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On 2/14/2018 at 11:35 AM, I Am A Swede said:

I realize that they don't care all that much about this contest in the UK anymore, but still I'm disappointed every year that they can't send something better.   <_<

Anything would be better than the Children's marching songs that dominated decades ago. I hated so many of those songs.

On 3/12/2018 at 1:52 PM, I Am A Swede said:

 

Yes probably, but that doesn't make it untrue.   :P

 

I do think that many of the songs would improve if they chose to sing in their own native language. When they sing in English you realize how cringeworthy many of the lyrics are and how uncomfortable many of the artists are with singing in English. I think it was a mistake to allow everyone to sing in the language of their choice. I know many, if not most, would disagree with that, but it's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

I agree with this to an extent. I feel that the song is best sung in the language it was composed in, and yes, many times singers do NOT feel comfortable singing in English just to appease the larger concept of "English is always better". This is one of the better examples of that. Hebrew does NOT translate in any meaningful way, and the speech and singing patterns of Hebrew speakers sounds incredibly awkward trying to force it into English.

 

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On 2018-04-19 at 4:18 AM, alphanguy74 said:

Anything would be better than the Children's marching songs that dominated decades ago. I hated so many of those songs.

 

So you don't like what I once saw described as the "Boom-bang-a-puppet-in-a-box" type of songs?    :P

On 2018-04-19 at 4:18 AM, alphanguy74 said:

I agree with this to an extent. I feel that the song is best sung in the language it was composed in, and yes, many times singers do NOT feel comfortable singing in English just to appease the larger concept of "English is always better". 

 

It's not just that the singers feel uncomfortable, the lyrics in these songs often border on the ridiculous when written by someone for whom English is not the first language. Of course there are exceptions, but more often than not the lyrics in Eurovision songs make me cringe. That is if you can hear them through the singer's fractured English.

 

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How fitting: Five of this year's singers were asked to sing or translate their songs – which will be presented in English at the Contest – into their native languages:

 

– Lithuania: Lithuanian
– Denmark: Danish
– Belarus: Russian
– Austria: German
– Belgium: Dutch

 

In the case of Belgium, the lyrics in Dutch obviously don't fit the melody of the song.

 

 

And then there's also this effort by Finland's Saara Aalto :P

 

 

 

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30 years ago today (April 30th 1988) this young unknown Canadian singer won the ESC with this song. It's also the last time my personal favourite before the contest went on to win.....

 

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The 1st semi final just ended.

 

The following countries have qualified for the Grand Final on Saturday:

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Lithuania

The following countries did not qualify:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Switzerland

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Judging from last night's performances, I think we'll be heading to Cyprus next year.
Estonia, Ireland, Austria, Finland and Lithuania were also flawless but none of them will win on Saturday.

 

Israel was the biggest disappointment of the night.

 

Official Recap:

 

 

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I'm disappointed that Greece was eliminated. It was their best song in years and they deserved a place in the final. I would have eliminated Ireland instead. That song was so incredibly boring, and I really don't like falsetto singing.

Other than that I can't argue with the results.

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To Saturday's final from semi-final 2:

  • Serbia
  • Moldova
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Australia
  • Hungary
  • The Netherlands
  • Ukraine
  • Slovenia

Eliminated countries:

  • San Marino
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Montenegro
  • Latvia
  • Georgia
  • Poland
  • Malta

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I still think that Australia has the best song this year. But Jessica Mauboy sounded quite nervous though, and she has to step up in the final.

The second semi-final was clearly weaker than the first and I had trouble choosing 10 songs that I felt deserved to progress to the final.

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I'm (positively) surprised that Russia didn't go through – that performance was beyond awful.

 

From semi 2, I only liked Denmark and Slovenia. So happy for Lea.

 

Recap of the 2nd semi final:

 

 

All in all, this is going to be the most open final in years. Everyone from #13 to #26 could get the trophy.

 

Running order for the Grand Final:

  1. Ukraine 
  2. Spain 
  3. Slovenia 
  4. Lithuania 
  5. Austria 
  6. Estonia 
  7. Norway 
  8. Portugal 
  9. United Kingdom 
  10. Serbia 
  11. Germany 
  12. Albania 
  13. France 
  14. Czech Republic 
  15. Denmark 
  16. Australia 
  17. Finland 
  18. Bulgaria 
  19. Moldova 
  20. Sweden 
  21. Hungary 
  22. Israel 
  23. The Netherlands 
  24. Ireland 
  25. Cyprus 
  26. Italy

 

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Israel has won the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest with Netta and her song "Toy".

 

Full results:

 

1st semi final

Israel won the jury voting, followed by Austria and Albania.
Cyprus won the televote, followed by Czech Republic and Estonia.

 

Iceland received the lowest jury score.
Iceland also received the lowest televoting score – 0 points.

 

Albania qualified thanks to the jury vote.

Finland and Lithuania qualified thanks to the televoting.

