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Title: Eurovison
Post by: maryd on May 21, 2008, 06:02:01 am

So here it is again - Eurovision! Does anyone else on here watch this as an annual tradition, or is it just me? Who's entering for your country? Is it just a joke or do you get serious? :P :)

Ireland this year entered Dustin the Turkey, a sock puppet, with the song 'Irelande Douze Pointe' (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Z28STzFIFBU). Personally, I thought it was a load better than some stuff....

But apparently our joke act didn't even make it through to the finals!

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/itn/20080521/ten-eurovision-dustin-cries-fowl-ea4616c.html

Oh well. Post your eurovison news and views here!



Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: AnnieG on May 21, 2008, 08:53:06 am

I usually watch the Eurovision Song Contest religiously every year but, unfortunately, we have been invited to a a 50th birthday party this Saturday so I will miss it this time round. Sorry your song didn't get through to the finals maryd - I thought it was highly entertaining myself but looks like our fellow europeans didn't get the joke.

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: maryd on May 22, 2008, 10:19:12 am

[quote author=AnnieG (OLC) link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1152391 date=1211374386]
I usually watch the Eurovision Song Contest religiously every year but, unfortunately, we have been invited to a a 50th birthday party this Saturday so I will miss it this time round. Sorry your song didn't get through to the finals maryd - I thought it was highly entertaining myself but looks like our fellow europeans didn't get the joke.
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Looks that way, doesn't it? Hope you get to see some highlights or something Annie - I love Terry Wogan so I always watch the one on BBC rather than the one broadcast on the Irish channels. And good luck to Andy for England of course!

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: AnnieG on May 23, 2008, 03:04:12 am

Yes maryd, it's definitely Terry Wogan's banter that makes the contest entertaining. Thanks for the good luck wishes with our entry but I don't hold out much hope. :-\

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: Misz_Mii on May 23, 2008, 07:45:31 am

I just learned that Holland is out... Haha I don't mind, because our singer sucks. She's stupid and her song was annoying anyways... I don't like Eurovision anyways... They say it's not fair played

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: AnnieG on May 23, 2008, 10:05:17 am

I definitely believe the organisers need to rethink the voting system. Especially in recent years it seems that politics has decided the winner rather than the quality of the song.

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: maryd on May 23, 2008, 03:23:38 pm

That's very true. It's a shame really. Oh well, still makes me laugh! :)

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: elizabeth coffey on May 29, 2008, 05:03:51 am

I never watch eurovision find it boring to be honest, sure I am not missing much :P

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: maryd on June 01, 2008, 09:21:34 am

[quote author=Miss Sixty link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1153684 date=1212051831]
I never watch eurovision find it boring to be honest, sure I am not missing much :P
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I think it's great! :)

But this year was definately a fix, and did you hear Wogan is thinking of resigning in protest? :P

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: Elijahs Impact on June 01, 2008, 09:24:49 am

[quote author=maryd link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1154030 date=1212326494]
Wogan is thinking of resigning in protest? :P
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Dear God let it be true! Don't be teasing me, Mary!

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: maryd on June 01, 2008, 09:28:38 am

[quote author=Victoria Jackson P.Y.T link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1154033 date=1212326689]
[quote author=maryd link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1154030 date=1212326494]
Wogan is thinking of resigning in protest? :P
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Dear God let it be true! Don't be teasing me, Mary!
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Well, retiring from Eurovision commentating - which would kind of ruin the whole thing, I only really watch for his commentary. ::)

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: Elijahs Impact on June 01, 2008, 09:31:37 am

[quote author=maryd link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1154036 date=1212326918]
Well, retiring from Eurovision commentating[/quote]


That's all I need, I can't stand listening to him when I see clips from Eurovision.

