Eurovision 2018: You Decide (whether or not you can vaguely remember seeing any of these people on TV before)

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two weeks pass...

On now on BBC2.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 19:32 (three months ago) Permalink

Saw the lineup at the end.

Mel was "And the winner is ..."

I hadn't heard any of the songs. Still managed to predict the winner.

Mark G, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 21:22 (three months ago) Permalink

Busy Thread

Mark G, Thursday, 8 February 2018 10:27 (three months ago) Permalink

Storm by SuRie won it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLGEx2x8xoo

I have no desire at all to hear this song again

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 8 February 2018 10:31 (three months ago) Permalink

The sad-sack jury will probably give it some points to make it end up at 16th total.

abcfsk, Thursday, 8 February 2018 13:20 (three months ago) Permalink

^^^ probably another just-below-mid-table result. I preferred Raya's song but SuRie's live performance was better. The other four I can't even remember.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:03 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

sweden
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2UmYBkszOA

nxd, Monday, 12 March 2018 13:24 (two months ago) Permalink

^ not a big fan

odds saying israel are big favourites atm
sounds like tune yards
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CziHrYYSyPc

nxd, Monday, 12 March 2018 13:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Benjamin Ingrosso’s bio is a winner for sure:

Be it behind the keys, behind the scenes or on every TV screen nationwide, Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso has turned many a head with his contemporary twist of polished pop tones and soulful performance bravado. Turning his early proficiency in song writing towards a focus on original music back in 2015, the past two years have seen the 20-year-old artist garner national admiration, critical acclaim and millions of streams alike.

Now, that spark is epitomized by the vocal detail, melodic finesse and high octane performance values associated with Benjamin Ingrosso. Having signed to TEN Music Group in 2015, the home of such national treasures as Zara Larsson, Icona Pop and Erik Hassle, his initial footsteps as a solo artist have continued to turn heads for all the right reasons. From the gold certified fall in love, Benjamin’s first multi-million streaming solo offering, to romantic summer pop romp ‘Love You Again,’ there’s a sense of the timeless meeting the contemporary when the young crooner strikes up a tune.

As his commitment to making timeless continues to fuel sleepless nights in the studio, the arsenal of new music ahead is testament to the fact that Benjamin’s unwillingness to rest on the laurels of the last single or his family namesake. Set to consistently channel a customised stamp that falls far for the stereotypical world of Swedish pop music, 2017 promises to be a year of liberating steps for the soul, spirit and swagger Benjamin Ingrosso is throwing into the ring.

breastcrawl, Monday, 12 March 2018 17:40 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

All Aboard!

A Box of After Dinner Comics Shipped to Your House Each Month (seandalai), Monday, 7 May 2018 23:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Just realised I haven't heard half of these and it's already time!

Israel is fun and deserves a Loboda-level stage show...3/1 is ridiculous odds though.

France's tonally strange ode to the Mediterranean refugee crisis still sounds like the winner to me.

A Box of After Dinner Comics Shipped to Your House Each Month (seandalai), Monday, 7 May 2018 23:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

wait why is this on ILE?

A Box of After Dinner Comics Shipped to Your House Each Month (seandalai), Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Someone at the EBU likes to troll - Russia and Ukraine are both in the same semi (Thursday’s).

Strongly recommend the Popbitch guide which is always fairly great:

It’s here. The annual Popbitch Eurovision Guide – filled with 60 pages of my dazzling(/dipshit) insight – is out now, in time for the first semi-final tonight... https://t.co/VmQDgf8ByH pic.twitter.com/BnMFPnBIMi

— Kit Lovelace (@kitlovelace) May 8, 2018

Cyprus is favourite atm but I don’t realky understand why. Rubak’s song is like the shameful pleasure and cultural worth of picking your own scabs. He’ll probably win.

Tonight’s semi final has some of the better/higher rated entrants and Ireland, who are muck as usual.

gyac, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 14:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

but it's *our* muck

A Box of After Dinner Comics Shipped to Your House Each Month (seandalai), Tuesday, 8 May 2018 15:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i'm rooting for australia and estonia this year

nxd, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 15:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i imagine netherlands will be the most disliked here ha

nxd, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 15:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

jfc at my many typos, it was not worth editing that sentence for that.

Netherlands is the racist one right? Nb I don’t acrualky know anything about it besides what’s mentioned in the guide.

gyac, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 15:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh is it?
i listened to it once a couple months ago and just hated it

nxd, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 15:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

here we... here we... here we go!

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 19:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Azerbaijan = cool hostile architecture on the set, meh song.
Iceland = nononononononononononononononononononononono

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 19:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Iceland is probably going to be that one inexplicable one that goes through.

gyac, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 19:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I can't remember icelands which one was it

nxd, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 19:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Male crooning.

Belgium my favourite so far but not 100% sold on it, would listen again though.

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 19:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Wow @ Israel, that was fucking great.

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 19:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Our household is divided over that one. Her vocals were a bit wobbly but you’d still fancy it.

gyac, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 19:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Estonia is like Emma Shaplin with all the fun goth bits removed - though probably the least offensive thing so far.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Tuesday, 8 May 2018 19:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Croatian lady seems just a teeny bit too method for my liking.

trishyb, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 19:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Greece and Finland = thumbs up from me.

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 20:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeh i like finlands

nxd, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 20:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Finland ++++

This feels like a pretty even SF, only a couple of obvious non-qualifiers. Nervous for Israel.

A Box of After Dinner Comics Shipped to Your House Each Month (seandalai), Tuesday, 8 May 2018 20:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Inexplicably taken by Iceland's 1997 revivalism.

