September 14, 2013 at 6:21 am #451175
Hey! I realized that, despite most of you living in US, many of you still know what Eurovision Song Contest is. The whole competition, usually creating opposite emotions among viewers, brings European countries (and other that cooperate with European Broadcasting Union) in a song competition. The first took place in 1956 and is held annually ever since. Several international stars participated in the contest at some points during their careers: ABBA, Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John, Cliff Richard, Julio Iglesias, Katrina and the Waves, Bonnie Tyler, Cascada, Domenico Modugno, Silver Convention, Lucia Moniz (Colin Firth’s love interest in “Love Actually”), Al Bano & Romina Power (Tyrone Power’s daughter), Lara Fabian, Edyta Górniak or Azucar Moreno, among others. What is your opinion about the contest? Do you have your favorite songs/artists/editions?September 16, 2013 at 2:34 am #451178
Yes, I love following this contest each year!! It’s a really great occasion that brings so many nations together in celebrating music. I was so excited when Lena (Meyer-Landrut) won for her song “Satellite” in 2010! It’s still my favorite song from all the contest years and Lena’s a true talent. I know she did Germany really proud!September 16, 2013 at 4:04 am #451179
I follow the contest each year as well — Loreen’s “Euphoria” is one of my favorite songs of all time and Loreen has become one of my favorite artists. I also enjoyed Ruslana’s “Wild Dances” but it has not aged well.October 1, 2013 at 2:03 am #451180
I recommend you to check out some songs from way before 2000s. This contest has very rich history.October 3, 2013 at 10:54 pm #451182
Yeah, I’m a total fan of the contest in previous years I even tryed to follow all the pre-selections, but in past 2 years I have less time to do it…. Off course, I have watched all the contests, my favourite years are 1963, 1979, 1981, 1990 and 2005.
In last few years the results are quite disappointing, mostly because the attempt to reduce political influence by bringing back the jury seems to fail (or just not always works). Also, I’m still a bit furious about last year’s snub of Israel (ok, it’s my country and maybe I’m not 100 objective, but still I think that we deserved the final)December 27, 2013 at 6:24 am #451183
Oh, that’s so cool. I like all of those years too very much plus 1969, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2009. I adore Israel as ESC country, had “Time” and “Rak bishvilo” among my favorites last and this year respectively (but “Ding Dong” not so much, rather bad choice over “Orr” and “Rak al ahava”). My favorite entries of yours are “Halayla” and glorious “Khay” while quality of “Hasheket Shenish’ar” makes it stand light years above the rest of the 2000s.
I guess I would be much more fond of “The Voice” if it wouldn’t be Ireland’s 4th win in 5 years, whereas 1994 and especially 1992 were not deserving of the title.December 27, 2013 at 8:30 am #451184
I didn’t expect to see that many fans from this side of the world. I make reviews of the competing songs every year at MyEurovisionFamily profile. I’ll share my thoughts here by mid-April once all the songs have been chosen.