Eurovision - any appeal?

  • NickoftheNort...

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    May 22, 2008 7:57 PM GMT
    The Eurovision song contest is nearing its finale this Saturday. Here in Norway, gays relate to it (I suspect) through its increased focus on camp and visual flair; it's one of those areas of Norwegian gaydom where my gayness is non-functioning. How about you gents?

    Does it have any appeal whatsoever in the US (I don't recall any mention of it from when I lived there)?

    The official website

    Eurovision's Wikipedia page

    Eurovision's YouTube page (crappy video quality, unfortunately)

    I am still baffled how Belarus gets to be part of European good company when it remains Europe's last actual dictatorship.


    Oh, and for RJ's Maltese mascot Muttskins, Malta's contribution:
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    May 22, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    this year, the frontman of turkish group harun tekin have been said to be gay. i read something about him on internet saying he had dated with some guys.
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    May 22, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    We're not in it this year. Deservedly so. Our entry was depressingly awful
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    May 22, 2008 9:13 PM GMT
    We subscribe to RAI & TV5Monde which always cover it. I like the music and enjoy seeing artists we don't see in the US.
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    May 22, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    Colm_of_Dublin saidWe're not in it this year. Deservedly so. Our entry was depressingly awful

    Aww...the drunken, off-key turkey could have at least gotten a little further.

    Eurovision Ireland: Dustin the Turkey - Irlande Douze Pointe


    The Irish turkey reminds me of a Norwegian semi-finalist band I wish had gotten further in last year's contest. This is their cover of the Norwegian (with some Irish) Eurovision winning song, "Nocturne":

    Dusty Cowshit - Nocturne


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    Actually, on listening to the song, I can hear further reason for dumping Ireland's contribution...the turkey is an earsore, even when one's willing to accept the intentional silliness.

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    May 22, 2008 9:26 PM GMT
    turk saidthis year, the frontman of turkish group harun tekin have been said to be gay. i read something about him on internet saying he had dated with some guys.

    His boyish good looks struck me as having a "family" quality...gay Turkish rocker has decent ring to it.



    For those interested, you can hear higher-quality versions of the songs on this YouTube channel: Eurovision2008Serbia


    By the way, now that Kosovo has sought and received (some) recognition as an independent state, when can we expect to see them participate in Eurovision? How will Serbia vote with regard to Kosovo?

    Mmm...European national intrigue mixed with (campy) singing...
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    May 22, 2008 9:35 PM GMT
    Bringing this up on a site with a majority of americans near the end of the series baffles me. Why didn't you post about this earlier so we could have gotten into it...maybe via Youtube or something? I can hardly get all bothered about something that is about to end. ... icon_evil.gif
  • MattyC0709

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    May 22, 2008 9:35 PM GMT
    NickoftheNorth saidOh, and for RJ's Maltese mascot Muttskins, Malta's contribution:

    Hehe! Too bad we didn't get in! icon_sad.gif I really thought we had a chance of winning! Oh well, if anything, the 2nd semifinal seemed fixed, coz most of the countries that got in were interconnected neighbours... e.g. Iceland, Sweden and Denmark. Even the one of Switzerland was very good, and it didn't get in either.

    Anyway, let's see where the next Eurovision will be held next year. Btw, I loved Norway's song... good luck to ya! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
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    May 22, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    Me and my friends usually hold a Eurovision party. We're not having one this year. But the songs are usually forgetable and Russia always votes for Ukraine and the Baltic states have it wrapped up. Takes the fun away somewhat when countries vote for neighbours regardless of the song's quality.
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    May 22, 2008 9:41 PM GMT
    Do they sing in English? Aint no point in holding it, if they dont sing in English. Everybody can sing in English or just shut up.* That's what I say. ... icon_evil.gif

    *with apologies to Calvin and Hobbes.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    May 22, 2008 10:22 PM GMT
    Colm_of_Dublin saidWe're not in it this year. Deservedly so. Our entry was depressingly awful


    For the first time ever I was hoping we would lose. Thank God.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    May 22, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    caslon saidBringing this up on a site with a majority of americans near the end of the series baffles me. Why didn't you post about this earlier so we could have gotten into it...maybe via Youtube or something? I can hardly get all bothered about something that is about to end. ...


    caslon saidDo they sing in English? Aint no point in holding it, if they dont sing in English. Everybody can sing in English or just shut up.* That's what I say. ... icon_evil.gif

    *with apologies to Calvin and Hobbes.

