Barefoot performances at Eurovision

Considering that the blog is called “Barefoot-Eurovision,” this post was probably due for some time…

Sandie Shaw (United Kingdom 1967)

UK’s first Eurovision win (with 4 more to follow), and as far as I’m concerned, she is the first barefoot ESC winner. Doesn’t need any backup dancers, huge staplers (yes, I mean Sakis), or even color TV; she just has to stand there with confidence, slightly moving to the beat.

Dima Bilan (Russia 2008)

Even though I’ve BS’ed my way through English class saying how much I love cold concrete and snowfooting (walking barefoot in the snow), I can’t really snowfoot for more than half a minute. Could someone please tell me how he’s on the ice for 3 minutes? Or maybe it’s not even real ice but just some material that’s great to skate on….

Loreen (Sweden 2012)

When I first saw the performance, my first thought wasn’t that she was barefoot. Because I was still in humanities class and we had just finished talking about Baroque art, my first thought was “Dude, that’s a freakin’ rip-off of Bernini’s ‘The Ecstasy of St. Teresa’!” (OK, fine, if Bernini was the choreographer, he probably would have used multiple wind machines anyways).

Despite not being the first barefoot winner, Loreen did start a new trend of barefoot and dancing on stage. (Russia’s victory was instead well-known for a) the ice rink, b) Evgeni Plushenko, c) a guy playing a Stradivarius, and d) spending a @#$%^&* load of money to win.)

Emmelie de Forest (Denmark 2013)

So she’s barefoot on stage. (And I mean indoor stages only). For some people it’s a bit too formulaic (Barefoot? Check. Fire curtain? Check. Long flowy dress? Check. “Ethnic” instrument? Check.) My only complaint is that I bought a tin whistle in the key of D to play along with the introduction and realizing that the intro was in the key of C. Whoops…

Tanja (Estonia 2014)

Now…out of the 5 barefoot ESC performers in this list, which of the following does not belong? Even though the previous two wins set up the mentality that going unshod would mean victory, that didn’t happen (and it didn’t even qualify L). However, I have to say that it definitely looks like Tanja is in control of the setting, unlike Loreen, who looks like the setting is controlling her. I’m really tempted to try the part where Argo (male dancer) pulls on Tanja’s leg while she balances on the other, but at the same time I don’t want to fall over.





You know you’ve been watching too much Eurovision when… (PART 2)

Part 1:

Note: these are my own experiences and may not be your signs of reaching the point of too much ESC. But then again, is there really anything called too much ESC? 

  1. When listening to a Bruno Mars song, you think he sounds a bit like Boaz Mauda. Your family members simply look confused.
  2. After volunteer camp counselors spam you with “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars, you have to spam “Kedvesem” (Hungary 2013) for twice as long to remind yourself where the guitar intro is supposed to go.
  3. When you’re teaching English and are supposed to teach middle schoolers what hip-hop is, you don’t know if it’s a good idea to check YouTube because the first one you think of is Poland’s 2014 entry.
  4. When a student that you’re fed up with asks for Bruno Mars for the nth time, you play fake Bruno Mars in the form of Basim. (I don’t know why there are so many Bruno Mars references…)
  5. You’ve heard “Waterloo” so many times so that even if you hated it at first you’ve at least built up a tolerance to the song. Also you’re embarrassed to tell other Eurovision fans that you don’t like the song.
  6. You facepalm when you hear people (namely teaching assistants) confuse Monaco and Montenegro. Seriously, do you think Monaco would ever send dubstep astronauts? (Also: Slovakia and Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland)
  7. Political map of Europe quiz? That will take about 5 minutes max, given that the questions are tricky.
  8. When looking at hairstyle pictures, you pick the one that looks like Sanna Nielsen’s 2014 hairstyle because that’s the only familiar look in the book, even if you know you’re going to look ridiculous.
  9. Your parents suddenly ask how you know “that stupid Genghis Khan song” that they heard as kids.
  10. You’re sick of explaining Eurovision as “something like American Idol” and Melodifestivalen as “32 One Direction rejects.”
  11. Also, it’s kind of difficult when the only people that know about the contest before you explain are your Russian friend, your geography prof, and a random guy with Epic Sax Guy as his ringtone.
  12. Even though it’s annoying enough when songs rhyme “fire” with “desire”, there are more annoying combos: rhyming “rain,” “Lorraine,” and “pain,” or “Džuli” and “Juli.”
  13. When a substitute teacher asks, “Where the hell do you need German?” you have to refrain from responding, “How the hell am I supposed to listen to Peter Urban’s commentary at ESC?”
  14. You schedule your events around national finals during the season. No one is to bother you during MelFest or Eesti Laul.

Tell Me Who You Are (in the lab)

Based on the original music video, we can probably conclude that the song directed at the something missing between two lovers, stating that if one of them doesn’t open up on their identity, the relationship is pretty much screwed.

Considering that the only “relationship” (if you can even call it that) is between me and my 2kg organic chem textbook after I broke up with a real person, I’ll have to tweak the meaning to fit me: Instead of the song discussing emotional distance between two people, it would discuss a person who likes the subject but just “doesn’t get” orgo and can’t run any reactions, whether on paper or in the lab. As a result, the person is desperately holding on, trying his or her best to not fail and need to retake the class.

