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balaam

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It is coming:

The annual celebration of camp, cheese, and block voting. There's some music in there too.

But if you can't wait for The finals from Lisbon in May, the contenders for the British entry have been announced.

Listen and vote here.

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balaam

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British contender 1:

Goldstone - I feel the love

Catchy tune for the verse, a build up to a chorus which does not quite live up to the build up, until the flanged drum break (Itchycoo Par anyone?). There is also a "clap yuor hands" section, which could be embarrassing if no one does.

This song has everything, a bit of rock distorted guitar, a bit of techno, and 60's flanging. A number of ingredients that almost work together. The song is nicely sung.

After a couple of listens, I think the percussion track is very good and consistent. But is that enough to win a song contest? I think not. Adequate but not great.

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balaam

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British contender 2:

Asanda - Legends

The song contains the words, "I'm hearing fame banging on the door."

You must be hearing things.

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balaam

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British contender 3:

Raya - Crazy

At last a chorus that does it's job. Lifts the song and adds excitement. A good range of dynamics too, they know that you can have a quiet section.

I like it, but going with my past predictions in this competition, that is probably a kiss of death.

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balaam

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British contender 4:

[b]Liam Tamne - Astronaut[b]

Now we know we are in Eurovision, cringe worthy lyrics.

Astro naught.

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balaam

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And cringe worthy coding.

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balaam

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British contender 5

Jaz Ellington - You

Wow.

This is my favourite of the contenders. A soul song with jazz moments. This is a really good song, plus the performer has a great name.

But it does not sound like Eurovision to me.

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balaam

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British contender 6:

SuRie - Storm

Eurovision songs are supposed to be memorable, at least in the short term. After a couple of listens my only thing I remember is that I dislike this song.

Storm? More like drizzle.

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balaam

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So what do you think of them?

Or you can post another countries contenders for our delight.

A bit of a mixed bag there from the British, as usual. I'm going back to listen to Jaz Ellington.

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quote:
Originally posted by balaam:
British contender 4:

[b]Liam Tamne - Astronaut[b]

Now we know we are in Eurovision, cringe worthy lyrics.

Astro naught.

Latvia should do it. It would win. [Biased]

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Alan Cresswell

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quote:
Originally posted by balaam:
It is coming:

The annual celebration of camp, cheese, and block voting. There's some music in there too.

We've got, what, two more years of it. Then we leave the EU and we can finally avoid having to be involved in Eurovision. No more annual humiliation as we enter the worst song ever (even worse than the previous year) and have to watch people pretend they like it. The only small good thing from Brexit, in dumping all ties with Europe we also lose Eurovision.

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Sorry, Alan, we were involved in Eurovision long before we were involved in the EU so leaving the latter won't affect the former.

Perhaps the Bremainers should have used this in their campaigning.

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Alan Cresswell

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quote:
Originally posted by The Rogue:
Sorry, Alan, we were involved in Eurovision long before we were involved in the EU so leaving the latter won't affect the former.

Perhaps the Bremainers should have used this in their campaigning.

So, the one possible good that could come from Brexit is as illusionary as £350m per week. [Disappointed]

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For all Eurovision fans out there, I heartily recommend Europhoria podcast.
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where two self-confessed Eurovision obsessives delve into the great, glam and garish stories from Eurovision's past. Each week Isobel and Roland keep you updated on the most recent song contest news, explore the rich history of the competition and attempt to create their own successful Eurovision entry.
It's been going for just over a year, so there's lots to listen to. Roland's songs are usually pretty bad, but that just adds to the fun. They have dug up some fascinating back stories to previous Eurovision contestants and competitions.

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Goldstone - I Feel The Love

Sounds very like the Stevie Wonder/Ariana Grande song from the film 'Sing' except it doesn't have the benefit of Stevie Wonder. The band's name invites 'Gallstones' jokes (there you go, I got in first folks!) or it will get fans of the musical 'Gypsy' singing "Have an eggroll, Mr Goldstone" incessantly. And don't tell me there is no crossover between Eurovision fans and people who can sing the songs from 'Gypsy'... [Biased]

Asanda - Legends
The intro and the bass are annoying beyond belief. It settles down into a Brazilian samba number, which might be impressive if we could flood the stage with dancers, but sadly Eurovision rules don't allow that.

Off to listen to the rest before I post again.

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Gill H

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Raya - Crazy
Looking at the names of the songwriters, we seem to be doing a fair bit of outsourcing there.

It sounds like half the songs they play at my gym, which could be a good thing. Not my style, but you never know. However, Clean Bandit may want their melody line back. (What? I wasn't the only one singing 'Rockabye' over it, surely?) Songs with an "Ooh ahh" chorus have done well before, but maybe we should get the Wurzels to do an "ooh arr" cover version?


Liam Tamne - Astronaut

Radio friendly (for which read dull). You know they picked the name for the visual possibilities.

"When gravity's pulling you down" errr, so pretty much all the time? And I can usually breathe when that's happening, thanks.

Bring on the last two!

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Gill H

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Jaz Ellington - You

I do actually remember this guy from 'The Voice'. Great name! As I remember, he didn't get far despite a superb gospel voice. This is a Proper Song from the days when R&B meant Rhythm and Blues rather than Repetitive and Boring. It doesn't rely on instrumental tricks or gimmicks, and he sings it beautifully. So it'll probably sink like a stone, then. He's getting my vote anyway. A straightforward jazzy song won last time against all the odds, so who knows?

SuRie - Storm

I object to unnecessary capitalisation in names. At least it's not punctuation (remember Hear'Say, anyone? Shudder...)

Fairly standard Eurovision poppy number. The drum break isn't enough to make it memorable.

Oh well, one good song out of six isn't bad, I suppose.

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balaam

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I made it 2 out of 6, but we all know they will not make it to the final. [Disappointed]

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Jazz Elington best by far. I will vote for him.
Maybe this is the year to bring back the Ship of Fools Eurovision Song Contest I use to do.

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balaam

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Go for it Hugal. [Smile]

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Ian Climacus

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Yes, please!
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Gill H

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Ooh yes, a Ship Eurovision on the new Ship!

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On the new ship then I’m

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quote:
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Ooh yes, a Ship Eurovision on the new Ship!

Brilliant! I’ll remind Helmuth to start polishing his horn.
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Hasn't been a decent entry since Lordi. Not even novelty entries these days, just a series of forgettable dross.

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Gill H

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Ooh yes, a Ship Eurovision on the new Ship!

Brilliant! I’ll remind Helmuth to start polishing his horn.
His act was prophetic - we really did get a rap/yodel fusion last year:

Yodel It

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balaam

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Who are you going to vote for?

British voting show now on BBC 2.

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balaam

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I trust the British public.

SuRie will win.

As it was truly dreadful, that is who will win.

I trust the British public to do the wrong thing.

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Gill H

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Jaz all the way. What a voice!

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Yup.

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balaam

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On Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing On Ice we see the worst contestants again.

This is no exception. Oh dear, my ears are hurting.

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Gill H

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Oh well. Not my taste but Eurovision loves this kind of thing.

At least she stayed in tune.

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Well, that was terrible. Dull, dull, dull. No chance of troubling the scoreboard this year, I fear.

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I don't see why. Eurovision winners are usually dull and terrible, so why not?

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Eurovision Song Contest is a farce.

When it started it was fun with European countries and catchy songs. It was those countries who were part of the European Broadcasting Union (nothing to do with European Union). Remember Sandi Shaw, Cliff Richard, 'