Eurovision 2012

Congratulations Baku-vians. You win the
MOST FABULOUS LOOKING CITY BY NIGHT AWARD
(very rarely awarded)

THE YEAR OF THE ACROBATS

or

THE YEAR OF THE SOMERSAULTS

Starts with a reprise of Running Scared with El and Niki which only confirms what  I thought the moment I heard it last year.  Mercifully, they cut it short.  Ah, but never fear, ladies and gentlemen,  the charismatic El is back as a host!

1. UNITED KINGDOM. Engelbert Humperdinck. Love Will Set You Free

Ballad.

Soulful 3/4 time ballad. No acrobats. A solitary classical guitarist and then a waltzing couple. Poor old Engie looks like he wants to break out of this song and do the hippy hippy shake but the song won’t let him. He’s very proud of himself when he hits that high note. And quickly meanders off stage as the big firework fans do their stuff.

Half a Verka for Engelbert’s lips

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2. HUNGARY  Compact Disco. Sound of our hearts

Pop

This is good. Very cool coat. Tight little 6 piece band.

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3.  ALBANIA  Rona  Nishliu. Suss.

Indescribable. Piercing. Inward focus.

Is she a mass murderer regretting what she has just done?  Why the collar? The hair is alarming. Disturbing. I read the  lyrics in English and things become even less clear.

Miserable.  Half a Verka because I don’t understand this song or your emotions at all but you gave it every you had:

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4. LITHUANIA  Donny Montell. Love is Blind.

Pure pop

Oh, this is a classic.  He’s wearing a diamonte blindfold and then, wait for it, when he sings the key words ‘Love is Blind’, wait for it, he whips off the blindfold and does a one handed handstand. What a showman.  What a mover.  Maybe he needs to calm down a tad. And pole dancing is a bit of a dubious backdrop.  Still, love ya Donny.

Even though I only gave you 4 Verkas,  the world must see!

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5. BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Ballad

She sits at piano with purple Star Trek shoulder pads. A flute solo but flautist unseen. She takes mike and walks to front of stage. Oh, her dress is black. Wind machine too late. It’s all very pretty but not hit material.

I gave Engelbert half a Verka, I’m done for now. You better have one too. No.

6. RUSSIA  Baranovskiye Babushki. Party for Everybody.

Folk pop

6 grannies in traditional costumes. The oven spins around! And even has fire inside and gives off smoke! They’re having a party and everyone’s invited. How can you not love this?

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7. ICELAND. Greta Salome & Jonsi. Never Forget.

Ballad duet

I adore this. Such a powerful song. 4 shadowy figures support the  singers.  Blue icy mountain backdrop. Amazing song. Lyrics are wondrous.  Love the way they cross to other side of stage for big finale.  Brilliant end. And for all you Australians out there…Lisa Curry can sing!

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Now I have never done this before, but the preview clip was so evocative I want you to see it:

8  CYPRUS. Ivi Adamou. La la Love.

Pop.

Fun. Lead singer and four enthusiastic supporting singers.  Great costumes of musky pink. Really creative. Sexy but she has a kind of innocence about her. Cheeky wink at very last moment.

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9. FRANCE. Anggun. Echo (You and I)

Pop

Here come the somersaulting guys! Opens with man in trackie daks but no top somersaulting down the catwalk. Lovely gym bodies on pedestals. She is lifted up then put down again. Contrived. Cheeky wink. Her scarf is blowing in the wind but her hair remains strangely unruffled…how can this be? What is this about? Must look up lyrics.  Feel I must give you half a Verka:

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10. ITALY Nina Zilli.  L’Amore E Femmina

Contemporary

Female singer with 3 back ups.  She works the stage. Love it. Makes  Eurovision heart at end and acknowledges back-up singers with a cheeky pow pow.

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11. ESTONIA  Ott Lepland. Kuula.

Ballad

Beautiful. He has the longest in eyelashes in history recorded so far. Brings out more than the semi-final.  And sings astonishing notes without raising his arm. Mystical solo female singer appears in long gown. Get rid of her…looks weird. Apart from this minor thing, this is wonderful. What a man in a t-shirt and vest can do.

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12. NORWAY Tooji. Stay.

Dance.

Love it. Such a fun song.  More somersaulting! Singer with 4 back-ups, 2 male, 2 female. Great performance. Why didn’t anyone vote for Norway?

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13. AZERBAIJAN Sabina Babayeva.  When the Music Dies.

Pop ballad. Different to ballad pop.

She’s doing a Niki and yep, there’s an old man on a floating platform making plaintive noises.  All the right ingredients but a song that doesn’t cut it. Maybe try something new next year, Azerbaijan.

No Verka. Oh, goodness OK, ‘cos you’re the hosts this year. Half a Verka for a good costume and a good attempt at a strong ending.