    The rules have varied, but currently the rules allow for songs in any language (even fictional ones, as has occurred in two entries according to the wiki).

    I bring this contest up now as I hadn't given it much thought earlier and we are now in the semi-finals' + final's week; consider it a pay-off without any anticipation or build-up.

    As to the cultural / political voting, it's something that has gone on for years from what I recall; from what I have experienced in Norway, it only seems to be bad whenever someone else does it (such as with the introduction of the Balkans into the contest). At least it's a popular vote, so you have the chance of not voting for your neighbor (I don't remember who I voted for last year, though I think it might have been the Ukraine).

    I wonder how American Idol would work if the national contest was a conglomeration of individual states' Idol contests; could we expect regional voting?
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    May 22, 2008 10:37 PM GMT
    caslon saidDo they sing in English? Aint no point in holding it, if they dont sing in English. Everybody can sing in English or just shut up.* That's what I say. ... icon_evil.gif

    *with apologies to Calvin and Hobbes.


    The finale is all that is interesting anyhow. Otherwise you're keeping track of what is basically separate versions of American Idol in practically every European nation. Watch the finale. It's in Serbia. That in itself makes it worth watching.
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    May 23, 2008 8:51 AM GMT
    Eurovision is like a gay European Superbowl - it's a great excuse to get drunk and party with friends.

    I was in Oslo last June during Oslo Pride, and the Eurovision retrospective was fun because it captured the highlights from 10+ years of Eurovision. You can see some highlights if you skip ahead to 5:19 on this video

    The leader singer from 5:45 to 6:19 was on rollerblades (!), which was really impressive in person

    Eurovision has few followers in the USA because our bars don't have Eurovision nights and trashy dance music is too commercialized with individual artists like Britney Spears.

    I doubt a Eurovision club night would do well in the USA, since part of the appeal is that it's an unusual European gay custom.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    May 23, 2008 8:54 AM GMT
    Its just rubbish. YOu only watch it for the narration by Terry Wogan. That is the only reason you watch. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    May 23, 2008 9:19 AM GMT
    I must admit that I enjoy eurovision...only for Terry Wogan's commentary (the presenter for the UK). He sometimes gets it spot on about how people will vote and will say when the act was just plain s*@t!
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    May 24, 2008 7:40 PM GMT
    The finale is on!

    We've now seen the first six an are now watching Israel's contribution (for those who haven't picked it up yet, Eurovision is not limited to continental Europe).

    Israel's singer is a cutie!

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    His on-stage sleeveless look works for him.

    Bosnia-Herzegovina has had the thus-far campiest, consisting of a oddly-dressed man, a dolled-up woman in a polka-dot skirt, and four women in wedding dresses knitting.

    Oh, cute, shirtless Finnish guitarist!

    Gay appeal? You bet!

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    Poland's Isis Gee (a USAmerican singer) evokes Celine Dion while continuously looking like her dress is about to fall off.

    Iceland's male singer is all-out "power gay" (tight black outfit with hot pink accents and bleach-blonde hair).

    Croatia had a nice all-men group where one of the singers was a 75 year-old.

    Oooh, and Turkey's rock band and its cute *wink wink* lead singer.

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    Portugal had a Greek tragedy look-a-like where the singer mourned for women widowed due to the sea...

    ...which was followed up by Latvia's uber-campy pirate show; the commentator informed us that one of the lead female singer's breasts popped out of her dress during Latvia's national finals.

    Sweden...Sweden has gone with a singer who suffers from too much botox. Her face is out-right scary icon_sad.gif She is also (seemingly) dangerously skinny.

