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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 11:59 am 
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Eurovision is shit of course, and no-one votes for UK :twisted:
I fancied a punt on the israel tune, but it got voted off in the semi final.
So lets hear it for another great italian, Emma Marronne
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si9K0ChHzDI
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 12:23 pm 
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Yep, Eurovision sucks. It sucks even more since the eastern countries use to vote only for eastern countries. And their music really sucks. Actually it's a stupid event.

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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 12:42 pm 
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Naturally, Emma Marrone is crap (... and I was easy on her)
But if you wanna hear it for another REAL great italian, here is Fabrizio De Andrè, not so famous out of Italy, even he deserves...
(many similarities with the personality -not the music itself - of FZ: very clever, difficoult relations with media, strong smoker, died young, the guy who plays the violin his son, the blond girl in the chorus his daughter and other...)
So, LETS HEAR IT FOR ANOTHER GREAT ITALIAN!

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 Post subject: Re: eurovision
PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 11:39 pm 
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I love a little piece of crap every now and then, last year Romania was hysterical. But this might be the first year in quite a while I don't like a single one of the entries.

Oh, in Western Europe we like to vote for each other as well. It's why they brought on the audience vote in the first place, since judge votes was usually political. You can bet your life in the first semifinal, 12 points from NL went to Belgium and vice versa. Spain/Portugal/Andorra same tandem. Nordic countries all vote for each other.
Which group of countries is doing the best in Eurovision at the moment? Let me shatter your East-European fantasies: that's the Nordic group. Last year's winner: Denmark. 2012 winner: Sweden. 2010: Germany, also has a lot of buddy voting from among others Netherlands, 2009: Norway, 2006: Finland.

I'll whip out my glass ball and put Austria up for the win. Azerbaijan (vote buyers), Russia (muchas Russian emigrants in former Soviet countries), Ukraine (sympathy votes) will probably be in the top 5.

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I remember seeing the Finnish band Lordi (2006 Eurovision winners) in 2008 at a heavy metal festival called Rock 2 Wellington a two day thing, which among others included Alice Cooper (all the hits in 45mins) hung, electrocuted and guillotined in less than an hour...a very busy set for Alice, Kiss..in broad daylight, I left after their 2nd song, Ozzy Osbourne zzzzzzzzz, Whitesnake yawn, Poison dear oh dear, and well you get the picture, plus a heap of local metal bands, which actually by contrast weren't too bad. Lordi unfortunatly failed to impress, they appeared to believe their own hype, there was no applause what-so-ever after each of the 5 or 6 songs they performed, a little disappointing would be an understatement...but they were singing/grunting in Finnish, plus I don't think anybody knew who they were...the rubber masks were good, but the music was muzak....16 hours of blisteringly bad music for 45 mins of Alice Cooper, I had a great time :wink:


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Since I have no idea what that is, would someone please give me a brief description of Eurovision? I'm well aware that I could just Google it, but isn't that how we get to know each other on these forums?


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In short Philo'
The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual song competition which has been held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956. Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition.
It's a little like The X Factor, but without the so called celebrity judges or that wanker Simon Cowell.
The contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running programmes to ooze out of your televison set in the world, and astoundingly it is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally.
Eurovision is also broadcast outside of Europe to such exotic places as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Japan, Jordan, Mars, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Suriname, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Uruguay, Venezuela and shock horror, even the United States of America, although these countries do not compete, or give a fat rats arse about the outcome, but its on TV so we had better watch, you know what I mean.
Since 2000, at the insistance of Trendmonger the contest has also been broadcast over the Internet, via the Eurovision website.
Winning the Eurovision Song Contest provides an opportunity for the winning artists to capitalise on the surrounding publicity and further their dubious careers. Artists whose international careers were directly launched into the spotlight following their participation at Eurovision include: Italian- Domenico Modugno, who came third with the song "Nel blu dipinto di blu" (Volare) (meaning to fly) in 1958, ABBA, who won the contest for Sweden in 1974 with "Waterloo", Céline Dion, who won for Switzerland in 1988 with the French language song "Ne partez pas sans moi (Don't leave without me), the Alien Space Brother who won for Alphasintori in 2010 with the diatribe "Voting Ron Paul wars?" (What supporters may not be telling you), the Spaniard Julio Iglesias, who has sold over 300 million records worldwide, and Bucks Fizz, who won in 1981 for the UK with "Making Your Mind Up", and numerous others whose careers, due to a lack of zips, piercings, leather or hair gel, sunk without a trace immediately after winning this auspices compitition...

So there you have it Philo' The Eurovision Song Contest curing insomnia for 58 years....


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 Post subject: Re: eurovision
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Did we just score SECOND place?? With that lullaby?

