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amanset
05-16-2009, 02:22 PM
I can't seem to see a thread on this anywhere.

Most shocking thing so far: Sweden's television commentators are talking over the Russian on-stage presenters. Maybe it is just me being too rude, but by golly that's rude. Terry would never do/have done that.

flodnak
05-16-2009, 02:29 PM
I'm here, watching the Croatian act trying to be all sexyful.

And failing.

ruadh
05-16-2009, 02:30 PM
Well, I'm watching anyway, but it all seems pretty tame so far.

I heard the Irish entry for the first time yesterday. My God, it was even worse than that Brian Kennedy abomination a few years back.

shantih
05-16-2009, 02:34 PM
We may only be three acts into the evening, but you read it here first: I'm calling for Germany to end up placing MUCH higher than last year. Why, we may very well have more than ... double the points of last year! Go Germany!

shantih
05-16-2009, 02:36 PM
Germany, as I'm sure everyone remembers well, got zero points last year and was tied for dead last. Like we care!

Portugal was kind of cute. Now Iceland! (How could they afford the airfare?)

flodnak
05-16-2009, 02:37 PM
The background for the Portuguese act would probably be really cool to watch if I were stoned. But I'm not.

Hey, given that the ESC stages these last years have basically been huge banks of TV monitors of assorted sizes, who decides what the light show for each act will look like?

Ximenean
05-16-2009, 02:37 PM
Hmm, Eurovison-by-numbers up until Portugal's sweet little folk-pop number, which is easily the best song so far.

ruadh
05-16-2009, 02:38 PM
Portugal the best so far IMHO. (This is what is known as "damning with faint praise".)

Where's Kyla?

shantih
05-16-2009, 02:38 PM
The background for the Portuguese act would probably be really cool to watch if I were stoned. But I'm not.

The night is young, my friend!

amanset
05-16-2009, 02:41 PM
This Greek guy is actually scaring me.

flodnak
05-16-2009, 02:41 PM
Greece makes a blatant play for the gay vote!

shantih
05-16-2009, 02:42 PM
I'm waiting for the Greek lead singer to flex his chest and make his barely-fastened shirt burst off like the Incredible Hulk.

Whoa, best use of a conveyor belt so far.

ruadh
05-16-2009, 02:42 PM
Yay for Greece! This is the kind of thing I watch Eurovision for.

shantih
05-16-2009, 02:43 PM
Is he dancing on a giant stapler? Is this a tribute to office products everywhere?

shantih
05-16-2009, 02:44 PM
Armenia: braidalicious!

flodnak
05-16-2009, 02:45 PM
I don't believe traditional Armenian costumes are usually cut that high on the sides.

Ximenean
05-16-2009, 02:46 PM
Damn, now you've ruined their song for me

flodnak
05-16-2009, 02:48 PM
Sorry. Hey look, here comes a Russian lady who apparently just stepped out of the shower. Does that cheer you up?

shantih
05-16-2009, 02:49 PM
And not a bit apropos the Russian singer, but you know where America leads the world? Dental care.

Just sayin'.

ruadh
05-16-2009, 02:50 PM
Does that cheer you up?

I think you posted too soon.

yojimbo
05-16-2009, 02:50 PM
A tad OTT from Russia.

Ximenean
05-16-2009, 02:50 PM
Jesus. I guess Russia really, really don't want to host it next year.

shantih
05-16-2009, 02:53 PM
Wow, what were the chances? This just happens to be my absolute favorite Azerbaijaini song.

shantih
05-16-2009, 02:58 PM
Look, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the rules are that you have to either be good or laughable. Boring don't cut it in the Eurovision.

flodnak
05-16-2009, 03:00 PM
..............................What the hell was that little intermission thing supposed to be? :eek:

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:02 PM
What did the Moldovan singer do to piss off her hairstylist? At the least, she must have poisoned her cat.

ruadh
05-16-2009, 03:02 PM
Moldova = best boots so far.

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:03 PM
Also, if there's any look hotter than a lime green dirndl with purple boots, I don't want to know about it.

ruadh
05-16-2009, 03:04 PM
Actually I kind of liked the song, too :o

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:08 PM
Well played, Malta! I liked her voice and my little daughter was in love with the dress and earrings.

