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Eurovision Semifinals #2...

So I missed today's semifinal webcast, but the results are posted:

The following countries are going on to Saturday's finals:

So we come out of the second semi ballad-heavy, with a pair of relatively mad entries, some dance pop and a bit of good alterna-rock.

Then there are the "Big 4" who get in because they're paying for most of the contest:

So we've got more mad, a ballad and, well, another ballad.


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May. 22nd, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Had to check out the two WTFs. France is pretty slick, if you ignore the alleged music and watch the video. It's quite a trick to keep up that mike-throwing gag through so many cuts. The video looks to me like a satire of MTV's in-house one second per cut technique.

Spain is also amusing - it's like a Spanish version of Weird Al spoofing all the inane dance fads of the last generation.

If the goal is to produce a unique video, I can see the point. If the goal is musical excellence, then not so much.

Albania's entry is awesome! And she's only 17. Wow.

Edited at 2008-05-22 11:25 pm (UTC)
May. 22nd, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
See, there's one problem.

It's not a video contest. The videos are only up there to give people a preview of the songs; you'll notice that some videos are high-production music videos and some are just concert videos from the national selection contests.

The actual contest is for live performances (pre-recorded instrumentals are allowed, but all vocals must be live) with no more than 6 performers on stage for a number. The first semifinal is up in the Eurovision.tv medialounge. It will give you a better idea of what people are being asked to vote on.

johnnyeponymous is going to be running the live-stream of the finals in the fanzine lounge Saturday at noon.
May. 23rd, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
You really should pipe in the Latvian entry for the LoEG party at some point given this year's convention theme.
May. 23rd, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
I've already got all the songs. Besides, johnnyeponymous is streaming the show live in the fanzine lounge on Saturday.
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