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Eurovision semi-final two - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Eurovision semi-final two
So far:

Can we declare war on Latvia, please? And Greece, who were ripping off Bad Manners but without the humour.

Macedonia's entry featured a woman who looked like an alien queen who the Power Rangers should have been fighting against.

Azerbaijan's entry is the best one up to now - and it is utterly appalling.

The Finnish entry was better than the Azerbaijani one - although that's not saying much as so was the Thirty Years' War - but she shouldn't have hired her worst enemy to design her costume.

The Maltese entry seems to have been influenced by Jonathan Coulton and, consequently, is quite good in a quirky way. In previous years I've wanted Malta to sink into the Med as a punishment for their offences against music but this year I'd like them to qualify for the final.

Bulgaria was pretty good - especially if you like drums and bagpipes, which I do.

Iceland are cheating by singing 'Hallelujah' in Icelandic. Their singer would have made a better Éomer than Karl Urban.

Armenia's entry is a very decent rock power ballad, written by Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, but it would only make an album track and not a single. They're doomed.

Hungary's entry was extremely good - the only Eurovision song this year to have a truly contemporary sound - but it's too subdued to stand any chance.

The most I can say about the Norwegian girl is that she was being very cruel to her hair and it was fighting back.

Albania confirms that this year Eurovision has discovered Runrig circa 1989.

Georgia are trying to put the power in Power Ballad - but they shouldn't have bothered. And they seemed to be singing 'sailing on a sea of cheese'.

And Switzerland are now singing about 'a castle without ham', presumably to make it Kosher-friendly.

Romania's singer is a vampire David Beckham. As the Bulgarian girl was a Slayer perhaps they should fight to the death for the final place.

Oh good! Hungary have qualified. But BUGGER! Bulgaria haven't.

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elisi From: elisi Date: May 16th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bulgaria was pretty good - especially if you like drums and bagpipes, which I do.
Ah Eurovosion. The only context in which a statement like this would make sense...
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: May 16th, 2013 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Remember we are Runrig fans....
mangosorbet007 From: mangosorbet007 Date: May 16th, 2013 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Norwegian song sounded a bit like Depeche Mode. Which is a good thing, as far as I'm concerned.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: May 16th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought she was ripping off Tears for Fears.

(and something seemed to go wrong with my comment here - apologies if it comes through multiple times)
mangosorbet007 From: mangosorbet007 Date: May 16th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whatever it is, the 80s had it first. :-)

Edited at 2013-05-16 09:17 pm (UTC)
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: May 16th, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Everything could sound like Depeche Mode and I would be happy.
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: May 16th, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Romania! So utterly dreadful it's brilliant!

Bulgaria were good, but I liked those drummer's last song (enough to download it). I liked Norway, but I think the chorus needed to be bigger.

Hungary was excellent too, I had the feeling it would have been better in English though as I think the words needed to key.

I thought Finland weren't bad, even if I'm not fond of the sentiment of it.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: May 16th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought the Finnish act was like Aqua with a talent bypass operation - or possibly Shampoo.
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: May 16th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not claiming I liked that much, but I thought it was a well-crafted fluffy pop song.

Bulgria, woe! It wasn't as good as their song though. Perhaps, it's all a ploy. If she was performing in the final, how would she have time to slay the Romanian?
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: May 17th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh and no one can be as bad as Shampoo, can they?
hurry_sundown From: hurry_sundown Date: May 17th, 2013 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
You make me kind of sad that we don't get this show on our side of the pond. OTOH, your posts more than make up for it. Thanks for watching so I don't have to. *g*
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