It’s that time again..

A cultural interlude.. YES.. Culture. The 2006 Eurovision Song Contest is currently underway.. Quiet at the back! and it has probably the most diverse selection of musical styles ever [the term is loosely applied – Ed], from Finnish Death Metal-lite [very lite – Ed] to German Country and Western, sung in English *ahem* [actually the highlight imho – Ed].. the rest is the usual mix of pseudo-rap and euro-pap. Terry Wogan is the BBC’s voice of reason in the maelstrom.. and Ireland’s hopes rest on Bryan Kennedy.. don’t expect miracles.. The Guardian’s Culture Vulture, Cheryl Anna Pickard is live-blogging from her flat.. Update Finland wins! *shakes head*

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  • esmereldavillalobos

    Dear old Daz, surely he’s got to realise how tragic (and very similar to “Where Is The Love?” by the Black Eyed Peas – listen to the melody, folks) that is? Crowd seemed to like it though – school uniforms perhaps? BK can just put a performance like that together in his sleep – I suspect Latvia may do quite well.

  • Finland ROCKS!

  • Pete Baker

    I thought Bryan Kennedy was asleep during that performance, esmeralda.. but it was one of the better songs.. personally I liked the German entry. Go figure.

    Daz failed to shine brightly.. back to obscurity for the Dazster.. probably for the best.

  • Pete Baker

    Finland may do many things, Jett.. but ROCK it did not.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    If you like your rock soft, Finland was for you. Fair comment on BK, Pete but German C&W? Really? 😉

  • Pete Baker

    Well I had to close my eyes [and apply bleach to my memory] to obscure the costumes and set.. but apart from that..

  • Pete Baker

    Ah.. the politics voting has begun..

  • Pete Baker

    Dear god.. Finland could win this…

  • Crataegus

    Great Eurovision, absolutely hilarious good to see some of the acts are taking the piss and entering into the spirit of the occasion.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Can I withdraw my Latvian prediction? Acapella must not go down well on the continent…

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Ireland gave douze points to Lithuania?? Knowing smiles in Dublin methinks…

  • Pete Baker

    and 8 points to Daz.. *shakes head*

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Looks like the Baltic/Slavic bloc will sway the day.

  • Pete Baker

    Finland..

    *Sheesh*

  • esmereldavillalobos

    UK return the Irish favour… sure we’re all friends now! Finland 12 points – OMG I despair, I really do.

  • Pete Baker

    At least we won’t have to go through the qualifying stage next year..

    But FINLAND!??

  • esmereldavillalobos

    At least Monaco avoided the Finns.

  • David Michael

    Perkele! They won.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Helsinki next year then, ho and indeed, hum.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Good show from the home countries compared to recently though.

  • Pete Baker

    But no rattle, esmie..

  • That was my first Eurovision – and I have to honestly say that my wavering faith in humanity has been restored, if only for an evening. As Lordi says in their now-award winning song “It is a day of ROCKENING”…

  • Resolve

    How legendary is it that Finland won? Woo hoo! lol

  • Pete Baker

    Jett

    To be honest you were probably spoilt with the excellent Terry Wogan commentary. He does accentuate the superb feast of irony that the Eurovision Song Contest has been for some time.

  • Crataegus

    Agree Terry does it well.

  • Yep, Tel was smooth and could see as well as anyone that Lordi signifies the coming of the a-Rockalypse….

  • missfitz

    Had to go to the Lyric tonight for the finals of the Ulster Drama Festival Pete, and this was the first Eurovision I’ve missed in years.

    I’ve enjoyed your comments, so thanks from all of us who couldnt make it to this annual cultural spectacular.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Oi! I was there too! 😉

  • missfitz

    Interesting esmerelda!
    Missfitz’s son was nominated for Best Emerging talent, and we were thrilled to bits. As others might remember, he is in the final stages of his RADA audition at the tender age of 17, so we wait with baited breath over these next weeks.

    Once I get my magical blogging powers, I was going to do a little bit on amateur dramatics here and how so many people work so hard to remain somewhat normal.

    Did you have a special interest in it Es?

  • David Michael

    “Once I get my magical blogging powers, I was going to do a little bit on amateur dramatics here and how so many people work so hard to remain somewhat normal…”

    … in the face of the continuing awfulness of Give My Head Peace 🙂

    Congrats to the lad, Missy! You must be as happy as a sandperson and justifiably proud.

  • Valenciano

    I voted for the Finns, was tempted to vote for Lithuania as such pisstaking deserves a reward but I couldn’t vote twice. My g/f has the CD of the Latvian acapella group Cosmos, but to be honest, it’s not their best song and they have better. I was still surprised to see it do so badly though.

    Why do France enter a droll ballad every year?
    Did the UK public actually vote for that pop-rap rubbish? Questions questions… Still it was fun to watch, especially for the regional voting patterns, you could usuallu guess who would get each countries 10 or 12 points before voting.

    I’d say that countries like Ireland and UK will now be at a disadvantage as the ex-Yugoslav countries usually vote in a bloc, ex-Soviet ones likewise and Baltic and Scandinavian ones similarly. That means in an average year those countries will have an inbuilt advantage.

  • missfitz

    Valenciano

    Really surprised to hear you say that there might be some partisanship within Eurovision. Actually, shocked might be a better description.

    THanks David, all dead chuffed now., And yes, hasnt ‘Give my head peace’ descended into the worst load of rubbish? And such a fine show once, they should take the Little Britain example and exit stage left before they utterly destroy their legacy