Eurovision contest

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    May 12, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    Hi guys. I just wanted to get some feedback from you, since most of you are americans,... of course there's lots of others from other countries, but I want feedback from anyone, European or not.

    Ever heard of Eurovision, do you know what it is, have you ever watched it?

    It's Europe's thing, happens every year in May.
    http://www.esctoday.com/?section=home
  • charlieviiper...

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    May 12, 2011 8:03 AM GMT
    i've heard of it!

    i love this song

  • Hokenshi

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    May 12, 2011 12:53 PM GMT
    I miss Eurovision. When is it on? I'm wondering if there is a easy way I can introduce it to my Japanese housemates.

    Also, how cute is that Alex guy?icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 12, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    Eurovision is a glee club with higher budget
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    May 12, 2011 4:38 PM GMT
    This contest has been around since 1956 and it's really become crap over the last 10 years or so. If anything you can watch it to make fun of how horrible 95% of the acts are.

    I actually miss the old rule where participants had to sing in their country's language. I certainly understand the popularity of singing in English now, but a lot of these artists sound absolutely terrible singing in English (particularly those from Slavic countries, ay!). I've found that they sound better singing in their native language.
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    May 12, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    yeahim40 saidI love watching this on-line. Some of the songs are outlandishly bad, and it makes you wonder whether the people from that country are embarassed when they hear it. There are always a few really good songs each year, though.

    I'm with pocketnico that I much prefer hearing people sing in their native languages, even if I don't understand the lyrics.



    I must admit that every year there are about 3-4 songs I really like. But of course, none of those ever qualifies to the final, ha.

    It wouldn't be a problem these days for artists to sing in their native language without worrying about the public's understanding. The Eurovision website posts English translations of all the songs songs in a foreign language.

    I think it's time to abandon the concept of the Big Four automatically qualifying to the final. It's not like the UK, Spain, and France have had any good entries in quite a few years.
  • metatextual

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    May 12, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    this song from telex is some suave and very self-referential songwriting [and dancing skiils].

    http://youtu.be/6USa0zUMmqI
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    May 12, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
    http://www.eurovision.tv/esctv


    Live broadcast over internet. The show is on right now (semi finals) and on saturday are finals.

    Enjoy
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    May 12, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    charlieviiperi saidi've heard of it!

    i love this song




    He's certainly cute. Too bad he's a total ass about gay people.
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    May 12, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    Eurovision is not America guys. It's not Hollywood.
    It's a contest where new, fresh artists wanna try out for the fame. Yes, there's lots of bad songs, but that's eurovision. I know a lot of songs that were good and are still popular.
    The singing in english sucks, i agree. I wish they all had to sing in their own language.

    Anyway, semi finals are over and my country advanced to the finals. I'm super happy.
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    May 12, 2011 9:17 PM GMT
    I just really wish there were fewer entries in English. I mean, I understand that singing in English reaches out to a lot more people worldwide, making it incredibly marketable. Plus many people in the world can at least understand some English. But I know for some countries that are multilingual, English is considered a "neutral" language that would otherwise stir up controversy over an entry in a language that's either the majority or minority of a population (oy, Belgium and Spain).
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    May 13, 2011 12:49 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidThis contest has been around since 1956 and it's really become crap over the last 10 years or so. If anything you can watch it to make fun of how horrible 95% of the acts are.

    I actually miss the old rule where participants had to sing in their country's language. I certainly understand the popularity of singing in English now, but a lot of these artists sound absolutely terrible singing in English (particularly those from Slavic countries, ay!). I've found that they sound better singing in their native language.


    I second this... it is quite hilarious though to watch the horrible acts, especially since they are being dead serious about it.

    I used to love watching as a kid, but looking back, the music has always been 95 percent crap, not just thelast 10 years LOL
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    May 13, 2011 12:56 AM GMT
    judoguy said
    pocketnico saidThis contest has been around since 1956 and it's really become crap over the last 10 years or so. If anything you can watch it to make fun of how horrible 95% of the acts are.

    I actually miss the old rule where participants had to sing in their country's language. I certainly understand the popularity of singing in English now, but a lot of these artists sound absolutely terrible singing in English (particularly those from Slavic countries, ay!). I've found that they sound better singing in their native language.


    I second this... it is quite hilarious though to watch the horrible acts, especially since they are being dead serious about it.

    I used to love watching as a kid, but looking back, the music has always been 95 percent crap, not just thelast 10 years LOL



    Ha, a lot of comments I've read suggest that allowing countries of the former Eastern Bloc to participate was a mistake and lead Eurovision to become the crap it is today. Hence no one ever votes for Western European countries anymore.
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    May 13, 2011 1:19 AM GMT
    pocketnico said

    Ha, a lot of comments I've read suggest that allowing countries of the former Eastern Bloc to participate was a mistake and lead Eurovision to become the crap it is today. Hence no one ever votes for Western European countries anymore.


    The most "entertaining" thing about Eurovision is the voting blocs that form during the competition.

    I really liked the Greek singer who won in 2005, Helena Paparizou. She could have had EPIC crossover appeal, even into the United States, with the right marketing campaign. Great voice, great look, and she could dance!
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    May 13, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    The voting blocs are indeed interesting. Russia probably has the biggest advantage in the voting bloc because many former Soviet republics now participate in ESC. Many of them still give high points Motherland Russia. Not to mention a fair amount of Russians live all over Europe. However, if Russia is a bad boy in politics that year, they do lose votes from their neighbors. Look how hot and cold Russia and Ukraine are with each other.
  • kew1

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    May 13, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]pocketnico saidI think it's time to abandon the concept of the Big Four automatically qualifying to the final. It's not like the UK, Spain, and France have had any good entries in quite a few years. [/quote]

    Good, then some other suckers can pay for the damn thing. The big 4 pay most of it's costs so if we have to qualify then we'll only pay the same as the rest.
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    May 13, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    It's just a matter of time before this contest gets canned. It's no longer even relevant. I mean, all things must come to an end eventually...
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    May 15, 2011 12:57 AM GMT
    And the winner is---


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    May 15, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    It should have been ours.

    If only cos Duncan James is a puff.


    A queer losing Eurovision.

    Sacrelige.

    I'd still probably shag him. Or at least let him suck my dick.
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    May 15, 2011 1:03 AM GMT
    CutePete saidHi guys. I just wanted to get some feedback from you, since most of you are americans,... of course there's lots of others from other countries, but I want feedback from anyone, European or not.

    Ever heard of Eurovision, do you know what it is, have you ever watched it?

    It's Europe's thing, happens every year in May.
    http://www.esctoday.com/?section=home


    Yes, and it's the biggest crap.
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    May 15, 2011 1:25 AM GMT
    Sounds like I didn't miss anything.
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    May 15, 2011 7:04 AM GMT
    Azerbaijan won this year.

    You guys fail to see the point of eurovision icon_wink.gif
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    May 15, 2011 10:42 AM GMT
    CutePete saidAzerbaijan won this year.

    You guys fail to see the point of eurovision icon_wink.gif


    It's a political joke.

    Developed countries stand no chance of winning nowadays cos all those nonentity little shitholes vote for each other!

    Moreover, most of the people voting for those "new" European countries were probably dialling in from the UK ...

    From a buildig site, hotel, bar or restaurant, I should imagine.

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    May 15, 2011 12:35 PM GMT
    There was supposed to be an Asia-Pacific equivalent called "Our Sound" that was supposed to kick-off its inaugural year in late 2010. However from what I have gathered, it got postponed and nothing concrete has been confirmed to date.