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Never been a fan of Eurovision

  1. May 21, 2005 #1

    brewnog

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    I've never been a fan of Eurovision, but I usually end up watching it for whatever reason (being outvoted by girls, usually). But last year, two things about Eurovision dawned on me.

    Firstly, the voting is entirely political. Now I'm not being a sore loser here, and in fact, I was positively over the moon when Great Britain got their legendary 'nil points'. But I did realise that our song was by no means the worst. It was all about the events surrounding the war in Iraq. I went on to realise that Eurovision was probably a really good opinion poll for the people of Europe, and should perhaps be used as the basis for making major political decisions.

    Secondly, the songs written for Eurovision really are a load of dross. Sure, who could fail to get irritated by Taxi - The Moon (Romania, 2000) or Alltid Sommer's 'Lars A Fredriksen' (Norway, 1998) but the songs are worse than mine! Well, almost. :smile: And we all know that the Europeans generally produce some pretty naff pop (download Indochine - 'Bob Moran' and you'll see what I mean). But it's a song contest! The whole point is that you write good songs! I'm obviously wrong, but anyway.

    I'd reiterate that I'm not in any way bitter that Great Britain did poorly again (and Ireland didn't even get in this year!), I just think that it says a lot about relations between European countries. But I want to know if it's just me being GBish and deluded, (the music is actually good and I just don't know it), or whether my fellow Europeans share my views on the Eurovision voting system and general quality of the songs!
     
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  3. May 21, 2005 #2

    arildno

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    I watched it on and off this year, and the quality was as mediocre as it used to be.
    But, hey, what else can we expect?
    Successful artists who are good enough to sell their own records couldn't care less about being part of a silly musical contest. Whatever for?

    I can't say I was much impressed with UK's contribution, nor for that matter with the Norwegian group.
     
  4. May 21, 2005 #3

    dextercioby

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    What about this year...?Greece won.

    BTW,this is an American website,not too many people give a rat's ass about pan-European music contests.

    Daniel.
     
  5. May 21, 2005 #4

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    I know, I figured you guys might have something to say, - all the Europeans are awake at this time anyway.

    But I reckon Evo watched over the internet or something...
     
  6. May 21, 2005 #5

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    Why would anyone want to watch anything like that?I mean,it's clear more than ever that people who are taking partand even the ones who win have no chance of becoming big hot shots in showbiz.I mean,has this contest produces anything significative over the past years...?

    Is it just propaganda?European Union joining hands with Russia & Ukraine,everyone being happy to be seen together on TV?Jeez,this is frivolous.

    The show's useless.

    Daniel.
     
  7. May 21, 2005 #6

    arildno

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    Not since Celine Dion, I think..
     
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  8. May 21, 2005 #7

    brewnog

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    Yeah, and not since Finland's "Pump Pump" by Fredi Ja Ystävät in 1976 either...
     
  9. May 21, 2005 #8
    Christ, I love Eurovision! Your reasons for hating it are my reasons for loving it. It's so surreal and it turns your stomach so deliciously, it's the height of morbid fascination. 24 songs and not one of them decent! It's amazing. It's not that hard to write a good song. I find it really cool that while people are responsible for a lot of incredibly wonderful things, and a lot of incredibly terrible things, we're also responsible for something so ridiculous. For me it sort of puts things in perspective.
     
  10. May 21, 2005 #9

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    Ive never heard of it but it sounds like something id love watching. I love watching people compete that all really suck :D
     
  11. May 21, 2005 #10

    dextercioby

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    I didn't mean in the bad sense.In the good one,like real artists,valuable voices,not trash.

    Daniel.
     
  12. May 21, 2005 #11

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    I didn't say I hate it! I just wondered whether other Europeans saw it in the same way we do, or if they think the music is quite good!

    Anyway, I'm off to bed. I'll leave you with the breathtaking lyrics from Spain's 1968 Entry, 'La la la' by Massiel. Enjoy!

     
  13. May 22, 2005 #12

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: ... it's good to know our greatests moments haven't gone unnoticed :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: .
     
  14. May 22, 2005 #13

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    The Netherlands didn't even get in this year, you don't want to know how offended (!) they were! losing from a granny beating a drum and a transvestite on mile high soles. They vowed never to participate again and that the whole festival should be boycotted :tongue2: (I thought our song was pathetically boring and trite, but ok).

    I watched the voting last year and it was eye opening: you are able to predict the #1 and #2 vote of the countries (especially the east). The commentator started to make fun of it: everytime they were about to call the vote, he would call it before them and he was right in most cases :biggrin: yeah, the whole thing is rigged.
     
  15. May 22, 2005 #14
    Correct. Belgium won in the mid eigties with the awful J'aime J'aime la vie...sung by Sandra Kim. trust me, the girl now makes commercials of Mora-fries...Here career sucks and you all know why : because she ain't got no talent as most of the participants

    marlon
     
  16. May 22, 2005 #15

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    Hey, monique!
    Don't make fun of granny beating the drum!! :grumpy:
    It was actually one of the better contributions..:yuck:
     
  17. May 22, 2005 #16

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    However, not everything in the history of Eurovision has been awful:
    I like "Waterloo".. :blushing:
     
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  18. May 22, 2005 #17
    Im not too sure about the comment by dextercioby about because this is an american website there should be no discussion about european events. There are many many european posters here.

    I watched eurovision this year. The first thing I noticed is that there were a lot of pretty girls singing wearing flimsy dresses. Feminem was the favourite in this category. Another thing I noticed is how similar Javine's song (UK entry which finished 3rd or 4th bottom) was to the Greek song. It seems that if people are talking about you before the event, then they get many votes.

    The voting was strange. But as it is televoting in many countries it is just people voting for their favourite countries. Countries like Turkey which have many Turks living in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany do well. The Turkish song was the worst in the competition in my opinion, but they still came mid table. Then they vote for the countries near them. The only two countries which really like UK it seems are Ireland and Malta. Wheras countries like Greece get lots of votes from their neighbours.
     
  19. May 22, 2005 #18

    Monique

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    As if the internet as borders :confused:
     
  20. May 22, 2005 #19

    dextercioby

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    Nope,it's just that this thread wouldn't get so much interest from them,which outnumber us.It's like someone opened a thread on Nascar...I think.Anyway,i'm waiting to be proven wrong :tongue2:

    Danie.
     
  21. May 22, 2005 #20

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    That song has been one of the best of the entire history of Eurovision.

    Both UK and Spain representants were pretty girls, but Arildno, your representant was an horrible guy who looked like Marilyn Manson. A very poor choice. :eek:
     
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