All right, it’s time to take a closer look at the other Balkan ballad in the second semi-final. We may have accidentally given you half our review of Serbia’s Nova Deca when raving on about Montenegro the other day, but this little gem is turning out to be the gift that keeps on giving, so please bear with us and our ramblings. It’s all there really, crammed into three minutes. From the excessively long song intro and the proper use of traditional instruments to gorgeous women with pouty lips and lots of purposeful arm waving. The lyrics are of course being kept in the original language, and never mind the lyrics by the way, because chanting nananas and sorrowful wailing makes up most of the singing anyway. Continue reading
You don’t know what you got till it’s gone, the saying says and it wasn’t until Eurovision was wiped clean of Balkan ballads we realized how much we really adore this genre. One simply cannot endure Eurovision with at least one, tear dripping, larger than life, big fat BB in the line-up and this year we will have TWO. Oh, joy. Proves to show beyond doubt that splitting up Serbia and Montenegro was the right decision. Continue reading
Among the many great things about being part of the Eurovision fan community, attending the international finals, going to preview parties and catching the odd national final somewhere in Europe every now and then is the chance to get behind the scenes. We cannot count how many fabulous moments we have shared over the years, jumping with joy on the dance floor at Euroclub, wailing along to schlagers, taking a selfie with Francesco’s gorilla and whatnot. We also get to hang out with some of the artists and we’ve met quite a few genuinely nice and interesting people, working both on and off stage as part of the different delegations. Continue reading
So, the Irish released their entry for Lisbon this week and it’s every bit of disappointing as we expected it to be.
When talent show regular Ryan O’Shaughnessy was announced as the Irish entrant earlier this winter it caused nothing more than a collective shoulder shrug across Europe. Most fans have given up on the former Eurovision champion years ago. One would think that the current miserable state they’re in and four non-qualifications in a row would solicit a bit of serious soul searching on the green island, but we guess not! Continue reading
Last time Finland brought monsters to Eurovision, they won.
Saara Aalto was voted “The Most Positive Person in Finland” in 2017 which we suppose means she smiled at one point during that year. Whether it also earned her the right to represent Finland in Eurovision in 2018 we dunno, but YLE didn’t want to risk the chance of her ending as runner-up in UMK for yet another year. Having Saara onboard in Lisbon might not be enough to permanently change our conception of the Finns, but we can’t deny being a tad smitten with her bubbly personality. Continue reading
Hooray, our national final is soon ready to blow the roof off Oslo Spektrum. We think. Must admit we are not always super happy with Norway’s finals, but we actually think it is pretty good this year. And we’re not only saying that because we desperately want NRK to give us an accreditation for Lisbon. True story. We swear.
In fact, we’re mostly saying that because we were in the listening group that helped picked the songs for MGP this year, and if the result wasn’t good, who else to blame but…ourselves? NOT a blame game we like playing in GEE HQ. Also the listening group looked a bit like this:
Ok, peeps, we have a whopping 43 reviews to churn out over the next couple of months, so we better get on with it. Here’s Switzerland for you!
The Swiss struggle to get their s*it together on the Eurovision stage. It seems like they fail to understand that without the support of reliable bloc voting, they really need to stand out to get noticed. That they are in need something remarkable, like a woman with a beard, or a pixie girl in a LBD and cute mockney accent. And most of all they need a good song. Continue reading
Hurrah, after last nights’s glorious semi-final we are now ready to focus fully on the Grand Final. The day has been spent resting, getting our nails done and stuffing our faces with 1 kg of meat and 1/2 kg of cheese in a fabuoulus Georgian restaurant, before hitting the press center where we will be live blogging from the jury rehearsal. Keep hitting that refresh button for updates! Continue reading
It’s time to pick our 10 favorites to qualify for the final from the second semi-final. After countless vodka shots at Euroclub last night we’re perhaps not in a state where it’s advisable to make any sorts of decisions, but whatever, here we go! To read our reviews, just click your way through the list. Continue reading
Time to get ready for dress rehearsal for semi final 2. As you probably know, there are two of them following each other, and the last one of them is the jury final, which the jury votes are based on. However, that crashes with our very important party schedule, so we can only cover the first one. This is what we noticed: