All through the 90’s my mother would tape the preview shows of Eurovision Song Contest (On an old-fashioned VHS-tape…aaaah the 90’s), and I used to love watching these tapes.I don’t know why, but Eurovision would always be the highlight of spring. Me and my sister (sorry to drag you into this) would watch the previews decide which songs we liked, “sing-along” (read sing what we believed the singer sang) and make up what we believed they sang about…remember this was the 90’s when they had to sing in their own language.
Last week was this years grand finale, and for the first time in a long time I was somewhat prepared for what I had in store.
Let’s go through some of the, in my negligible opinion (and I do have a right to this opinion…I voted), entries with the mostest
I might be somewhat tainted by my husbands love for all things Italian, but this was my ultimate favorite this year. You cannot go wrong with 3 good-looking (albeit a bit young) Italian guys, in Italian suits, singing an opera pop-ballad about amore in Italian…What’s not to like? This sort of reminds me of the good old ESC days, and I bet that it would have been even more amazing with a live orchestra and a grand piano introducing the beautiful voices of Il Volo. 15 years ago I guess the victory would be in the bag. Just to bad that Sweden decided to send Måns Zelmerlöw the same year as Italy sent Il Volo.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the Swedish song and I bet I’ll voluntarily listen to it more than a couple of times during this summer, But it was such an obvious winner. (One of my good friends showed me the video at Easter and proclaimed it the winner) I liked the balloon guy and the butterfly as much as the next person, but to be honest I think that was the only thing I would have remembered during the rest of the show hadn’t I heard the song a couple of times before the grand finale. But well done Sweden and congratulations on your fifth Eurovision win (quite impressive)
Everyone has an opinion about Russia, especially in Eurovision it seems. Let me start by saying that I am not going to have an opinion about the politics. In Eurovision it is about the songs and the performances. Even if people don’t agree with how Russia runs things, I don’t think it is fair that the politics of a country (any country) is affecting the viewers opinion about a song/performance/person. That is why I’ll end my morality sermon and talk about the performance.
Up until the finale, I really liked the russian song. And I somewhat did at the finale as well. I loved the dress (even though the neck cut was way too deep), and Polina looked beautiful, but I was not a fan of the whole overwhelmed feeling of the performance…especially at the end. But I think she was a worthy contender at the top of the list.
I have to mention Norway, now haven’t I. When I first heard the Norwegian entry, I have to admit I didn’t like it at all. It was slow and boring…but after hearing it a couple of times it kind of grew on me, and by the time we reached the finale I was actually rooting for Mørland and Deborah Scarlett. And even though we’ll never learn what terrible thing he did in his early youth, this song might get a spot on my iPod. Well done Norway
When I heard this the first time I immediately thought of Duffy…You know the British songbird who graced us with “Mercy”. And I liked the song. Have not decided on my opinion about the whole head-phone trademark…or the dancer who apparently only knew the violin move.
Not a fan of the song, to happy-snappy even for me, but I think I might like her dress. I haven’t quite decided yet. Reason enough to make it on my mostest-list??? Obviously…
This is definitely one of my favorites this year. I think I’ll go as long as to say that this is the only song I would be fine with beating Italy. Very Bruno Mars-ish, but I like Bruno Mars, and I like Australia, so what’s not to like about this funky entry.
(This obviously aren’t my private photos. I have borrowed them from the official eurovision website)
Until next year Europe.