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How badly do you think the UK will do in this year's Eurovision?

Last, scoring nul points.
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5%
Last, picking up a few points off Ireland and Malta, through pity.
9
47%
Bottom 5. I'm an optimist.
4
21%
Between 11th and 20th. I actually think there are some countries that like that sort of crap.
2
11%
Top 10. I accidentally selected the wrong option.
2
11%
Winner. I haven't heard this year's entry.
1
5%
 
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Eurovision 2010

Post by Martin Bishop » Mon May 24, 2010 6:24 pm

Eurovision is upon us again, with the semis on Tuesday and Thursday, followed by the final on Saturday. As is usual, I'm in a state of girlish excitement about the whole thing.

As you may have guessed from the poll, I don't rate the United Kingdom entry. Normally, we can rely on other members of the big four doing badly too and keeping us company at the bottom. This year, however, they've all sent really good songs - Germany, amazingly, are one of the favourites to win. It's going to take a miracle for us to avoid last place.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Michael Wallace » Mon May 24, 2010 6:28 pm

On the evening we picked our singer I got onto the Interwebs to see what price I could get for the UK to finish last, since our song struck me as such utterly bland garbage. I found 25/1 at PaddyPower, but I was drunk, so I thought better of sticking some £££ on. The next day it had dropped to 15/1, then the day after 8/1, and then the market disappeared completely, and the only odds I can find online at all now are about 3/1. For once I'll be properly rooting for a non-last place finish, since it'll be a bit annoying if I missed out on some squids because I was 'sensible'.

But anyway, I am possibly more excited about Eurovision than I was about Co:Lon.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Eoin Monaghan » Mon May 24, 2010 6:33 pm

I have been waiting since last June for this year's! Was gonna start this topic but Martin beat me to it. Have not heard any songs except UK's and it's not the worst, but your fein Josh is gammy. Last year, on first hearing of the songs I thought they were all woeful but after Saturday I liked nearly them all. Will have popcorn ready at 8 o'clock and personal scorecard! :D

P.S: Ireland's song is like something you'd hear at a funeral. Bring back Johnny Logan for the songs.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Ryan Taylor » Mon May 24, 2010 7:05 pm

What we have here is possibly the last 3 people on planet Earth who watch Eurovision. Oooooo ahhhhhh.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Michael Wallace » Mon May 24, 2010 7:07 pm

Ryan Taylor wrote:What we have here is possibly the last 3 people on planet Earth who watch Eurovision. Oooooo ahhhhhh.
Anyone who claims they don't like Eurovision is quite clearly a gayer.

Edit: You are so b& from Co:Lon 2011

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Post by Eoin Monaghan » Mon May 24, 2010 7:15 pm

Many people do not like Eurovision, it is like José Mourinho or Marmite, you either like it or you don't. We, however see the lighter side to a great night's craic and enjoyment.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Ryan Taylor » Mon May 24, 2010 7:18 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:
Ryan Taylor wrote:What we have here is possibly the last 3 people on planet Earth who watch Eurovision. Oooooo ahhhhhh.
Anyone who claims they don't like Eurovision is quite clearly a gayer.

Edit: You are so b& from Co:Lon 2011
Well I have never watched one.
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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by James Robinson » Mon May 24, 2010 7:20 pm

I always find the Eurovision Song Contest weirdly intriguing to watch. Not sure why.

I must know a bit about it though, because I even got a question right about Eurovision in my audition for A Question Of Genius.
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Post by Hugh Binnie » Mon May 24, 2010 8:56 pm

Eurovision's worth watching with friends.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Ryan Taylor » Mon May 24, 2010 9:46 pm

Hugh Binnie wrote:Eurovision's worth watching with friends.
I'd rather just watch friends.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Michael Wallace » Mon May 24, 2010 9:48 pm

Ryan Taylor wrote:
Hugh Binnie wrote:Eurovision's worth watching with friends.
I'd rather just watch friends.
Pervert.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Ryan Taylor » Mon May 24, 2010 9:57 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:
Ryan Taylor wrote:
Hugh Binnie wrote:Eurovision's worth watching with friends.
I'd rather just watch friends.
Pervert.
Touche.
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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Michael Wallace » Tue May 25, 2010 11:43 pm

I managed to predict 8 of the 10 finalists, which I think is a personal best for me (I'm usually hilariously bad at it). My mistakes were Russia (who I really thought had finally submitted a song so bad to overcome the satellite effect) and Belarus, whose song was clearly half decent, but the performance was dreadful - the proper recording of the song is actually quite good. Fortunately I had a free £5 riding on them to qualify, so that sweetened it for me. Plus they had awesome butterfly dresses.

