30 Days of Eurovision Challenge- Day 17

Prompt: Song(s) you would use to introduce others to Eurovision

I’m not very good with choosing just one song to introduce people to ESC; this year I just decided to copy all the links onto Excel with some basic information (country, artist, song title, language) and shove all 40 songs down people’s throats. It’s either that or I just refer them to Tumblr. But when they have more than 3 minutes to talk, then I pull out my phone and ask them if they want to see the good music or the “weird” entries.

In “normal” cases I introduce people with Loreen’s “Euphoria” since it’s probably the most mainstream/radio-friendly/non-ESC-fan friendly entry.

And now that Måns Zelmerlöw has won ESC this year, I’m probably going to use “Heroes” in the same way. I’m guessing my manager at work already knows the song; I’ve been singing the song ever since I started work a few weeks after Melodifestivalen ended….

If it’s a person that I know fairly well, then I don’t ask them and just pull out the weird entries. 90% of the time it’s probably “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” or “Party for Everybody” because I love watching their reactions.

I would probably introduce people with Moldova’s 2010 entry “Run Away,” but my phone ringtone is already of Epic Sax Guy’s solo. (Click here to get saxrolled.)

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30 Days of Eurovision Challenge- Day 16

30 Days of Eurovision Challenge- Day 16

Prompt: The first ESC song that you listened to

If the prompt meant the first ESC song that I listened to in general, it would be either Waterloo (Sweden 1974) or The Voice (Ireland 1996).

My mom used to keep an ABBA Gold Hits CD in the car, and I would play that because I liked it better than the other classical music CD’s. However, “Waterloo” was the track 19 in the CD and we barely hit track 14 before someone took the disk out. When I did hear it for the first time, I wasn’t very impressed either; I preferred “Dancing Queen” and “Super Trouper” in the first half of the disk. Years later the CD is still in the car, and I still don’t listen to “Waterloo” very much. I just listen to it every few months in case a) someone asks a trivia question about where Napoleon surrendered or b) if I ever get to go to a Eurovision party and have to sing the song.

Shortly after I found out about YouTube (which totally beat playing games on Neopets) I started listening to Celtic Woman. Their music was a lot calmer than whatever the bus played on the radio, and it really helped me to calm down after having a bad day. One of their hit songs was a cover of Eimear Quinn’s “The Voice.” I was kind of confused at first when searching for the song on Wikipedia, because I thought it was one of their original songs when it wasn’t. Out of the two versions, I still prefer Lisa Kelly’s CW version over Eimear Quinn because it sounds a little more full, but without the 1996 version there would have been no CW version in 2007.


If the prompt meant the first ESC song I listened to in context of Eurovision, then the answer’s pretty simple: Alexander Rybak’s “Fairytale.” Let’s thank Scandinavia and the World for introducing me to the contest…

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30 Days of Eurovision Challenge- Day 15

Prompt: Your favourite backing vocalist

It’s kind of hard picking a backing vocalist if you don’t know anyone’s name. So I’m going to choose Hera Björk, who represented Iceland in 2010 as a soloist and was a backing vocalist in 2008, 2009, and 2015.

(and I’ll apologize for a really lazy post today; classes and work take up a lot of time, so I’ll have to re-organize some things after realizing that time is like thunder.)

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For the first time in forever…

For the first time in forever (So how many of you sang that?), or at least in 48 years, Austria hosted the ESC. But that’s not the only first…

For the first time ever, three women hosted the competition.

And Conchita hosted the green room

 

For the first time ever, Slovenia and Montenegro qualified for the final two years in a row.

“Guess what guys? We qualified! Everyone smile for the camera!” 

“Vote for the Love, guys!”

 

 

For the first time since 2008, Latvia qualified for the final (and earned a very respectable top 10 placing).

For the first time since 2002, all 3 Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) appeared in the final. They placed 7th, 6th, and 18th, respectively.

For the first time since 2007, only 2 Nordic countries appeared in the final. Sorry Finland, Iceland, and Denmark…

For the first time since 2010, Israel qualified for the final.

For the first time ever, Serbia sent a song in English.

It got her 10th place too

 

For the first time ever, Albania retracted the winning Festivali i Këngës entry and internally selected a new song.

For the first time ever, Australia entered the competition. And as a result, it’s also the first time people messed up Australia and Austria in the contest.

XD

 

 

 

 

For the first time ever, China broadcast the competition live. I guess that was where Pilou Asbaek was going when he made all the references to China.

Which kind of explained this interval act last year…

 

For the first time ever, Eurovision was broadcast live on YouTube.

For the first time ever, the overall winner won the jury vote but not the televote.

“Can we get that microphone trophy too? Because we beat Sweden by nearly 100 points in televoting.

 

For the first time ever, 2nd place earned over 300 points.

For the first time ever, the EBU had to use anti-booing software due to angry fans annoyed at Russia.

Conchita is disappointed that this even has to be implemented.