Kyla
05-16-2009, 03:08 PM
Where's Kyla?

Some stupid country where they don't know what Eurovision is. SRSLY. How can anyone not know about the GREATEST CULTURAL EVENT OF THE YEAR, PEOPLE?

I can't figure out the time zone difference. Is it going on right now? I went to the website and tried to WATCH IT LIVE! but all I'm seeing are youtube links to the dress rehearsal.

ruadh
05-16-2009, 03:11 PM
Eh, thought the Malta song was a bit dull.

Estonia's not awful.

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:11 PM
It's live and in living color! Right now, Estonia is blowing away much of the previous competition.

ruadh
05-16-2009, 03:12 PM
AAAAAK it's Ronan Keating! Except gayer.

yojimbo
05-16-2009, 03:13 PM
That's just silly and very funny. There's a Ronan clone on stage. Just sing the song and be done with it FFS.

Kyla
05-16-2009, 03:13 PM
!?!?!?!?!?FTW .em ot gnineppahb si driew gnihtemos tub ,noisivoruE tuoba uoy ot klat ot ekil d'I

Ximenean
05-16-2009, 03:14 PM
Strangely wide gait on the Danish singer. Can he actually stand up straight?

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:15 PM
And now Germany! Go Germany!!


Please don't humiliate us all like every year before.

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:17 PM
So, never mind on the humiliation thing. Where did he get those pants?

ruadh
05-16-2009, 03:17 PM
OMG, check out the perv on the piano.

Ximenean
05-16-2009, 03:18 PM
This is ridiculous. I think these days the "big four" are in a private competition to submit the worst song. Germany had that Sinatra thing and now this, we had Scooch and Andrew Lloyd Webber's upcoming dirge...

yojimbo
05-16-2009, 03:18 PM
*Points at shantih*

HaHa.

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:18 PM
On the other hand, it's the most effective use of Dita von Teese so far in the competition.

Kyla
05-16-2009, 03:18 PM
Note to everyone: do not download Eurovision's plugin. It will make your computer go apeshit.

I guess I have to wait til everything comes up on YouTube now. FML.

Oh well, it's not like anyone could top the Latvian pirates from last year anyway.

flodnak
05-16-2009, 03:20 PM
One thing you've got to give Germany. They sure woke everyone up.

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:22 PM
Sure, Latvian pirates are cool and all, but Turkey may be about to pull away from the rest of the pack through the strategic use of hot pink harem pants.

ruadh
05-16-2009, 03:22 PM
I want a skirt like the Turkish guy's.

flodnak
05-16-2009, 03:24 PM
If I were betting, I'd bet on Turkey for the win. Now watch me get humiliated. Here come Albania, and....

WHAT THE H*** IS UP WITH THE BLUE DUDE??!!?

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:24 PM
*Points at shantih*

HaHa.

Just to be clear, I just live here. Particularly after the Silver Pants, I want to emphasize that I'm a Yank.



So, anyone else frightened of the turquoise blue faceless Albanian, or am I alone?

ruadh
05-16-2009, 03:25 PM
OK, Albania are just showing off.

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:26 PM
Shoot, I was so distracted by the blue guy that I didn't notice the mimes behind him. Brrrrr, mimes.

flodnak
05-16-2009, 03:27 PM
Okay, now it's "our" turn... and the Faceless Blue Albanian is gone, thank god.

Ximenean
05-16-2009, 03:27 PM
Albania demonstrating that you can never have too many Gimps in a Eurovision routine.

What's that? You can?

ruadh
05-16-2009, 03:28 PM
Eh, someone explain to me why Norway are "one of the favourites"?

flodnak? I'm looking at you.

Ximenean
05-16-2009, 03:30 PM
From a British perspective, I have to say that Graham Norton is doing OK with the slightly daunting job of taking over from Terry Wogan. He's made me lol a few times, but he's taking it just seriously enough, like Tel did.

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:30 PM
In deference to our flodnak, I'm working on my diplomacy.

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Check out the lead guy, he played so spiritedly that he broke all manner of fiddle strings.

ruadh
05-16-2009, 03:34 PM
Wow, this Ukraine song is exceeding all previous standards of shiteness.

