[Eurovision 2009] A bit of Fun

A friend suggested that I do a Wordle on all the translated Eurovision Lyrics and I did and it produced an interesting wordle.

Wordle: Eurovision Lyrics - 2009

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Not surprised that Love is big, but am suprised that “wanna” is mentioned alot! What surpises you?

(PS: This is my last Eurovision post I promise!)

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[Eurovision 2009] The results

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Im just looking at the results of the Eurovision Voting. Ireland came 11th in the  televote vote just missing out. Well done Girls!

We got 52 votes in total including 10 points from Spain! Croatia who came 13th in our semi were the ones saved by the Jury.

The Irish vote in the Semi was dominated by our new migrants. 12 points went to Lithuania, 10 Points went to Poland and only 8 Points to Norway in the Semi.

In the first Semi, Finland were saved by the jury, which I think is surprising. Iceland won this semi with 174 points just beating Turkey by 2 points!

Norway of course qualified easily in our Semi with 201 points who went on to win the Final with a record breaking 387 points. They receieved 12 points from 15 countries and they recieved points from every participating country. The lowest being 2 points from Turkey.

I think you could see the Jurys having an influence in how the voting went and I hope they retain this system.

So who’s going to Norway?

PS: the full results are on the Eurovision Website

(Oh and this is probably my last Eurovision Song Contest post, next up will be the Eurovision Dance Contest in Spetember!)

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[Eurovision 2009] Semi Final 2 Tonight – Come on Ireland!

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Tonight sees the 2nd Semi Final of the 54th Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. Tonight Ireland will be represented by Sinead Mulvely and Black Daisy as they hope to get to Ireland into the final with “Et Cetera”. I will be tweeting during the semi on twitter and most should appear on the liveblog.

So my predictions for tonight are:

  • Greece
  • The Netherlands
  • Ireland
  • Ukraine
  • Norway
  • Moldova
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Latvia
  • Serbia

I wonder how many I will get right tonight??? Of course we can vote tonight so do take part!

COME ON SINEAD AND BLACK DAISY!!! DO US PROUD!

Full preview of semi 2 is here

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[Eurovision 2009] Semi Final 1 – Results

So I got 7 out the qualifiers from tonights Eurovision Semi-Final right! I think that equals one of the scores that I got last year.

So who got through?

  • Finland (Predicted)
  • Sweden (Predicted)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Turkey (Predicted)
  • Israel (Predicted)
  • Iceland
  • Armenia
  • Romania (Predicted)
  • Portugal (Predicted)
  • Malta (Predicted)

Belgium, Andorra and Bulgaria all let me down. I missed the start of the show only getting home in time for Israel the 10th entry. It was a good show and the interval act was brilliant. Its all over now until Thursday night, when we all be cheering for Sinead Mulvely. And I wonder how many will I get right?

PS the 2nd Semi will be liveblogged on Liveblog.ie the twitter tag is #evie

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[Eurovision 2009] Semi Final 1 Tonight!!

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So the First Semi Final of the 54th Eurovision Song Contest takes place tonight. It will be aired at 20:00 GMT (21:00 CET) on RTÉ 2 and BBC 3. There will also be a live stream on eurovision.tv is you dont like commentary.

Ireland will not be taking part or voting in tonights contest but it will be interesting to see who gets through as there is a lot of good songs in it. My predictions for this semi are:

  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Belgium
  • Turkey
  • Israel
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • Portugal
  • Malta

Andorra were in with a chance but with Spain switching to the 2nd Semi they are down a possible 12 points.

I’ll be probably tweeting about the show on my twitter page, but I will misse the first 45 minutes of the show due to Scouts so let me know what happens!

Best of luck to all the contestants!

My preview of semi one is here

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[Eurovision 2009] Semi-Final Two Preview

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Well we are just over a month away from the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow which takes place on May 14th. This semi final sees another 19 songs competing for a place in the Final. This is the semi that Ireland has been drawn in so it should be the interesting one for us. France and Russia will also be voting in this semi. As usual I have linked to the Youtube videos for you to make up your own mind. So lets get too it. I of course will attempt a prediction as well. Oh and the Preview for Semi-Final One is here.

1. Croatia: Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea with “Liepa Tena” (Beautiful Tena) Youtube

A ballad to start us off on the night from Croatia. As most of you know I am not a great fan of ballads, but this is a nice ballad. Its the first song so who knows, it may be remembered, it may be forgotten. The voice is a bit shake on the video I have linked I wonder will they have improved by the semi?

2. Ireland: Sinéad Mulvey and Black Daisy with “Et CeteraYoutube

I must say that since I first heard this song, its has grown a hell of a lot on me. Its a cool rock song and certainly stands out compared to the first song. Come on Ireland!

3. Latvia: Intars Busulis with “Probka” (Traffic Jam) Youtube

This is another rock song, which could harm Ireland’s chances as its right after it. I’m not a great fan of this song but it could do well considering its in Russian.

4. Serbia: Marko Kon and Milaan with “Cipela” (Shoe) Youtube

This to me is your typical balkan song. Not really one that does it for me, but one that may elicit votes from neighbours. I don’t see it getting through though.

