It is tacky, trash and cult. A song contest for songs, which would not stand a chance anywhere else. I really loved our German entry (Still Standing), which was composed by Jamie Cullum.
I thought Spain was cool too, but not a song to sing along.
Sweden won, which is understandable, because it was well deserved and the track is dancable.
The German Moderator was the only one to indirectly critizise the Regime of Aserbaidzan. So cudos to Anke!
Did you watch? Which was your favorite song?
I thought the German entry was pretty lame. The guy is a good singer and his band is talented, but the song was ... so ... B O R I N G. I kept singing to my wife in the chrorus "ich schlaffffe ein, ich schlaaaaffe ein" (instead of "i'm standing still").
And that's saying something since almost all of the "ballads" at the ESC are boring.
I didn't stay awake to see the voting, and I was surprised that Sweden won. My personal "favorite" for the music was probably the French song, but the most hilarious was definitely Malta with the dancing guys who made the boat out of their capes (complete with masthead at the front :-)
Ha ha, Kennon, like your strong views.
This is what makes watching it fun. Mocking the contestants you don't like and hopefully clash nicely with your friends and family. Yeah, the boat (Turkish by the way) was a hit with my kids (5, 7 & 10) too. We are still jerking our heads... :D
It is such fun to watch, isn't it?! It's a tradition here that we watch with a glass or two of wine. I liked the German song, and Sweden too.
I laughed a lot at Jedward (Ireland) and cried in despair at the uk song lol!
I was so bummed Norway was last :( I actually liked that song, I think it's catchy.
Also, Tooji - the artist is so sympathetic, he works in the Child welfare and he is super dedicated to his work and chidren's welfare :)
The Swedish song too was good, so congrats to them!
The other songs - I am sorry, I cannot remember any of them... I think there were so many really bad songs this year (ok it is that every year - haha), and I was really surprised by the voting. I totally cannot understand some of it. Like that Albanian song, with the evil stepmother from Snow White screaming like that, and she got so many votes :/
And those babushkas from Russia - excuse me, but how on earth could they get so many votes. OK, it was a curiousity, but that was not a good song, was it???
But as you say Eva, the fun with Eurovision is to comment on the songs and shows and outfits - so many wierd things...
I just think the whole thing is SUPER cheesy but to me that is what it is all about. Did not watch it this year though
Also, I Norwegian comedian/reporter was held back by the authorities at the Airport while leaving Azerbadjan, He had to undress and they harassed him and threatened him and forced him to step on the Iranian flag (he is originally from Iran)
The Norwegian State department and our embassy to Baku will investigate the incident.
What they said yesterday is that there might be sanctions agains Azerbadjan and that they might be banned from the Eurovision.
But for now, I don't know anything more about possible sanctions, I onl say what I heard on the news here in Norway...
@La Tunata: Totally agree what you said about the Russian entry, wtf?! The Romanian Lady was scary to say the least, and I am yet to mention her bizarre hairdo, but somehow I found it gutsy to send such an artsy entry. I just can't picture anyone singing along with it, lol.
As to Tooji, he was definitly cute (looked like an orirental Ashton Kutcher to me) but the song was somewhat weak. I have not yet heard about the incident you are referring too. Pretty upsetting that is...
I think the political situation in the hosting country is dicey, but thanks to the ESC some attention is paid to it.
What I hated most was the horrible act with the son in law of the current ruler. Totally overdone: landing from the ceiling, kissing the flag, crap song... I think that totally showed Aserbaidzan's true intentions, to use the contest as a vehicle of their propaganda.
I haven't watched the Eurovision since Sweden won (with a boy band called Herrey's) in I think 1984. It really isn't my kind of music. I also think it is so obvious how the countries vote. Sweden/Norway/Denmark/Finland always give each other votes. The Eastern Europeans vote for each other. And the south vote for each other. I was surprised Sweden could win. It's moslty been very weird songs from Eastern Europe lately since they outnumber the rest of the competitors now.
To tell you the truth I haven't even heard the song Sweden performed for the win!