Nice to see the Village People back in action though.

flodnak
05-16-2009, 03:37 PM
Eh, someone explain to me why Norway are "one of the favourites"?

flodnak? I'm looking at you.I'd say the fact that most of the other songs stink on ice has a lot to do with it.

The lead guy is Belarussian, which some people think will help break up the Eastern European voting monopoly, fat chance on that but what the hell. And it must be said, the song has vicious earworming properties. And apparently the dancer dudes are supposed to have audience appeal.

But assuming it doesn't win tonight, I'm looking forward to it disappearing without a trace as soon as possible.

Revenant Threshold
05-16-2009, 03:42 PM
Sorry, everyone.

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:42 PM
Apparentally, it's her time. I like the UK's singer, although the song isn't blowing me away and changing my life and point of view.

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:43 PM
Sorry, everyone.

Shyeah, right. Must I remind you of Germany's pants?

amanset
05-16-2009, 03:44 PM
First time I've seen the UK song. Unfortunately I cannot unsee it.

flodnak
05-16-2009, 03:45 PM
Well, at least Finland's song comes with the possibility of an interesting disaster. FIRE!

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:45 PM
Finland: hip hop fire jugglers. Go Finland!

yojimbo
05-16-2009, 03:47 PM
I liked the UK singer on several levels, the song not so much.

It's the kinda song that used to win though. Linda Martin and Niamh Kavanagh won with big ballads for us back in the day.

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:49 PM
Last song: Spain. Half-naked singer ... for the win!


Seriously, isn't she worried about her leotard catching on something? Like the guys who keep hefting her up?

Revenant Threshold
05-16-2009, 03:50 PM
Shyeah, right. Must I remind you of Germany's pants? Hey, i'd swap Germany's trousers for our Leona Lewis-a-like. That or Ukraine's centurions.

shantih
05-16-2009, 03:51 PM
And with one final wail, the Eurovision 2009 is over and it's down to the biased and chauvenistic voting.

Come on, Germany!! Pull out of last place and do us proud!

flodnak
05-16-2009, 03:52 PM
The Spanish backing singers made their lead singer disappear!

Some of the other acts should have tried that trick, actually...... Okay, on to the voting!

ruadh
05-16-2009, 03:53 PM
The astronauts were by far the coolest thing tonight.

Bah. Can't be arsed to vote for any of them.

amanset
05-16-2009, 03:59 PM
Get to be Denmark or Germany.

flodnak
05-16-2009, 04:01 PM
I voted Malta, mostly because us overweight altos have to stand together against the Skinny Soprano Conspiracy.

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:02 PM
Get to be Denmark or Germany.

Yes, let's go with that! Right until the votes start to be tabulated and our hopes are dashed once again.


I'm leaning towards Turkey: enough spectacle with the costumes, not too much to distract from the song, and a catchy song.

flodnak
05-16-2009, 04:05 PM
Norway can only win in years that end in 5, so it's not our turn this year.

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:06 PM
Damn, even in playback, that Blue Guy is freaking me the hell out.

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:09 PM
Norway can only win in years that end in 5, so it's not our turn this year.

Germany can only win in years in which the rest of Europe forgets that they don't much care for Germany, so we're pretty well screwed this year again.

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:10 PM
Great. Just when I thought it was safe to go back in the water ...

Ximenean
05-16-2009, 04:10 PM
Ah, the pre-voting interlude. It's like an Olympic opening ceremony, except more bombastic and pretentious.

amanset
05-16-2009, 04:18 PM
Getting ready for no-one to vote for the UK again.

amanset
05-16-2009, 04:19 PM
Oh.

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:19 PM
Wrong! Go UK! And look at Germany with 2 points!! 2 more than in 2008, baby! Go Germany!

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:22 PM
Norway?? I mean, look, flodnak, no offense or anything, but ... Norway?

flodnak
05-16-2009, 04:23 PM
I am officially freaked out now.

ruadh
05-16-2009, 04:23 PM
Norway seem to be running away with it. I really am baffled.

amanset
05-16-2009, 04:26 PM
Sweden in voting for Norway shocker.

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:28 PM
HA! 3 more points for Germany! More than doubling our previous count! 5 points more than last year!