A Box of After Dinner Comics Shipped to Your House Each Month (seandalai), Tuesday, 8 May 2018 20:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Portugal sounds pleasant this year.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ireland wtf

Pour one out for Greece.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah Greece was robbed

A Box of After Dinner Comics Shipped to Your House Each Month (seandalai), Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Belgium was my fave not to go through, Greece was solid. Ireland coasted on the staging.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Greece definitely the one I'm most bummed about. Cyprus was good, though!

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Phillip Kirkorov is going through even if Russia aren’t.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Thursday, 10 May 2018 19:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^ correct

Russia was awful, Moldova was fun enough.

France is pretty good.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Georgia was nice :( Norway and Netherlands the worst qualifiers of the whole lot.

Amazon Web Services emo franchise is growing on me.

A Box of After Dinner Comics Shipped to Your House Each Month (seandalai), Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I liked Slovenia (banger) and Serbia (gothy ethno-dance). This round was generally poor, though. Pleased Hungary got through, just to add a bit of a difference. Netherlands = wtf @ that garbage.

emil.y, Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Would have preferred Malta over Serbia but otherwise main faves today made it through, Slovenia, Australia.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 11 May 2018 04:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oh and Ukraine for the 'what if Phantom of the Opera, but Marilyn Manson?'

Ned Raggett, Friday, 11 May 2018 04:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Apparently like three ppl on twitter got upset over the Attenborough parody that was broadcast as part of Eurovision, the Daily Express picked up the story and now it's all outrage and "it's POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GONE MAD" over on the Portuguese social media landscape.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 11 May 2018 09:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ireland is up to third with the bookies! This is getting out of hand...

gyac, Friday, 11 May 2018 14:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Partisanship at Eurovision is becoming more blatant
Collusion between countries has increased tenfold in 40 years

https://www.economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/800-width/20180512_WOC501.png

mookieproof, Friday, 11 May 2018 18:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Decades are a meaningless basis for the analysis. Even 2007-17 covers multiple voting systems.

A Box of After Dinner Comics Shipped to Your House Each Month (seandalai), Friday, 11 May 2018 20:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Love this heavy psych chanson entry from Luxembourg 1977:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaXvi1XXcM8

A Box of After Dinner Comics Shipped to Your House Each Month (seandalai), Saturday, 12 May 2018 11:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Here we go and fuck the Beatles...

Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Saturday, 12 May 2018 19:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

First two songs were a bit eh whatever but this entry from Slovenia is more like it.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Saturday, 12 May 2018 19:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They both have asymmetrical pants! The woman has a big left leg, the man has a big right leg.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

that jean-paul gaultier, what’s he like eh

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"the way she move got me making a puddle"?

2018 has to be better (snoball), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

getting a real olly murs vibe from this czech fella

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This CR guy is like a cross between Bruno Mars with the rapping skills of Olly Murs.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I just kept seeing Mark Lamarr

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Been waiting for this one though

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it is... not good

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's like a song from Horrible Histories.

Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

a bit underwelmed tbh. Saw them at the start, had high hopes.

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

strong look, weak song

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

lol, tom otm

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hungary are the rawk ones. This is like the theme to a cheap Skyrim animated movie.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Even Asgard has a boyband.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the pillage people

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Now then..

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

always good to dress your backing singers like bondage nazis imo

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Bulgarian chorus sounds like they're singing "baaaaaaaaalls!".

2018 has to be better (snoball), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh my

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

okay moldova you have my attention

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

‘the rhythm is driving me wild’, they sing over the most lumpen mambo no 5 thump imaginable

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

...and then they got thrown out of Ikea.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A key change. Heavy metal doesn't do key changes.

Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Eurovision doesn’t really do them either these days. I quite like them.

I hate the Israeli song with a passion but it’s nice to see the innovative use of Novation Launchpads.

This performance is a bit less grating than the semi final one.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this is a pretty infectious performance from israel here

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

somewhat taken aback by the netherlands, i must admit

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I want to hate it on principle but it’s really quite well done for what it is.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This Netherlands song is awful anyway, but following Israel it sounds like the worst thing I've ever heard

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Re Israel song I felt that Norton had hyped it up too much, was just okay in the end.

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Eurovision doesn’t really do them either these days. I quite like them.

Eurovision without key changes, it's a different world. Good riddance to 'em, I says.

Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

cyprus lady’s outfit looks like something cher might have worn in her 80s imperial phase

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh italy

just no

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Italy: your pointless wars

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Tell it to the Abyssinians.

Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

... the veteran Jamaican vocal group, that is.

Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Is Cyprus going to be one of those ones where it wins and I have no idea why? It didn't stand out at all.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was shocked Cyprus made it to the finals

droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They are the favourite on betting sites

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

If Israel don’t win this I blame Corbyn. #eurovision

— Max Tundra (@MaxTundra) May 12, 2018

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Backstage interviews are even more painful than usual. Austrian guy has zero charisma.

Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Saturday, 12 May 2018 22:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

What is happening. This is crazy.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Saturday, 12 May 2018 22:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

starting to think the uk might not win this

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 22:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I blame Russia.

Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Saturday, 12 May 2018 22:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

OK so Israel win

Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Saturday, 12 May 2018 22:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

gotta be

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 22:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

time for a celebratory sodastream beverage

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 22:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Damn it.

Had an e/w on Austria though.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Saturday, 12 May 2018 22:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ha, brilliant, Mr "let's go back to real music" now has to hand over the trophy to Netta

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 12 May 2018 22:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

psyched for next year’s event from noted european capital *checks notes* jerusalem

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 12 May 2018 22:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They'll have to pay Jack White for this surely.

kraudive, Saturday, 12 May 2018 22:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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