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Old May 1 2011, 01:15 PM   #1
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Eurovision Song Contest 2011 (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Yes, it is soon that time of the year again...Eurovision!



Because Germany won last year, they contest will be naturally held in Dussedorf, Germany on 10th( first semi), 12th(second semi) and 14th of May( the grande finale)

We will certainly see a big show from the Germans!

Here the playlits to all the songs of this years competition, from the official ESC youtube channel:

1st Semi-Final:
http://www.youtube.com/user/eurovisi...85E817019E6B76

2nd Semi-Final:
http://www.youtube.com/user/eurovisi...7EE0834CBEE94D

Songs already in the Final:
http://www.youtube.com/user/eurovisi...AC34205AD9D974

This years overall quality is around 3/5, though there is some nice gems of 5/5 there also..and like every year some really horrible stinkers

My personal favorites are: Norway, Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Slovenia..and few others.
(Belarus is "guilty pleasure" to many)
If it would be up to me Hungary would win the whole contest this year, it is the best song, IMHO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy_oB_FYd7s

I have a feeling that this year there will more tighter competition of the winner. Most likely 3-5 songs will have a big fight of who will be the ultimate winner.
Though its difficult to predict how the juries and the general public will vote

Listen the songs
What is your personal Top 5?
Who will get to the final..and who does not?
Who do you think will win?
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Old May 1 2011, 02:00 PM   #2
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I'll make sure I have plans for the 14th, to avoid this so called music contest. Really its almost a joke, it was only saved from farce by a slight change oin the voting system last year(?). And besides it's not the same now that Wogan isn't providing commentary.
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Old May 1 2011, 02:33 PM   #3
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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2011 (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Well, from the few I've listened to, it seems the quality of the contest is so much higher than last year. Last year, I only enjoyed Greece and Azerbaijan. Even Lena was quite boring for me.

My top 5... From what I've listened to... Sweden, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Belarus, and the UK.
(Yes, I'm biased, but it's actually an amazing song this time, by someone who's had a hit before in the UK. The past few years, we've only sent some nobody with a mediocre song nobody knows, and then we're surprised when we come last.
I Can has just been released in the UK, and it's already in the top 20 on Itunes. I think we could get top 5... hopefully)

Agreed on Hungary and Belarus. The latter screams guilty pleasure (like Greece was last year), and Hungary is brilliant from one listen, and so is Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani keep making good songs.

Sweden's also quite popular, . I think they could be a bit of a dark horse.

Russia, Azerbaijan, Sweden, Hungary, and Georgia should get to the final. I wouldn't be surprised if Ireland doesn't make it. I mean... Jedward?

As for who'll win, I couldn't call. I'd love the UK to win (It's been too long), but I don't see any of the other big 5's getting close. Lena won once, I don't think she'll repeat the feat. Hopefully Hungary or Sweden will win.
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Old May 1 2011, 02:34 PM   #4
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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2011 (Düsseldorf, Germany)

On the behalf of the people of Ireland, I would like to extend my sincerest apologies for our entry and I completely understand any desire for genocide that it may bring against our ethnicity.
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Old May 1 2011, 02:50 PM   #5
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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2011 (Düsseldorf, Germany)

I would listen to the songs, but I prefer to be shocked and awed on the night.

The night being the night after, as we have to wait 12 hours in Oz.
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Old May 1 2011, 03:47 PM   #6
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So we won't get votes like, Greece giving Cyprus 12 and vice versa?
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Old May 1 2011, 05:17 PM   #7
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As with Australis I prefer to wait to see them perform it live at the show and judge them then.
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Old May 10 2011, 06:56 PM   #8
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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2011 (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Well, I'm giving this a bump, as it's the first semi starting in an hour. You know, in case anyone's interested in the likes of Macedonia and Malta's dire entries.

Unfortunately, it clashes with the Apprentice, and my favourite songs are in the latter half, so Hungary and Azerbaijan had better get through. (I'd be massively surprised if they didn't)

Re: waiting until the contest to hear the songs, songs are rarely good for me on first listen, so I'll enjoy the contest a lot more with songs I know playing.
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Old May 10 2011, 09:36 PM   #9
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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2011 (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Second place would be nice. I don't want to win, that means we have to host the bloody thing, and as well as being a waste of money, we'd insist on making it good which would just ruin it.

ETA: Just watched Germany's entry.