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14. ROMANIA Mandinga. Zaleilah

Folk pop

Dude in white backs on with weirdy sax.  An accordian. Drums. An attempt to be humorous. You don’t do humour, Romania. Stick to what you’re good at. I don’t like this song.

No Verkas. Harsh but has to be done.

15. DENMARK  Soluna Samay. Should’ve Known Better.

Pop with a country twinge.

A strangely lethargic band. Why is she dressed like a sea captain? She has nice hair. And a nice xylophone break. What am I saying?  I do not like this song. Controlled audience response.

No Verkas.

16. GREECE. Eleftheria Elteftheriou.  Aphrodisiac.

Pop

Yes, we’ve had this from Greece. How many times? Catchy chorus: Oh oh oh oh oh. Is the shell a reference to Venus? Nah, doesn’t seem to be.

No Verkas.

17. SWEDEN   Loreen. Euphoria.

Dance pop.

Very contained. I like it.

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18. TURKEY Can Bonomo. Love Me Back.

Pop with a bit of trad.

Brilliantly staged. Genius. How good is their makeshift boat?  Fire, wind, water, sailing. Genius!

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19. SPAIN Pastora Soler. Quedate Conmigo (Stay With Me).

Ballad.

Beautiful. Don’t need back up singers, just be solo.

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20. GERMANY Roman Lob. Standing Still.

Ballad.

Band in the background. Nothing song. Rip off of last year. Looks insincere. But he does get beanie award.

No Verkas for you.

21. MALTA Kurt Calleja This is the Night.

Pop

Love it. What a dance move!  And bonus enthusiastic bouncing synth player who can dance!  Many awards coming….

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22. FYI MACEDONIA  Kaliope Crno E Belo

Trad ballad.

Half a Verka for the aggro drummer. And that screech.

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23.  IRELAND  Jedward. Waterline.

Pop

More somersaulting!

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24. SERBIA  Zjelko. Nije Ljubav Stvar

Ballad

You lead the way for Montenegro 2016.

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25. UKRAINE  Gaitana Be My Guest

Pop

Love this. Love the backdrop. And her enthusiasm.

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26. MOLDOVA  Pasha Parfeny Lautur

Dance

Love this.  Yes! More somersaults! Zany. Iridescent costumes.  Brilliantly choreographed.

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OFFICIAL TOP THREE
Sweden

Loreen @ Eurovision
Russia

Russian grannies rock Eurovision - The Hindu
Serbia

Željko Joksimović "My last time as a soloist at Eurovision ...

MY TOP THREE:
Iceland

Iceland: Queues form to submit 2013 entries - Eurovision Song Contest
Turkey

🇹🇷 Can Bonomo release new single 'Güneş' - ESCXTRA.com
Moldova

Pasha Parfeny's Dancers - 2012 - Moldova | Wonder woman ...

Special mention to:
Estonia

Eurovision Estonia: Ott Lepland's chart success - ESCToday.com
Sweden

Loreen @ Eurovision
Russia

Russian grannies rock Eurovision - The Hindu

AWARDS

FLYING SEAHORSE AWARD:
Cam Bomobo

WIN MACHINE TOO LATE AWARD:
Bosnia & Herzegovina

OVEN ON STAGE AWARD:
The Babushkies from Russia!

BEST HIGH NOTE TO BRING ON THE WIND MACHINE:
Spain

BEST YELLOW GLOVE AWARD:
Malta

BEST YELLOW SOCKS AWARD:
Malta

BEST YELLOW HANKY AWARD:
Malta

BEST YELLOW PANTS AWARD:
Malta

HEADGEAR RESEMBLING A BEANIE AWARD:
Germany

‘ICELAND YOU ROCK!’ AWARD:
Iceland
Passionate, dramatic, gorgeous.

SPECIAL MENTION TO ACTS DITCHED IN THE SEMI-FINALS:

Should-have-got-through-to-the-final-Award:
SWITZERLAND. SINPLUS. UNBREAKABLE.

386 Unbreakable – Sinplus (Switzerland, 2012) | Eurovision Countdown

Unbelievable, more like it.  Chuckle. Why didn’t it get through?

Probably-should-have-got-through-to-the-final-Award:
AUSTRIA. TRACKSHITTAZ. WOKI MIT DEIM POPO.

High energy and pole dancers for Austria! - Eurovision Song Contest
Energy? Confusion? Neon? Like it.

Encouragement Award:
MONTENEGRO. RAMBO AMADEUS. EURO NEURO. 

Daddy Cool Rambo Amadeus is not neurotic about his chances ...
Hood. Trojan horse. Breakdancing. How can you go wrong? Well…the crowd does not respond as he would like.

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