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:31 PM
Norway?? I mean, look, flodnak, no offense or anything, but ... Norway?

I feel that this bears repeating.

flodnak
05-16-2009, 04:31 PM
I've now passed freaked out and have gone right through to gobsmacked.

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:34 PM
Ooooooh, crap. There goes Germany back into last place.


Curse you, rest of Europe! ::shakes fist impotently::

ruadh
05-16-2009, 04:34 PM
"Oh now, there's a shirt."

amanset
05-16-2009, 04:39 PM
Well at least the UK can see that Germany was ace.

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:39 PM
Thank you, UK!! Suck it, Croatia, Romania, and Moldova!

ToeJam
05-16-2009, 04:43 PM
I have no idea what any of this is... but just reading the commentary from you guys... is fascinating.

Is this the competition that Lordi won a few years back?

Revenant Threshold
05-16-2009, 04:44 PM
Even for Eurovision Norway doing so well is freaky.

flodnak
05-16-2009, 04:44 PM
We're at the halfway point of the voting, and Norway has just broken 200 points.

Never underestimate the power of a baby face.

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:46 PM
I have no idea what any of this is... but just reading the commentary from you guys... is fascinating.

Is this the competition that Lordi won a few years back?

Yup! I have a friend from Finnland and called him the next day to congratulate. I asked where he was at the time, and he said there. 'Really?,' I said. 'You were in the audience?'

'No, on stage. I was the one in the skeleton mask.'

Smartass.

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:48 PM
One more point to Germany! Suck it, Lithuania!

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:50 PM
3 more points to Germany! Out of the bottom 5! This is the best Eurovision ever!

shantih
05-16-2009, 04:59 PM
Thank you, Ireland! Tied for second-to-last place.

shantih
05-16-2009, 05:00 PM
Thank you, Denmark! Back out of the bottom 5! Woot!

flodnak
05-16-2009, 05:01 PM
I sense a great disturbance in the Force.

Revenant Threshold
05-16-2009, 05:03 PM
Slovenia got a laugh from me.

shantih
05-16-2009, 05:07 PM
You know what? The voting's not over yet, but I'm going to go out on a limb and call it for -- Norway. Yes! Call me courageous!

Ximenean
05-16-2009, 05:07 PM
As I understand it, they have split the voting 50-50 between telephone votes and local juries of music industry luminaries (by which I suppose they mean the local equivalents of Simon Cowell, a mind-boggling thought). That is why the neighbour-voting effect is less evident this year. But it's still there, with weird douze points for the likes of Moldova.

Norway must have had a good song (it's been a long night, I don't remember), but I bet half the points they got were from juries. Other western countries also did much better than in recent years.

amanset
05-16-2009, 05:08 PM
Holy cow. 5th. FIFTH!

flodnak
05-16-2009, 05:10 PM
The Norwegian vote announcing dude is in national costume, because it's after midnight and therefore Constitution Day in Norway. Between the national holiday and the win tonight, national pride may well get up to insufferable levels today.

Which means I'd better get some sleep so I'm ready to deal with it. Good night, and good luck.

shantih
05-16-2009, 05:11 PM
Congratulations, flodnak!

I'm all in, too. Hey, Germany didn't bottom out this year! Woo-hoo!

Tom P.
05-16-2009, 05:33 PM
Aw, crap.. That song is going to stay on the radio for a year now. It's not as if it hasn't been played all freaking day here since it won the national competition.

Someone put me in the freezer and wake me up in June 2010.

MJinks
05-16-2009, 05:43 PM
Doh, I missed this thread earlier.

So were we supposed to be impressed that our song (UK entry) was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber? It was a load of crap! The lyrics were incredibly repetitive and all the 'me me my me my me me" lines were cringe inducing. I'm surprised we came 5th TBH.

I wanted Iceland to win (well, part of me did ;) ) but Norway were my second pick. I'm glad I'll only have to hear it twice though...

Kyla
05-16-2009, 06:10 PM
So, I assume Bulgaria didn't make the finals (again)? I haven't heard the song, but my Bulgarian friend was just bemoaning to me the other day about how bad it was. She claims that no one had ever heard of the performer and that he bribed his way to the win.

Oh, Bulgaria, never change.

WormTheRed
05-16-2009, 08:00 PM
I wanted Iceland to win (well, part of me did ;) )

Dude. She's 18 ;)

Gukumatz
05-17-2009, 12:22 AM
Oh God.

That song is never going to go away, now, is it?

I'm with the Guardian on this one. Someone needs to jab him in the eye with his violin thingy. And forcibly shave his eyebrows off.

And it's officially Constitution Day, too. (17th of May - Constitution founded on the 17th of May 1814, for anyone keeping score.) That's it, I'm staying indoors today.

(You poor thing, flodnak. I've no idea how naturalized you've become over the years, but this shit is going to be embarassing even for the people who are born and raised here.)

Gukumatz
05-17-2009, 12:48 AM
Oh God.

There's an Ompa band playing "Fairytale" outside my door.

Send help.

Einmon
05-17-2009, 01:32 AM
Boy, that Norwegian song sure was awful. I was afraid his bow would split, too. At least he didn't jab somebody with it, like the one violinist from the UK who jabbed the singer. I actually liked Moldovia, I think they were robbed by the Scandinavian voting bloc.

...

OK I got nothing about the German pants.

cactus waltz
05-17-2009, 06:01 AM
Norway got scores from pretty much all voting countries, with douze points from nations ranging from Iceland to Turkey. Say what you want about the song, but this was a year where the win didn't come down to politics. That alone makes me glad.


Iceland and Azerbajan were neck to neck for silver. Boring dolphin lady or uninspiring Arash? Ugh. Give me contrived violin boys anyday over those two.

flodnak
05-17-2009, 07:46 AM
There's an Ompa band playing "Fairytale" outside my door.

Send help.Totnak's school joins up with another elementary school in the same neighborhood for the 17th of May parade. The other school's band played "Fairytale".

"Our" band responded with "When the Saints Go Marching In" :p

cactus waltz
05-17-2009, 10:51 AM
My unforgettable moment of this year: jacket caught in wires during the opening ceremony. The most expensive show in the history of ESC, but man still struggles with that damn jacket. :D

Ximenean
05-17-2009, 12:07 PM
One thing I thought was odd was when the Armenian rep was giving their votes, she kept holding up her clipboard which had a picture of some Easter Island-type statue on its underside. The same picture was displayed on a screen behind her. Here's a screenshot:
http://www.picfront.org/d/o8uEKJaQ50/qeleqele.jpg

I thought at the time it must be some surreptitious ad from the Armenian tourist board or something, but it turns out to be more interesting than that - the picture is of the We Are Our Mountains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Are_Our_Mountains) monument, which is symbolic of a disputed region which is technically part of Azerbaijan, but ethnically Armenian. It originally appeared among other Armenian landmarks in the little video clip that precedes the songs. The Azerbaijani delegation objected to the monument being presented as Armenian, and the Eurovision organisers duly removed it from the clip, to the chagrin of the Armenians.

So the Armenians found a way to still include it in the TV coverage. Sneaky.

ruadh
05-17-2009, 12:24 PM
I thought at the time it must be some surreptitious ad from the Armenian tourist board or something, but it turns out to be more interesting than that - the picture is of the We Are Our Mountains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Are_Our_Mountains) monument, which is symbolic of a disputed region which is technically part of Azerbaijan, but ethnically Armenian. It originally appeared among other Armenian landmarks in the little video clip that precedes the songs. The Azerbaijani delegation objected to the monument being presented as Armenian, and the Eurovision organisers duly removed it from the clip, to the chagrin of the Armenians.

So the Armenians found a way to still include it in the TV coverage. Sneaky.

Wow, I can't believe I missed that. I visited that monument last year :) Way to go Armenia!

Ximenean
05-17-2009, 01:04 PM
Here's an Azeri report on the original incident, and an Armenian one. As you may imagine, they have rather different takes on it :)

Azerbaijan: "No doubt that the Armenians and their friends from the Eurovision steering committee used this monument in provocative political purposes..."
http://www.today.az/news/politics/52317.html

Armenia: "Azerbaijan, yielding no opportunity of anti-Armenian propaganda and sometimes carrying to the point of absurdity..."
http://www.panarmenian.net/news/eng/?nid=31815


God, I love Eurovision.

