Last year I went to Australia Decides on the Gold Coast.
This was a new event for Australia: it simply followed the European model where various acts perform and one is chosen to represent Australia at Eurovision 2019. When I got home I made some ‘art’ – representations of the acts I liked with coloured card but I didn’t do much with them. This year, with a big gap where Eurovision won’t be happening and lock downs in place, I’ve taken the opportunity to create more ‘art’. Some evenings I put on a classic Eurovision DVD from a random year and make little paper works of some of the most iconic performances. You don’t need to be a Eurovision tragic to pick many of these but it helps to know a little bit about Eurovision.
So who are these acts? Do you know? Do you like them?
NUMBER 1: Recognise her? One of my all time favs. Well deserved second place.
NUMBER 2: Originality, moody, quality vocals: you often don’t get all three in Eurovision.
NUMBER 3: You’ll have to think back for this one, but totally iconic, don’t you think?
NUMBER 4: Here’s a challenge. Might need a clue or two for this one.
Warning: This is a silly quiz. A funny quiz. A tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek kind of quiz. You will NOT be asked whether Czech Republic appeared in Semi-Final 2 in 2011. Or who came fourth in 1963. You will be asked much more fun questions like:Peoples, this is hi-tech Euro-quizzing. There are 20 questions…in a WORD document…some with illustrations in full colour!
So go ahead! Get in the spirit of the ESC!
For Eurovision silly quiz click on Petr
Well meaning advice: Print it out and blu tack it to the walls at your next Eurovision party. Get your friends to do their best. I recommend handing out prizes. IKEA is good. I have absolutely no affiliation with them but, well, they’re Swedish. And cost-effective. And you can get candles and cushions and boxes and mirrors and stuff that everyone can use. Well, except at one of our parties a few years ago when a quiz winner I shall call ‘Kevin’ won an IKEA watering can I shall call ‘Blumt’ but lived in an apartment I shall call ‘plant free’. Oh well.
Oh, for answers click on Verka (or ‘Verk’ as I call her…actually I just made that up)
Here begins a list of Eurovision songs that are outstanding in their songwriting. Well, in my opinion. I’m just listening to Eurovision 2005 right now so 2005 it is…
THE WAR IS NOT OVER. LATVIA 2005.
I love this song. It was written by Mārtiņš Freimanis who features in F.L.Y. with the wacky Hello from Mars, Latvia’s fourth appearance in Eurovision. Hello from Mars is also a wonderful song but for very different reasons.
Sadly, Freimanis died in 2011 in his early 30’s.
THE WAR IS NOT OVER is a stunning piece of songwriting. As well as the the beautiful harmonies, the first verse is a masterpiece. Just read the words and be devastated at how it captures the human condition. Wow:
I slowly walk into the night around To see how dreams of people die They gently fall from windows all around And crash against the ground like glass…
I am SO glad that apparently the chorus was tweaked slightly from:
‘That someone is loser, that someone is winner’
‘That someone’s the loser, someone’s the winner’
Is this true, Mr Wikipedia? I really appreciate that shift. Being a native English speaker, that correct grammar makes SUCH a difference. (I will return to this concept of good grammar with poor old Sanna Nielsen whose dazzling performance was in contrast to the, er, lyrics she had to sing. Ho hum.)
But back to Latvia. Having absolutely no Latvian background, I did a bit of research on dear old songwriter Mārtiņš. I found a live version of him singing: Pie Dieviņa gari galdi which was pretty damn tuneful.
But please, can someone – anyone – out there tell me what this song is about???
Google translate suggests the title is: To adore long tables.
Coming Up Next…
Aisha. Latvia. 2010.
And no, this is not supposed to be Latvia only, it’s just happened that way.
THE YEAR OF THE (MOSTLY) MODEST LONG DRESSES
THE YEAR OF THE POINTY SHOES
THE YEAR OF PLAITS
But mainly the year of: Why? Why? Why the bright blue skirt? Why the horse’s head? Why the wedding dresses? Why is Eurovision eating itself?
BELGIUM. BLANCHE. CITY LIGHTS.
All alone in the danger zone. Compelling.
GEORGIA. TAMARA GACHECHILADZE. KEEP THE FAITH. Catchy.
A big hello to all the lyricists out there in Eurovision Land who excelled themselves in this semi: ‘so freaking beautiful’, ‘give me your body, let’s write a story’, and my personal favourite: ‘You make me feel like paper’.
I’ll say it again. It’s a bad decision for Australia to be in Eurovision 2016. It’s not our Song Contest. Europe welcomed us as a wild card entry last year. It was the 60th anniversary of Eurovision, that’s why. And it was in Copenhagen, goodness me. Home of Princess Mary and hubby. This year is different. It’s so sad. Julia and Sam no longer have that wild & free access to dressing rooms and gossip and the fun and the buzz because SBS has changed the whole relationship as of 2015. Not sure why.
News through that Australia will be in Eurovision 2016…
This is WRONG, peoples.
Australia had a special guest slot at Eurovision 2015. It was thrilling to participate, to wake up at 5am and see it LIVE. And to VOTE for the first time ever (even through the phone voting packed up completely…did you get my 13 votes for Norway???).
Eurovision 2015 was amazing. And Europe was exceedingly GRACIOUS in accepting us and making us welcome.
But we don’t belong there.
Eurovision belongs to the Europeans!
Please Australia, get a grip. Please EBU, don’t invite us.
It is embarrassing, awkward and STUPID for us to do it again.