Our Night: Courting the Stars on the Blue Carpet

After having such a blast at the Israeli party on Saturday we needed a bit of time to cure our hangovers, so if you checked our blog for updates about the Big 5 rehearsing in the arena yesterday, you are obviously hanging out at the wrong place in cyberspace. After spending a couple of hours on styling and make-up we were ready to hit the blue carpet. When we arrived we found out that we were not supposed to walk the blue carpet ourselves, but nevermind. At least the organizers gave us a stellar slot between the two biggest TV channels in Norway, NRK and TV2, so we did not make a scene. Continue reading

Semi final 2: awards of the evening

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We do not have a flag. We repeat, that is not a weapon of mass destruction. Pic by no one from EBU. We hope.

Yay, that was one FABULOUS semi final. We are still high on Georgia or a naked Måns Zelmerlöw with woolf or vodka shots or all of the above, but we have a few awards to hand out, nonetheless.

Biggest cheer in the arena: The crowd during and after Australia’s performance. What a great idea of EBU to move Australia to Europe. It really saves us a lot of travelling time, so we’re considering spending New Year’s Eve in Sydney next year.

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All entries, Semi final 1 2017

Watch all the entries for semi final 1 in Kyiv with links to our reviews when they are finished:

Albania

Read our review “Albania’s estranged world”

Armenia

Read our review: “Flying high with Armenia

Australia

Read our review: “Australia is great. So great

Azerbaijan

Read our review: “A few facts about Azerbaijan

Belgium

Read our review: “Belgium In The Danger Zone”

Cyprus

Read our review “Let him be our hard”

Czech Republic

Read our review: “The Czech review checked off our list

Finland

Read our review “Nordic Noir from the Finns”

Georgia

Read our review “No Faith in Georgia”

Greece

Read our review “Greece <3 The 90s”

Iceland

Read our review “Icelandic Paperwork”

Latvia

Read our review: “Where to draw the line, Latvia?

Moldova

Read our review “Mamas Ready For a Sunstroke”

Montenegro

Read our review: “Into space with Montenegro”

Poland

Read our review: “Poland stripped naked

Portugal

Read our review “Obrigada, Portugal”

Slovenia

Read our review: “Slovenia grabbing the Disney pussy

Sweden

Read our review: “Syntax error, Swedish edition

All entries, semi final 2 2017

Watch all the entries for semi final 2 in Kyiv with links to our reviews when they are finished:

Austria

Read our review: “James Blunt, Austria edition

Belarus

Read our review: “Belarusian Conspiracy Theories

Bulgaria

Read our review: “Hit or miss from Bulgaria?

Croatia

Read our review: “10 reasons to love Croatia. And 10 reasons not to

Denmark

Read our review: “Denmark stuck at Dr. Phil’s

Estonia

Read our review: “Estonia Got Their Groove Back”

F.Y.R. Macedonia

Read our review: “Macedonian dancefloor filler

Hungary

Read our review: “Another win from Hungary

Ireland

Read our review “Ireland Trying To Die”

Israel

Read our review “Get The Party Started, Israel”

Lithuania

Read our review “Lithuania Conceptualized”

Malta

Read our review; “A quick question about Malta

Norway

Read our review: “OMG, we support Norway

Romania

Read our review: “We hereby apologize for Romania

Russia (NOT participating, it seems, but we still keep it in here)

Read our review: “10 reasons Julia Samoylova shouldn’t be allowed into Kyiv”

San Marino

Read our reveiw: “The San Sational Valentina Monetta Is Back!”

Serbia

Read our review: “Shallow Serbia

Switzerland

Read our review: “Like Swiss Clockwork”

The Netherlands

Rear our review: “OBGYN go home”

 

All entries, Grand final 2017

Watch all the entries for the grand final in Kyiv with links to our reviews when they are finished:

France

Read our review “Momento Mori, France”

Germany

Read our review “Hattrick for Germany?”

Italy

Read our review: “50 reasons to love Italy

Spain

Read our review: “Don’t do THIS for your lover

Ukraine

Read our review: “Yup, Ukraine Will Definitely Bomb This Year”

United Kingdom

Read our review “We Give Up On You, UK”

Eurovision with the stars

Dancing with the stars is up and running in Norway, and this season it’s actually kinda great due to the fab crew TV 2 has managed to gather. There is even two former MGP participants still dancing – Stella Mwangi and Rune Larsen. We’re actually more than happy to stay home on a Saturday night, and especially so tonight. Because tonight it is show time. Eurovisional show time, in fact.

All couples will be dancing to Eurovision songs – everything from Diggi Loo Diggi Ley to J’aime La Vie to Hard Rock Hallelujah. We can’t wait to see their interpretation, although will be aware of the blasphemy of rather dull musicians performing the songs. But hey, you can’t get it all, and we’re confident the frocks, glitter and moves will be more than satisfying enough to make up for it.

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Oslo Flashbacks

As we are about to embark on a new Eurovision adventure in Düsseldorf, we just have to stop for a moment and reminisce over the great times we had in Oslo last year.

The hysterically funny and talented Humon has her very own take on the world, and Scandinavia in particular. Her account of what went on in Oslo during Eurovision 2010 is absolutely priceless, and we warmly recommend every Eurovision fan out there to check it out for a good laugh. Anybody else besides us who thinks this one is a bell ringer?