I guess the relationship between a student and his/her chem textbook and the relationship between people is pretty similar, though I would prefer to use the analogy of being a teacher and needing to know all the students and faculty. Each person is different and has their own group of friends, just like each compound is different but has specific functional groups (alcohol, aldehyde, ketone, etc), and the groups function similarly. As a result, after understanding the people/compounds, they would be able to predict “what happens next.”

However, textbooks don’t eat your food. They don’t obnoxiously text you when you want to stay in binge-watching 10 years’ worth of ESC contests. And considering that I can’t really talk to people, I’ll keep the textbook. At least until the semester’s over.

I can’t [stay sane] without music

I really don’t like this song. Or at least I haven’t listened to it enough to tolerate/enjoy it, and I still facepalm myself asking why Germany sent this to the contest (This also applies to other specific countries and their songs to the 2002 contest)

However, I definitely agree with the title, and I can’t remember not at least tapping out a beat or having a song stuck in my head (Yay for the Ohrwurm Network!), and yes, I find it extremely difficult to do anything without some form of music in the background.

This often leads to major clashes with my family, which for some reason can deal with silence for more than 5 minutes at a time, while I constantly need to hum a tune or keep headphones in my ears to pretty much stay sane. For example, today when I was washing the dishes, one family member constantly told me to shut up, saying that they were holding a pilot run of “Music Censorship Week” (which lasts typically less than 30 seconds). Even though someone could have thrown in the “my rights end where your rights begin” argument and have it make perfect sense, I probably would have disagreed anyways, since how does someone break the monotony of washing countless dishes? I wanted a beat to lean onto and lyrics to sing, since I can’t pre-organize my thoughts to talk in a straight line.

I also constantly get my phone taken away at home for listening to music while studying, even though I’m already in uni. Sure, maybe my psych prof was right that studying and music together resulted in less effective studying, but take away the music then I get bored, start doodling and/or writing sarcastic comments on the paper, and eventually there’s no studying anyways. So in that case, which option sounds better? Somewhat paying attention or not paying any attention?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going back to get my daily required dosage of Eurovision…

Song Title Survey

Okay…I apologize for not doing a real post, but this is what you do when all you have is 5 minutes to spare and/or if you are bored.

The rules:
1. Put your music player on shuffle on all your music.
2. Press forward for each question.
3. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn’t make sense. NO CHEATING!

1) Will it be okay?
Netherlands 2013- Birds
2) How are you feeling today?
Netherlands 1969- De Troubadour
3) How do your friends see you?
Iceland 2008- This is My Life
4) Will you get married?
Malta 2010- My Dream
5) What is your best friend’s theme song?
Sweden 2004- It Hurts
6) What is the story of your life?
Austria 2012- Woki mit deim Popo (Shake your Ass)
7) What was high school like?
Italy 2014- La Mia Citta (My City)
8) How can you get ahead in life?
Denmark 1963- Dansevise (Dance Song)
9) What is the best thing about your friends?
France 1977- L’oiseau et L’enfant (The Bird and the Child)
10) What is today going to be like?
Israel 2005- Hasheket Shenish’ar (The Silence that Remains)
11) What is in store for this weekend?
Bulgaria 2010- Angel Si Ti (You are an Angel)
12) What song describes you?
Israel 2011- Ding Dong
13) To describe your grandparents?
Lithuania 2010- Eastern European Funk
14) How is your life going?
Iceland 1997- Minn Hinsti Dans (My Last Dance)
15) What song will they play at your funeral?
FYR Macedonia 2012- Crno i Belo (Black and White)
16) How does the world see you?
Germany 2003- Let’s Get Happy
17) Will you have a happy life?
Sweden 2003- Give Me Your Love
18) What do your friends really think of you?
Montenegro 2009- Just Get Out of My Life
19) Do people secretly lust after you?
Russia 2008- Believe
20) How can I make myself happy?
Russia 2014- Shine
21) What should you do with your life?
Finland 2012- När Jag Blundar (When I Close My Eyes)
22) Will you ever have children?
Israel 2008- The Fire in Your Eyes

Title: Ireland 2011- Lipstick

Who says you can only do one thing?

It can sometimes suck being a pre-meds student. Because you plan to apply to med school, there are so many requirements: get really good grades (or else no one will want you), wipe out all the challenging+relevant courses which often involve 5 hours of lab for 1 or 0 credits  (or else no one will want you), participate in relevant extracurriculars (or else no one will want you), and pretty much average at less than 5 hours of sleep per night.

And then some students have tiger parents that constantly tell you off for wasting time with music while studying (even if it keeps you sane after drawing 40 pages worth of organic chemistry reaction mechanisms), the only bit of music you get is from sneaking onto Youtube at night on your phone or singing in the shower. But who says you have to throw out music completely? Seriously…

This person is a doctor.

This person is a PhD/pharmacology student.

This person went to med school. (Ok, so he ended up becoming a comedian/singer/TV show host after finishing, but still!)

This person is a lawyer.