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Eurovision liveblogging [May. 22nd, 2008|08:01 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Notes while watching the second semi-final.

20:12 -- is it my imagination, or does the Swedish girl have an invisible giant bulldog clip at the back of her head? Or is it just a startlingly unsubtle facelift?

20:20 -- Okay, lots of cute visuals in the four acts so far, but none of the acts have been outstanding "ooh, this must go through" types.

20:32 -- Golly, the presenter has promised to "shut up at times".

20:33 -- The Switzerland chap looks like a children's TV presenter.

20:36 -- the Czech girl is singing waaay too far down her register, and is being comprehensively drowned by her backing track. Another act in the "very pretty but..." camp.

20:44 -- Hurrah for Latvia! At last a change from the bland-and-pretty that's characterised the preceding nine acts. Jolly Roger steals the show.

20:50 -- I was enjoying Croatia until that bloke in white turned up.

20:52 -- Bulgaria are not Norway, despite their [best?] intentions. Also the two disparate styles of the song itself seem to have nothing to do with each other. Also also, it's another act where they're using the lead singer's outfit to distract the audience from the fact that the song's not interesting.

20:56 -- Denmark's clothing led me to expect The Sideboard Song, but I was destined for disappointment.

21:07 -- Well done Malta. Got to admire any country that enters a song entitled "Vodka".

Right, well I'm hoping that Latvia (for fun) and Malta (for quality) go through, but it was a much weaker field than the first semifinal. Although I'm not going to be actually voting.


Latvia (the pirates) are through. Hurrah!
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2008-05-22 07:26 pm (UTC)
Agreed.
Lithuania gets my nil points.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-05-22 07:29 pm (UTC)
Was Lithuania the big-hair-and-leather-trousers?
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2008-05-22 07:30 pm (UTC)
Yup.
I like big hair and leather trousers, just not in conjunction with that song.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-05-22 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm the same.
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2008-05-22 07:40 pm (UTC)
Agree about the Czech girl. There are far too many 'very pretty but's tonight :(
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2008-05-22 07:42 pm (UTC)
I was wondering over on my LJ whether the foldback isn't up to scratch tonight - so many of them seem to be badly out of tune, which wasn't a problem on Tuesday.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-05-22 07:46 pm (UTC)
That's believable -- it can make a huge difference if there's nothing on the monitors.
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[User Picture]From: lullula
2008-05-22 07:48 pm (UTC)
Latvia was pretty fun - I just caught it, but my brother rather spoilt it; "Why are they glorifying murderers and thieves?" XD;;
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2008-05-22 07:57 pm (UTC)
>a change from the bland-and-pretty

Yes but they were only covering up the crapness of the song too!
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-05-22 07:58 pm (UTC)
It's the only song so far that I could picture being sung by the fans at a convention disco at half-one in the morning.
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2008-05-22 08:00 pm (UTC)
Only if they're dressed like pirates, and how likely is that???

Oh.
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2008-05-22 08:20 pm (UTC)
Macedonia was quite good.
But the overall standard is much lower than Tuesday I think.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-05-22 08:22 pm (UTC)
Tuesday was much better, I agree. I'd happily put fifteen of Tuesday's and five of tonight's through, rather than ten of each.
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2008-05-22 08:24 pm (UTC)
Agreed.
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2008-05-22 08:25 pm (UTC)
I'm not bothering to vote as the standard was so low, but if pushed I'd go for Turkey, Macedonia and the Ukraine.
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[User Picture]From: sharikkamur
2008-05-22 10:02 pm (UTC)
There have been fireworks and other similar celebrations up here. Still, this year's Icelandic entry really can't be any worse than Silvía Nótt last year. I must remember to avoid the town centre on Saturday.

Edited at 2008-05-22 10:03 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: gaspode
2008-05-23 07:07 am (UTC)
I just hope they find a way to do something about the Easternbloc block voting .. ruins all the fun (and it's not just eurovison they block vote on .. but that might just be me being bitter) ..
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