That Europe thing with the songs

Don’t go running away! I guess my fellow Europeans already know what this will be about. But remember the last time we talked about this? It wasn’t all that bad at all!
It’s true, I want to write another post on the Eurovision Song Contest. I didn’t expect all too much of it, because last year it was extremely boring. Everyone had the same song and a similar ‘singer’. This year though, there was much more variety. Good thing number one. Of course there were still a lot of songs that were not good, and some that I didn’t like at all though others liked them. Next to those there were actually some songs that had something that made me want to write this post.

And honestly, did I ever post about bad music?

Of course you all know the bearded woman has won. Conchita is in fact a guy, the long hair is a wig. Many people claim that she’s just won because of the beard, though you have to admit she’s got a great voice. This was a Bond song, it seemed. And if you watch the video (after all you can’t not include the winner!), then watch the background! At a certain moment there are these flames that move like wings and it makes her seem like a real phoenix. That’s very well done. Overall it was a good show, with a glamorous feeling. Was it the best song? Well, that just depends on your taste. I do think though that we shouldn’t pay so much attention to a beard…

 

The song that got second place, is Calm after the storm from the Netherlands. Now this was a good one! A simple background, simple clothing, simple setting. Between all the laserlights and crying this was so peaceful. Next to that the female singer has an interesting expression, and you can see how much they’re enjoying themselves. That’s so nice to see. They are genuinely liking what they are doing. Europe did like it a lot, because for such a country it got a lot of points. And while we, Belgium, weren’t selected, suddenly we became a part of the Netherlands. One of our commentators literally said ‘we’ve got 12 points’ or something along these lines. That’s probably the only time this will ever happen!

 

There was also a song with meaning, from Hungary, called Running. At first I though ‘this is just the regular please-tear-upsong’. And then the dancers started to dance. As you can figure out I completely fell for it. They really depict what he’s singing about, and especially that last move, where he protects the girl, got me. Sometimes I’m like the princess who wants a brave knight to save her from the dragon, you know. We don’t often have a song that’s not about love in this contest, so it was very special in it’s very own way. Apparently it was based on a true story as well. I kind of liked it.

 

Of course there were other songs that caught my eye, but these three are especially worth mentioning- whether because it was the winner or because it was a good show. Either way, feel free to share your favourite song in this contest!

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  1. NotAPunkRocker

     /  May 14, 2014

    I didn’t watch, unfortunately, so I only know Jedward and that’s about it.. Next year though!

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  2. I don’t ever watch it so have nothing to share I’m afraid.

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    • Your loss! Unless you don’t like beards. If anything I would recomment listening to the Dutch song though. I really like that one for some reason πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh, the memories. I remember watching the Eurovision Song Contest as a teenager

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  4. Some good stuff. I didn’t really care for the winning song though.
    Also, I think the wings illusion only worked for people watching straight on. It’s a pity when they play to the cameras and not the crowd.

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    • Yes, that’s a pity indeed… You also have to keep in mind that something they’re really running after a camera – that has to be so weird to look at! πŸ™‚

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  5. Memories of Eurovision: CΓ©line Dion and now “The Bearded Lady” …. Great! Just great!!! As phenomenal as the voice was, there are tons of people who are getting lost in the use of he/she. Its a HE! Plain and simple. Take off the wig, the make-up, and the dress and you’ll see boy parts!!

    “Conchita Wurst” is merely a stage name. Nothing more. TOM (real name) on the other hand is a real person with a great singing voice and I think that I am probably going to go with most of the crowd’s weird fascination about the “bearded lady” to cause the trophy to go to Austria. It just helped a lot that the singing voice was really good, that’s all.

    Television, even in Europe now, is all about the sideshows.

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    • You simply cannot cross out the show effect indeed. And though I didn’t think it was beautiful, the woman side plus the beard, I do think that we should not look at such a thing. He’s surely doing a lot for tolerance with this! And that is great πŸ™‚

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  6. Thumbs up for The Netherlands, yeahhhhhh!! Their album is super awesome by the way.. you should listen to it sometime! πŸ™‚ Full of these sweet and amazing country style songs.

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  7. What? No comment on Poland? Hahahaha.
    I have no problem with Tom/Conchita. I thought the voice was strong & the song was great for Eurovision.
    Oddly, you won’t see me praising the Netherlands and other songs which were similar to the Netherlands as I don’t feel that Eurovision is a place where they can be truly liked for what they are πŸ™‚

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    • Poland had a verrrry catchy song. It gets stuck in your head so easily! I actually liked it πŸ™‚

      You’ve got a point there… But the song of the Netherlands did get a lot of enthusiasm… So I wouldn’t say we should despair already πŸ˜‰

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      • Yeah, no despair here πŸ™‚ I like Azerbaijan’s song when it was recorded but not live!

      • There was something weird about that song I thought, hard to explain… Maybe I should listen to the recorder version then!

  8. The Dutch should have won

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  9. Oh I saw this after my friend told me to watch the winner, I wasn’t a fan of the winning song choice though.. But it definitely was an attention grabbing performance. Solid voice.

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    • It’s not the best song ever, but as you say she has a good voice and a pretty well though out performance – and that after all that is important in this competition.

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  10. The oul boy was gutted, he wanted the Netherlands to win, said it was a great wee song. I didn’t hear the winning one till the other day, but you know it actually was pretty good. It’s a definite one for belting out in the shower lol

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    • Hahaha yesss indeed! It’s something you could call ‘easy on the ear’. Not the best song ever, but there have been worse winners for sure!
      Now whenever I’ll take a shower, I’m sure I’ll think of your comment πŸ˜€

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  11. This is cool- not aware of any of these and are new to me from a US perspective.

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