Rather than make comments about how we came joint last with Germany and Poland (lets face it, our song wasn’t particularly good!) I thought that I’d share some of my favourite performances with you all.
I thought that this was a very strong Eurovision, and the Spanish entry was the only one that I watched and thought was awful. Yes, some of the voting may have been political (although if the masses are voting, I’m sure that’s not such a big factor) but I always get the impression that your musical tastes are going to be very similar to your neighbouring countries / those with a similar culture. E.G. I can’t say I’d normally be a fan of Serbian folk music over German dance for example!
This year, I really liked the introductory ‘postcard’ pieces as well as the quality of media surrounding the logo for this year’s contest and the tag ‘confluence of sound’.
The Eurovision website is rather good, and it seems that they may be thinking of putting the whole final up on YouTube themselves if their Media section is to be believed (BBC iPlayer is also showing it this week). I would also suggest that you visit the participants page and check out a few of the artists that I have listed below for great quality videos of their Eurovision entry for 2008. Check it out! :o)
Anyways, here are some of my highlights and songs which I can’t stop humming!
Sweden – Charlotte Perrelli / Hero
[this one is my absolute favourite!]
Azerbaijan – Elnur & Samir / Day After Day
Norway – Maria Haukaas Storeng / Hold On, Be Strong
Iceland – Eurobandið / This Is My Life
Ukraine – Ani Lorak / Shady Lady
(there’s a goregeous backing dancer on this entry, though the clip that I’ve had to post doesn’t show him off all that well/in good quality pictures – gah!)
Latvia – Pirates Of The Sea / Wolves of the Sea
Portugal –Vânia Fernandes – Senhora do mar
Georgia – Diana Gurtskaya – Peace Will Come
Russia – Dima Bilan – Believing
Apolgies for the quality of some of the videos, alas as the contest was only last night, YouTube is hardly awash with decent clips to post. As I say though, there are high quality videos on the official website.
Terry Wogan wasn’t too unbearable this year apart from when he started mumbling about the show’s producer who was retiring that year. As for him hinting about leaving Eurovision, he says that every year and we all know he’ll still be there next year, and the one after that, and the one after that…!
The Russian entry was rather good I thought and so fair play to them on winning – there were far less enjoyable songs which could have won, and the Russian singer is also fit as f**k, so that helps a lot too hehe :oP
Thanks for reading xx