first part.
The usual high camp fest Ray! The American lady commentator was very annoying. I liked the Belgian hottie both the song and his innocent wide eyed looks. My money is on Denmark or Azerbaijan, assuming that they get though tonight's semi final.ReplyDelete
That 'American lady', Craig was Ana Matronic from the wonderful 'Scissor Sisters' - but you're right, she was a bit irritating - and what an ugly tattoo disfiguring her right arm!Delete
Haven't heard Azerbaijan yet, and don't think I will until tonight. Like to have a fair opinion in giving them all a one-listening chance, though as ones opinion often changes on a re-hearing, perhaps my indifference towards Denmark will be transformed on hearing it again on Saturday.
Would be good to have Belgium (or Netherlands) winning, not only for those countries' sakes but also to give a victory to western Europe again, long overdue.
I thought that's who she was. I like the Scissor Sisters but she had no place there with her swooning drivel. And don't get me started on tattoos! Yuck!Delete
Actually, Craig, if I hadn't known I wouldn't have recognised her. She's a lot slimmer (Kate Winslet style) than when I last saw her on TV.Delete
I suppose her tattoo may have been painted on - at least I hope it was. I also dislike tattoos on anyone, M or F.
Let's hope she's on more measured form tonight.
Just realised while watching Ray, it's not Azerbaijan I liked, it's Georgia!Delete
To be honest, Craig, I can't recall Georgia, though I think they got through. I'll have to remind myself. But, having looked out for Azerbaijan, I did actually like theirs - and it also got through.Delete