LilyoftheValley
05-18-2009, 09:34 AM
I can't believe I missed this thread! So I'm bumping it.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber mess was the worst song of the year. IMHO, they should have swapped their points with the Czech Republic, which scored 0. Aven Romale!

I wonder what happened to Sweden to go from 4th place in the semi-final to 21st in the final. They should have sent the Tingeling Russian remix. :p

Kyla: I liked Bulgaria's entry in 2007 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9ytzgtLW1A).

My unforgettable moment of this year: jacket caught in wires during the opening ceremony. The most expensive show in the history of ESC, but man still struggles with that damn jacket. :D

Wardrobe malfunction! That was awesome.



ETA: Oh, and I'll say it -- I like Norway's song. Please don't hold it against me.

LilyoftheValley
05-18-2009, 09:39 AM
Slovenia got a laugh from me.

Oh, the minute of silence? That was hysterical. The woman host: "We need to hear your results..." Great awkward comedy.

amanset
05-18-2009, 09:47 AM
Oh, the minute of silence? That was hysterical. The woman host: "We need to hear your results..." Great awkward comedy.

What was the minute of silence for? The Swedish commentators decided to talk over him (seriously, I am pretty sure they were going on about what time it was in Russia right now) so we didn't get to hear it.

yojimbo
05-18-2009, 09:54 AM
What was the minute of silence for? The Swedish commentators decided to talk over him (seriously, I am pretty sure they were going on about what time it was in Russia right now) so we didn't get to hear it.His country didn't make the final IIRC so he said he'd have a minute silence for it. He held it for about 20 seconds and the hosts who were dealing with a live show that was still going at 2am in the morning Russia time had a little bit of a sweat on because of it. I would have loved to see the directors booth at that stage. I'd guess there was lots of roaring at the screens.

LilyoftheValley
05-18-2009, 10:03 AM
What was the minute of silence for? The Swedish commentators decided to talk over him (seriously, I am pretty sure they were going on about what time it was in Russia right now) so we didn't get to hear it.

His country didn't make the final IIRC so he said he'd have a minute silence for it. He held it for about 20 seconds and the hosts who were dealing with a live show that was still going at 2am in the morning Russia time had a little bit of a sweat on because of it. I would have loved to see the directors booth at that stage. I'd guess there was lots of roaring at the screens.

Yup, they had not made it to the finals for the past 2 years.

And amanset, I watched the semi-finals on the SVT internet feed, so I know what you mean. But how else would I have learned that the Azerbaijani costumes were designed and made in Sweden?! This is important info we're talking about! :)


ETA: A poll -- Sarah Dawn Finer's singing of the top three point getters from Sweden. Clever/cute or obnoxious/self-centered?

Gyrate
05-18-2009, 10:05 AM
Personally I liked Iceland's entry despite the prom dresses. Also, Malta is always a sentimental fave because 1) Chiara has an amazing voice even though the songs themselves are snoozeworthy, and 2) they always throw lots of points at the UK (for reasons I can't quite fathom - must be the ex-pats voting).

Jade, the UK singer, surprised me by making the most of a dismal song. ALW needs to go away from my television screens as soon as possible. I still maintain that we should have sent Peter Kay in drag to sing "The Winner's Song".

And the inevitable "horrible but incredibly catchy entry" prize this year goes to the big Hora from Moldova. Seriously, I was tapping along by the end of it.

amanset
05-18-2009, 11:36 AM
Yup, they had not made it to the finals for the past 2 years.

And amanset, I watched the semi-finals on the SVT internet feed, so I know what you mean. But how else would I have learned that the Azerbaijani costumes were designed and made in Sweden?! This is important info we're talking about! :)


I found it amusing that they pretty much gave up on supporting Sweden and went with Azerbaijan due to the "immigrant living in Sweden" angle. And Christ they never let us forget it.


ETA: A poll -- Sarah Dawn Finer's singing of the top three point getters from Sweden. Clever/cute or obnoxious/self-centered?

