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Neville

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Hello Oslo, this is Melbourne calling, and here are the results of Neville's jury.

One point  - Azerbaijan

Azerbaïdjan - un point

Two points - Romania

Roumanie - deux points

Three points - Belgium

Belgique - trois points

Four points - Norway

Norvège - quatre points

Five points - Denmark

Danemark - cinq points

Six points - Iceland

Islande - six points

Seven points - Ireland

Irlande - sept points

Eight points - Ukraine

Ukraine - huit points

Ten  points - Russia

Russie - dix points

Twelve points - Germany

Allemagne - douze points


In all I thought it was a good contest, though I was astonished that Turkey came second.  Ireland certainly deserved more points.  Great Britain's song was not bad, just a bit dull.  There was nice little clip of the Crown Princess, Princess Ingrid and young Marius learning the dance being performed all over Europe.  The Crown Princess took Marius to the final, and Princess Martha Louise also attended with Mr Behn.

I was disapointed that some good songs did not make it through the semi finals, particularly the Netherlands (a wonderfully old-fashioned Eurovision song, complete with a barrel organ), Estonia, Switzerland, Finland, Slovenia and Sweden. 

Thank goodness the worst song of the entire contest did not make it into the final.  It was, for me:

No points - Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia

Ancienne République yougoslave de Macédoine -  Nul points

 
It was the worst song I have seen in years.  The song was average, there was this really bad white rapper in sunnies, and the dancing girls looked like they came from a seedy Skopje strip joint (spreading their legs at the end of the song, very slutty). 

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I love the Eurovision, and I think we need something new! Recently gaining an interest in Russian music I came across a fantastic new artist called Olga Stankevich, she is a mix of classical, dance and pop which has got me completely hooked!!! She has a lot of talent so here is a link to her web site so check her website out;

http://www.olgastankevich.com

here is a link for her new video titled - The Flight;

Please let me know what you think

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What do you think of this year's line up, KYMonarchist?  I've had a look at a few.  I am not impressed with Britain's entry, all that hype over Lloyd Weber and the result is a very average song.  I like Malta, as I've had a soft spot for Chiara since her first appearance in 1998.  (I'd put a link but I'm at work and YouTube is banned!) I'm always pleased to see an old face return; surely it's time for Elisabeth Andreassen to make another appearance?

Apparently she'll be competing in Melodifestivalen 2011, so she might return. Lena will also return to defend her title.


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Bump so Neville can see info about Elisabeth Andreassen's possible return to Eurovision.


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Slovakia is withdrawing from the 2011 Contest, and neither Andorra nor Montenegro have plans to participate.

BUT ITALY'S BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks Sean.  I must have missed your earlier post.  How exciting, Miss Elisabeth Andreassen back for Eurovision. I hope she gets through. Here she is representing Norway in 1996 with one of the best Eurovision songs ever.



I have mixed feelings about Italy, they have entered some awful songs, particularly that shock win of Toto in 1990: twenty years later and it still bugs me!  But they have also had some really good entries. 
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San Marino is back, and Slovakia, Hungary, and Montenegro might still participate, though we'll only know for certain on December 20th.

Also, Switzerland chose their entry today.

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Elisabeth Andreassen came in last in her semifinal.

Hey Neville, what do you think of the line-up so far? I think it's pretty weak this year.

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What do you think of France singing in Corsican Neville?


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Sean, your news about Miss Elizabeth Andreassen upset me so much that I have not had the heart to reply until now.  Those ungrateful Swedes!  Last!  What a humiliation for such a Eurovision legend.  It does not bode well for this year's contest.

As to a Corsican ditty, I am quite happy with that.  After France's effort last year, anything with lyrics, regardless of language, is a welcome development.  I remember an entry from the early '90s called "Mama Corsica", but can not recall if it was actually in Corsican (just checked, it was French and Corsican).
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What's your favorite entry so far this year Neville? Mine's the Netherlands.
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And the Dutch just had to go and translate their entry into English. Cyprus is my new favorite, along with Greece.

Neville, again, what's your favorite?

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You're way ahead of me Sean.  I've only just started reviewing the hopefuls. But here's some initial impressions.  
Italy: well, that was not worth the wait.  
  • Germany: I really liked Satellite, but this one just lacks something.  
  • Norway: it reminds me of an entry from several years ago that I can't quite remember.
  • Serbia: 60s style backup singers will always get my vote, this one deserves another listen.
  • Cyprus: a good strong entry, 12 points from Greece guaranteed.
  • Belarus: is that their best? Oh Dear, poor Belarus.  I also do not approve of self indulgent nationalism at Eurovision.
  • FYR Macedonia: I am sure Australia's large FYR Macedonian community will think it is the best song ever (they are fanatical about Eurovision and every year flood the broadcaster here, SBS, with demands to drop the "FYR").  For me, the song is a very poor choice.
Well, that is all for now.  Unfortunately nothing, so far, jumps out as a winner or a personal favourite, but it's early days still.



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I do actually know an Australian of Macedonian roots, sweet guy. I know him because he's a Dylan fan, and I imagine he probably doesn't have an opinion of the Macedonian Eurovision entry. I won't be asking him anyway, because he might not even know what the Eurovision Song Contest is and I would hate to have to explain it. 
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Originally Posted by Adz9567
I love the Eurovision, and I think we need something new! Recently gaining an interest in Russian music I came across a fantastic new artist called Olga Stankevich, she is a mix of classical, dance and pop which has got me completely hooked!!! She has a lot of talent so here is a link to her web site so check her website out;

http://www.olgastankevich.com

here is a link for her new video titled - The Flight;

Please let me know what you think


Might be good, but singing is not an option in Eurovision. All songs must have some words to them.

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