 

For the first time ever, the hosting country earned 0 points.

And they set their piano on fire.

 

And the winner is…Sweden!

I was going to post this yesterday, but congratulations to Sweden and Måns Zelmerlöw for winning the 60th Eurovision Song Contest with 365 points!

It’s also Sweden’s 6th win since ABBA in 1974.

Ranking:

1. Sweden- 365 points
2. Russia- 303 points
3. Italy- 292 points
4. Belgium- 217 points
5. Australia- 196 points
6. Latvia- 186 points
7. Estonia- 106 points
8. Norway- 102 points
9. Israel- 97 points
10. Serbia- 53 points
11. Georgia- 51 points
12. Azerbaijan- 49 points
13. Montenegro- 44 points
14. Slovenia- 39 points
15. Romania- 35 points
16. Armenia- 34 points (Tie Break)
17. Albania- 34 points
18. Lithuania- 30 points
19. Greece- 23 points (only 8 of which came from Cyprus)
20. Hungary- 19 points
21. Spain- 15 points
22. Cyprus- 11 points (And Greece only gave Cyprus 10 points. Death and taxes are still guaranteed, but Greece and Cyprus exchanging 12 points isn’t anymore.)

23. Poland- 10 points
24. United Kingdom- 5 points
25. France- 4 points
26. Germany- 0 points (There were points somewhere in the split voting but they disappeared)
27. Austria- 0 points

 

 

American ESC Fan problems

As much as I would like to watch the Eurovision final on Saturday, living in a different time zone (GMT-5) makes it extremely difficult because of something called work. Instead of getting to sit down in front of my computer and streaming the contest off YouTube or SVT Play, I have to stand in a bakery until 17:00 local time (23:00 CET), and by then most of the contest will be over. But living in a different time zone isn’t the only issue:

  • Before the actual contest, there’s a chance that you can’t listen to the song on YouTube because the song’s “not available in your country/region.” Don’t even try Spotify, since the Eurovision Spotify playlist doesn’t work in the US.

  • It’s not just the time zone; it’s also the time of the month/year. When I discovered Eurovision in high school I realized that ESC took place during AP testing season (for college credit). And now that I’m in uni, I’m dealing with summer classes. And work, obviously.

  • When delegations advertise “Win a free ticket to Eurovision,” it’s only for residents in Europe/the EBU. Or it’s written in a language that I and/or Google Translate can’t read.

Must be 18 or older and must be residing in Europe when the winners are selected…

 

But I’m not going to complain since I already got to watch the 1st and 2nd semis this year with sound, and that’s already a great improvement to dealing with shite internet stream and family members who don’t approve of my interests. I’m probably going to keep 27 flags in my back pocket and talk about the contest with my coworkers who don’t know anything besides hearing me constantly sing “Heroes” for the past 2 months. It’s also nice that the US was pretty well represented this year:

Charlie Mason- Lyricist for Serbian and Slovenian entries

Tamar Kaprelian- Representing the Americas in Genealogy, Armenia’s entry this year

MERJ (which included former members of Blackstreet)- Performed with Daniel Kajmakoski in this year’s Macedonian entry

I guess the USA can build bridges with the Eurovision world. I’m just not invited because unlike with Uzari and Maimuna, time is not on my side. when it comes to watching the final. 🙂 Now ESC World, make some noise so people outside of the world can hear you too!

Running Order on Saturday… (and derpy flags)

1. “Here for You” – Maraaya

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2. “N’oubliez Pas”- Lisa Angell

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3. “Golden Boy”- Nadav Guedj

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4. “Goodbye to Yesterday”- Elina Born & Stig Rästa

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5. “Still in Love with You”- Electro Velvet

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6. “Face the Shadow”- Genealogy

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7. “This Time”- Vaidas Baumila & Monika Linkytė

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8. “Beauty Never Lies”- Bojana Stamenov

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9. “A Monster like Me”- Mørland & Debrah Scarlett

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10. “Heroes”- Måns Zelmerlöw

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11. “One thing I Should Have Done”- John Karayiannis

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12. “Tonight Again”- Guy Sebastian

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13. “Rhythm Inside”- Loïc Nottet

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14. “I am Yours”- The MakeMakes

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15. “One Last Breath”- Maria-Elena Kyriakou

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16. “Adio”- Knez

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17. “Black Smoke”- Ann Sophie

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18. “In the Name of Love”- Monika Kuszyńska

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19. “Love Injected”- Aminata

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20. “De la capăt/All Over Again”- Voltaj

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21. “Amanecer”- Edurne

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22. “Wars for Nothing”- Boggie

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23. “Warrior”- Nina Sublatti

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24. “Hour of the Wolf”- Elnur Hüseynov

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25. “A Million Voices”- Polina Gagarina

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26. “I’m Alive”- Elhaida Dani

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27. “Grande Amore”- Il Volo

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Good luck to everyone in the final!