Worst ever entry (dah dah DAHHHHH!)
Boy, was I scared of this question! As a Eurovision obsessive, I’m reluctant to bestow such a title on just one of the 1000+ entries from the last 56 years, despite the fact that I do find some of the songs awful. Plus, I’m only really well acquainted with the songs that I like from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, not those at the lower end of the table, which are the ones I tend to dislike (except 90% of the songs that have come last, which I seem to love).
So what’s the solution? Well, I’m going to be a chicken and not pick just one bad, bad song today. Instead, I present to you a bunch of songs that I feel I know well enough to say, ‘GOD, I hate that!’. Enjoy…or not.
¿Quién Maneja Mi Barca? by Remedios Amaya (Spain 1983) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8Kxse79VsM
Envie de Vivre by Nathalie Sorce (Belgium 2000) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86yZbvPuApw
No Dream Impossible by Lindsay Dracass (UK 2001) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1AugFzCbyA
Dans Le Jardin De Mon Âme by Francine Jordi (Switzerland 2002) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36ZnB3U40xU
That Sounds Good to Me by Josh Dubovie (UK 2010) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLiL-tRxhkE
The song that never fails to make you dance
Džuli by Daniel (Yugoslavia 1983)
Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz (UK 1981)
Dime by Beth (Spain 2003)
1 Life by Xandee (Belgium 2004)
Always by AySel & Arash (Azerbaijan 2009)
Ovo Je Balkan by Milan Stanković (Serbia 2010)
Haba Haba by Stella Mwangi (Norway 2011)
But the one that ALWAYS gets me dancing is:
Allez Ola Olé by Jessy Matador (France 2010)
It has to be said that Mr. Matador did plenty more dancing than singing in Oslo, but who cares???? This song is great fun and every time it comes on I feel compelled to shake my booty. Which is why I make sure I don’t shuffle my music in a public place. Tout le monde dance now!
The best costume
Linda Wagenmakers (No Goodbyes, Netherlands 2000 – a circus tent and shredded silver)
Ruslana (Wild Dances, Ukraine 2004 – Xena, Warrior Princess for the 2000s)
Tina Karol (Show Me Your Love, Ukraine 2006 – mainly for the boots and backup dancers!)
Gisela (Casanova, Andorra 2008 – weird but wonderful…and possibly painful)
Alyosha (Sweet People, Ukraine 2010 – also weird, in a fantastically post-apocalyptic way)
But the best costume is:
Marija Šerifović (Molitva, Serbia 2007)
(Of all the posts for my picture uploader to not work for! If you need a refresher on Serbia’s winning costumes, check them out here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ESC_2007_Serbia_-_Marija_Serifovic_-_Molitva.jpg)
Unlike men in dresses, which doesn’t seem to work out too well at Eurovision (take note, Slovenia) ladies in suits can be a winner…literally. I think this is a rare case of a costume that is memorable without being hideous. Classy but unique.
Bonus points for working the spectacles, Marija!
The sexiest performance
Everything I Want by Vesna Pisarović (Croatia 2002)
It Hurts by Lena Philipsson (Sweden 2004)
Ninanajna by Elena Risteska (FYR Macedonia 2006)
No One by Maja Keuc (Slovenia 2011)
But the sexiest is:
Song #1 by Serebro (Russia 2007)
I’m just assuming that the uniform thing works for a lot of people. But the fact that these three did look more than remotely attractive in knee-high socks, knee-low skirts and jumpers, as well as the fact that they knew how to work their microphones, makes them the winners of my sexy gong (that was Gong…with a G).
Artist/band you now love because of Eurovision
Helena Paparizou (Greece 2001/2005) – e.g. Light In Our Soul, Heroes and Baby It’s Over
Dima Bilan (Russia 2006/2008 – e.g. Not That Simple, Safety and Dreamers)
Milan Stanković (Serbia 2010 – e.g. Solo, Face and Perje)
Mika Newton (Ukraine 2011 – e.g. Anomaliya, Lunapark and Moscow Calling)
But my most loved is:
Serebro (Russia 2007)
Sigh…Russians just know how to do pop music. I’m not sure about Serebro’s tendency to get naked/all over each other in every video clip, Tatu-style, but their music more than makes up for that. Their first album OpiumRoz is one of the few I have that I love every song on, and it looks like their upcoming second one, which is more dance-inspired, will be the same.
