May 25th, 2008

Fishy Circumstances

Eurovision Final 2008

After a day spent visiting St. Albans (again), eating a tasty lunch at the Alford Arms in Frithsden, and loitering around Berkhamsted Castle ruins, we made it to hungry_pixel's place for curry, "the Nancy show", and - the point of the evening - group snarking at Eurovision.

Russia won. What I liked best about the song was the ice skating, which just shows how much the contest is about spectacle as much as music.

None of us chose Russia in advance as the song to support. I went with Greece, figuring it stood a good chance at winning and anyways, it was cute and catchy. hungry_pixel had the good taste to support Azerbaijan's angel-demon number, despite choosing it without having seen or heard it, only on the basis of the country's name. C., of course, went with the Latvian pirates. penlington, again sight-unseen, backed Georgia, with disappointing voting results: still, the song had a lot of presentation in its favor - pyrotechnics, magical insta-costume change, blind singer; it's just that the song itself needed more personality. tanglewitch actually waited to hear the songs before backing one, and mostly went with Bosnia & Hertzgovinia with their wacky knitting brides. G. backed Croatia, won over between the 75-year-old rapper, scratching on a gramophone, and the pretty dancer in red, playing the bottles.

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