Saturday, May 16, 2009

Eurovision Live Blog

Just got back to Dale-Simmons towers from Wales, and what better way to spend the evening than live blogging Eurovision! I shall be rating every song throughout the contest. Do join in in the comments.

10.46 How embarrassing was the Bosnian voting guy?

10.45 Jane Merrick wants me to live blog the voting! Sorry. I have apparently been snoring through it according to my other half, who is really annoyed that Casualty hasn't be on.

9.54 OK, I'm backing Denmark. So that's the kiss of death for them then.

9.48. Spain. Sounds more ike Turkey. Spain really are crap at Eurovision. Always have been. 4.

9.45. Finland. Eurobeat-tastic. 7.

9.42. UK. Truly terrible. This is a song for a musical, not Eurovision. 3.

9.38 Romania. Quite catchy. Midtable mediocrity I suspect. 7.

9.34 Ukraine. Mediocre. Nothing else to say. 5.

9.28 Norway. The singer is what they describe on Neighbours as "a bit of a spunk". Shame the song was crap. 4.

9.25. Albania. I have lost the will to live. Utter shite. 4.

9.20 Turkey. They are consistently shite at Eurovision. Their songs are always the same. Dreary and jumpy. 4.

9.17 Germany. Pec-tastic! Didn't like the song though. 6.

9.12 Denmark. Well, ding dong. Copenhagen here I come. Nice beat. Nice, ahem, everything:). 8.5. Joint favourite with Iceland and France.

9.11 Estonia. Forgettable. 5.

9.07. Malta. Nice ballad bit not strong enough to win. 7.

9.02 Moldova. I think it is safe to say Graham Norton won't be visiting Moldova next year. Dancing was truly awful. 3.

8.57 Bosnia. This was good until they introduced the national element to it. Somewhat militaristic! 6.5.

8.55 Graham Norton is doing very well so far.

8.53 Azerbaijan. Promising intro, then they showed the lead singer. Slapped by the ugly stick. Boptastic, but won't win. No one wants to go there next year. 6.

8.50 Russia clearly don't want to win two years in a row. Awful. 5.

8.45 Armenia. Oh dear. Truly terrible. 4.

8.41 Greece. Would do very well in Heaven, but too forumlaic. Like the drums though. 7.

8.39 Some have suggested I do this on CoverItLive. Sorry, not tonight. Have to be monitoring some political stuff at the same time.

8.38 Iceland. Very Delta Goodrem. A proper song. My joint favourite so far with France. 8.5

8.34. Portugal. A feel good song, but a bit twee. Graham Norton likes it. I didn't really. 6.

8.29 Croatia. Sounds a bit too Greek. Don't think they will trouble the scorers. 5.

8.25 Sweden. Terrible verse, wonderful chorus. Very Eurovision. Will do well. I'll give it 8.

8.21 France. This is more like it. I love Patricia Kaas. I have 5 or 6 albums by her! They haven't had a good song since Amina and Le Dernier qui parle. I like this! She's a fantastic singer. I'm giving that 8.5!

8.17 Israel. Their songs always sound similar. Hebrew is not a great language for songs like this. A bit to many coughing sounds. But quite a pleasant song. Again, 6.5.

8.13 Ok, here we go with Lithuania. Hmmm. growing on me. Well, it did until I looked up and saw the hat. I'll give that 6and a half out of ten.

8.12 Why are Eurovision hosts always so awful?

8.08 Loving the white costumes.

8.05 Currently watching the intro stuff. I wish they'd get on with it.




109 comments:

Dick Puddlecote said...

New judging this year. 50% from phone votes, 50% from national juries to cut down on partisanship. With Andrew L-W writing the song and a good singer too, if we get carted around the ground, it's another European Institution we should leave pronto. ;-)

Oliver Drew said...

Yeah...but Cirque du Soleil were quite good weren't they.

Adrian said...

Not very good so far...

Looking for other Eurovision Twitterers http://twitter.com/dadge

Anonymous said...

Mr Dale,
As an Evertonian for life I understand that losing hurts (we've done enough of it for years before St David Moyes) so I thank your team for lying down for us today and thus allowing The Blues to nose ahead of Villa.

Martyn said...

Mr Dale you reall are such an old queen with all this Eurovision malarkey

Dick Puddlecote said...

French girl sounded like she was constantly clearing her throat!

UK have a great draw at 23.

Rossa said...

Think the German entry will win the male vote. He has got Dita von Teese doing an erotic dance on stage.....somehow I think all eyes will be somewhere else than on the singer, don't you? Be interesting to see what camera angles are allowed on the BBC. Mind you if he'a on after 9....who knows

Martin Curtis said...

Not done your live blog since Lordi's amazing victory.

Here's to another Lordi-esque victory tonight.

This is the only thing I have ever stopped supporting the UK for (and I hate myself for it). But, if you keep putting in the same sort of crap, you'll keep getting the same result.

Alestorm for Eurovision.

Humpty Dumpty said...

Was quite liking Sweden.........so should I watch it all, or go to ITV to watch lovely Piers?? Decisions, decisions.........

Donal Blaney said...

You're being far more generous than me!

Dick Puddlecote said...

Bosnia and Malta to surprise. Maybe a back and lay at Betfair. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Sweden was f'ing terrible. Loving Portugal though.

Tommy Rayder said...

My favourite so far is France. Sweden was too strange for me....Croatia was horrible.

Adrian said...

Sweden and France so far. I like this Portuguese girl too - bit of a dark horse?

What are the odds on UK not making the top half?

Marc Antony said...

Would it not make more sense to use a live blog e.g. CoverItLive.

If our commentator didn't use sarcasm, this show would be unwatchable.

marcantonysjournal.blogspot.com

ILLIBERAL DEMOCRATS said...

The Eurovision song contest is like the Liberal Democrats a complete joke!!!!!

LOL!

http://normanlambmpnorfolk-north.blogspot.com/

The Watcher said...

Icelandic entry, PHWOARRR!!!!!

Anonymous said...

No, Greece, no! Don't do it!

Martin Curtis said...

I agree with Graham Norton - what is it with Iceland putting in a song they can win with -how can they afford to fund Eurovision next year?

Rock Ballad - and quite liked it. Best so far.

Jack said...

Everything is very black and white clothes-wise. I'm still favouring Malta and Norway

Dick Puddlecote said...

Drool factor puts Iceland top so far.

Tommy Rayder said...

Iceland was good and catchy. Also, I could not help moving a bit during Greece. I bet ya Greece will come close to winning.

Martin Curtis said...

www.alestorm.net


Alestorm for Eurovision

Joe said...

Armenia was the BEST so far!!! Brilliant

Rab C. Nesbitt said...

Screw Eurovision. I'm watching Britain's got talent. Only 'cos the wife has the remote though.

Humpty Dumpty said...

What's with the Russian song? Frightening. :)

Roy said...

Armenia - wasn't that the Anadin Brothers from Doctor and the Medics?

Humpty Dumpty said...

Azerbaijan is the sort of song that does well in E'vision - the bird's quite attractive, as well.

Adrian said...

If Iceland win they'll stage it in a tent.

Some nice Azeri Europop - infinitely preferable to that Greek Eurocr-p

Dick Puddlecote said...

Sorry, but I can't believe the Azeri girl is not miming. Too perfect!

Oliver Drew said...

Hmmm...Azerbaijan were a lot better than France though in my view Iain - I think there's more chance of Eurovision being in Baku than Paris in 2010.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Azeri lead singer ugly? That says a lot, Iain. ;-)

Gillibrand said...

If your from Armenia, it was the greatest thing since their last entry.

Martin Curtis said...

Umm Iain - if you rate based on traditional Euro songs - you ain't picking a winner. That's the point, that's why we don't win any more - we keep doin that.


Alestorm for Eurovision

Andrew Ian Dodge said...

What is everyone drinking? What drinking game are you using?

dazmando said...

What were the russians thinking that song made me feel unhappy and scared

The Watcher said...

Oh to be stuck in a lift with the Estonian band!!!

Tommy Rayder said...

Estonia was ok. France is still my favourite.

Andrew Ian Dodge said...

Any metal yet? Anything even close to the awesome performance by Lordi?

Martin Curtis said...

Denmark enter a Ronan Keating tribute band.

Can we put Dressed To Kill in next year?

http://www.dressed-to-kill.co.uk/

Anonymous said...

Me thinks it will be off to Denmark next year.

Tommy Rayder said...

Denmark is my new favourite. :)

Def top 3. Possible winner.

Will S said...

Your very own little bias shows quite clearly here ;)

Doctor Syn said...

Malta's entry is just a big Broadway 11.00 number. The problem is, so is ours. And Malta's is by far the better of the two.

Martin Curtis said...

Germany = Very Ricky Martin = Very yesterday. Approve of the Marilyn Mason link. susect it will win - but it's cr*p.

