Do any of you Europeans follow this? It seems like sort of a big deal. Go Iceland! 😄
Ha, you made me listen to a few of them! I enjoy the Netherlands one as well. I truly hope the Ukrainian song doesn't win, I think it's pretty terrible. The English one is not bad either but it feels like a rehash. The Swedish one is OK but feels like generic American pop, and the Armenian as well.
The French one is sung in a language unknown to me (French songs enjoy featuring regional languages at the Eurovision, which on the one hand is pretty nice, on the other hand, it also shows how much people don't care about it).
The Serbian one is creepy, but probably my favorite so far.
EDIT: Well, I can't say I'm insensitive to the overly silly oddity that the Norwegian offered us. Sometimes it doesn't take a lot to entertain me, and "Someone give that wolf a banana" is surely a line that's guaranteed to work on me.
EDIT 2: Hmm, the Irish one is not something I'd recommend, but for some weird, unexplainable reason, I like that style of electro/pop music and this one has some punch in it. It's probably the one I'm most likely to put on my regular "songs to motivate me while working" rotation.
@Zerbique Damn, Z, you're quite the Rebel! Or should I say Heretic? 😄 Maybe if you dressed like this, you could "fit in" more effectively. Do you dress like this? 😅
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Oh, wait, you're sorta Belgian now.
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Can you tell I have no idea about Europe in general? 😄
@Zerbique Damn, you listened to all of 'em (at least in part)? Impressive. Can you vote for your favorite, as a television viewer, or is the outcome decided by official judges? Here, many of our "talent shows" allow the audience (present and at home) to vote via their Smartphones.
@Cadet Stimpy No, I won't bother with a vote. And listening them all wasn't too much of a feat as I always listen to music while working (it helps me focus, actually, so I'm way more efficient with the headphones on, pouring some beats into my brain). And as I said, I skipped a few when I really didn't like them.
In France few people care and it doesn't have a good reputation. I've never watched it once, and I've never known who is the French contestant. I like that even ""European"" countries like Azerbaidjan (or worse, Australia???) may compete.
I had a colleague who had worked in Sweden and she told me that it was basically mandatory to watch it there. Like, her boss told her to.
I didn't know it was ongoing (and I'm checking online news websites several times a day). So it shows you that it's not only me, it's really a French snob attitude towards the show. Bizarrely enough, people are still overly enthusiastic about football - but Eurovision didn't make the cut. I'd rather watch Eurovision on TV than a football match though.
So, the French tend to dismiss it as frivolous, or are they pissed because they haven't won for a long time? 😠 Shows based around singing contests are quite popular here. I don't care much about singers generally, but Magicians are totally awesome. 😍
Here are a couple of "classic" singing auditions I remember (after the fact). Both are from Britians Got Talent.
The singing starts around 2-min.
The singing starts around 1'30".
Of course. And even though Ukraine is going to win, just because, I hope our national pride S10 will do well in this contest. If only because some of her songs bring tears to my eyes.
If you don't know (and why would anyone outside The Netherlands):
"The song she has composed for the Netherlands’ particicipation at the Eurovision Song Contest is one in which she sings frankly about the subject of mental health. It’s a topic that she is proud to be bringing to the Eurovision stage; a stage that she views as being the perfect platform to highlight the range of emotions that artists can implement into their music." - Eurovision website.
@JW I see what ya mean about bringin' tears to your eyes. 😢 She has a beautiful voice, in my amateur opinion.
Does each country have only one entry? Hey, it looks as if the Netherlands won just a few years ago. 🙂 Cool.
Yes, each country is represented by one artist (a different one each year). Usually it's a lot of silly and stupid songs, bit sometimes a gem slips through.
@JW Well, good luck! 🇳🇱 I saw the tickets for the Live TV Show in Ring 1 (whatever that is - closest to the stage, probably) on Saturday are €350 💰 - they're Sold Out, too.