Eurovision 2013

Last night music fans across Europe were treated to the largest European music spectacle: the Eurovision Song Contest. As per usual the weird and whacky were out amongst some great artists to showcase the musical talent of their respective country.

This year the event was in Malmo, Sweden after last year’s win by Loreen with the powerful balad Euphoria. Sweden put down a brilliant show. For a change only one host, Petra Mede, a comedienne and television host. I have to say she had some brilliant lines which went well with the crowd.

Naturally the contest had it’s usual curiosity of artists, sometimes leaving the audience speechless.

France seemed to go for a look a like Madonna, Finland went for the gay vote with two girls kissing, the UK decided to go for a golden oldie with Bonnie Tyler, the Netherlands kept it plain and simple with Anouk, Greece’s kilt boys sang about Alcohol is Free and Romania went all out with Cezar’s gothic opera song.

Winner of the night was Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest with Only Teardrops. A catchy current song, with some great flute and drum play.

The morning after the night before many countries are go about conspiracies to defend their losses. The usual political block voting is very popular as well as “we were in the wrong place in the line-up” and many other excuses. Here I was thinking it was all about the song!

Surprisingly, this years main controversy appeared after Denmark’s win – potential plagiarism. Nothing new in this, as it comes up every so often and not only with winning songs.

I wonder what you think?

Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops

(Denmark Eurovision 2013)


K-Otic – I Surrender

Most likely you have never heard of the second song as it is by a Dutch Popband, created during one of the first of many singing shows called Starmaker (like X-Factor or American Idol). Just listen to both of them and try to strip away as much of the production, just listen to the rhythm and build. I have to say, to my ear, they do sound very similar, probably about 80% or more. Both are a decent song and I do think Denmark had a fair chance to win. I don’t think they were the best, but they won. These songs have been out for a good couple of months so any protest should have come out earlier.

Still, let me know your thoughts. Leave a comment with Yes for “they are pretty much the same” and No for “they are not, or I don’t care”.

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Yes, Eurovision came and went, but how did Spain get any points with a song that relied more on hairstyles than music!?

The Russians did well, but I think the song was alright, but was definitely improved by the Olympic ice skater…

Not entirely sure, but does that mean that the visual aspects of a song make it sound better? You can find some clips around the webscape if you want to see what I’m talking about.

Not that I’m one to knock the power of images with music, it’s just that was meant to be a song competition!

Just about everyone recognises the Rolling Stones ‘tounge and lips’ image, possibly because Mick Jagger has a similar look…

By comparison, The Beatles image was limited to spelling – plus some amazing photos.

I think the idea of the Eurovision competition is in danger of being a talent show with a predictable result. Two years ago Finland supplied a ‘Monster Metal Rock Band’ who

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Eurovision contestants 2008

Albania – Olta Boka – Zemren E Lame Peng
Andorra – Gisela – Casanova
Armenia – Sirusho – Qele Qele
Azerbaijan – Elnur Huseynov feat. Samir Javadzadeh – Day After Day
Belarus – Ruslan Alehno – Hasta La Vista
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Laka – Pokusaj
Bulgaria – Deep Zone and Balthazar – DJ, Take Me Away
Belgium – Ishtar – O Julissi na Jalini
Croatia – Kraljevi ulice feat. 75 cents – Romanca
Cyprus – Evdokia Kadi – Femme Fatale
Czechia – Tereza Kerndlova – Have Some Fun
Denmark – Simon Mathews – All Night Long
Estonia – Kreisiraadio – Leto Svet
Finland – Terasbetoni – Missa miehet ratsastaa
France – Sebastien Tellier – Divine
Georgia – Diana Gurtskaya – Peace Will Come
Greece – Kalomira – My Secret Combination
Germany – No Angels – Disappear
Hungary – Csezy – Candlelight
Iceland – Euroband – This is my life
Ireland – Dustin the Turkey – Irelande douze points
Israel – Bo’az Ma’uda – Ke’ilo kan
Latvia – Pirates of the Sea – Wolves of the sea
Lithuania – Jeronimas Milius – Nomads In The Night
Macedonia – Tamara feat. Vrcak and Adrian Gaxha – Vo imeto na ljubovta
Malta – Morena – Vodka
Moldova – Geta Burlacu – A Century of Love
Montenegro – Stefan Filipovic – Zauvijek volim te
Netherlands – Hind – Your Heart Belongs To Me
Norway – Maria Haukass Storeng – Hold On Be Strong
Poland – Isis Gee – For Life
Portugal – Vania – Senhora do Mar
Russia – Dima Bilan – Believe
Romania – Nico and Vlad Mirita – Pe-o margine de lume
San Marino – Miodio – Complice
Serbia – Jelena Tomasevic – Oro
Spain – Rodolfo Chikilicuatre – Baila el ChikiChiki
Slovenia – Rebeka Dremelj – Vrag Naj Vzame
Sweden – Charlotte Perrelli – Hero
Switzerland – Paolo Meneguzzi – Era Stupendo
Turkey – Mor ve Otesi – Deli
UK / Great Britain – Andy Abraham – Even If
Ukraine – Ani Lorak – Shady Lady

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Better weather on the way…

I am chilly and wrapped up and looking forward to a warm plate of fries. I have been reading the weather reports and it says there’s definitely better weather on the way 😀

I was trying to plan a beach party for tonight, but I am having to postpone it to the coming weekend. The last one I enjoyed with a small group of friends and we had fun cleaning up afterwards. The BBQ we had was a nightmare to start, don’t those things take ages to get going! Thankfully one of the people walking past eventually help us out with his lighter, as none of us smoke!

With that in mind, all of us enjoyed hot food instead of ultra fresh and raw food.

One of the chaps in a group next to us had a rather eye catching top on, more for the color then his body 🙂 . I have tried to find something similar but had a problem. The closest color I have found I decided to put a very bold design on. I would really love to meet the guy who would wear this one!

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