Liveblogging the Eurovision!

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So the time is upon us! Tonight sees the first of the live Eurovision Song Contest shows on our TV screens. It is starting at 8pm (RTÉ 2 and BBC3). The running order for Semi-final 1 is here.

ESCIreland.com will be running a live blog of the Semi and it should start around 7:30pm (Irish Time). Also take note to the changes to the voting this year! You can vote 20 times and voting starts with the first song!

Also do make your predictions on who will get through tonight and Thursday night! ESCIreland will be publishing the top ten countries and who ever selects the correct ten will be named!

Im excited!

Are you?

Do join us for the Live blog, it will be fun!

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[Eurovision 2010] Final Preview

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So it is time to have a look at the final five entries in this years Eurovision Song Contest. It is time to look at the big 4 and last years winner. I will be marking these out of ten, as there is no prediction to make!

SpainDaniel Diges “Algo pequeñito” (Something Tiny)

This is less poppy than Spains normal offering and it is growing on me. I love the circus theme to the video and it is influenced in the video. 7/10

NorwayDidrik Solli-Tangen “My Heart is Yours

There has been some comparisons between Norway and Ireland this year and I think that is misplaced as Niamh’s song is so much better. I find this to be a very boring ballad. But ballads are everywhere this year so it will pick up a few points. and more fiddles at the end… hmmm… 4/10

United KingdomJosh Dubovie “That Sounds Good to Me

The UK haven’t had a whole lot of good luck recently at Eurovision, so this entry is a nice song. Its easy listening and one to tap the foot along with. It could do well also. 6/10

FranceJessy Matador “Allez Ola Ole

France went all experimental for a while and then went back to basics. This year they are entering a fast paced dance song, that will be heard at the world cup I would say! (no handball grudge here btw) Its a cool song. 8/10

GermanyLena Meyer-Landrut “Satellite

All I can say is this is in my top two songs this year (Denmark is the other one). This is an amazing entry from Germany, and Lena is an amazing singer. This song has already gone platinum in Germany. I love it, its catchy and has a good chance of winning this year! 10/10

So that is all the songs looked at. I can go back to concentrating on politics and other issues here until 22nd of May when the Semi-finals begin. In the mean time if you are a eurovision fan, head over to ESCIreland.com where you will find lots more Eurovision news and opinion.

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[Eurovision 2010] Semi Final Two Preview and Predictions

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Welcome to the second of my Preview and Prediction posts for this years Eurovision.  Today I am looking at Semi-Final Two which happens on Thursday 27th of May and features Ireland! This will be the one to watch for us! There are 17 entries in this Semi. It is also a very strong Semi, so it will be very competitive. This Semi also sees the UK and Norway voting.

On to the songs..

1. LithuaniaInCulto “Eastern European Funk

This is a nice funky start to this semi. Its upbeat and fun. Could do well.

2. ArmeniaEva Rivas “Apricot Stone

This is a nice song from Armenia. But the curse of second place may come haunting…

3. IsraelHarel Skaat “Milim (מילים, Words)

This is one of this years favourites and is currently third in the betting stakes. I can see why. Its a very powerful ballad, but it does stand out to the others. We see how it goes.

4. DenmarkChanée and N’evergreen “In A Moment Like This

This is my favourite of this years entries! There performance at this years Danish final was amazing! If they pull it off at Eurovision they are in strong contention to win. This just adds to my love of Danish entries at Eurovision!

5. SwitzerlandMichael von der Heide “Il pleut de l’or (Its Raining Gold)

I don’t know what to make of this song… or him. Im totally confused…. I sort of like it though…

6. SwedenAnna Bergendahl “This is my Life

Wow, this is a very strong entry. I really enjoy it. A nice uplifting song. Fabulous vocals from Anna. Will do very well I think!

7. AzerbaijanSafura Alizadeh “Drip Drop

This another one of the favourites and I see why. It is a really good song. enjoyable and the backing dancers…. well….

8. UkraineAlyosha “Sweet People

I am disappointed with the Ukraine’s entry this year. Gone are the energetic songs that they did so well with. I don’t like it.

9. NetherlandsSieneke “Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie) (I’m in Love (Sha-la-lie))

This seems to hark back to entries of bygone days for the Netherlands. Its a fun song though and different! I like it.

10. RomaniaPaula Seling and Ovi “Playing with Fire

This is a really cool song. You can see why this semi is a strong one now can’t you.

11. SloveniaAnsambel Roka Žlindre and Kalamari “Narodnozabavni rock

This song is a brilliant mix of modern rock and traditional balkan music. Its a bit of fun,and a good entry!

12. IrelandNiamh Kavanagh “It’s For You

Come on Niamh! This is a excellent entry from Ireland. Its catching ballad that really shows off Niamh vocal skills. Hopefully she will have the stage presence like she did in 1993!

13. BulgariaMiro -“Angel si ti (Ангел си ти, Your an Angel)

This is another good song. Fast paced and catchy.

14. CyprusJon Lilygreen and The Islanders “Life Looks Better in the Spring

This is a nice song. A gentle song with a nice chorus. I don’t think it will get out of the semi though.

15. CroatiaFeminnem “Lako Je Sve (Everythig is Easy)

So Feminnem are back. This time for Croatia, and this time with less of a pop song. It would seem that they have matured. Its a powerful song though.

