A looong delay on this one, I have been slowly but surely enjoying (broadly) the delights of the 21st century’s Eurovision Song Contests since I first looned up 5 years ago with the Moscow show. Goodness knows how it’s taken me so long, since in that time I’ve only managed to go back slightly faster than I’ve gone forward.
Now after 4 months on my iPod it’s time to deal with the 2002 contest, the first one hosted by Estonia. This small Baltic state joined Eurovision in 1994, and despite a bad start in Dublin it’s eventually found its way to being a leading light in the Baltic region. I feel like it’s only a matter of time before they win again, though hopefully it’s with something stronger than “Everybody”, their winner at Copenhagen’s 2001 contest. I wonder if they could repeat history as Denmark did in Sweden, and win the show from Copenhagen this year?
The songs of 2002 felt like a bit of a step down from later shows – I guess that’s a good thing for the future, but right now it was a bit of a slog. Even more so today as I deal with my least favourite nine.
Less than 5 months to go before the Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark. By this point in the year preparations are usually well under way from the national delegations, and indeed the first national final is being held on Saturday. Makes it a bit more exciting to think the first song is nearly here, but there’s still a long way to go.
We haven’t even got the final list of countries yet, and while the application deadline last month threw up a few surprises, there are still changes afoot. The final roster isn’t due until January, but for now it looks like we say a sad farewell to Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria & Cyprus, all for financial reasons. However we are welcoming back Poland and Portugal so it’s not all bad news. Bosnia & Herzegovina was coming back too but today it seems they’ve not secured funding and have pulled out. Also in the balance is Greece, keen to stay in but are currently without an EBU broadcaster. It seems the EBU are also keen to keep as many countries in, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see a few more unexpected appearances in January.
We’ve got theme art too! DR unveiled the “#JoinUs” slogan earlier this year, but now we have a diamond logo. I wasn’t convinced by Malmö’s butterfly idea but that turned out to be fabulous, I can only imagine how versatile the diamond could me in motion, so I’m all for it.
Home stretch now as we reach my top 10 songs from 2003’s Eurovision Song Contest, hosted in Latvia. While some of the songs haven’t aged especially well, the upper echelon will happily find a place on my iPod after this writeup is done.
All in all, I think the results for the contest – as close as they were – turned out pretty reasonably, I don’t think there were many songs that did well that I didn’t like to some extent. In fact, my top 10 shares 7 songs with the actual top 10, as I’m sure avid fans of this blog(!) might have pieced together already. But which outsiders made the top rung? Continue reading
I think I’ve been putting this off to an extent. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been busy (eh…) or lazy (closer). I wanted to finish the Madonna countdown, but perhaps it’s because I was avoiding closure. The Eurovision comedown is not an isolated phenomenon; symptoms involve hissy fits, gay comas, and not changing the CD in the car for something non-Eurovision.
But this is the last thing I have left to do – ooh, and post some photos – so I might as well kick it off while I have some time. These countdowns take ages to write up!
You can skip ahead to #30-21, #20-11, #10-6 and the top 5, as well as the Malmö 2013 hub for everything I’ve ever written about this year’s contest.
So here’s the final piece of the puzzle. It might not be a completely illuminating piece – perhaps a grey bit that might be a bit of someone’s coat or a bird or something – but a crucial piece all the same.
Yes, Eurovision voting is a game of two halves. On one side is the voting public, much maligned for a poor taste for novelty acts, and allegedly involving themselves in bribery from other countries (yeah yeah). On the other are the mysterious juries, also much maligned but nonetheless regarded as the professional face of the scoring, made up – in theory – of singers, writers & composers.
This year we had a tweak to the rules that meant the juries ranked their songs from 1 to 26 rather than just listing their top 10, giving them the power to sink a song popular in the televote out of sheer SPITE! They’d do that you know, if you believe the loons. Of course the voting public had the capacity to do this already. Considering the juries are included for their invaluable insight, it did seem a bit odd that before 2013 we didn’t give a shit what they thought of their non-top-10 songs, even though their 11th place is surely going to be much more liked than their 26th. So I’m all for it. ANYWAY HERE ARE THE SCORES. Continue reading