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Kate Miller-Heidke and THAT DRESS again

Hello Europe!

Or as Erez kept saying: Good night Europe!

So glad to see that the Australian entry finally realised that the big dress has been done to death.

See, kiddies, this is why it’s good to know a bit of history. You can see what’s been done before and if it’s good you can do it too and if it’s not you can do something different.  Hopefully better.

Good to see Kate and friends wafting around on black sticks across the universe instead of being super-glued to a giant termite mound.

A creative song and a creative staging which is more than a lot of ’em this year.

Yikes again.

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Eurovision Quiz Time

Let’s have some fun!

Warning: This is a silly quiz. A funny quiz. A tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek kind of quiz. You will NOT be asked whether Czech Republic appeared in Semi-Final 2 in 2011. Or who came fourth in 1963. You will be asked much more fun questions like:quiz-sample-question.pngPeoples, this is hi-tech Euro-quizzing. There are 20 questions…in a WORD document…some with illustrations in full colour!

So go ahead! Get in the spirit of the ESC!

For Eurovision silly quiz click on Petr belarus 2009

Well meaning advice: Print it out and blu tack it to the walls at your next Eurovision party. Get your friends to do their best. I recommend handing out prizes.  IKEA is good. I have absolutely no affiliation with them but, well, they’re Swedish. And cost-effective. And you can get candles and cushions and boxes and mirrors and stuff that everyone can use. Well, except at one of our parties a few years ago when a quiz winner I shall call ‘Kevin’ won an IKEA watering can I shall call ‘Blumt’ but lived in an apartment I shall call ‘plant free’. Oh well.

verkaOh, for answers click on Verka (or ‘Verk’ as I call her…actually I just made that up)

Good luck!

 

Lyrical Lyrics

Here begins a list of Eurovision songs that are outstanding in their songwriting. Well, in my opinion. I’m just listening to Eurovision 2005 right now so 2005 it is…

THE WAR IS NOT OVER. LATVIA 2005.

I love this song. It was written by Mārtiņš Freimanis who features in F.L.Y. with the wacky Hello from Mars, Latvia’s fourth appearance in Eurovision. Hello from Mars is also a wonderful song but for very different reasons.

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Freimanis on left,  Lauris Reiniks on right having a great time at Eurovision 2003

Sadly, Freimanis died in 2011 in his early 30’s.

THE WAR IS NOT OVER is a stunning piece of songwriting. As well as the the beautiful harmonies, the first verse is a masterpiece. Just read the words and be devastated at how it captures the human condition. Wow:

I slowly walk into the night around
To see how dreams of people die
They gently fall from windows all around
And crash against the ground like glass…

I am SO glad that apparently the chorus was tweaked slightly from:

‘That someone is loser, that someone is winner’
to
‘That someone’s the loser, someone’s the winner’

Is this true, Mr Wikipedia? I really appreciate that shift. Being a native English speaker, that correct grammar makes SUCH a difference. (I will return to this concept of good grammar with poor old Sanna Nielsen whose dazzling performance was in contrast to the, er, lyrics she had to sing. Ho hum.)

But back to Latvia. Having absolutely no Latvian background, I did a bit of research on dear old songwriter Mārtiņš. I found a live version of him singing: Pie Dieviņa gari galdi which was pretty damn tuneful.

But please, can someone – anyone – out there tell me what this song is about???

Google translate suggests the title is: To adore long tables.

Possibly not.

Coming Up Next…

Aisha. Latvia. 2010.

And no, this is not supposed to be Latvia only, it’s just happened that way.

Travesty!

Can’t believe the results.

Can’t believe the Australian jury gave 12 points to the UK. Who are you people??!! I have never felt more ashamed in my life. Never, ever, ever, no exaggeration.

Can’t believe Belarus didn’t do better.

Can believe Cyprus voted for Greece.

 

Why? Why?

SEMI-FINAL 1 2017

THE YEAR OF THE (MOSTLY) MODEST LONG DRESSES
or
THE YEAR OF THE POINTY SHOES
or
THE YEAR OF PLAITS

But mainly the year of: Why? Why? Why the bright blue skirt? Why the horse’s head? Why the wedding dresses? Why is Eurovision eating itself?

My vote:

  1. BELGIUM. BLANCHE. CITY LIGHTS.
    All alone in the danger zone.
    Compelling.belgium 2017
  2. GEORGIA. TAMARA GACHECHILADZE. KEEP THE FAITH.
    Catchy. georgia 2017

    ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD
    A big hello to all the lyricists out there in Eurovision Land who excelled themselves in this semi: ‘so freaking beautiful’, ‘give me your body, let’s write a story’, and my personal favourite: ‘You make me feel like paper’.

Go away, Australia

I’ll say it again. It’s a bad decision for Australia to be in Eurovision 2016. It’s not our Song Contest. Europe welcomed us as a wild card entry last year. It was the 60th anniversary of Eurovision, that’s why. And it was in Copenhagen, goodness me. Home of Princess Mary and hubby. This year is different. It’s so sad. Julia and Sam no longer have that wild & free access to dressing rooms and gossip and the fun and the buzz because SBS has changed the whole relationship as of 2015. Not sure why.