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Eurovision!

Tonight are the Eurovision semi-finals! All the countries which didn't score high enough last year will be competeing tonight. Happily, the UK scored well last year, so we only have to hear its entry once, on Saturday.

The UK's entry is one of the novelty ones this year: school girls singing a kind of catchy refrain, and the composer rapping saccharine moral lyrics about going to school. On the side of variety and interest, at least it's not a song about love.

Finland, of course, has been getting most of the Eurovision gossip, thanks to its striking entry of an '80s-style heavy metal band all dressed up in extravagant latex costumes. They're another novelty entry, and are competing tonight. (Where "novelty" means "strikingly odd". I think I'll count Lithuania in this category too with their whiny "We are the winners".)

But not all the entries are dubious! Belgium's song is engaging. The most likeable, however, is Denmark's "Twist of Love", a modern country-rock response to '50s music. It was the only video which we watched all the way through when sampling this weekend's entrants.

The official website is here - see the "Multimedia Lounge" link at the top of the page for videos and for streaming the contest. (Windows Media only.) The BBC has a generally better site for the contest though - and it uses RealPlayer.

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a_d_medievalist
May. 18th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! I can use the new toy to listen in my living room while I mark essays!
pittenweem
May. 18th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
Eurovision! I am watching it right now! Sadly, it's much more fun to watch with other people. The inability to mock causes the experience to lose something.

"Viva la diva!" -- the winner from the first year I watched Eurovision.
owlfish
May. 18th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
I was disconcerted as to why on earth dinner was somehow conflicting with Eurovision. That never happens!

Then I realized it's because I've been watching it at 3pm for years, so of COURSE it doesn't conflict with mealtimes.
madcatlady
May. 18th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm so jealous! We don't get it til tomorrow.
owlfish
May. 18th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
How cruel! Why not? Are you BBCless? It was streamed live online too.

Anyways, what's the fun of that when you already know who's going through now? (Well, okay, it can still be fun.)
realtan_dannan
May. 19th, 2006 08:14 am (UTC)
Given that England pay a large part of the production fees and broadcast costs we could score Nil points and still be in it. (in fact we have).

We are the only country as far as I know that CAN'T be knocked out by the voting rounds.

I am ready and waiting with my popcorn I tell you ;-)
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