Ok, we admit not to have been the keenest supporters of Balkan ballads on this blog. However, after having watched BBC’s cut-and-dried 60th anniversary show the other night we have come to the realization that Eurovision without it is pretty much worthless. The anniversary show is perhaps worth a separate blog post, but please bear with us when we use this opportunity to point out just how wrong it was to leave out the history defining winner Molitva and Lane Moje. It’s beyond us, after all this competition is about so much more than just Scandinavian schlagers, Johnny Logan and a couple of gender benders.
Yay, the grand final is rapidly approaching in Copenhagen! We just watched the jury final, and here’s a heads up on what to expect:
1.Ukraine: Tick-Tock sung by Mariya Yaremchuk
Struggles to impress us with a man in a hamster wheel. That’s nothing but a nice try when Greece has THREE men on a TRAMPOLINE.
2.Belarus: Cheesecake sung by Teo
Thank God the final at least has one song about cakes. Claims to not be Patrick Swayze, which is great as he never would be able to lift us anyway.
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.
Just as Montenegro was turning into one of our favorite countries in Eurovision, for being bold and bonkers, they go ahead and turn all Balkan ballad on us. Uncongratulations.
Montenegro breaks the tradition of opening the first semi final this year, but continues being weird, nervy and completely out of sync with the rest of Europe.
Eurovision isn’t political you say? Please welcome this different organism:
Actually, in Norway most people think Rambo Amadeus is from FYROM, as our very own Per Sundnes ever so proudly announced on TV during our national final. But hey, we won’t be the ones to flunk him. Let’s just tell you another story. Because it just so happens that we’ve had a large dispute the last couple of days after a middle aged left winger who used to be worth mentioning the name of decided to throw an utterly racist song out there and blame it on satire when confronted. Continue reading