Random Thoughts Thursday – Eurovision Edition

These random thoughts are pretty much going to be about Eurovision Song Contest.

-Eurovision is now over, and I’m going through withdrawal . . . kinda of like post-marathon blues. Some folks call this withdrawal, PED (post-Eurovision Depression).

-In case you did not know, Eurovision is probably the longest running song/singing contest. It’s been around since the 1950s to promote cooperation between European countries after WWII.

-Word on the street is the US is going to do something similar in 2022.

-Here are the rankings from this year’s contest. Congrats ITALY!!!

-Winners are chosen by combination national jury votes from the participating countries and popular/televotes.

-This was an interesting year because the Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands did not receive ANY popular votes. Also the UK did not receive any popular OR national jury votes. Damn. Keep in mind that the national jury votes by distributing points to 10 counties (12, 10, and 8-1 points). So ONE of the European national juries could have given the UK ONE point.

-Also, it’s kind of interesting that three of the Big 5 and the hosting country were in the bottom five. Since the UK, Germany, Spain, France, and Italy (the Big 5) provide a large chunk of the financial backing for the contest, they do not have to participate in the semifinals and go directly to the final round. Also, the hosting country (the Netherlands for 2021), who won last year errr. . . two years ago goes to the final round. This can be a blessing and a curse. A blessing because you go straight to the final round. A curse because you don’t get to hear the songs before the final. I have to admit that I hated a few of the songs during the semifinals, but those songs grew on me over the days leading to the finals.

Some music clips

Adrenalina, Senhit feat. Flo Rida – San Marino ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

I call shenanigans because last time I checked Flo Rida is from Florida and NOT San Marino OR even Europe. To be perfectly honest, I thought San Marino was a city, not a whole country, in Italy.

Well, the get a “popular” rapper for votes trick did not work because girlfriend ended up in the bottom five with 37 jury votes and 13 popular/televotes. Actually, I kind of like the song without Flo Rida.

Je Me Casse, Destiny – Malta ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น

Because of her song’s popularity before the show, I thought she was going to place in the top five, but she ended up in 7th place with 208 jury votes and 47 popular/televotes. I think she did not do well in the televotes because she was she was one of the first 6 performers. The hubby told me that many times, performers do not do well in the popular/televotes if they perform during the first half of the show. During the finals the hosts go through all of the national jury votes followed by the televotes. After all of the jury votes were allocated, she was in 3rd place but the televotes wrote a different ending. I have to double check, but I think she came in 1st place in the televotes during her semifinal round so I guess performance order can make or break you.

Shum, Go_A – Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

I have no idea what the hell is going on this song, but I’m into it!!! Go_A did very well coming in 5th place by receiving 97 jury votes and 267 popular/televotes. Word on the street is that this song has gone viral in several European countries.

Set Me Free, Eden Alene – Israel ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

Eden did not do as well as I would have expected coming in 17th place by receiving 73 jury votes and only 20 popular/televotes. I think a couple of things ruined her chances.

  • She was #3 in the running order, so she was pretty early in the competition.
  • The Israel/Palestine situation and coming to a contest with a song called “Set Me Free” probably did her no favors. In her defense, the song was selected before the most recent conflict.

Also, her B6 (I think) whistle note was the highest note performed in the entire history of the contest.

Dark Side, Blind Channel – Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

After watching their semifinal performance, I thought this group was going to be in the the top three. While they did not make the top three, they came in a very respectable 6th place with 83 jury votes and 218 popular/televotes. I gotta say that I enjoyed their performance even if the group is a bit Linkin Park-esque.

Discoteque, The Roop – Lithuania ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น

Definitely my guilty pleasure. They came in 8th place with 55 jury votes and 165 televotes.

Loco Loco, Hurricane – Serbia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ

These women came to slay. I wonder how much was their hair and makeup budget. There are extensions EVERYWHERE! I have no idea what they are saying besides “loco” and “baby”, but the song definitely had me moving my booty. Hurricane came in 15th place and received 20 jury votes and 82 popular/televotes. From their reaction as the results were being read, I think they were a little disappointed with the number of popular votes received. I guess the group’s reaction makes sense because the video for Loco Loco had close to 1 million views on YouTube leading up to the final (I think). I guess Youtube views do not translate into people actually voting for your song.

Ok Last One:

Karma, Anxhela Peristeri – Albania ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

I do not know why but this was my favorite “non popular” song. Something about her voice really drew me into her performance. She came in 21th place by receiving 37 jury votes and 13 popular/televotes. While I enjoyed her performance, I can see how some people would have found the performance a bit boring. I wish that she had added a few dancers or even played the violin for a portion of the song.

Last one for real this time

El Diablo, Elena Tsagrinou – Cyprus ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ

Um Elena, Lady Gaga said that she wants her songs back. Doesn’t this one sound like a combination of Bad Romance and Alejandro with a sprinkle of Judas? That said, this one has been added to a couple of my running playlists.

Question of the day:

-Have you experience the insanity that is Eurovision? Oh, you can view this year’s contest (for free) on Peacock’s streaming app.

-If you watched this year’s Eurovision, what did you think. What were your top performances? Which were your least favorite?

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  1. I was gutted for Iceland and thought they did really well considering they had to submit a video. I’m an Icelandophile so I always root for them. We were embarrassing, but what did we expect, anyway. We tell Europe we hate them and want away from them, they don’t like having us in their song contest! (I didn’t tell them that personally of course: I love Europe!).

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    • Iโ€™m kinda new to this Eurovision thing (this year was my second one). Do you think it would be better for the Big Five to have a spot in the finals but still perform in the semis? Listening to Embers after the contest, Iโ€™m kinda getting into the song. Same thing happened to me with Hooverphonoc. I didnโ€™t care for their song during the semis, but it grew on me by the finals.

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      • Hm, only very dedicated people watch the semis as far as I know … so I’m not sure it would do much apart from make them even longer … I don’t know many people who watch everything and learn the songs, most people I know will just watch the spectacle of the final and come to them all new then. But I might well be unrepresentative!

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      • I guess that I overindulged this year bc I watched both semis. i was thinking that the extra 3 performances per semi round would add like 12 min to each night (3 min/song + 1 min/intro). Whatโ€™s another 12 minutes when you have already invested 2.5 hrs? ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‚

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