^^^ however poignant it may come across, it was very much and do t get me wrong, blackbird blackbird over and over, and alas in my opinion not good enough, hence why it failed to reach the final, that said it was better than quite a few that did make it...
just an aside.. the UK entry only just entered the UK charts, around 73, it will totally disappear this week, and alas the winner didn't officially make the top 75, around 97, again unless in English it had very little chance, as very few foreign language songs make our charts...
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.
Ok, they are not ABBA, but by today's standards they arguably are close.. well at least it's pure pop.
Steps have just released their video for their latest single, Scared Of The Dark, which in my humble opinion is really quite good. The video is as ever well done, and fairly easy for the Kids to copy dance wise( sorry I can't post video, pretty rubbish at doing that sort of thing, perhaps someone else can?), after all that was what Steps were famous for really a pop tune that the kids could copy and dance to, perhaps we have lost that word recently.... FUN.... for a group over 20 years old, they all look really good, and that's not an ageist comment.
Also read that the album, out end of April is full of " dance upbeat tracks" no ballads... it's going to be interesting to see how they do Story Of A Heart, the next single... which really is a type of ballad....
I've kept pretty quiet over this, but even though I don't have the book, and regardless of price, it is down to personal choice, there is always going to be the fan that wants everything, and the complete opposite of course, me somewhere in between, to be honest only a new recording will get me to buy anything new these days, so I sit in hope that something may come from the vaults...
Not sure if it's deliberate, but it's strange for those who do have the book to be pretty quiet about it, theres not a lot of " stuff" coming forward, which does make me think is it to technical for the average reader, or is there actually nothing really new that hasn't been hinted at a million times, i.e. " the Chiquitita story " would be great to hear, but otherwise ? Plus new titles ? An extended DYMK, a remix DQ, torture for some, personally, not getting to bothered unless it's released, but for some, sheer hell I guess.
To be honest can't really remember " exactly", can't remember Waterloo at all, SOS vaguely, so it has to start with Mamma Mia, and totally hooked from there on with Fernando... so early 1976. My first Abba purchase, even later, single, Summer Night City, then went mad and bought everything I could, retrospectively as well as current. First album, Greatest Hits, even that was retrospective, so a collector from late 1978, to be honest when I could then afford to buy records.
As with most cover versions, "chalk and cheese", one mans desire another's hate, and many more analogys. therefore everything is personal, I would expect that the vast majority of us prefer the originals and not much else comes close.
im not sure if the original question has actually been answered, comparable yes, better ?
So for me , personally, I feel Matt Pop , gives the originals a slight modern twist, which perhaps the purists dislike.
each to their own as they say....
i was trying to think of the cover cover versions that have actually charted in the U.K..
I Have Dream. Westlife, number 1 TACOM/VV/LAYLOM/SOS... Erasure... number 1 MammaMia..Ateens....number 12 Super Trouper... Ateens. Number 21 Honey Honey.. Sweet Dreams.. number 10 Waterloo.. Doctor and the Medics.. number 45 TDBYC.. Blancmange.. number 22
^^^^^ they also had a bigger hit with it, making 22 in the U.K. Singles chart, 10 places higher than the original, it does make you wonder why there hasn't been more covers to actually chart, considering the catalogue, very very few have made it, also why did B&B allow a relatively obscure English group cover and release, when they are so protective of their material, I never did get that, Madonna went through god knows what just to sample, but Blancmange, Doctor and the Medics etc have hits... emmm
remember buying the single at the time, great cover.
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?