 

Had there been 100% televoting, Greece would have qualified (10th in the televote).

Had there been 100% jury voting, Belgium and Switzerland would have qualified (9th and 10th in the jury vote).

 

Combined results:

 

01. Israel (283) q

02. Cyprus (262) q

03. Czech Republic (232) q

04. Austria (231) q

05. Estonia (201) q

06. Ireland (179) q

07. Bulgaria (177) q

08. Albania (162) q

09. Lithuania (119) q

10. Finland (108) q

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11. Azerbaijan (94)

12. Belgium (91)

13. Switzerland (86)

14. Greece (81)

15. Armenia (79)

16. Belarus (65)

17. Croatia (63)

18. FYR Macedonia (24)

19. Iceland (15)

 

2nd semi final
Sweden won the jury voting, followed by Norway and Australia.
Denmark won the televote, followed by Moldova and Norway.

 

Georgia received the lowest jury score.
Malta received the lowest televoting score.

 

The Netherlands qualified thanks to the jury vote.

Denmark, Hungary and Serbia qualified thanks to the televoting.

 

Had there been 100% televoting, Poland would have qualified (10th in the televote).

Had there been 100% jury voting, Malta, Latvia and Romania would have qualified (4th, 6th and 8th in the jury vote).

 

Combined results:

 

01. Norway (266) q

02. Sweden (254) q

03. Moldova (235) q

04. Australia (212) q

05. Denmark (204) q

06. Ukraine (179) q

07. The Netherlands (174) q

08. Slovenia (132) q

09. Serbia (117) q

10. Hungary (111) q

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11. Romania (107)

12. Latvia (106)

13. Malta (101)

14. Poland (81)

15. Russia (65)

16. Montenegro (40)

17. San Marino (28)

18. Georgia (24)

 

Grand Final

Austria won the jury voting, followed by Sweden and Israel.
Israel won the televote, followed by Cyprus and Italy.

 

Ukraine received the lowest jury score.
Australia received the lowest televoting score.

 

Combined results:

 

01. Israel (529)

02. Cyprus (436)

03. Austria (342)

04. Germany (340)

05. Italy (308)

06. Czech Republic (281)

07. Sweden (274)

08. Estonia (245)

09. Denmark (226)

10. Moldova (209)

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11. Albania (184)

12. Lithuania (181)

13. France (173)

14. Bulgaria (166)

15. Norway (144)

16. Ireland (136)

17. Ukraine (136)

18. Netherlands (121)

19. Serbia (113)

20. Australia (99)

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21. Hungary (93)

22. Slovenia (64)

23. Spain (61)

24. United Kingdom (48)

25. Finland (46)

26. Portugal (39)

 

Official Recap of the Grand Final:

 

 

Israel's winning performance:

 

 

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Not a particularly surprising outcome. Israel has been among the favourites all along. It's not a personal favourite, but neither was it among the worst songs last night.

I don't usually watch the voting anymore (it's too boring) but last night I caught the end. Is it usual nowadays that there is such a discrepancy between the jury votes and the public votes? So many songs at the top of the scoreboard after the jury votes received very little points from the public and vice versa. I found it astonishing for instance that Australia only got 9 points from the public vote. I thought Jessica did a much better job in the final than in the semi-final and the song was worth much more than that. I don't know how true it is but I have read that there is some discontent that Australia is allowed to compete since it's not a European country, and judging by what happened last night I'm more inclined to believe that than I was before. It's a bit ironic though, since the public gave Israel the highest score and they're not in Europe either.

 

Of course the big talking point was the idiot who jumped up on stage during SuRie's performance for the UK and grabbed her microphone. How about some security? He could have had more sinister intentions than simply interrupting a performance.

 

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The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel. The two semi-finals will take place on May 14th and 16th, and the Grand Final will be held on May 18th, 2019.

 

In December, the new Eurovision season starts with the first national finals taking place.


42 countries have confirmed their participation:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

2018 participants that will not compete in 2019:

  • Bulgaria

Former participants that will not return:

  • Andorra (last participation was in 2009)
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina (last participation was in 2016)
  • Luxembourg (last participation was in 1993)
  • Monaco (last participation was in 2006)
  • Slovakia (last participation was in 2012)
  • Turkey (last participation was in 2012)

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This Sunday (November 25th), the 16th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Minsk, Belarus.

 

Two countries will take part for the first time that have not performed in the adult ESC before: Wales and Kazakhstan. In the adult ESC, Wales competes as part of the United Kingdom (as do Scotland, England and Northern Ireland), but since the BBC doesn't want to participate in the JESC, Welsh broadcaster S4C decided to enter the competition on its own. Kazakhstan on the other hand has been eager to participate in the adult ESC for years, but have always been denied to do so "because they don't belong to the European Broadcasting Area" (all the North African countries and some countries in the middle East like Israel and Lebanon are within the Broadcasting Area, though).

 

Full list of participants of the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine
  • Wales

 

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