Sunday, May 21, 2006

Eurovision madness: “it’s all good”, as the kidz say

It all started well: Lara Flynn Boyle* did a lovely song.

I was rooting for Finland and Spain. But the latter nation's group, Las Ketchup, did not live up to the promise of their single "Asereje" of a few years ago, and Finland had yet to play. Suddenly a new contender... On seeing Macedonia, I shifted allegiance. As the girl sang "I'll open up your fantasies", this randy dancer looks like he was trying to open up something else entirely...

Here goes the high kick. And... is that brain I see there?

Enter Lordi. Check out this show-stopping "opening up my wings" bit. Don't those lyrics just get you right there, in the heart?

"Come an' 'ave a go if you think yer 'ard enough, Europe." Lordi man gives it the old triumphant stance at the end of the performance. And they did indeed go on to win. Rightly so. To the victor go the spoils.

* Of course, it wasn't really Lara Flynn Boyle.


Blogger a.c.t said...

Lordi were brilliant weren't they? I can't believe they won - complately different to the usual Europap that normally wins.

21 May, 2006 12:59  
Blogger Red said...

Having been a fan of Romanian pop music since "Dragostea Din Tei” (the Maya Hee song), I wanted that ill-looking boy from Romania to win.

But anybody that comes from Tarja-land is alright by me.

21 May, 2006 15:01  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

A.C.T: I saw your new post, and Wife and I were going to watch a film, too, while recording Eurovision to watch back later. But, to paraphrase Michael Corleone, "just when we thought we were out", those songs "pulled us back in".

Red: I suspect your knowledge of Romanian pop music begins and ends with "Maya Hee" and that bloke last night, just as it does for most of us. Lordi and Tarja rock, though.

21 May, 2006 15:07  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

What is this? A variety show contest? What an amazing looking band, liek a GWAR-ish type?

21 May, 2006 18:29  
Blogger a.c.t said...

*completely. (My serpelling is terrable)

21 May, 2006 20:16  
Blogger wrinkled weasel said...

great pics here. I liked the wonderwoman girl too. There were perhaps to many women on the show with big athletic thighs and flippy-flappy arms, but i couldn't really complain about it.

21 May, 2006 23:19  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Candy: it's the Eurovision Song Contest - a competition featuring one live performance each from 24 different European nations. It's often excrutiatingly bad, but it has something of a cult following here in the UK. Kind of campy/kitschy.

Acts are voted for by the residents of 39 European countries (the 24 participating, and 15 that went out in the semi-final stage.)

This year's show was the best in a number of years, I think. You guys across The Pond are seriously missing out!

22 May, 2006 08:45  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

ACT: I knew what you meant!

WW: Thanks. It's the first time I've taken pics from the TV. They're okay, I guess. Serve their purpose, at any rate. I don't remember Wonder Woman. Which country? I'll have another look.

22 May, 2006 08:47  
Blogger the cappuccino kid said...

you taped it? really? and i thought i was mad to watch it every year.
finland totally justified in thier win.
lithuania "we are the winners of the eurovision"? hatched/counted/chickens!

can't wait for next year!

22 May, 2006 10:57  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

I don't usually record it, but because I wanted to post some pics of any funny bits, I thought it made sense. Personally I think Finland could have rocked a little harder, but it's Eurovision, so you can't expect anything too heavy. Justified win, though, you're right.

22 May, 2006 11:16  
Blogger Soupdragon said...

You mean people actually still watch this shite? On TV they've paid for?


23 May, 2006 12:41  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Yeah, SD. It's on BBC, though, so although it is paid for via the licence fee, it's not like we have any choice in the matter. Thanks for stopping by. I've been enjoying your blog.

23 May, 2006 12:53  

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