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: maryd on June 01, 2008, 09:33:10 am

[quote author=Victoria Jackson P.Y.T link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1154039 date=1212327097]
[quote author=maryd link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1154036 date=1212326918]
Well, retiring from Eurovision commentating[/quote]


That's all I need, I can't stand listening to him when I see clips from Eurovision.
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Why not? He's so funny! He makes the show worthwhile! OPlus he can always guess where the 12 points are going! :P

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: Elijahs Impact on June 01, 2008, 09:34:44 am

[quote author=maryd link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1154041 date=1212327190]
Why not? He's so funny! He makes the show worthwhile!
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He's arrogant, I can't stand him or the snide comments/jokes he makes about certain performers/countries


on 1212327190, maryd wrote:
OPlus he can always guess where the 12 points are going! :P


With Eurovision, most people can do that ;)

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: maryd on June 01, 2008, 09:36:49 am

[quote author=Victoria Jackson P.Y.T link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1154043 date=1212327284]
[quote author=maryd link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1154041 date=1212327190]
Why not? He's so funny! He makes the show worthwhile!
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He's arrogant, I can't stand him or the snide comments/jokes he makes about certain performers/countries

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Well, I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one!

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: Elijahs Impact on June 01, 2008, 09:40:11 am

[quote author=maryd link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1154045 date=1212327409]
Well, I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one!
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I disagree to agree with you! Just kidding ;)

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: tafika on June 04, 2008, 07:16:16 pm

[quote author=Victoria Jackson P.Y.T link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1154043 date=1212327284]
[quote author=maryd link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=0#msg1154041 date=1212327190]
Why not? He's so funny! He makes the show worthwhile!
[/quote]

He's arrogant, I can't stand him or the snide comments/jokes he makes about certain performers/countries
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To be fair... who doesn't? lol! It's not like there's any real talent in Eurovision. I don't know anyone who watches it seriously. It's just for the comedic value, which Wogan adds to greatly!

If he'll be replaced it will be with some dosey generic presenter who is told what to say, and it will be taken seriously and therefore become dull(er) ;)

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: Haru on June 17, 2008, 06:24:04 am

^ Here here!!

I think Spain should've won - they made me fall off my seat with their angelic-like voices and highly-skilled dance moves; the power-point was also quite clever.

*Slow Clap*

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: LijFrodo on June 21, 2008, 08:47:10 am

I am late to write ... ;D It was great and I think that Ukrain should've won.Their song was wonderful ...

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: Lorienel on June 21, 2008, 04:47:44 pm

I actually don't believe in Eurovision much anymore. I used to watch them religiously as a kid (and I still do but just for entertainment), but now I've noticed some things about it.

Eurovision has been called kind of cheesy. I think there is a reason: all the contestants and countries have very different tastes and they try too hard to please others and that's when visual side of the show might become more important than original songs. There are still some good songs left in each contest though. :)

Many good bands have come from many Eurovision countries without the contest. So you could say that as a music contest it's not as important as it used to be. It might make a new star for a year, but after that they stay as Eurovision stars and won't be aired on radio much. Eurovision does'nt make as clear stars as... let's say - Idol.

The system of giving 1-12 points by each country does'nt seem to be equal. It you count with pure maths, the countries with less people get more power per a person to decide the winner of the contest. And if the system was different and the votes were simply counted as a vote per person without giving points, countries with more people would have the power. If the country voting should work, the voting system should be more complicated than it already is.

Again, do we need to vote as a country? Maybe it would be most simple and fair to just vote as Europe, one equal vote for each and no single country stats needed.

Yes, Eurovision has many flaws and imo can't be taken too seriously but I still can watch it for an entertainment. ;D

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: maryd on September 15, 2008, 03:35:37 pm

^ Nice analysis there Lorie, I agree with pretty much everything you said there!

I'm reviving this topic because I just logged in to read my emails and this (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/pressass/20080915/ten-juries-return-in-eurovision-revamp-5f8abb3.html) was on the yahoo news page! I'm interested to see whether this will actually make a difference, or whether these juries will just vote tactically as well. :-\

Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: maryd on May 17, 2009, 05:42:27 am

So, did we all watch Eurovision last night? :D

I really enjoyed it this year. The voting seemed to be less tactical than other years, which was brilliant - and I loved Norway's song, so well done to Norway! And the UK came 5th, which was good - Jade had a great voice. All in all, a good year for Eurovision!

I also thought Graham Norton was very good doing the commetating for the BBC - not as good as Wogan, but funny all the same.



Title: Re:Eurovison 2008
Post by: LijFrodo on May 17, 2009, 01:06:38 pm

[quote author=maryd link=board=13;threadid=33288;start=15#msg1179492 date=1242553347]
So, did we all watch Eurovision last night? :D

I really enjoyed it this year. The voting seemed to be less tactical than other years, which was brilliant - and I loved Norway's song, so well done to Norway! And the UK came 5th, which was good - Jade had a great voice. All in all, a good year for Eurovision!

