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So then, what did we miss…..?

Posted by Caroline on March 8, 2012

Well quite a lot actually, given that we are in the midst of national final season and songs are now coming in faster than we can keep up! Firstly, an oversight in that the German entry was chosen weeks ago and we forgot all about it. Sorry! (the person responsible has been escorted from the building). Anyway, after several weeks worth of Unser Star For Baku dominating German screens, this chap, Roman Lob, was finally chosen with a winsome little ditty called Standing Still. Now this sounds to us very much like a zillion and one other male pop-rock tracks – not that there’s anything wrong with that, apart from the fact that it may well be overlooked on the night – but what does interest us is the fact that it was penned by our very own Jamie Cullum. And while it’s great to see a prominent UK musician taking an interest in Eurovision one is left to wonder why he should write a song for Germany and not the UK. Granted, a lot of swapsies do go on across Europe when it comes to songwriters but it all seems a little curious to us, as if perhaps he did offer his services to le Royaume-Uni and was turned down. We do hope not, because it wouldn’t be the first time that a talented act has offered to represent the UK, only to be rejected in favour of, well, something that comes last and is derided by the entire continent. Anyway, here’s what the song sounds like:

Speaking of big five people, Italy have finally decided on a song after San Remo music festival winner Nina Zilli was chosen as their representative last month – and would you believe it, after much deliberation they have decided to go with the song she performed in the first place (what took ’em so long to figure that one out then?). Not that we’re complaining because Per Sempre, as it’s called, is slightly fabulous – as Eurovision ballads go it is a tad old school (you could imagine some random country singing this in about 1995) but Nina is ace and the song has a sort of Bond theme quality to it which gives it the edge over all those other run of the mill ballads. As long as she keeps it in Italian we are hedging our bets for another top ten finish this year:

And finally in this little round up we have fellow Big Fiver Spain, who have also gone down the power ballad route with the lovely Pastora Soler singing – nay belting – Quedate Conmingo (aka Stay With Me). And it’s power-ballad-tastic, doncha know:

So that’s that then. Italy, France, Spain and Germany have all unleashed their songs, so just the UK to go (looks at watch while making impatient foot tapping gesture…..)

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Haven’t we seen you somewhere before…..?

Posted by Caroline on February 19, 2011

OK, so when reigning Eurovision champion Lena Meyer-Lendrut announced she planned to defend her title in Dusseldorf this year we may have uttered a slightly hollow laugh of disbelief. But consider us chastened, because the winsome young lass who brought song contest glory back to Germany has only gone and done it again (which officially makes her their coolest ever participant. Did Nicole come back the following year for another try? NO) However it remains to be seen whether or not she can ‘do a Johnny Logan’ based on the song that she’ll be fielding in Dussedorf. Taken By A Stranger actually reminds us a bit of Satellite with its quirky lyrics, sparse beat and Lena’s distinctive vocals, only it’s a bit grungier and, er, not quite as good in our opinion. We have absolutely no doubt that her popularity and performance will win her points by the bucketload but somehow we just can’t see this doing the double. Oh well. Eurovision’s an expensive business and you didn’t really want to host it two years running anyway…..

Oh and while we’re at it another big five country, Spain, also chose their entry on Friday night, in the shape of the lovely Lucia Perez and Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao. And just when you thought nobody could possibly rival Norway for joyfulness on the Eurovision stage this year, along come the Spanish to prove us wrong, for this is about as happy and upbeat a track as we think you’re likely to get this year. And we’ll just gloss over how much it reminds us of Portugal’s 2009 effort for the time being, shall we…….?

On that note, Eurovision Blog is off on its hols (well, a long weekend anyway) for a few days. We shall return towards the end of next week with a belated round-up of this weekend’s action including (gasp!) the first Italian entry since 1997, which we await with bated breath……:)

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Because We Know You Love It….

Posted by Caroline on May 30, 2010

…..let us recall the moment when the man known as Jimmy Jump made his mark on Spain’s performance:

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Pixiewatch Returns……!!

Posted by Caroline on May 29, 2010

Remember last year when everywhere we looked, Alexander Rybak seemed to be having his photo taken with yet another person? Well old habits die hard, it seems 🙂 Welcome back Alexander, we’ve missed you!

Although it has to be said that Daniel Diges is possibly challenging our favourite Norwegian pixie for how many people he can appear in shot with this year…..quite what’s going on here however we’re not entirely sure!

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The Great Big Eurovision Experiment 2009 – Spain

Posted by Caroline on April 16, 2009

sorayaContinuing our quest to get interviews with as many of this year’s participants as possible, we present Spanish representative Soraya.  Lady – come on and shake us….

How does it feel to be representing your country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest?
Eurovision is being always a dream for me, I used to watch it at home with my family and now I’m the representer for spain!! It’s amazing,I’m very happy.

What are you most looking forward to about taking part?
I started on the music 4 years ago so I still need to learn lots of thing for becoming a very good profesional,eurovision will be a good stage for growing and making contacts all over europe,apart of the beautiful experience that it is.A big step on my job,working with the best professionals!

What can we expect from your performance?
I must say I’m preparing this performance like I never did before on my tours,I consider the festival is like the olimpic games for me,in 3 minutes you must show the best you have for a public of 400 million people plus the 15000 that they will be on the olimpisky arena.You will see me dancing,singing,playing with the cameras…and a big surprise we have for the 16th of may!!

Are you planning a lavish stage show?
We want to have a complete performance,I mean,using all the oportunities we have on the stage..lights, using the whole stage for dancing,cameras,screens..

Have you ever been to Moscow and are you looking forward to it?
No, I’ve never been there,so I’m really looking to it, people say it’s beautiful, but very cold for a Spanish girl!!!!

Which of this year’s other songs do you rate?
Well,it’s dificult, I like some of them,Norway,Turkey,Finland,yours,Romania…I mean,I could say some others more, there’s a good level this year on the song and the artist!!

Which is your favourite Eurovision song of all time, and which is your favourite from your home country?
My favourite all time it was Charlotte Perrelli and Hero,I can’t stop listening!!It has such a great beat!!!! And from Spain either Rosa  with Europe is living a celebration or D’Nash with I Love You Mi Vida..

What do you think about the debate over so-called ‘political’ voting?
I’ve never participated in eurovision before so I can´t talk about it,I prefer to get there with a positive vision and not trusting about what people talk..and if it is real see it with my own eyes..

How do you think the return of jury voting might influence the final result?
I hope this gives more quality to the festival with the opinion of profesionals..

Why do you think Eurovision is still so popular, even after all these years?

Well in my country we had a very low moment concerning the festival,we don’t win since 41 years ago,that made the spanish people not believe on the festival anymore..but still a lot of people follow it nowadays,we cant forget is the party of europe,something to celebrate together!!

Have you heard the UK’s song this year and what do you think?
You have a great singer and a beautiful song,I must admit reminds me one of the big ballads of all times..

Any chance your country could give us some points this year (please…….? 🙂 )
Heheheh,I’m sure we will vote for you!!!!

Lots of kisses!!!!

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Phew, what a scorcher!

Posted by Caroline on March 2, 2009

Finally from the weekend, we bring you Soraya singing – let’s put it this way – Spain’s best entry in years. Further proof, if any were needed, that the Big Four really are upping their game this year……

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