Humpty Dumpty said...

Germany - WTF??????

Sandy Jamieson said...

I'm sure the two girls backing the kraut were in the Producers.(1st version)
"don't be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Nazi Party"

The Watcher said...

Turkey, PHWOAARRR!!!!!

Martin Curtis said...

Andrew Ian Doidge for President

Anonymous said...

At least the German group justified the Hi def broadcast...We want more of the same....Please

Not a sheep said...

Just discovered that you are also live blogging Eurovison but we appear to have somewhat different views... Mine here

Andrew Ian Dodge said...

Funny thing is that Ronan Keening actually wrote Denmark's entry. So they are Ronan approved.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Albanian girl is a dead spit for Kylie's 'I should be so lucky' vid from '88 (?)

Martin Curtis said...

Albania hve stolen Chad fromHoward Jones and then mixed it with a cr*p Nightwish song.

The Watcher said...

Eoghan Quigg singing for Norway??!!!

Oliver Drew said...

Norway - that was the judges favourite? It was awful!

Doctor Syn said...

Norway's Alexander is young, handsome, can sing and can play the violin. I hate him. I hate him so much.

Adrian said...

Cmon Iain, Norway was great. Folky and oodles of charisma - must count for something.

gunteman said...

Denmark....very forgettable...

Martin Curtis said...

Ukraine = pole dancer. Nuff said.

Paul Halsall said...

Best so far - Croatia, Germany, and Norway. All such cute guys. (Although I think the Greek guy might more, umm, comme ca). And Sweden was good.

Martin Curtis said...

The UK's occasonal ballad entry. Nothing different - part of the normal UK cycle.

Fail. Not a win. Alestorm next year.


www.alestorm.net

Dick Puddlecote said...

What was Harry Redknapp doing playing piano on the UK entry?

The Watcher said...

Lloyd-Webber looks more and more like Davros!!

Not a sheep said...

Finland is Atomic Kitten meets Vanilla Ice

Anonymous said...

I really, really wanted to support the UK entry. Unfortunately it was awful and entirely forgettable... Favourite so far is Portugal.

Tommy Rayder said...

I disagree Iain. I think the UK song is one of the best.

strapworld said...

Norton is quite exceptional. But if he did it for as long as Terry I am sure he will get the same jaundiced view!!

Agree with most of your views.

I thought it was a song contest I am fed up with prancing around!

Not a sheep said...

Why did Dita Von Teese cover up more than in rehearsals?

Humpty Dumpty said...

The voting will be more entertaining than the songs, as usual..............

Adrian said...

Hedging your bets re UK I see, Iain! I tend to agree with you, but it got a good reception though, didn't it

Oliver Drew said...

Time for a guess on the winner...I think it'll come from Iceland, Sweden, Denmark or Romania.

I'll go with Iceland but with them being run close by Sweden.

Didn't think the UK entry was THAT bad Iain...in the "upper-middle" part of the pack. Certainly not clear bottom.

adam1516 said...

Lmfao. I have to question Dale's taste in music. He gave some of these acts SEVEN out of ten? Stick to politics, Dale, you berk!

Valleys Mam said...

but denmarks was written by and sounded like ronan keetting how danish is that ffs

Jimmy Codpiece said...

Actuallt I thought Germany were rather good, at least it wasn't Eurobeat drivel like most of the rest. I'm guessing they won't win though; Europeans don't seem to care for the Germans for some reason.

Marc Antony said...

You seem to attract people who like tacky music. Britain had a decent entry - the sort that could be performed on a stage in the UK or US and actually sell tickets. No idea why so many people, including you, think it's too West End musical. I don't even know if that, if it were true, by itself is a bad thing.

Europe proves once again that it's music is as unchanging as Gordon Brown (thought I'd bring in some talk of politics.)

marcantonysjournal.blogspot.com

Dick Puddlecote said...

Unscientific, but I voted for Iceland in less than 10 seconds. Fanny Puddlecote is trying to vote for the three Ukrainian male chests and still can't get through after 6/7 minutes!

UK, the pervs of Europe

Fidothedog said...

I hope Gordoom did not offer support to our entry, else its nil points all night long.

Martin Curtis said...

I'm in the Iceland camp.

There's a joke somewhere about camp, but I'm not brave enough.

Alestorm next year.


www.alestorm.net

If the UK dosn't change, the UK will never win.

Remember, we rejected the Fruit Eating Bears

http://www.punk77.co.uk/groups/Fruit_Eating_Bears.htm

Dick Puddlecote said...