    Denmark has a cute and light contribution...imagine Jimmy Olson discovering that his talents lay not in photography, but in singing.

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    Georgia's lead singer is blind? That puts her otherwise unforgiveable sunglasses into the realm of cool ^_^

    In the meantime, the Ukraine's lead singer does a better job of pulling off the Swedish singer's dress (Ukraine's has more flesh on her arms and hasn't gone Joan Rivers on her face; my mom suspects that her breats are amplified though).

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    France employs a WTF factor with incomprehensible English, drag king backup singers, a balloon with helium that he tried to inhale, a golf cart, and a CGI lunar eclipse.

    What. The. Fuck?

    Azerbaijan follows up with a Heaven and Hell play between a dark-clad devil and silvered angel (including silver hair and silver contacts).

    The devil (the Devil?) just shed his black clothes and revealed a white outfit. His red contacts remained.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    May 24, 2008 8:23 PM GMT


    NICK.........GET A GRIP!!!!!!!!!!!




  • NickoftheNort...

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    May 24, 2008 8:32 PM GMT
    MikePhil said

    NICK.........GET A GRIP!!!!!!!!!!!

    Never!!!

    Even if there is no drunken turkey involved, I still feel bound to offer commentary for my gay brethren. The camp cannot go unreported!
  • MikePhilPerez

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    May 24, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
    NickoftheNorth said[quote][cite]MikePhil said[/cite]

    Never!!!

    Even if there is no drunken turkey involved, I still feel bound to offer commentary for my gay brethren. The camp cannot go unreported!


    Now, now, leave the turkey out of it. I disowned him along time ago.

    In my younger days I used to just watch it for the cute guys also icon_wink.gif

    But, I don't watch it anymore. Well, I have a man now icon_smile.gif
  • NickoftheNort...

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    May 24, 2008 9:06 PM GMT
    Greece offered the Grecian blend of Madonna and Britney Spears; cute and colorful.

    Spain also works in a WTF factor. Imagine Screech with a graying beard and Elvis pompadour hair-do singing in the company of five colorfully-dressed women.

    Serbia provides a dramatic moonlight serenade (moon provided by a huge disco ball). It works, possibly as the background music as a knight returns from the battlefields to his prince.

    Russia goes for unintentional absurdity with a melodramatic teen heartthrob look-a-like, a frequently kneeling violinist, and a professional figure skater (there are a couple of women backup singers in the background). Cute song, but the three main stage guys were a bit much together.

    Norway provides a cute full-figured woman singer in an nice dark blue dress. I just wish that she was more prominent in her own song.

    (should be higher up in the commentaries):
    Albania had a fun digital embroidered heart graphic


    Well...I have voted four times: Turkey, Finland, Greece, and Croatia.

    Neighborhood block voting be damned!
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    May 24, 2008 10:13 PM GMT
    ICELAND, ICELAND, ICELAND!

    I met Fridrik Omar when I was in Reykjavik (at one of the gay bars there!) He's really cute and a very nice guy, and I really like this song. Regina Osk (his singing partner in Eurobandid) is also great!

    Note to Nick: Fridrik's hair isn't bleached blond. It's naturally that color!

    Vote Iceland!

    See the YouTube of their Icelandic Eurovision performance


    or the official video.

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    May 24, 2008 10:20 PM GMT
    Noooooooooooooooooo!! We have lost once again. At least we came third. I liked the Russian song and Ukraine, Armenia and Sweden had also very very nice songs. Also the Russian guy is hot. Veru nice Adonis' Belt icon_wink.gif
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    May 24, 2008 10:34 PM GMT
    the hottest male was moroccon-originated israeli singer. he was very well-built. and the russian one ,he wasnt hot. he looks like an average guy. or maybe a little more than average.
  • MattyC0709

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    May 24, 2008 10:48 PM GMT
    And Malta gives 12 points to... Sweden! Even though I didn't like the song so much. I definately loved the Polish entry, she had a superb voice (especially at in the 15 second replay icon_razz.gif). But as always it's the sexiest singers that come on top. icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif