All Kinds Of Everything for Eurovision

The build-up to the 57th Eurovision Song Contest in Baku

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They Think it's Moldova......... It is Now!!!!!!!
Well folks that is Eurovision done for another year. As Pasha and his Moldovian dancers minced off the stage last night, we had seen the last performnace. No more rehearsals, no more press conferences - just an interval act, some (mostly predictable) voting and a great winner and reprise for Loreen and Euphoria!!!! I am delighted to be heading to Sweden. It will be my 6th contest in a 6th different country and i am already excited. There were people at the airport booking up hotels in Sweden already.

I do hope our esteemed editor and chief Keith Mills will change his mind about not coming, nearer the time. I will be there with bells on and I reckon the thought of leaving his website in the hands of Andrew Main and myself might override the one of disappointment in going to Sweden next year.

Again I apologise to the people of this blog for my terrible prediction success but as I have said before I am merely a fan not an expert. Of the 14 countries I predicted could share the top 10 spots I got 8 of them correct which looks pretty decent until you see that the 6 i never got were nowhere near - UK Iceland Ireland Cyprus Ukraine and Romania. Never go to the bookies on my say so.

I am now checked in at the Travel Lodge at Heathrow with the final leg of the journey home tomorrow - bliss. I will leave you with a little annecdote of my flight from Baku to Istanbul!!!
You know you are living the high life when you have to scoot past Zeljko Joksimovic on the plane to get to the toilet in a hurry only to find Kaliopi waiting to get in when you are finished."Elaine Dove - seat warmer for the stars at 35000ft!!!!"

Thankyou all and see you in Sweden 2013 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Even if ESC is no longer news stuff, your question shouldn't remain unreplied.

As I see it, the reason why Sweden was so popular is:
1. It is a catchy song (at least the refrain)
2. It is fairly contemporary (you could argue about that, but everything is relative as they say)
3. It is not a copy of the past years winners
4. Loreen has a strong voice, if not particularly pretty, and can hit the notes, unlike some others (and I am NOT trying to offend neither British nor Irish or any other readers here)
5. The choreography could be regarded as somewhat "artistic". Not just a bunch of dancers or acrobats gathered for teh occasition.
6. It is a rather understated performance (less is more), but it tells you a story. Almost like a short ballet. Loreen sits on her own in darkness and snow, and in the end the male dancer enters and gives her "Euphoria" (well not that explicit, but metaphorically.....)

All in all it goty what it takes to appeal to both viewers and juries.

I think the Iriswh delegation did a great job this year. The scenography and the costumes were splendid. But you forgot some of the points mentioned above. Especially regarding the voices, the artistic appeal and the jury appeal.
The Jedwards - as much as they have set their mark on ESC - will never be able to win ESC for Ireland. They are fun and entertaining, absolutely - and they made ESC 2011 and 2012 something to remember - but it takes more to win.
And if they were representing Denmark, Belgium or Austria instead of Ireland I think most of you would agree with me on that. We all think they would be fun to have in our group, but we wouldn't choose them as leaders....

At least that was one answer for you - hope it was someewhat usefull...

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