This week saw the return of the Songcontest, hosted by previous winners Germany. Lena won in 2010 in Norway with a catchy tune and Germany is sending her into the pit again to compete this year as well.
After seeing the first semi final I was pleased that most songs I liked were through. My only shock was that Norway didn't make it and Greece did. Countries sending in utter rubbish like Armenia, Turkey and Croatia finally failed at the semi finals, most likely with the influence of a jury system again. So fully confident of no negative surprises I sat down to watch the second semi final and much to my dismay, most of the songs were the same up tempo, all the same songs. So I thought that the jury would vote for the quality of the singers since that was the only thing that really seperated all the songs. Now again, most of my favorites made it to the final but I was absolutely shocked and stunned and whatever else on bad things you can think of that two good songs sang by good singers, the Netherlands and Belarus lost it to some clowns act from Moldova, a hyperactive bunch of imbeciles from Ireland and two very poor songs from Bosnia and Ukraine.
Now countries which usually made it pretty far on friend votes are Israel, Turkey, Poland, Armenia and the entire balcan area. The first four are out because frankly, their songs were dull and boring and with Croatia and the FYROM out as well, even those countries won't be able to shock vote their neighbours (at least not as blatently obvious as before).
All in all, the best songs I heard and the ones I really think have a good chance are the song from Azerbaijan and the ones from Denmark and Sweden. What are your thoughts on Eurovision and this years entrees?
Concludingly, even with a jury and even though the best song will probably win, Eurovision Songcontest will always shock and awe.
See you next year from Baku!