Got to be worth a punt. Some shekels on Ukraine at 21/1 on Betfair as Mrs P has just got through after eroding the redial button.

nightjack said...

The Night family voted Norway even though Jack Jnr gave every act with a blonde girl 10.
We have the dire French and the Moldovans at joint last.

Adrian said...

1 Norway,
2 Estonia,
3 Portugal,
4 France,
5 Iceland,
6 Sweden,
7 Azerbaijan,
8 Albania,
9 Ukraine,
10 Malta,

Martin Curtis said...

Would not be surpried if the Folk thing at the end won. Northermn Europ is very big onthe folk metal thing - so a folk revival is possible.

nightjack said...

Get in there Norway

Dick Puddlecote said...

Oh dear. Press & bookie talk-up of Norway leads to a gang mentality. Game over after 3 juries.

nightjack said...

Come on you cod eating sons of Noggin

JPT said...

Good show but we're not going to win.

Josh said...

We're second? It's all about the North Sea, I reckon.

Humpty Dumpty said...

Graham Norton is brilliant - a worthy Wogan successor.;)

jojoko said...

This has to be one of the worst Eurovisions I've ever seen and I've seen quite a few. The white costumes, the interchangeable songs, the total lack of humour, the sick-making Russian arresting of the gay protest. As for Graham Norton - he is one of my very favourite comedians and he has been utterly, utterly terrible. I don't care if we win or if Terry Wogan upset the Europeans, at least he understood just what a travesty this so-called contest is. The UK song, by the way, is truly awful.

nightjack said...

And they'll be dancing in the streets of Olso tonight (well, probably not). We've never picked the winner yet though and there is still time.

Martin Curtis said...

Told you - Norway - folk song. Pick the trend - not the same old tripe.

alestorm would win:

www.alestorm.net

Plato said...

Graham is playing a blinder - much better than Wogan.

Fingers crossed we end up in top 5.

Anonymous said...

Gordon really should not have used Anti terrorism laws on Iceland.

Doctor Syn said...

I really surprised at how well Graham Norton is doing. I thought it just wouldn't be the same without Wogan. But he's holding his own nicely. Very funny comments.

Anonymous said...

Nadine has just pt up some photos.
No wonder she can't remember if shes got a main home.

Anglo. Saxon said...

Your have let down your posters by admitting you idle your time away watching Euro centric rubbish. SHAME ON YOU. Open an other bottle of BLUE NUN and watch the MAN who should be leading the the CONS on ANDREW NEILL'S Face to Face on Browns Broadcasting Corporation.(Circa 10.30p) Try BBC I,player they may even allow it to be reviewed.

Ewen Bruce said...

@Oliver
What are you on about, that was Fuerzabrutta!

trevorsden said...

I cannot stand Norton but he has done a good job.

(I am watching this in our house under protest). My vote went to Dita Von Teese.

Shouldn't they ban voting for countries which share a border.

nightjack said...

Well done plucky Norway.

Alan Douglas said...

Iain, how you can use "Eurovision Song Contest" and "live" in the same breath defeats me.

The only reason for ever watching it was Terry Wogan. Because you were blogging it I switched over.

For about 20 secs. That show has not been worth watching since Cliff was our boy. (And A boy)

I went to Berlin/Simon Rattle/Carmina Burana instead - brilliant !

Alan Douglas

JMB said...

I see the Norwegian winner was born in Belarus so perhaps the Eastern block vote still has some influence?

Paul Donnelley said...

Let's hope your predictions/hopes for the General Election are slightly more accurate than your reading of the Norway and UK entries.

Thatsnews said...

Although the Norwegian song was OK, that's all it was: OK.

CryBaby said...

What's with the freak in the green sequined mask?

Anonymous said...

I think you should do something else!
how can someone be so wrong on so many points? you know nothing about eurovision, and by the way, france come up with the same old shite!!!!

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Anonymous said...

Rumania entry quite catchy was it? No doubt that will make us more ready to accept the two million destitute and, for the most part, illiterate immigrants soon to reach our shores from that country thanks to the"Eurovision Judges" in Westminster,Brussels and Strasbourg. There are better things to do than watch such trash for hours on end and MPs with any conscience would be focusing whatever talents they may possess on putting "their House" back in order and making it, once more, a House that serves the people of this country.

neil craig said...

Thank you for your valour Iain in sitting through the whole thing to tell us about it thus saving us having to watch it.