Monday, May 18, 2009

Eurovision

Eurovision has become a bit of a tradition in our house. We watch it every year. But surprisingly we stumble upon it by accident every time! We don't trawl the papers in the hope that it is on or "google it" to see when it is on...
I just happened to flick over to SBS last night and realised it was on. We missed a few acts but caught most of them for some brilliant entertainment. I really love the competition with all the eccentric entrants from all over Europe. Some are fantastic and some are just plain awful! I will not mention the countries that were really bad - just in case I offend someone out there.
I really liked the entry from Malta (Chiara) but she only received 31 points and ended in 22nd place! And of course the amount of time, money and efffort put into winning is astounding. I guess it means a lot to a country to win because then they get to host the competition next year and it puts them "on the map" so to speak.
England really pulled out all the stops this year including bringing in Andrew Lloyd Webber who wrote part of the song and was on the piano for the performance. Jade didn't do too badly but she did stand too close to one of the violinists at one point and get jabbed...poor girl!

Have a look at this years winner from Norway (Alexander Rybak) and see what you think. When I first heard the song, I thought it was very child like in the way it was written and a bit folky (he wrote it himself) , but after listening to it again, at the end of the show, I realised it was very catchy. I did think there were better entries but you cannot argue with the whole of Europe when most of their votes went to Norway!
If you haven't seen a Eurovision contest before, I think it is one of the things you should do before you die!
Have a look at this years Eurovision website and see why for yourself!!!
It will be three hours well spent!
Kathryn. XX

14 comments:

NoƩmia said...

I've liked very much this song too. Congratulations to Norway!

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

I watched the Eurovision while I was growing up in Malta =). Sadly enough, the points are not given to the best talent anymore. Its countries allies with others to swap points. Chiara has a great voice. Its her third attempt in the competition but she never got anywhere. My favorite entry of all time for Malta was Vertigo by Olivia Lewis 3 years ago. You need to look that up on youtube. It was amazing and the song never even made it to the finals.
Congrats Norway!!
Sonia

Kerryanne English said...

It certainly is an unique and entertaining competition that's good for a laugh Kathryn.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Hen said...

Hi Kathryn,
I think it was a bit better this year but really, it is a standing joke over, here even Terry Wogan has refused to present the tv coverage on BBC1! It's always good for a laugh though. In fact, not everyone wants to win it because of the cost involved in staging the contest. The rumour is that Ireland deliberately put in a rubbish entry, which indeed did not get through the first rounds, because it did not want to win and have to host the contest!
Hen x

Stina said...

I just have to say ..this is the most fun and entertaining TV-show during the year.. we LOVE it.. and we start ot look early at the first shows.. listen really often to the competators... get our favourites... and when the show is on ... we love to talk about performance...clothes and of course the song.. :o)
This year it finally got better..with the JURY..so the votes were spread over all countries..not just allies...
And THE BEST SONG WON... CONGRATS NORWAY!! :o)

Kim McBirnie said...

Oh Eurovision - how we love to hate it! I managed to avoid it again this year, the political voting really irritates me. Glad you enjoyed it though!
Kim xx

Mila said...

Here in Italy I didn't see Eurovision program :( ...
With my best compliment to your
Norway!
'til next time,
Mila :)

Joanne@ Blessed... said...

I'd never heard of Eurovision...is it what us Americans have, American Idol?

I LOVED visiting your blog today!

bubbachenille said...

Alexander is a fairy tale, isn't he?

Annie said...

I heard people talking about it yesterday at school and had never heard of it before. Interesting to hear about it, and I will look out for it next time.

The Pink Poodle said...

HI KATHRYN...how are you??
funny thing..I stumbled across it the other night whilst switching channels...and NORWAY was actually on it then singing..

I thought he was cute...and a nice song...BUT didnt watch anymore of it..
and then turned on the news last night and he had won..
soo he obviously struck a cord..so to speak with the audience..
GOOD to see a NICE clean looking YOUNG man achieve...

(unlike some of our footballers!!)..
xx andrea

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

Hey Kathryn I too stumbled across it but I watched the rerun after hearing this young guy had won. Not my type of song but have to give it to him he sure can play that violin & really seemed to be having the time of his life on stage. Know what you mean about some of the entries being terrible although if Im honest I cannot sing to save myself! Have not been around for awhile so have quite a bit of catching up to do.
Enjoy your night

Lyn xxx

TattingChic said...

What have I been missing out on! That was really cool! Alexander had so much energy and it was a catchy tune. I love Europe! (never been, but I LOVE it anyway!)

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