5. Poland: Lidia Kopania with “I Don’t Wanna LeaveYoutube

Poland are trying a ballad again this year, despite what happened last year. It is a lovely song, but are ballads past it with the public? Will the juries go for them?

6. Norway: Alexander Rybak with “FairytaleYoutube

This is a cool song, mainly because I just love violins in pop/rock songs. So far this is the one that will have my vote on the night. Its cathcy and very listenable.

7. Cyprus: Christina Metaxa with “FireflyYoutube

Cyprus have gone with a ballad this year. Its not a really catchy one. I think its quite poor in comparison with Norways entry in my opinion. Greece are in this semi so it may get through.

8. Slovakia: Kamil Mikulčík and Nela Pocisková with “Leť tmou” (Fly through Darkness) Youtube

Another ballad and this ones a duet to make it stand out slightly. This semi seems to be ballad heavy so it could be a long night! My usual sentiments for ballads applied here. Though the girl has some lungs on her! (My slovakian is useless so not sure which is the girls name!)

9. Denmark: Niels Brinck with “Believe AgainYoutube

Theres an Irish connection to this song. It was written by Ronan Keating which explains why it sounds familar. Its a nice song and up tempo compared to most songs in this semi so could do well. Is i just me or does Niels sound like Ronan?

10. Slovenia: Quartissimo feat. Martina Majerle with “Love SymphonyYoutube

More violins! and a chello or something (could be a double bass). Very classy song and perfomance. Martina has an amazing voice and this is a wonderful song.

11. Hungary: Zoli Ádok with “Dance with MeYoutube

Finally something different. Its a bit of a pop song. It has a bit of disco feel to it. At first I wasnt sure what to make of the song,, but it has grown on me. Its one you will have to make your own mind up on.

12. Azerbaijan: AySel and Arash with “AlwaysYoutube

And then come Azerbaijan who have gone for pop song. Coming straight after Hungary won’t help either of them. Its a good song though and I think its better then Hungary’s entry.

13. Greece: Sakis Rouvas with “This Is Our NightYoutube

Sakis is back! This is becoming one of my favourites of this year Eurovision (along with Finland). Sakis previously represented Greece in 2004 where he came 3rd with “Shake It“. He hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006. This is a song that will be around after the competition I think.

14. Lithuania: Sasha Son with “LoveYoutube

And Lithuania slow things down again. This is a nice gentle song from Sasha Son. Its a nice song, but will it do well in Moscow? Especially after three fast songs?

15. Moldova: Nelly Ciobanu with “Hora din Moldova” (Dance from Moldova) Youtube

And Moldova speed things up a bit again and bring a real Balkan feel to the contest. I prefer this song to the Serbian entry. The dance is a bit of fun too! Its lively and should go down well.

16. Albania: Kejsi Tola with “Carry Me in Your DreamsYoutube

Albania keeps the tempo up with its entry. Its a nice song, but not one of my favourites.

17. Ukraine: Svetlana Loboda with “Be My Valentine! (Anti-Crisis Girl)Youtube

Ukraine stick with the tried and tested fast tempo pop song. Its not as good as previous entries from Ukraine in my opinion. The chorus is good and catchy though and the trumpets are class. It will qualify though.

18. Estonia: Urban Symphony with “Rändajad” (Travellers) Youtube

And Estonia go for a poppy ballad, its a bit faster then most of the ballads in this semi, but will it qualify? Its a toss up for Estonia, and entering a song in Estonian is a bit of a risk

19. The Netherlands: The Toppers with “ShineYoutube

To finish up we have The Netherlands. They were one of the first countries to select their entry, did they pick well? I think so. Its a nice song, which as you smiling and clapping along. It will do well in the final position I think.

Predictions:

So here is where  I normally get everything wrong, but I have a good chance of picking at least 2 songs that will qualify! So here it goes

  • Greece
  • The Netherlands
  • Ireland
  • Ukraine
  • Norway
  • Moldova
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Latvia
  • Serbia

So you think I’m right?

So thats the second Semi-Final done. Only the final 5 songs left the preview are the big four and Russia’s entry which will be done in the next week or so!

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[Eurovision 2009] Semi-Final One Preview

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Well as usual every year I do my preview of the Eurovision Song Contest and try and do a prediction, which goes horrible wrong! Mainly its just random thoughts on the song. I have included links to the songs on youtube, so you can make up your own mind! So anyway Semi-Final one will take place on May 12th. There are 18 countries in this semi, and 10 will go on to the final. As well as the countries in this Semi, United Kingdom, Germany and Spain will be voting also. This is what lies ahead for us on the first night.

1. Montenegro: Andrea Demirović with “Just Get Out of My Life” (Youtube)

Montenegro are sending Andrea Demirović to Moscow. This is nice pop song which does grow on you. Not a song that stands out though in comparison due to chart music at the moment.

2. Czech Republic: Gipsy.cz with “Aven Romale” ( Come in gypsies) (Youtube)

So the Czech are the first of the ‘joke’ entries this year. Sometimes I like ‘joke’ entries but this is not one of them. I hope it crashes and burns. It will now do well cause I said that!

