Eurovision 2008 – A Walk Down Memory Lane


Since we are more or less in the quiet season, I can soothe my Eurovision itch by watching some of the previous contests. Since I’m at my computer all day and my workstation has three monitors, I figure that I could devote one monitor to ESCs while working on the other two. Yes, I know there is a Junior Eurovision, but I’m not a huge fan of children-based competitions.

Eurovision 2008 – Confluence of Sound

There was a confluence of . . . something.

For this walk down Eurovision memory lane, we are going to take it back to 2008 (Belgrade, Serbia). The contest was held in Serbia because of Marija Šerifović’s win in 2007 with her song, Molitva. While it was not my top song in 2007, I thought it was a fantastic and soulful song, which deserved the win.

For this edition, the contest had 43 countries, which was the highest number to date. Also, ESC 2008 had the debuts of Azerbaijan and San Marino. Interesting that these two countries debuted in 2008, and they both were accused of cheating in ESC 2022. Overall, I thought the Serbians did a great job with the contest. Well . . . actually, I did not watch the whole thing. I pretty much only watched the performances and the voting but skipped all of the interval acts . . . I had other things to do ;).

According to the hubby who grew up watching Eurovision in Spain, the late 90s and early 00s were kind of the bad years of Eurovision, which I can kind of see.

Case in point.

Oh, Yea! Since this Eurovision took place before 2014 (or 2015), the videos are not geotagged so no need to have a VPN to view these clips.

I’ll actually take that back a bit. To be honest, I kind of like the older years of Eurovision because there was a bit more musical diversity during those years. Nowadays, the contest seems to be geared more towards general pop music, which is fine. However, I have mentioned that I prefer when I can determine the region from which a song originates or when a large group of songs does not sound like they should be played on a Top 40s radio station. Personally, I would not say these are the bad years, but rather years with bad vocals. While doing this challenge, I find that many songs are decent, but some of the vocals are a bit questionable. Perhaps, many countries did not really care too much about the contest to send folks with strong vocals. Or maybe, they did not want to invest money, which could go towards other more important things, for the vocal development of their contestants (this is completely understandable in my book).

Case in point with iffy vocals. Maybe the blonde singer was a bit nervous, and it materialized with those notes. Lord, Jesus.

LOL. During the past week, you could hear me randomly singing “because I can’t be alone. no, No, NOOOOOOOO!”

Ok, I’ve gone off-topic . . . much like the blonde woman’s notes.

Let’s see if Europe and Kwame were in sync.

What Europe Thought

What Kwame Thought

In terms of countries that were on the left side of our scoreboards, it looks like Europe and I agreed on about 6 songs/countries (Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Armenia, and Greece). Although I did not know Russia won this year, I was not surprised or disappointed that Dima won. Actually, the song sounds like something that belongs on my 90’s R&B Raised Me Spotify playlist – a playlist that I LOVE.

Dima Bilan (Russia) – Believe

I will admit that the vocals were not that strong . . . or great. But, it’s like I said earlier. I think the songs back then were decent to good, but the vocals were a little struggle.

While Russia won this Eurovision, hands down, Portugal’s Vânia Fernandes – Senhora Do Mar (Negras Águas) was my winner by a long shot. No, ifs, ands, or buts for me with this one.

Vânia Fernandes (Portugal) – Senhora Do Mar (Negras Águas)

This is not a song, but rather an anthem for me. It still gives me goosebumps. Although the song is great IMO, I love the fact that there was diversity in the singers that were on the stage. I’m a bit surprised that it did not place in the top ten, but I guess it did not connect with the televoters in the same manner that it connected with me. I’m not one to say a song or artist was robbed in this competition because the contest is all about making a connection with the folks voting, but I wonder if this song would have done better if the current voting system (50/50 televoters and national juries) were in place.

Random Thoughts:


I dunno, but I think the UK was underscored this year. Was it the best performance, no? Was it the worst, HELL NO? I know there are a lot of variables that go into a song (or performance) connecting with an audience. While the song was a bit dated, I think Andy Abraham’s vocals and the performance were pretty decent. Perhaps, this song would have performed a bit better during Eurovision of the late 90s.

I dunno; it seems very strange that the UK received points from only two countries, San Marino and Ireland, for this song.

Hell, the German group with the blonde woman’s struggling vocals received 12 points (the maximum) from Bulgaria. Maybe there were a bunch of Germans living in Bulgaria. 😉

While Germany, Poland, and the UK received a total of 14 points, the placement (23rd, 24th, and 25th, respectively) is based on the number of 12s, 10s and 8s received. Germany received 12 points from one country; Poland, one 10; and the UK, one 8.

I wonder if Ireland was “throwing” away its points because it gave Latvia 12 points. The spokesperson giving the points did say something like “Great contest, Belgrade. It’s a shame that we could not be there [in the final]”. Or maybe the Irish really like nautical-themed songs, which is what Lativa sent. Now that I think about it it little more, I have to admit that the song is a bit catchy. Eh, I can see why it did better than I expected.

Israel: Boaz – The Fire in your eyes

While I mentioned that I loved Portugal’s song, I also loved Israel’s song. Also, Boaz is not bad on the eyes. 😉 I have to say that Israel is one of the few countries in Eurovision that sends something cultural adjacent to the country, and I appreciate that ;).

Greece: Kalomira – Secret Combination

Chanel (Spain 2022), who? Kalomira’s Secret Combination has the best dance break in Eurovision’s history. 😉 After listening to the song a couple of times, I’m still not sure what is her secret combination, but it’s a fun song.


Of course, everybody loves Rodolfo Chikilicuatre’s Baila El Chiki Chiki

Well . . . maybe not this guy.

Czech Republic

Mixing up the points between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Petra? Eeek, I’m not sure if she was allowed to travel to either country after this contest. Let’s just say that Azerbaijan and Armenia have a very tumultuous relationship with each other.

Next up: Eurovision 2013

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