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Andris Zalelis
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In my opinion, a lot of songs are very similar, because each and every singer comes to the stage with 4-5 dancers so there is no differences between performances. Since Marie N from Latvia won in Eurovision in 2002 with her song I wanna and a wonderful dancing and taking off her "mens" clothes, now a lot of singers try to dance more than sing!
I want to Cosmos win this year (a vocal group from Latvia, with their song "I hear your heart". they do not use even phonogram, because these 6 people make sounds with their mouths). This song is the most different song!
Please, vote for songs, not for neighbouring countries! It is not fair, that always wins the country that have a lot of border-states! I say tha Latvia should win tonight!!!A second place- Sweden.
 
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Voting started:

My choice would be: Sweden (good song, excellent voice, best of all), Greece (again good song, fantastic singer), Ireland (Brian Kennedy did well & because I am biased) & Romania (for their passion) in that order.

Heh, cheeky Lithuanians!!!

And I am thinking of relocating to Ukraine, yummy!!
 
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Well, so far I don't think I've heard any of these performers. Nonetheless (or perhaps because of it), I'm rooting for Finland.
 
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
I'm rooting for Finland.


First, I'm thrilled to see that Europe is not immune to the... ahem... cultural phenomenon known in the States as "American Idol."

Second, I am also now an ardent supporter of Lordi.
 
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:


First, I'm thrilled to see that Europe is not immune to the... ahem... cultural phenomenon known in the States as "American Idol."

Second, I am also now an ardent supporter of Lordi.


Yes, unfortunately we sent this abomination over to you
 
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Good lord, the Lordi won the contest!
 
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This band?!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POO33XjtAws&search=Hard%20Rock%20Hallelujah%20Lordi%20Finland%20Eurovision%202006

How the hell could these bunch of cartoons win anything?
 
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Hey, watch what you say about my new favorite band, man.
 
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Im in shock... or atleast I was yesterday when we saw the contest!

How can Lordi win??? I guess there's alot of role playing "I like
lord of the rings" teenagers out!

Personally I was cheering for "our own" Sidsel with Twist Of Love, Carola
from Sweden and the T�rkeys song "A shik a Superstar.. Sergie!" (dont know what
it means, but it was a catchy song)

/Svend Rost
 
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Erm I thought we sent "American Idol" to you ... the format is owned by Simon Cowell, we just called it "Pop Idol" instead.

Secondly YAY for Lordi ... anyone who takes Eurovision seriously really needs to have a humour transplant, Lordi were perfect.
 
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Well, as a Finn I'm excited about Lordi winning the contest. We've got a track record of always finishing last in the Eurovision song contest. And the reason is, to be frank, that most of the time our candidates have been the same mass of pop music at its worst that every other country is sending to the contest--and we've always performed that sucky pop music worse than others.

This time, attitude and being different won the contest. People either loved or hated Lordi. And that's what happens when you're remarkable. This is where Seth Godin peeks in and says, "I told you so."
 
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[Angela]: Erm I thought we sent "American Idol" to you ... the format is owned by Simon Cowell, we just called it "Pop Idol" instead.

I don't think EFH said anything about where it originated. Just that it was knwn in the states as American Idol. Anyway, Eurovision has been around far longer than either Idol, and is not affiliated with them. But the point was that it's a similar sort of cultural phenomenon. Though in the case of Eurovision, the whole international competition aspect probably adds to the entertainment value.
 
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A Dutch magazine opened their article about the Eurovision Songfarce with "will Trebble be bad enough to make it into the finals".
Trebble was the Dutch entry, whom everyone here thought was plenty bad enough, the jurors disagreed

It has been known for years (decades even) that the whole thing isn't about the songs (as far as scoring is concerned) but politics.
Voting blocks of nations have existed for as long as the contest has, and everyone knows that and expects it.

Very few winning contenders have ever hit it off big (Abba being just about the only MAJOR exception to that rule), in fact most of the time the loosers do better in sales and concert revenue than the winners can ever dream of.
 
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Hi Jeroen !

A Dutch magazine opened their article about the Eurovision Songfarce with "will Trebble be bad enough to make it into the finals".
Trebble was the Dutch entry, whom everyone here thought was plenty bad enough, the jurors disagreed


Honestly, I believed at first all european juries were drunk or had taken drugs at first glance for having chosen the heavy metal group. Nothing against the finns, it looks like this group was rather sent there more for the fun and to change the mood of a somewhat very conventional commercially formated contest than for potential victory. They must have been by far the most surprised of all for having won.
After all, this rather makes me confident about the open minded quality of all these european juries. No kind of cheat can be expected from their choice, they clearly chose to reward originality. This is a good thing after all.
And congratulations to Finland, whatever.

It has been known for years (decades even) that the whole thing isn't about the songs (as far as scoring is concerned) but politics.
Voting blocks of nations have existed for as long as the contest has, and everyone knows that and expects it.


Saddly yes, we clearly saw what was already widely suspected, for example Cyprus and Greece clearly swapped their votes in favor of one another, the same between Russia and Ukrain.
But the huge number of voting countries (some 50) strongly softens potential abuses, and this doesn't change anything to the really high quality of the performers. Especially the Ukrainian (Tina Karol) and the Russian (Dima Bilan), who were my favorites, should make a very successful career considering their obvious qualities.

Very few winning contenders have ever hit it off big (Abba being just about the only MAJOR exception to that rule), in fact most of the time the loosers do better in sales and concert revenue than the winners can ever dream of.

Very true.

Best regards.
 
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Originally posted by Jeroen T Wenting:

Very few winning contenders have ever hit it off big (Abba being just about the only MAJOR exception to that rule), in fact most of the time the loosers do better in sales and concert revenue than the winners can ever dream of.


Although I agree it's rare .. ABBA are hardly alone:

1988-Celine Dion (Switzerland) "Ne partez pas sans moi"
1970-Dana (Ireland) "All kinds of everything"
1969-Lulu (Britain)"Boom bang a bang,"
[ May 22, 2006: Message edited by: Angela Poynton ]
 
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...and not forgetting Sandie Shaw.
 
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And congratulations to Finland, whatever.
It's hardly a cheer, but I'll second it
 
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Originally posted by Eric Lemaitre:
Nothing against the finns, it looks like this group was rather sent there more for the fun and to change the mood of a somewhat very conventional commercially formated contest than for potential victory.

I'd say that they were sent to the competition because they had the best chances of success. Knowing the pathetic track record of our past attempts with lame tango-slash-pop-slash-semi-rock groups, they made a smart choice.

The only other group that I have ever had any degree of "trust" in would've been Nightwish back in 2000, except that they finished second in the local qualification competition... You can see their live performance from 2000 on Google Video.

I can't say that I liked Lordi (or Nightwish for that matter) more than some other countries' contestants, but Lordi winning the competition does make sense. Standing out matters a lot and the ridiculous monster costumes certainly were different from all those Abba clones with micro skirts and background dancers.
 
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Oh, and having said the above, I should probably also mention that I personally preferred the micro skirts over monster suits
 
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