Certainly not a Brexit-proof entry... But at least it's not a national embarrassment and Lucie can sing/perform.
Early confirmed entries for this year look pretty ordinary. I quite like Italy (and Belarus in the guilty pleasure stakes). Germany has potential but needs a lot of work. (Great Final on Thursday - really enjoyed the show, especially this cracking performance by Conchita:
and this great song which was one of the interval acts:
I'm not what you call a Eurovision fan but a friend insisted I listened to the UK entry. He was raving about it. I've listened to it a couple of times and she has a very good voice. It's a good choice. If it doesn't do well then there is something seriously wrong.
i haven't watched any more of it. When is it, the actual contest? I might tune in if I'm at home.
It's been May for a long time now, last year late May around the 22nd. I guess it's moved because of logistics, as good answer as any, with over 40 countries now competing, In ABBAs day just 17. The usual time factor, this year at the moment it appears Ukraine are having loads of problems in staging the event, I believe tickets haven't even gone on sale yet....in truth I expect it can't afford to stage the contest, but national pride dictates, I guess the smaller countries don't want to win ?, imagine bankrupt Greece....
Mmm...not sure. You can never write them off and it might just come through the middle as the 'compromise' candidate among all the other, very varied stuff. Highly polished, highly professional, pretty catchy - the Swedes have got that sort of thing down to a T.
The new version of the UK song does, to be fair, sound a lot better. But it's still off the pace. Azerbaijan is another belter, FYR Macedonia have come up with a good one and Norway's a personal favourite from this weekend's new clutch (though realistically it may struggle to qualify for the final).
There has been a little bit of controversy around the Russian entry in the U.K. Media, with the ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, it was initially thought that Russia wouldn't send anybody, however they have sent a please forgive my terminology, a disabled lady in a wheelchair. Her song is above average and in any other year might do well. However because of her disabilities, they the ESC, and Russia are hoping that the audience behaves this year, last, they booed through the song and voting, which was all edited out for the viewer. So are they going for the sympathy vote?
Moldova magnificent, Cyprus justly rewarded (the hand of Thomas G:son at work), Azerbaijan superb, Armenia very good, Poland decent, Greece generally solid, Sweden OK but could be sharper (and needs better camerawork for such a tightly choreographed piece), Belgium and Australia lucky, Finland a bit unlucky. Some entries torpedoed themselves with lacklustre presentation (Albania, Iceland), other songs were simply not up to it (Slovenia, Czech, Georgia). Latvia looked lost on the big stage. Portugal clearly a dark horse for Saturday. Preview of Italy looked a little underwhelming - hopefully sorted out by Saturday.
As with this contest it's all a matter of taste.....
Armenia, for example, I thought it would get through, but it's style is so un European it was hard to relate to, very Arabic in its influence in my opinion.
Czech, really surprised me, the song itself was half decent, better than most and again in my opinion just scrape through, but her choreographer and dress style, gold lame!! Was appalling and that's what stopped her getting through.
Finland, very well sung, different to the point of being a ballad. But alas the lyrics were very childish and repetitive, which on past history would have been enough, but today !
Ive a funny feeling that Portugal will now win, very neutral county, again political, it has never finished in the top 5 let alone win it, it's a very simple old fashioned song, reminncent of the 50s and the singer a little quirky , Italy though very good has been probably played to death across the continent it has had a huge publicity machine behind it. Personally either would be worthy winners, but for being progressive, I would choose Italy.
Disagree somewhat - really enjoyed it. I think Bulgaria will win on Saturday. The Dutch were dated but superb. Loved Romania, but there's even more in the tank. Croatia was hugely and unexpectedly enjoyable. Very pleased for Norway. Belarus were lucky, but I'm happy for them. Not sorry to see the back of Estonia, Malta and Ireland - the songs just didn't cut it, I'm afraid. FYROM, Switz and Serbia blew it with bad staging and strange decisions. San Marino unintentionally hilarious. Hungary brave and different - enyoyed that too. It looked like Israel sent Prince Harry to sing for them, but it was a decent party song that'll be first up on Sat. Can't wait! Over-excited already!