I also thought Graham Norton was very good doing the commetating for the BBC - not as good as Wogan, but funny all the same.



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yes .. I watched all of them last night.The show was fantastic really.Norway's song was good.But,I think,it wasn't good for being winner.I liked Iceland,Azerbaijan and Greece's songs much.Our song (Turkey) wasn't great.Perhaps,we could be second or third and " forth " isn't bad.I was suprised to see Arash for Azerbaijan.I like his all songs and you should try his songs (f.e : pure love !) Great choice ! ... Finally,I am unpatient for next year ... ! ::)

Title: Re:Eurovison
Post by: maryd on May 18, 2009, 04:39:38 am

I thought Turkey was pretty good - the song was really catchy. Azerbaijan was good too - Iceland just sounded like Taylor Swift. :P

Title: Re:Eurovison
Post by: Misz_Mii on May 27, 2009, 04:46:52 pm

OMG and yet again: Holland didn't even make it through the semi-finals Lol We're so lame... Yeah well... Who would want "The Toppers" Anyways... Lol

Title: Re:Eurovison
Post by: tiram90 on June 12, 2009, 06:13:10 am

Yay Norway ;D

Allthough, I hate the song. I'm so sick and tired of it! And he is on the front page of all magazines all the time... *sighs*

Title: Re:Eurovison
Post by: raquel19 on July 18, 2009, 10:39:17 pm

I know its kinda late commenting this, but while eurovision was on tv, I did not stay tuned to listen to every country cause sometimes it gets boring :P. lol. But i did watch one contestant from Norway... named Alexander Rybak, I thought he was really good! His violin playing was unique.
:)
My background is Portuguese, but i am sorry, Portugal had that girl sing this song, it was bor-ing! Lol. Same old melodies from portugal over and over again. So surprised it made it until 15th place. :P

Title: Re:Eurovison
Post by: maryd on July 28, 2009, 07:22:10 am

Portugal was OK, as far as I remember - the singer looked like a girl I know. :) I actually really liked Alexander - did he really play that violin?

Title: Re:Eurovison
Post by: maryd on March 14, 2010, 09:04:04 am

Sorry to double post, but it's been so long I think it's OK. :P

Eurovision time is coming up again! :D

Ireland has chosen a song: Niamh Kavanagh with 'It's For You' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6L-8L4D1QI). Hm, I'm torn...I don't think it's great, but maybe it'll do OK in Eurovision...we haven't done a ballad in a while. :P Though I've heard loads of people wanting Ireland to enter 'My Lovely Horse' from Father Ted... :D NK won it for us way back in 1993, so here's hoping we at least get to the final this year. :P

Anyone else looking forward to it?


Title: Re:Eurovison
Post by: LijFrodo on April 20, 2010, 03:14:35 pm

I am really excited abour Eurovision ! ... Which song or country is your fave this year ? ... What about Turkey,maNga-We could be the same ? ... maNga is my fave band.They have excellent songs.I think,Eurovision song either ! It contains lots of peace message.Its music and lyrics had been made creatively and superbly ! My God ! How a nice band,boys and song ! ... Its here : http://www.metacafe.com/watch/yt-Pdw27j_usP0/manga_we_could_be_the_same_turkey/

Title: Re:Eurovison
Post by: LijFrodo on May 28, 2010, 07:00:16 pm

[color=green]What about 2nd semi-final performances and Turkey's song ? ...

I think,they were excellent and best ! ... I like also Romania,Ireland and Azerbaijan's song.Go maNga,you'r my number one ever ! ... :)

There is exciting final tomorrow.maNga is waiting for your important support.I am sure,we are ready to be " the same " ! ... :)[/color]

Title: Re:Eurovison
Post by: maryd on May 30, 2010, 08:50:47 am

So Germany won! I actually really liked their song, and Lena seemed really sweet. :)

Ireland came third from bottom. I didn't think our song was great, but it was still disappointing. :P At least we didn't come last though (poor UK, I didn't think they were too bad!).

I also really liked France - they were really catchy. :D


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