Tag: Eurovision 2016

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Well, that was random.

Last night's Eurovision really was a change from the norm. On three counts, in fact. For a start Sweden did a magnificent job of hosting a complex and demanding live TV show, not once but three times in a single week. Two semi-finals and a grand final. Additionally, each night was staged differently, with the ...

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Why Sweden should host Eurovision every year

Just check out how they opened last night's semi-final... https://youtu.be/v6qSt8Qp9ck Give it to Sweden to host every year, I say. And while you're at it, make Petra Mede President of Europe.

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Eurovision semi-final two: reflections

If I'm honest, I'm pretty disappointed with the results of last night's second Eurovision semi-final in Stockholm. I thought some of the great songs I've grown to like in the last few weeks were a virtual shoe-in for the final. I was sure of the other would bomb. Boy was I wrong. It seems like ...

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Eurovision 2016: semi-final 1 (aftermath)

  Oooh. Despite what I promise myself every year, I end up getting more annoyed at Eurovision voting decisions. Last night's first semi-final of the song contest was no exception. While acts like Cyprus and the Czech Republic getting enough voted to secure a place in Saturday's final, the guys from Estonia and Iceland went ...

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Eurovision 2016: FYR Macedonia

https://youtu.be/fd8WHhNWp4c I'm man enough to admit that, against all my better judgement, this has grown on me since I first heard it. I actually found myself humming along with it the other day. Scary. It has shades of Bonnie Tyler about it (check out the leggings and strained chorus) and, while it's quite generic in ...

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Eurovision 2016: Italy

https://youtu.be/WySSLip5uzc I've fallen a little in love with this song since I first heard it. I've actually had the Eurovision 2016 album on loop since it appeared on Apple Music. Don't judge me. But this Italian song, I love. It's not a winner as it's not that sing-a-long or memorable, but there's something about its ...

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Eurovision 2016: Australia

https://youtu.be/2EG_Jtw4OyU You may very well wonder how and why Australia is competing in the Eurovision Song Contest. I stopped querying participation some time ago, to be honest. Apparently, the Eurovision knows no borders (though it does know outstanding membership fees, much to Romania's embarrassment). But they're here now and so we better get used to ...

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Eurovision 2016: France

https://youtu.be/boYQovCybYQ And here's France's entry for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. It's Amir with "J'ai Church". It reminds me of a whole bunch of other songs, but mostly it has echoes of last year's Swedish winner. Upbeat and catchy, I think it'll do well. It's interesting how they've moved from 100% French lyrics to introducing ...

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Eurovision 2016: Russia tones it down

https://youtu.be/gHgxi57Um0w After releasing what was probably the most homoerotic Eurovision entry of all time, Russia has decided to get Sergey Lazarev to sing something a little less...full on. And I think it's a shame. This is (without the video) a very painting-by-numbers pop number. Whereas the first song was flamboyant and memorable, this is doing ...