Any deviation from "saying it was a good show in crap English followed by the handing out of the scores" is an abomination in my book and needs to be slapped down. At least there was Robert Gustafsson this year. I remember seeing in Aftonbladet the day after last Eurovision (or was it the one before?) that Europe was in shock due to appearance of someone looking drunk giving out scores. No we weren't, we could clearly see that it was a bad comedian making an obvious joke.

amanset
05-18-2009, 11:38 AM
I still maintain that we should have sent Peter Kay in drag to sing "The Winner's Song"..

That would have been immense.

amanset
05-18-2009, 11:42 AM
His country didn't make the final IIRC so he said he'd have a minute silence for it. He held it for about 20 seconds and the hosts who were dealing with a live show that was still going at 2am in the morning Russia time had a little bit of a sweat on because of it. I would have loved to see the directors booth at that stage. I'd guess there was lots of roaring at the screens.

Cheers!

Henrichek
05-18-2009, 11:44 PM
What would the results have been discounting the juries? I'm guessing the winner would be the same due to the large score margin, but what would the scoreboard look like if only the televoting was considered?

shantih
05-19-2009, 01:25 AM
Goddammit!! I've been dragging myself through my morning with my 14 functioning brain cells running two thoughts through my poor weary head: 1) 'Must have coffee' and 2) 'I'm in LOOOOOOVE with a fairy TAAAAAAAAAAAAAALE ... '

Dammit dammit dammit!



I'm in LOOOOOVE with a fairy TAAAAAAAAAAAAALE ...

amanset
05-19-2009, 04:57 AM
In the paper this morning they had the viewing figures in Sweden.

A smidgen over 3.1 million. That's 33.44% of the population according to Statistics Sweden's latest figures.

That's INSANE.

WormTheRed
05-19-2009, 05:41 AM
In the paper this morning they had the viewing figures in Sweden.

A smidgen over 3.1 million. That's 33.44% of the population according to Statistics Sweden's latest figures.

That's INSANE.

Iceland apparently had 300000* people tuned in, according to the news on Sunday.

I don't believe the news on Sunday.

*Out of a population of 310000

shantih
05-19-2009, 05:52 AM
Iceland apparently had 300000* people tuned in, according to the news on Sunday.

I don't believe the news on Sunday.

*Out of a population of 310000

Well, neither do I. Like 10,000 people had something better to do Saturday night.





I'm in LOOOOOOOVE with a fairy TAAAAAAAAAAALE -- argh!!

LilyoftheValley
05-19-2009, 09:15 AM
Goddammit!! I've been dragging myself through my morning with my 14 functioning brain cells running two thoughts through my poor weary head: 1) 'Must have coffee' and 2) 'I'm in LOOOOOOVE with a fairy TAAAAAAAAAAAAAALE ... '

Dammit dammit dammit!



I'm in LOOOOOVE with a fairy TAAAAAAAAAAAAALE ...

Could be worse. I apparently have been hooked by the losers. My brain is in an endless cycle of:

I don't wanna lose control but I'm falling. I just can't believe it. Never thought that I would be the one falling dowwwwwn!

and

Aven Romale! If you really wanna understand just sing it with me a da da da da da! Aven Romale! I can make you really feel like Gipsy! A da da da da!



In the paper this morning they had the viewing figures in Sweden.

A smidgen over 3.1 million. That's 33.44% of the population according to Statistics Sweden's latest figures.

That's INSANE.

How does that compare to Allsång på Skansen viewership? (Which is nuts itself, if I may say so.)

Kyla
05-19-2009, 09:19 AM
Kyla: I liked Bulgaria's entry in 2007 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9ytzgtLW1A).


Okay, that was hilariously awesome. The lyrics are all about nature things like the sea and rivers and the forest...to a disco beat. I <3 Eurovision!

What Bulgaria needs to do is send in Azis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92tZE21sedM&feature=related). That would be awesome, even though upper class Bulgarians would die of embarrassment. Balkan popfolk FTW!

amanset
05-19-2009, 10:40 AM
How does that compare to Allsång på Skansen viewership? (Which is nuts itself, if I may say so.)

Unfortunately (?) it hasn't started yet this year, that I know of, and I don't have last year's figures to hand. I'm not sure I want to ever be in a position where I would have them to hand either.