My two mistakes were Slovakia and Finland, the latter I knew were a dodgy pick but I was running out of options.

I kinda wanted Estonia to go through, partly because they looked like a bunch of sixth formers, and partly because their song was kinda catchy, but it was a bit rubbish overall.

Greece were pretty stonking, which makes up for last year when they were one of the favourites but really bad. Iceland should do well in the final too, but I can't see a dance track winning. Belgium sound so much like Five For Fighting it's funny, but as a consequence it's pleasant enough. Given Iceland last year, this could do alright on Saturday. I also like how reminiscent the dude is of Alexander Rybak - they even put him in a waistcoat.

Serbia win tonight, though. At least in terms of being that great mix of quite bad singing and awesome campness. Moldova come a close second for opening with a guy on a turntable playing an LED studded violin. Also the saxophone guy. Actually, maybe this one is my favourite after all. Hmm.

So overall, pretty encouraging. Russia's is really the only dud song to go through, and if the second semi is of a similar standard, and we could be in for an exceptionally good final. (Well, except for the UK, obviously.)

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Eoin Monaghan » Wed May 26, 2010 4:28 pm

Enjoyed Bosnia Herzegovina, Moldova, Greece, Albania, Latvia and Belarus.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Martin Bishop » Thu May 27, 2010 7:27 pm

There's something about six Lituanian men in front of mic stands that translates into comedy gold.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Martin Bishop » Thu May 27, 2010 8:23 pm

I have six favourites from tonight's second semi: Lithuania, Ukraine, Netherlands, Romania, Ireland and Turkey. They get a vote each.

I was disappointed by Azerbaijan. It was one of the few songs I'd seen before tonight and I liked it, mainly for the drip-drop chorus. That bit somehow got underplayed in the final version and it wasn't nearly as catchy.

Ukraine was the opposite. I found it quite dull before. However, the staging for it was magnificent and it worked really well live.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Michael Wallace » Thu May 27, 2010 8:30 pm

My ten: Azerbaijan, Romania, Turkey, Lithuania, Armenia, Denmark, Ukraine, Sweden, Netherlands, Bulgaria.

Much harder than Tuesday - a lot of rubbish tonight. My favourites are Lithuania, Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, Denmark, Slovenia (amazing), Netherlands, Bulgaria.

Thought Azerbaijan was rubbish, can't really understand why it's such a runaway favourite (I can still see it going through, but it was really unremarkable).

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Michael Wallace » Thu May 27, 2010 8:52 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:My ten: Azerbaijan, Romania, Turkey, Lithuania, Armenia, Denmark, Ukraine, Sweden, Netherlands, Bulgaria.
Ahahahaha.

Edit: Exciting news. Azerbaijan are going first on Saturday, which is a rather good news for Germany, who are going 22nd. Based on the odds, at least, Germany are getting close to being favourites. Could be a close one, this.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Kirk Bevins » Thu May 27, 2010 10:50 pm

Anyone got a link to the UKs song so I can have a listen?

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Post by Michael Wallace » Thu May 27, 2010 10:52 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:Anyone got a link to the UKs song so I can have a listen?
Enjoy (you probably won't).

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Lesley Hines » Fri May 28, 2010 12:49 am

If you doubt the enjoyment factor of Eurovision, can I recommend watching it with >20 gay chappies (all of whom I'd met through Operatic Societies / Am Dram) and a few token females? Seriously, it was one of the funniest nights of my life. Quel party ;) :lol:
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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Martin Bishop » Sat May 29, 2010 5:36 pm

Two days later and I'm still gutted that Lithuania didn't make it through. For me, it's the biggest semi final travesty since Israel in 2007. If you are a normal person and missed the semi on Thursday, here's a link to them. I'll be surprised if there's a more enjoyable entry in tonight's final.

I'll be rooting for Germany tonight. I don't like Azerbaijan's overproduced mass-market vibe and would love it if a member of the big four overcame the geographic odds.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Martin Bishop » Sat May 29, 2010 8:28 pm

France just completely overshadowed Ukraine- Winner!

