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post #21 of 31 (permalink) Old 05-16-11, 09:04 AM
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I was quite happy with the eurovision this year, UK did alot better than expected ,the standard of songs was higher than normal, i honestly couldnt predict a clear winner, and only a couple of comedy songs. Voting was not too bad this year either, alot of the eastern block countries didnt make it through the qualifiers so it was a far less political affair than previous years and the people giving scores for the most part were quick and efficient with a couple cocknocker exceptions.

On the downside the French still had to have everything translated for them and still insisted on scoring in french which is Ironic considering there entry was in Corsican.

This was going to be our last Eurovision (according to the wife) if things didnt change for the better, its one of our family traditions but after the last few years it was turning into a disappointing farce and we decided we could spend 3 plus hours watching something else, but fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your own opinion) it was a much fairer and the entries were a higher standard so our interest has been reinvigorated.

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@bitsandkits - glad to see someone else who enjoyed it.

@MetalHandkerchief - There will be more particpents but I'm only putting those who are confirmed in my sig, so far only those 9 have confirmed. Also you should have expected they would try to save money, there has been a global recession and many countries are still feeling the pinch.

@Grizbe - you're overstating the voting problem, the political voting has been a non-issue for 3 years running under this split system and neighbourly voting is something that cannot be avoided. An artist popular in Sweden for example is likely to be popular in Denmark, Norway etc in real-life not just ESC. Look here in the uk, alot of US artists are popular here in the UK because we have the same language, similar culture, taste etc.

I loved this contest and I think Azerbaijan were worthy winners.
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The French thing is just one of the rules of Eurovision strangely as it was the second most spoken language at the time, it's now third after German. It just happens to tie in with Frances fierce defence of their own language.

It was good this year, we had score sheets and everything. Moldova were robbed clearly, a fairy on a unicycle with some monocle wearing gnomes.

I think Georgia was our favourite in the room.

The Eastern Block voting is less of a problem now, as you can see with the last winners being Norway then Germany.

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I just have one question about it. How did Azerbaijan, a non european country, win a EUROPEAN only award? It just makes no sense!
Erm because it's not a European only award. Israel have been in for years.

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@Stephen_Newman - Entry to Eurovision Song Contest is not determined by geographical location or membership of the European Union. To take part in Eurovision a country needs only for its broadcaster to be what is classed as an Active Member of the Eurovision Broadcasting Union and/or for the country to a member of the Council Of Europe.
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The French thing is just one of the rules of Eurovision strangely as it was the second most spoken language at the time, it's now third after German. It just happens to tie in with Frances fierce defence of their own language.

It was good this year, we had score sheets and everything. Moldova were robbed clearly, a fairy on a unicycle with some monocle wearing gnomes.

I think Georgia was our favourite in the room.

The Eastern Block voting is less of a problem now, as you can see with the last winners being Norway then Germany.
I have to admit i did love Moldova and mostly for the reasons you have listed lol

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I voted for Moldova. lol. It was daft, but it was still one of the better more enjoyable songs out there.

And the voting Is still a problem. Really ALL the votes need to be by phone poll of actual veiwers, or your always going to get the political votes from the judges which does skew the results.

Personaly though, I hated Azerbaijans entry... Ukraine and Denmark were the better ones out of the top 5.
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The expert judges are what correct the block voting in reality.

It used to be all phone polls by viewers and that's when it was really skewed towards the Eastern block, that is when they brought in the panels of judges.

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I don't like eurovision, I guess its just not for me.

plus Britain come last or very close to last every time.

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I don't like eurovision, I guess its just not for me.

plus Britain come last or very close to last every time.
well we didnt on saturday, we were in the top half of the list, we got votes from most countries and even a few 12 pointers, alot of the political voting has stopped and i think maybe because we are helping rid the world of gaddafi with other EU nations and helping with bail outs and such our reputation in Europe is better than it was.

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