16. GeorgiaSopho Nizharadze “Shine

This is a nice gentle ballad. Sopho is an amazing singer.

17. TurkeymaNga “We Could be the Same

Not a great fan of this song. Its okayish.

Prediction time! So ten of these entries will progress. My guesses are in no particlar order

  1. Denmark
  2. Sweden
  3. Israel
  4. Ireland
  5. Romania
  6. Georgia
  7. Slovenia
  8. Azerbaijan
  9. Croatia
  10. Cyprus

What do you think?

See Part one here

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Another weekend of selections [Eurovision 2010]

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This weekend Armenia and Poland selected their representatives for the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo this weekend. Its getting closer and each weekend now will see a good few chosen.

Armenia selected “Apricot Stone” which is sung by Eva Rivas. This to me is a very typical Armenian entry! Its not standing out from previous entries and the chorus is just random, then again she is singing about apricots….

Poland has chosen “Legenda” by Marcin Mrozinski. It is a traditional eurovision song in my mind, but Marcin is a powerful singer. It could do well.

Next weekend sees Malta, Macedonia, Slovenia and Spain pick there representatives

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The Irish Finalists [Eurovision 2010]

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The Finalists for ‘The Late Late Show Eurosong Special’ which will select Ireland’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. There were a few surprises in the finalists. Anyway on to the list:

* Baby, Nothing’s Wrong – Performed by Michael Graham
Music & Lyrics by Michael Graham, Scott Newman & Yann O’Brien

* Does Heaven Need Much More? – Performed by Leanne Moore
Written by Tommy Moran & John Waters

* Fashion Queen – Performed by Monika Ivkic
Written by Marc Paelinck & Mathias Strasser

* It’s For You – Performed by Niamh Kavanagh
Music: Niall Mooney, Marten Eriksson & Jonas Gladnikoff
Lyrics: Lina Eriksson

* River of Silence – Performed by Lee Bradshaw
Music: R. Siegel Lyrics: J. O’Flynn / José Santana

The five finalists will battle it out on 5th of March. The results will be decided by 50% regional juries and 50% televote, much like the Eurovision itself.

Seeing Niamh Kavanagh’s name on the list was a nice surprise. She represented Ireland in the 1993 contest in Milstreet and won with “In Your Eyes”. Michael Graham, or Mickey, as he is more often known, is the one from Boyzone. I look forward to that performance!

Unfortunately I won’t be in the country when this is on, so there will be no commentary from me. Hopefully the songs will be online before the show, then I will pass comment!

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Two more acts chosen. [Eurovision 2010]

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After I finished my post last night, Cyprus and the Netherlands completed their selections for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010.

Cyprus went for Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders with “Life looks better in spring”. It is a nice gentle song. It doesn’t stand out for me though.

The Netherlands had all ready picked their song, ”Ik ben verliefd, Shalalie”, and was just matching it up with a band. They went with Sieneke. I am not sure what to make of the song, I will leave it up to you!

Armenia and Poland decide on their representatives this weekend.

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Semi-Final Draw [Eurovision 2010]

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The draw took place today for the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Ireland has been drawn to be in the second half of the second semi. That semi will take place on the 27th of May.

Here are the results of the Draw.

Semi-Final One, May 25th

  • Serbia (first half)
  • Finland (first half)
  • Russia (first half)
  • Greece (second half)
  • Slovakia (first half)
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina (first half)
  • Iceland (second half)
  • Moldova (first half)
  • Malta (second half)
  • Portugal (second half)
  • FYR Macedonia (second half)
  • Latvia (first half)
  • Belarus (second half)
  • Belgium (second half)
  • Poland (second half)
  • Albania (second half)
  • Estonia (first half)

Semi Final Two, May 27th

  • Switzerland (first half)
  • Lithuania (first half)
  • Georgia (second half)
  • Turkey (second half)
  • Ireland (second half)
  • Slovenia (second half)
  • Sweden (first half)
  • Ukraine (first half)
  • The Netherlands (second half)
  • Bulgaria (second half)
  • Croatia (second half)
  • Denmark (first half)
  • Azerbaijan (first half)
  • Cyprus (second half)
  • Romania (second half)
  • Israel (first half)
  • Armenia (first half)

It seems to be a good draw for Ireland as no major groups are in the same semi. As in the draw of the which final the big 4 and Norway will vote in the UK were drawn to vote in the second Semi. This is good news!

The result of that draw was:

  • Norway (Second Semi-Final)
  • Germany (First Semi-Final)
  • United Kingdom (Second Semi-Final)
  • Spain (First Semi-Final)
  • France (Second Semi-Final)

Its shaping up to be a good year!

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Foot of the Mountain

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I tweeted today asking if anyone else had heard A-ha’s (remember them?) new song. I was shocked to get tweets back saying they didnt know they had a song out. When I was in Germany I kept hearing the song so I assumed it was on release here, but I was wrong. Anyway here is the song. It sounds like a bit like Take That, or as one tweeter put it a “Nordic Take That”!

Anyway check out the song its called “Foot of the Mountain” and may be on release here soon.

What you think of it?

Political blogging will resume soon.

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[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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