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Lesley Hines » Sat May 29, 2010 9:34 pm

That thing they've done going to every country all doing the same flashmob dance at the same time and webcams at people's parties - awesome! Gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Fantastic - fair play. Great idea :D
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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Andy Wilson » Sat May 29, 2010 9:57 pm

It's close there between the UK and Ireland in the race for 3rd last...

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Post by Andy Wilson » Sat May 29, 2010 10:00 pm

Huzzah, see if ye can catch us now!

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Martin Bishop » Sat May 29, 2010 10:30 pm

Thank you Georgia! We thoroughly deserved that last place. I feel sorry for Josh - it wasn't his fault. There was just no polishing that turd.

There can be no excuses now about politics and bloc voting when Germany have gone and won it. I liked Germany's song, but didn't think Lena performed it well live. She seemed nervous and rushed through it a bit. Her performance after she won was much better. I'm still glad she won, though. She's sweet.

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Michael Wallace » Sat May 29, 2010 10:56 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:On the evening we picked our singer I got onto the Interwebs to see what price I could get for the UK to finish last, since our song struck me as such utterly bland garbage. I found 25/1 at PaddyPower, but I was drunk, so I thought better of sticking some £££ on.
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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Andy Wilson » Sat May 29, 2010 11:35 pm

Only turned on while Spain were doing their song a second time so missed this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdBLCT7b ... r_embedded

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Andy Wilson » Sat May 29, 2010 11:36 pm

Only country ever to perform their song twice on the night but didn't win?

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Post by Ian Volante » Sun May 30, 2010 4:51 pm

So why did Spain do it twice? I was watching in a room where I couldn't really hear the commentary, this puzzled me somewhat.
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Post by Lesley Hines » Sun May 30, 2010 5:17 pm

Someone's had the decency to post the flashmob project to youtube :D

Well worth a look if you missed it at the time 8-)
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Post by JimBentley » Sun May 30, 2010 5:31 pm

Ian Volante wrote:So why did Spain do it twice? I was watching in a room where I couldn't really hear the commentary, this puzzled me somewhat.
Some randomer out of the audience gone done a stage invasion. It was really well done though, I (and everyone watching with me) thought he was part of the act. Until he was removed by the security people, that is. And given a good Norwegian kicking out the back (I may be surmising here). Still a shit song though.

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Post by Ian Volante » Sun May 30, 2010 5:33 pm

JimBentley wrote:
Ian Volante wrote:So why did Spain do it twice? I was watching in a room where I couldn't really hear the commentary, this puzzled me somewhat.
Some randomer out of the audience gone done a stage invasion. It was really well done though, I (and everyone watching with me) thought he was part of the act. Until he was removed by the security people, that is. And given a good Norwegian kicking out the back (I may be surmising here). Still a shit song though.
Ah cool! I never noticed the difference :)
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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Martin Bishop » Sun May 30, 2010 6:34 pm

Ian Volante wrote:
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Ian Volante wrote:So why did Spain do it twice? I was watching in a room where I couldn't really hear the commentary, this puzzled me somewhat.
Some randomer out of the audience gone done a stage invasion. It was really well done though, I (and everyone watching with me) thought he was part of the act. Until he was removed by the security people, that is. And given a good Norwegian kicking out the back (I may be surmising here). Still a shit song though.
Ah cool! I never noticed the difference :)
He was very good. He took part in the choreography and everything. Very professional.

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Post by Eoin Monaghan » Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:48 pm

Very enjoyable night. Denmark, Moldova, Germany. Ireland (3rd Last?!), Romania and a few others were good. I liked Armenia, and the song was good too.

Israel and Serbia were pure brutal.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:12 pm

Eoin Monaghan wrote:Very enjoyable night. Denmark, Moldova, Germany. Ireland (3rd Last?!), Romania and a few others were good. I liked Armenia, and the song was good too.

Israel and Serbia were pure brutal.
Was Denmark the one that sounded like various other songs? If so, it was crap. I agreed with the winner - I actually quite liked the German one.

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Post by Eoin Monaghan » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:16 pm

The saxophone solo in Moldova's song was the catchiest thing in the whole contest.

I believe that for UK or Ireland to win they need to send famous acts such as Take That or Westlife or Robbie Williams. Germany and Turkey's acts have had top 10 hits in numerous countries, maNga have won an MTV award. (Turkey's act.)

Josh Dubovie came in at 75th in the charts yesterday, says it all.