MGP, second semi-final: Live blog

20:00: There’s Anne? Or is it? Love the dress, absolutely hate the hair. She looks like…erm, can’t really figure out what she looks like.
20.02: Look, there’s Ovi! Good stuff!
20:03: Per Sundnes blabbering away.
20:04: We just can’t believe Ovi wrote that garbage song.
20:06: Man, that bloke is on steroids.
20:07: Oh, but do we love Pernille’s dress! And the song is a little better allthough lyrics still hurt.
20.08: We take that back as Pernille just turned into a cheerleader. And WHAT’s up with that gang in the background?
20:09: Jeez, Anne Rimmen, you are one boring chick for looking so good.
20.10: When did Per turn into a ranger? A gay man should know how to look a little bit better when chatting up four swell blokes like that.
20:12: What’s up with standing inside a house? We’re still not loving this. Gawd, please make ’em stop.
20.13: You are not dependable, man. Really aren’t. Cut your hair.
20.15: Finally Marika. But man, that dog is annoying.
20:17: Oooh, love the hat and the skirt. Really feel sorry for the man stuck inside a picture frame, though. 20:20: Quele quele opa, man. This is all of Eurovision captured in one song. Just like it should be. Go girl!
20:20: Oh no, 2 Unlimited again.
20:21: Christians coming through. We’re happy Isabella do not aim for the new Bjørn Eidsvåg position. One is more than enough.
20:24: That is one horrible outfit. Suits the song.
20:25: OMG, FORGET about that sand, will you?
20:27: Anne Rimmen still giving us very shocking information: We have now listened to four songs.
20:29: WHO cut Endre’s hair? Please fire that hairdresser.
20:31: Take your jacket off, man. You’re inside.
20:31: Please tell us we do not have four aerobic people in the background there
20:32: Still enjoying this. Kinda embarassing. And feeling a little cougarish.
20:34: Thank you Justin Bieber, see you in Spectrum.
20:35: Not looking forward to this. Hanne is so lovely, but the song really isn’t
20:36: Omg, that lovely, lovely dress. Please don’t start singing. Please, please, please….
20:37: Is this Anna Bergendal’s mother? The catastrophy is inevitable. Now we just wait for it to end.
20:39: We’re sure we can get you into p4, now stop.
20:42: Is MGP still on or did we accidentally switch to Top Model?
20:43: Baby, you are not all right. Nough said.
20:45: WHEN is this over?
20:46: We keep wondering if Anne’s hair is exported back to London. What happened there?
20: 47: Finished allready? But we haven’t heared anything we love yet. How is that possible?
20:49: We can’t understand who will win this. But as long as it’s not Isabella, we’ll survive.
20:49: Ready for Alexander Stenerud now. Our hearts start beating really fast. What number do we use for voting for him?
20:50: And omg, there’s Sigrid. She’s lovely. But can she really find a man in Florø? We think not.
20:51: Omg, there’s men in speedos!
20:52: Even firemen looks bad in Florø. Get out of there!
20:56: Look at us, Alexander! Over here! You know our heart is yours!  But you forgot to button your shirt, man.
20:57: Always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always we love you.
20:57: Oh, no. Cougar senior coming through.
20:59: Jeez, grandma Guri is one horrible chick. Get away from  Alexander!
20:59: Give it to us, baby!
21:02: Oh no, we’re not rid of Mimi Blix yet.
21:03: One more chance for Endre. Yay.
21:04: Get out of here! Who put Hanne in the final? WHY do we have to hear this one more time?
21:05: She’s cute and all, but the song, people? The song? Isn’t that important at all?
21:06: Oh, the horror, the horror!
21:08: Now we’re kinda happy Per Sundnes decided Helene Bøksle will win this year. Because that means this one won’t.
21:09: Starting to worry the Babelfishes will win
21:10: And they did. This is horrible!
21:11: FML, FML, FML, FML, FML, FML. Telly goes OFF. Good night.

And it is offcially confirmed, Alexander can dance!

What better to do on a Friday night than to tune in on the season premiere of the Swedish edition of Strictly Come Dancing? We don’t usually watch that much Swedish TV, but we’ll gladly give it a shot to watch our favorite fiddler swing his cute little tushy on the dancefloor. Can he charm his way into the uptight Swedes’ hearts? After all they did award Norway with their douze points when he performed his fairytale in Moscow, so if he manages to show them some decent moves and bite his tongue before he blurts out too much stupid stuff afterwards he might have a fair chance!

And he can dance alright! Alexander convinced the judges with a dashing English Waltz, and by that finishing the first round on the top of the scoreboard. No one will be kicked out of the competition during the first show, but it certainly looks like our buddy is off to a good start.

The rest of the participants is pretty much a bunch of people we have never heard about before so we’re obviously not that into the Swedish celebrity gossip columns, but we did detect a couple of good movers who might give Alexander a fair fight for the trophy. The actor Figge Norling and some kick ass rally racing chick named Tina Thörner (sic!) surprised us with being smooth and charming. Besides it also turns out that there’s a domestic Schlager Queen in the line-up, Jessica Andersson, part of the duo Fame which scored a 5th place for Sweden in ESC back in 2003. This is btw the very same duo our legendary Norwegian ESC commentator Jostein Pedersen referred to as “equally charming as a Ivar bookshelf from IKEA”. In our humble opinion it does at least look like Jessica has moved up a couple of steps on the furniture metaphor ladder. We’d say that she is now a reasonably comfy couch from Bolia.