EDC: Well done Poland!

Lats night I forgot (shock) that the Eurovision Dance Contest was on though I did end up watching it after dinner! What an excellent show. I only saw it live from Grece’s entry, who were entry number 11) but caught up on all the entries with the catch up and the the group dance which was an excellent idea! The voting was exciting and with it between Denmark (who were great too) and Poland vying for the high points at the start but then Poland just ran away with it finishing on 154 points! Russia came second! Ireland who came third last year came 4th last this year (11th) with 40 points!

Below is a clip of the winning dance! From the moment I saw it I knew it would win! I loved the fact they used a Micheal Jackson song and it was so lively and they looked like they had a great time too! 😀

DOBRZE ZROBIONY POLSKA!
(WELL DONE POLAND)

I’m lookiong forward to Warsaw in 2009!

More info on Eurovisiondance.tv and Wikipedia

(Polish translation from poltran.com)

Eurovision Dance Contest – Glasgow ’08


I posted before about the Eurovision Dance Contest and more information has come out recently about it.

The show will take place in the 2,000 seat SECC Arena Hall, in Glasgow on September 6th. The show will again be presented by Graham Norton and Claudia Winkleman. A total of 15th countries will be taking part. A number of them have already selected their entries. Ireland shall be sending Gavin Ó Fearraigh and Dearbhla Lennon who were selected on a Late, Late Show Special back on the 30th of May.

Full couples have been selected by Austria (Dorian Steidl and Nicole Kuntner), Denmark (Patrick Spiegelberg and Katja Svensson), Finland (Maria Lund and Mikko Ahti), Ireland (Gavin Ó Fearraigh and Dearbhla Lennon), Poland (Edyta Herbuś and Marcin Mroczek), Portugal (Raquel Tavares and João Tiago), Sweden (Danny Saucedo & Jeanette Carlsson) and the Ukraine (Lilia Podkopayeva & Kyrylo Khytrov).

Spain and the Netherlands have half their couple selected with Spain being represented by Rosa López and the Netherlands by Thomas Berge.

Azerbaijan, Greece, Lithuania, Russia and the United Kingdom must still select their entries.

There has been a few changes from the first edition of the contest. This year each couple will only dance once and that will be a freestyle dance incorporating national flavour. That was the part I enjoyed last year. Professional couples are also banned this year, each country will be represented by a professional dancer and a local celebrity not professionally trained to dance. This will make the competition a little bit more interesting and recognition from participating states to the local celebrity.

Rge Voting will be different as well. Professional judges will be awarding 20% of the available votes (48) with televoting from the countries in usual way (1-8, 10 and 12).

Azerbaijan is new to the contest this year and Switzerland and Germany are withdrawing due to low ratings and poor results. Albania, Belarus, Cyprus, Iceland and FYR Macedonia are broadcasting the competition allowing them to enter next year if they so wish.

I wonder will we do better this year?

Another Eurovision Contest

It seams every year we get a new Eurovision Contest, last year it was the Eurovision Dance Contest, which is also being held this year, this time in Glasgow, from this year the winner will host it.

This year we have a show based on a idea that has been going for a long time, talent shows! Thats right we will have a Eurovision Talent Contest! With the success of Britain’s Got Talent I am not actually surprised by this. So what’s it about?

A talent show that uncovers the best, most unique and surprising talents wherever they may be in a pan-European event set up along competitive lines and keying into the most powerful elements of the Eurovision brand and formula. The format is based broadly on non-verbal material in order to overcome language barriers

The internet will feature heavily in it as contestants will “upload video of their special talent or act onto the site for the material to be accessed by show producers, panel judges and other members of the online community, including major social networking platforms, where the content can be redistributed virally.”

Also the initial stages “will take place exclusively online before being integrated into a national and international television offering. This creates a genuinely interactive and multi-platform television event.”

There will be a judging panel who will announce there votes. National Finalists are expected to be selected by televoting.

Only two stations have confirmed participation so far, they are Channel One of Russia and NPO of the Netherlands. I wonder will RTÉ enter this or just focus on the Eurovision Song Contest and the Eurovision Dance Contest? It doesn’t seam likely that RTÉ or TG4 (which is also eligible) to enter the Junior Eurovsion Song Contest which will take place on November 22 in Limassol, Cyprus.

I also just found some interesting information on the Dance Contest which I mentioned earlier in the post, Ireland will be represented by Richard Rock and Kelly Smyth according to Wikipedia. That event will take place on the 6th of September in Glasgow as already stated.

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Sources:

Eurovision Talent Contest – EBU Website

Eurovision Dance Contest – Wikipedia
Ireland in the Eurovision Dance Contest – Wikipedia
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 – Wikipedia

Eurovision Dance Contest 2007

Well the 1st of September (8pm) sees the first Eurovision Dance Contest taking place in London. The website was launched on Wednesday, linky. A lot of stuff is still coming soon.

16 countries are taking part. They are:
Austria (ORF),
Denmark (DR),
Finland (YLE),
Germany (ARD/WDR),
Greece (ERT),
Ireland (RTE),
Lithuania (LRT),
the Netherlands (NPO/TROS),
Poland (TVP),
Portugal (RTP),
Russia (RTR),
Spain (TVE),
Sweden (TV4),
Switzerland (SRG-SSR),
Ukraine (NTU),
the United Kingdom (BBC)

Ireland will be represented by Nicola Byrne & Mick Donegan, who still have to announce their dance styles.

The voting is in the usual eurovision style so it should be fun!

Oh, also its being hosted by Graham Norton and Claudia Winkleman, in English and French!

PS this is the second Eurovision post alluded to during the week!