Are you ready to board the Air Artsvik flight to Kyiv?
Armenia was the last country to release its entry this season, even a few days after the EBU submission deadline. Perhaps a smart move as it does create attention and build up certain expectations. We remember Bulgaria having luck with doing something similar last year with If Love Was A Crime. On the other hand you are running the risk of losing time to garner views on YouTube and if people find out the song isn’t good enough and it wasn’t really worth the wait it might not have the anticipated effect. Continue reading
Yay, we just attended the first dress rehearsal for the first semi-final and it is shaping up to be a fabulous show. Here’s our first impressions for you:
01 Finland Sandhja Sing It Away
We keep mixing this up with the Spanish song. Which is not a good sign in our book. Backing singers are sweeping the floor with their microphone stands. Hope they get paid by SVT.
02 Greece Argo Utopian Land
Those who think this won’t qualify are seriously deluded. Sporting steaming hot bloke who rips his shirt off towards the end. Opa!
03 Moldova Lidia Isac Falling Stars
We know we are entering into our final week psychosis when we look at each other in nodding approval for the Moldovan entry. If we can’t have Laika the lonely dog in space in Eurovision, at least we can have a hot cosmonaut doing a summersault on stage.
04 Hungary Freddie Pioneer
Stands on what appears to be a perfectly marbled entrecote, which is pretty great because we love a good steak! He’s quite beefy too, come to think of it. We’ll take him medium rare, thank you. Yum!
Last night it was time for the opening party in Stockholm! With the plebeians kept comfortably at arms length, the Eurovision stars finally got to officially meet and greet each other. But before hogging into the free champagne and finger food at the swanky City Hall, they did their schlager duty and had a stroll down the red carpet to show off their finest rags and feathers.
We did of course miss our own Agnete, which was exactly to be expected. We offered to step in, but strangely we never received a reply to that email. Oh well, it’s their loss! As the organizers obviously preferred to keep us safely behind the barriers we made the most out of it and bellowed as loud as we could to catch the stars’ attention. Here’s a few red carpet highlights for you, with pics by yours truly and our buddies over at EBU.
We have to admit we kind of miss the type of entries from Armenia’s maiden years in Eurovision. The Armenians brought their own sound that at the time was perfect for what Eurovision had developed into. Mixing elements from traditional folk music with modern pop secured a string of top 10 finishes during the first years after their debut. From 2011 and onwards they went astray from that formula and the success rate dropped considerably. Last year’s pretentious super group entry was just vile.
Musical entertainment, stage decoration hobbies and the occasional dancing set aside, we all know what this contest is really about: The men. We have now reached the time of the contest when we need to sum up all our male acquaintances before they start disappearing again later tonight. And who did we like the most? Here are the results of the Norwegian jury.
1 point go to…Belarus
So, Uzari barely made our list, although he has got some great potential going for him. Main reason: Hair cut. We really need to talk about how to relate to curls without ending up looking like Lionel Richie, which shouldn’t be a goal for anybody. Until we’ve got that settled, Uzari can seek comfort in jumping back in line for the shop for fancy earrings together with the rest of Europe’s football players. Because that is where he truly belongs.
Sadly you won’t find your favorite Eurovision bloggers reporting live from the press center and from premier VIP seating inside the arena this year. Due to a series of unforeseen circumstances, which we won’t bore you with the details. But we promise to be back on location next year when it’s Italy’s turn to host Eurovision again!
How can six rights turn out to be one big wrong? Ask the Armenians.
We don’t know what’s worse. The wasted opportunity of bringing six captivating and brilliant artists together and then forcing them to embark on a horrific wailathon of epic proportions. Or the absolutely cringeworthy charade in the promotion of this entry, telling us how this is a song about universal values. Its message supposedly being, and we quote “Happiness is born when people are united and live in harmony with themselves, their families, love relationships and so on. Generations are shifting with time but the genealogy remains, thus the values of love and peace are stable”. Oh, really? Our BS indicator just went through the roof.
So. First semi final is no more than a week away and rehearsals are well on their way. Here are some of the most important facts we have picked up on this far:
Georgia is way funnier than first anticipated.How unbelievably cool is it to bring a parachute onstage? If you are to dance around high as a kite onstage, why not bring your kite, we say. And there is a slight possibility Israel’s lady might blow us all up, so security equipment is welcomed.
Speaking of Israel, we have an announcement to make: Three pair of pants have been found lurking around the airport looking for their owners. Mei and choir chicks can report to the information desk in order to get fully dressed for next week.
Doesn’t look like the Danes could be bothered with saving the best for last as they open the whole shebang on Tuesday night with one of the hottest pre contest favorites. But will Armenian Aram MP3 cut the mustard?