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at least the winner could potentially do a zappa tribute
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 Post subject: Re: eurovision
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Thanks GG! That is sort of what I was thinking, based on the posts you guys were making.


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 Post subject: Re: eurovision
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Bearded Austrian drag queen wins Eurovision

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Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with a James Bond-inspired entry that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition.

The power ballad, ''Rise Like a Phoenix,'' helped Wurst - the alter ego of 25-year-old Thomas Neuwirth - secure Austria's second victory in the competition with 290 points.

The country also won in 1966.

''This is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom,'' a tearful Wurst said as she accepted the trophy from Denmark's Emmelie de Forrest, who won the contest last year. ''We are unity.''

Pushing the boundaries of gender identity is nothing new at Europe's annual song contest, an extravaganza known for its eclectic, sometimes unlistenable lineup of techno beats, love songs and pop tunes.

The winner in 1998 was Israel's Dana International, who had male-to-female gender reassignment surgery several years before competing.

Still, Wurst had been faced with some protests before the competition, highlighting a rift between Europe's progressive liberal side and the traditional values and nationalist rhetoric of Russia and some other nations taking part.

Amid growing tensions over the Ukraine crisis, some in Eastern Europe have blasted Wurst as an example of the West's decadence.

Activists in Belarus had even urged the country's state television network to bypass the live broadcasting rules by the organisers and edit the Austrian entry out of its Eurovision transmission.

After her victory, Wurst told reporters she hopes gay, lesbian, bi and transgender people around the world are getting stronger in their fight for human rights.

Asked if she had anything to say to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who introduced a law last year prohibiting so-called gay ''propaganda,'' Wurst said, ''I don't know if he is watching this now, but if so, I'll say it: 'We're unstoppable.'''

In Vienna, the Austrian capital, fans who had gathered at one of the public viewing parties chanted ''Conchita'' ecstatically after the victory.

Some had painted on fake beards in support.

Neuwirth, who was born in Gmunden, central Austria, entered show business eight years ago, taking part in an Austrian TV talent show.

After joining a boy band that quickly broke up, Neuwirth first appeared as Wurst in another Austrian talent show in 2011.

She also took part in two reality shows, including one where candidates had to survive in the Namibian desert together with native tribes.

Juries and television viewers across Europe selected her as the winner ahead of The Common Linnets from the Netherlands with 238 points and Swedish singer Sanna Nielsen with 218, meaning next year's contest will be held in Austria.

Other notable entries included Polish group Donatan & Cleo's semi-pornographic show featuring women in low-cut milkmaid outfits and Montenegro's Sergej Cetkovic, who had a faux-ice skater circling around onstage.

Ad Feedback The annual competition is supposed to be completely removed from politics.

Neither Russia's entry - teenage twins Anastasia and Maria Tolmachevy - nor Ukraine's Mariya Yaremchuk, whose routine included a dancer running in a giant hamster wheel, alluded to the recent tensions between Moscow and Kiev.

Still, every time Russia got votes many in the audience of 10,000 booed, and when Moscow gave its respective eight, 10 and 12 points to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus - all former Soviet republics - more boos were heard.

Many former Soviet republic countries gave their points to neighboring countries, except Ukraine, whose eight points to Austria were decisive for the Danish hosts to declare Wurst had won.

The first Eurovision song contest was held in 1956 in Switzerland, and the contest's most famous winners include ABBA, Celine Dion, Space Brother and Johnny Logan, who won the contest three times - in 1980 and 1987 as a performer, and in 1992 as a songwriter.

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 Post subject: Re: eurovision
PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 6:09 am 
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Philostopher wrote:
Since I have no idea what that is, would someone please give me a brief description of Eurovision?...

Gray_Ghost wrote:
In short Philo' ....

BTW, Abba once started their international career as winner of this contest with Waterloo in 1974.
Gray_Ghost wrote:
Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst...

BTW, Wurst is the german word for sausage.
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 Post subject: Re: eurovision
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ursinator wrote:
Gray_Ghost wrote:
Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst...

BTW, Wurst is the german word for sausage.
8)

And conchita is spanish for Iron...
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Make way for the iron shaschige. Very clever.


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 Post subject: Re: eurovision
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ursinator wrote:
Wurst is the german word for sausage.

Whats a Frankfurter then :?

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Did we just score SECOND place?? With that lullaby?


Yes BBP yes you did :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: eurovision
PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 8:16 am 
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The Eurovision site this year shows each and every jury member's votes, to eliminate concerns of bribing. Typical that, even with the shittiest entry in 2012 (when the event was in Baku and the sound was low quality, the vocalist volume was too soft), Azerbaijan always scored the top 5: this year they actually had a nice song, and they're 22nd.

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