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Old May 10 2011, 10:03 PM   #10
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Well I decided to watch the Apprentice
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Old May 10 2011, 10:26 PM   #11
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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2011 (Düsseldorf, Germany)

^I watched the Apprentice too. I only turned on the semi in the lead up.

Anyway, 1st semi over.

Through are:

Serbia
Lithuania
Greece
Azerbaijan
Georgia
Hungary
Switzerland
Finland
Russia -
Iceland (why? )

Norway and Turkey shockingly didn't go through. Especially Norway, they were brilliant.

Oh well, on to the next semi.
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Old May 11 2011, 02:04 AM   #12
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I am in Germany on Saturday visiting my girlfriend but we are out..... however she is recording the whole dam thing. Last years winner (who is also again representing Germany this year) has not done a lot since winning. Her tour has been such a big flop that a company had buy a lot of the tickets and give them away and the venues still were not full.
I thought the Finland song sounded OK for Eurovision but the singer seemed a bit of a tool.
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Old May 11 2011, 01:58 PM   #13
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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2011 (Düsseldorf, Germany)

The 1st Semi was not bad at all, though I have to say that there was many songs that where not my personal favorites.
Some very big surprises in the end results.
Turkey and Armenia where out from the final. Surprising, but I think it will do good for both to sit on the sidelines for a moment.
(Turkey performed well, but Armenias vocals where quite bad)
I was very sad that Norway did not make it to the final

Here is short review of the songs that made it to the Grand Finale:

Serbia: One of my favorites.
Very positive song, with lots of nice 1960s retro vibes.
Nina performed well and her vocals where great.
Lithuania: This going to the finale surprised many. It was joked that her cleavage was the reason, but while I agree that the she has nice..eh..curves, IMHO it was her nice vocals and beautiful overall performance that got this to the final.
Greece: I dont like this so much, the rap-parts are bad..but at least it sounded Greek enough.
Azerbaijan: One of the favorites for winning, this one. I am not sure what to think about this one, its a fine pop-song but it is also somewhat cheesy.
Georgia: This was the another rock-song in the semi and it seems people like this more than Turkeys.
Hungary: Second of my favorites. One of the best songs in the contest and the performance was very good. This is one of the favorites for winning the whole contest.
Switzerland: Nice song with sweet performer.
Finland: I am from Finland, so naturally happy that this made it to the final, not without merit however. Strong vocals, nice song with a message.
Russia : Meh...I have to say that I do notreally like this one..and I find the singer somehow annoying. Will compete with Sweden from points.
Iceland: More and more ppl seem to like this, for me it is way too dull. I agree it is well performed..but thats about it.

The stage looked great from TV..and the audience gave applause to everyone, more to some naturally.
The German hosts where quite bad..with stupid jokes.
Is it soooo difficult to find some good hosts for ESC,
I mean in the USA they usually have good ones in the Oscars and other galas..why cant we have some good ones on ESC
I am not saying that there cant be humour, if its good.

The second semi final will be tomorrow, on the 12th
Very difficult to say who will go to finals, especially after yesterday
Here is still a list of all the songs of the 2nd semi with my short reviews with numbers (from the scale 1-5), my personal favorites in bold( based mostly on music videos, naturally):

1. Bosnia - Herzegovina 5/5
2. Austria 3/5
3. Netherlands 3/5
4. Belgium 3/5
5. Slovakia 4/5
6. Ukraine 4/5
7. Moldova 1/5
8. Sweden 3/5
9. Cyprus 2/5
10. Bulgaria 4/5
11. Macedonia 3/5
12. Israel 4/5
13. Slovenia 5/5
14. Romania 3/5
15. Estonia 3/5
16. Belarus 5/5
17. Latvia 3/5
18. Denmark 4/5
19. Ireland 3/5
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Old May 11 2011, 04:42 PM   #14
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It wouldn't be Eurovision without bad jokes and hosts. Prior to the recent vote change from all tele-vote to a split jury/televote system. Eurovision had become a joke in many of the Western European Nations. With what was considered bloc voting.
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Old May 11 2011, 04:57 PM   #15
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I am in Germany on Saturday visiting my girlfriend but we are out..... however she is recording the whole dam thing. Last years winner (who is also again representing Germany this year) has not done a lot since winning. Her tour has been such a big flop that a company had buy a lot of the tickets and give them away and the venues still were not full.
Lena is annoying, she is not talented, she can't perform. She was marketable and kinda cute for a short time last year and that's it. I haven't met anyone here in Germany who actually likes her, everyone is annoyed and thinks she will embarass herself.
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