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Ten reasons to love Eurovision

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1. The costumes… See Ukraine, 2007:Image

For more excellent examples, check out this link:

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/25/world/europe/eurovision-crazy-outfits

2. The fact that it doesn’t matter what genre of music your song fits into, you can still compete – and win. See Lordi, 2006, with their song ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’. And their costumes made a nice change from the standard ‘attractive woman in a white dress’ which has plagued Eurovision in recent years. Good work, Finland.

3. The cameos –  from Dita Von Teese (who appeared with Germany’s entry in 2009), to Tatu performing for Russia in 2003, and Andrew Lloyd Webber accompanying the UK’s entry in 2009, you never quite know who might appear on the Eurovision stage…

4. The gimmicks –  This years most talked about gimmick is probably that of the tallest man in America carrying the Lithuanian entry on to the stage, although the Finnish act, who has been wearing a wedding dress during all interviews for the past week and caused controversy with a lesbian kiss during her song, is running a close second. Previous gimmicks include ice skaters, fairies on unicycles, a violinist on a spinning podium, a 95 year old man playing the double bass, and some Russian grannies standing around an oven… For those who aren’t too confident about their song, this is definitely the way forward.

5. The commentary. The more acerbic the better. It’s all said with affection!

7. SO LUCKY!! *

6. ESL Pop  – There are some things that just don’t translate. Examples include this years Lithuanian entry “because of the shoes i’m wearing today, one’s called love and the other’s called pain”, and the Moldovan entry from last year “you have never been to my show you’ve never seen before how looks my trumpet”.

8. The snapshots between the songs. Each year is more bizarre than the last, and yet I still immediately feel the need to go on holiday to that years host country.

9. That moment of joy when there’s a song you would actually consider listening to again willingly. Although admittedly, it does spoil the fun a little. Lena’s Satellite is my personal choice in this category.

10.The symbolism.  As much as it’s become the voting is political, the songs are often terrible, and there are far too many women in white dresses, the sentiment behind it is pretty nice. Europe coming together, showcasing our different cultures, and generally having a smashing time.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a song contest to watch.
*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqNmLtMBTSw

EUROVISION… better than Christmas??!

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So, in honour of my favourite weekend of the year, here’s my list of Top Ten  Five Six Eurovision Moments:

1. 1996: One of my earliest memories of Eurovision is Gina G and her classic Eurovision tune ‘Ooh Aah Just A Little Bit‘. I was 7, not allowed to stay up past the songs, and have loved Eurovision ever since. She came in 8th place overall, but reached number 1 in the UK charts – the last Eurovision song to do so. Bring back Gina, that’s what I say!

2. 1997: WE WON! Not quite sure what Katrina and the Waves had that Gina G didn’t (she was robbed!), but still a great achievement. Even at 8, I was fiercely competitive. 1996 was also the year of the Boyzone school bag, and so that year’s Eurovision ranks doubly highly due to the presence of Ronan Keating as host… In fact, it could only have been improved to my 8 year old mind by the presence of dancing leprechauns. Nice work, Ireland.

3. 1994: My absolute earliest memory of Eurovision – Riverdance performing during the interval. I spent the next year practicing my moves in front of the Riverdance video that my mum bought for me… I even had a copycat black velvet dress (from ASDA – the things you remember!). Michael Flatley became my second favourite Irishman. But remember, don’t move those arms!

4. 2010: Skipping ahead a bit here. There were some CRACKING songs this year, and I watched the show with some CRACKING people, too. Lena’s song ‘Satellite’ was a deserving winner, and there’s a special shout out to Tom Dice’s ‘Me and My Guitar’ which got my housemates and I through a traumatic all-nighter, spent making a scrapbook for a very special Frenchman before he abandoned us to move to Australia [Yes, we bought the album and we’re not ashamed to say so!!!]. Sob. Altogether now: “Bought new underwear for you, light blue – wore it just the other day!” …Actually on second thoughts, that quote probably gives the wrong impression of our relationship with said Frenchman.


5. 1998: Dana International. Eurovision proves that music can overcome prejudice once again – Dana International, a transgender woman from Israel, wins with her song Diva. Can someone please explain to me why Israel gets to enter a European song competition though? I’ve been a devoted follower of Eurovision for 15 years and I still don’t know!

6. 2011: This was the year of Moldova’s crazed, unicycling, trumpet-playing Gnomes. Their song ‘So Lucky’ perfectly sums up all of the reasons I love watching Eurovision: catchy, creative and just a little bit wacky! This was also the first year I’ve had a proper Eurovision party – a great idea that I recommend if you are a Eurovision fan. Each guest picked a country, came dressed in national garb (or in my case, a Union Jack dress a la Geri Halliwell) and brought native food. Epic. My personal highlight was a friend who decided to represent Germany discovering that the Lederhosen he ordered online were made of PVC, and wearing them anyway. Hot 😉

What is your favourite Eurovision moment?