I love Opium, Skazhi Ni Molchi and Like Mary Warner (to name a few) but my favourite (and one of my favourite songs EVER!) is Dyshi, or Breathe.
Semi finalist that should have made the final
Mr. Nobody by Anžej Dežan (Slovenia 2006)
Follow My Heart by Ich Troje (Poland 2006)
Complice by Miodio (San Marino 2008)
Era Stupendo by Paolo Meneguzzi (Switzerland 2008)
Cipela by Marko Kon & Milan (Serbia 2009)
Lako Je Sve by Feminnem (Croatia 2010)
San Angelos S’Agapisa by Christos Mylordos (Cyprus 2011)
But the ultimate is:
Stop by Omar Naber (Slovenia 2005)
If the scary lady in the lipstick is what stopped this from qualifying…well, I can sort of understand. Whatever the reason, it would have deserved a place in the final, in my eyes. Mystic-rock at its best.
Favourite song from a national final (that should have gone to Eurovision)
Cara Mia by Måns Zelmerlow (Sweden 2007)
Zavet by Beauty Queens (Serbia 2008)
La Histeria by Marquess (Germany 2008)
Razborka by The Nicole (Sweden 2008)
Breathing by Bryan Rice (Denmark 2010)
You’re Out of My Life by Darin (Sweden 2010)
Or by Chen Aharoni (Israel 2011)
But my favourite is:
Nada Es Comparable A Ti by Mirela (Spain 2009)
So her live vocal is a bit off. So what? The song itself is amazing, and wouldn’t have had to work hard to improve on Soraya’s result (her vocals, may I say, were not exactly worth writing home about). The studio version is one of the most listened to/spine-tingling moment tracks on my iPod. Mucho amor!
Listen to the studio version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ODdQ2A_l1Q&feature=related
Favourite song from a group/band
Fiumi Di Parole by Jalisse (Italy 1997)
Reise Nach Jerusalem by Sürpriz (Germany 1999)
Northern Girl by Prime Minister (Russia 2002)
Keine Grenzen – Zadnych Granich by Ich Troje (Poland 2003)
Zauvijek Moja by No Name (Serbia & Montenegro 2005)
Bistra Voda by Regina (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2009)
Lako Je Sve by Femminem (Croatia 2010)
But my favourite is:
Why Do I Always Get It Wrong? by Live Report (UK 1989)
I love 80s music. I love good ballads. And I LOVE men with plaits in their hair (JOKE ALERT). So naturally, this is the perfect song for me. Don’t worry, Live Report – you don’t always get it wrong. In fact, you almost got it completely right…darn you Yugoslavia!
Favourite song from a solo singer
Solo by Alsou (Russia 2000)
Tell Me Who You Are by Malene Mortensen (Denmark 2002)
Heaven by Jónsi (Iceland 2004)
Lejla by Hari Mata Hari (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2006 – technically a band, but as their name is the lead singer’s stage name, and he is practically the only original member, I’m classing their entry as one from a soloist. Plus, wait ’til you see how long my group/band favourites list is…)
Never Let You Go by Dima Bilan (Russia 2006)
This Is My Life by Anna Bergendahl (Sweden 2010)
But my favourite is:
Lane Moje by Željko Joksimović (Serbia & Montenegro 2004)
There aren’t many songs that still give me goosebumps on the 150, 094th listen (just an estimate). That’s how I know that this is The One! Three minutes of perfection.
A fact hardly anyone knows
I’m sure many of you would know that Kosta Boda of Sweden is the manufacturer of the Eurovision winner’s trophy. But did you know that in my house I happen to have a Kosta Boda tea light holder? I only discovered it a year or so ago, and I have to say, never have I screamed so girlishly over a hunk of glass before.
It may not be much of a fact, but hey, it’s something you didn’t know 30 seconds ago!