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Post by Martin Bishop » Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:24 pm

Eoin Monaghan wrote:The saxophone solo in Moldova's song was the catchiest thing in the whole contest.

I believe that for UK or Ireland to win they need to send famous acts such as Take That or Westlife or Robbie Williams. Germany and Turkey's acts have had top 10 hits in numerous countries, maNga have won an MTV award. (Turkey's act.)

Josh Dubovie came in at 75th in the charts yesterday, says it all.
That saxophone solo is the stuff of nightmares. It has haunted me most of this week. I could have done without the thrusting.

Germany is no model for sending an established act to Eurovision. Lena had done nothing in music until she won the X-Factorish German selection programme. Her top ten hit across Europe is Satellite. Unlike us, many participants release their entries as singles well in advance of Eurovision.

Sending established acts, such as MaNga, does work, but having a good song and promoting it well is good too.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:21 pm

Eoin Monaghan wrote:The saxophone solo in Moldova's song was the catchiest thing in the whole contest.

I believe that for UK or Ireland to win they need to send famous acts such as Take That or Westlife or Robbie Williams.
You couldn't send Robbie Williams. What sort of contest would it be if all the British people are hoping that they lose?

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Post by Ian Volante » Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:31 am

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Eoin Monaghan wrote:The saxophone solo in Moldova's song was the catchiest thing in the whole contest.

I believe that for UK or Ireland to win they need to send famous acts such as Take That or Westlife or Robbie Williams.
You couldn't send Robbie Williams. What sort of contest would it be if all the British people are hoping that they lose?
Well they can't vote for whoever it is for starters. I'm not sure the a British dislike of one entrant would spoil the contest. And why would they? Robbie's a popular chap.
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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Andy Wilson » Sun Jun 06, 2010 12:43 am

Wasn't it supposed to be an amateur songwriting contest?

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:13 pm

Ian Volante wrote:Well they can't vote for whoever it is for starters. I'm not sure the a British dislike of one entrant would spoil the contest. And why would they? Robbie's a popular chap.
Well he's probably got a few screaming rabid fans (although he's not so much in the limelight now), but most people I've spoken to on the subject (although it's probably not that many actually) seem to think he's an arrogant cunt. I know we couldn't vote for him, but most people would want to root for the UK act, not want him to get hit by a train on the way there!

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Post by Michael Wallace » Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:01 pm

WTF? Eurovision is not a gameshow. It's a sport! A manly, manly sport :x

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Michael Wallace wrote:WTF? Eurovision is not a gameshow. It's a sport! A manly, manly sport :x
Yes, it is.
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Post by Robert Baxter » Sat Sep 04, 2010 12:39 pm

12 points to Belarus !?

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... you'll post when the competition happens and not 4 months later?

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Robert Baxter wrote:
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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Michael Wallace » Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:42 pm

I finally got around to making this map, comparing telephone and jury voting positions. You can even read some inane comments about it on my blog if you like.

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Post by Martin Bishop » Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:31 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:I finally got around to making this map, comparing telephone and jury voting positions. You can even read some inane comments about it on my blog if you like.
While the map suggests a link between geography and televote performance is patchy at best, there seems to be a stronger link with the type of music. Up-tempo numbers, like that of France Serbia and Moldova seem to be more popular with televoters, while juries seem to prefer the ballady fayre of Israel, Belgium and Ireland.

Also, it might be better to look at the difference in points, rather than places. Germany was top with both jury and televote, but Lena's televote win was by a much bigger margin.

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Post by Michael Wallace » Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:38 pm

Martin Bishop wrote:Also, it might be better to look at the difference in points, rather than places. Germany was top with both jury and televote, but Lena's televote win was by a much bigger margin.
Yeah, there are advantages to both metrics, and I stuck with places because it was easier. If I was actually doing it at all properly (which is a bit pointless with only one year's data) I'd probably do it by points, but I'd want to think about it a bit more carefully first.

Edit: I've had a fiddle, and the fast/slow theory is looking like a pretty good one. I'm going to look at last year as well and then probably put something a bit more statistical together about it.

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Bit late but I'm singing this in a school singing contest - mainly because it's something I can sing! I've learnt the words - good or bad?
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Rhys Benjamin wrote:Bit late but I'm singing this in a school singing contest - mainly because it's something I can sing! I've learnt the words - good or bad?
Video please!

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Re: Eurovision 2010

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:22 am

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