3. Belgium: Patrick Ouchène with “Copycat” (Youtube)

This song is very 60’s/70’s but reminds of all types of music I love! Yes, I know hes an Elvis impersonator, but this song is one you just want to swing to. This should sound good live and do well!

4. Belarus: Petr Elfimov with “Eyes That Never Lie” (Youtube)

I never really like Belarus’ entry, and this year is no different and sounds a lot like a Dima Bilan song. While I know it did well for Russia last year, I can’t see it being replicated this year for Belarus.

5. Sweden: Malena Ernman with “La voix” (The Voice) (Youtube)

Sweden have a habit to put in cathcy songs and this year they have put in a fantastic song. With a fast backing track and Malena’s fantastic voice, this song is just wow. This song has actually blown me away and if it doesnt get out of the semi’s there is something wrong with Eurovision!

6. Armenia: Inga and Anush with “Jan Jan” (My Dear) (Youtube)

I dont know what to make of this song, part of me likes it with the eastern influences and that, but another part is like what is this?? Its an ok song, but not one I would remember.

7. Andorra: Susanne Georgi with “La teva decisió (Get a Life)” (Your Decision) (Youtube)

This is a nice song, that has a slow beat and sets it out from the others in this semi so far. It sounds a bit like a country song, but its an enjoyable listen. (I also love the video!)

8. Switzerland: Lovebugs with “The Highest Heights” (Youtube)

Finally a rock song! Its a song that slightly reminds me of U2. Its a hugely diferent from Andorra, allowing both countries to stand out, but I prefer this one!

9. Turkey: Hadise with “Düm Tek Tek” (Youtube)

A song that to me kind of sums up Turkey and Eurovision (apart from last year). A good song, thats very Turkish, but very pop. It will do well as Turkey normally does.

10. Israel: Noa and Mira Awad with “There Must Be Another Way” (Youtube)

Israel are always slightly different, and this year is no exception with this ballad. It is sung in Hebrew, Arabic and English. Pity for them only one country in Eurovision speaks two of those languages (Israel!!!). Its a nice song and as first ballad may get through.

11. Bulgaria: Krassimir Avramov with “Illusion” (Youtube)

A lively song after Israels ballad again creating a contrast that may benefit both. Not sure if I like it or not, but I’ll give it time.

12. Iceland: Yohanna withIs It True?” (Youtube)

Iceland this year try out a ballad and I love it! A lovely song, not sure how it will be recieved but may come out better then Israel due to the running order. I hope this does well.

13. FYR Macedonia: Next Time with “Neshto shto ke ostane” (Something that will remain) (Youtube)

Another rock song and this one reminds me of the 8o’s! Not sure if its because of the hair! I like it though, its in Macedonian thats all that bothers me about it, but its a rocking tune!

14. Romania: Elena Gheorghe with “The Balkan Girls” (Youtube)

A modern pop song from Romania this year which reminds me slightly of Rihanna. Its a nice song with a definite Balkan feel. Will qualify in my opinion.

15. Finland: Waldo’s People with “Lose Control” (Youtube)

A class dance song! My favourite song from this year so far. Its brilliant! Can see myself dancing to this a lot!

16. Portugal: Flor-de-Lis with “Todas as ruas do amor” (All the streets of love) (Youtube)

This is a nice upbeat song from Portugal, with a livens up at the chorus and you want to clap along to. It sounds traditional, but as I know nothing about Portugese traditional music, someone else will have to tell if I’m right or wrong on that. Its certainly different from the other songs in this semi so far. I think Flor-de-Lis could do well,

17. Malta: Chiara with “What If We” (Youtube)

Malta tries really, really hard every year to win and Chiara is hoping to make it third time lucky (she represented Malta in 1998 and 2005). What If We is a beautiful song, a ballad which reminds me of a Disney film score. Its a powerful song, will it be Malta’s year?

18. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Regina with “Bistra voda” (Clear Water) (Youtube)

The last song of the first Semi-Final and its another ballad. This ballad has a strong Balkan feel to it considering it’s Bosnia and Herzegovina’s entry. Don’t let the name of the performer fool you, Regina is a band and not a girl as I thought. Its a good song.

Predictions:

So this is where I half make an educated guess and half my favourite songs on who gets through to the Final. So who gets the “Kiss of Death” from me this year?

  • Finland (Love this song!)
  • Sweden
  • Belgium
  • Turkey
  • Israel
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • Portugal
  • Malta

It was actually quite hard to pick ten countries this year, so this will be an interesting Semi.

Look out for Preview of the second semi after Fine Gael Ard Fheis next weekend!

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Irish Euovision Entry 2009

So I finally get around to listening to the Irish entry for Eurovision Song Contest, yes I know it was selected LAST Friday, and I like it! in fact I like it alot actually. It is called “Et cetera” and is performed by Sinead Mulvey and Black Daisy. The song was composed by Niall Mooney, Jonas Gladnikoff, Daniele Moretti and Christina Schilling. Brilliant song that will do us proud in Moscow! You go Girls!!!

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