Eurovision Final 2009
OK, here are the final entries in this year’s Eurovision: the “big four” (so called because they pretty much bankroll the event and therefore gain automatic entry to the final) and the host, Russia.
Eurovision will be shown over three nights on the 12th, 14th, and 16th May, but at different times around the world. In Australia it will be shown on SBS on the 15th, 16th, and 17th May, so beware of spoilers (must remember to unfollow the Eurovision Twitter feed). I have it on good authority that the two semifinals will be live blogged at Circulating Library, and I expect that there will be a fair bit of Twitter action as well. For the final I suspect that we’ll all be a bit too, um, tired and emotional to blog coherently.
Here are the final five entries:
France: Patricia Kaas – Et S’il Fallait Le Faire: At last France seems to be taking the competition seriously again, with a moody and intense ballad, sung by someone with a voice, rather than just good legs.
Spain: Soraya – La Noche Es Para Mí (The Night Is For Me): Euro-disco by the numbers.
United Kingdom: Jade Ewen – It’s My Time: This is the one everyone has been waiting for: the Andrew Lloyd Webber penned entry that is supposed to score the UK more than a handful of votes. And does it deliver? ALW has only ever written one song, and here it is again. Sure it’s sung well, but when are people going to get tired of this drivel? I don’t think it’s Jade’s time.
Germany: Alex Swings Oscar Sings! – Miss Kiss Kiss Bang: Last year it was Roger Cicero sounding like a German Frank Sinatra: this year it’s a classic soul number with a nice contemporary feel. Feel-good music, but is it really Eurovision? I just hope he makes up for it with the gratuitous removal of backing singers’ clothing.
Russia: Anastasia Prikhodko – Mamo: Finally the host nation. An inoffensive folk song that gets a bit carried away towards the end, but is definitely better than last year’s (winning) entry. So it’ll finish somewhere down the bottom.
Update (because my slightly ambiguous title seems to be attracting a lot of people looking the final results)
Full details, as always, on Wikipedia
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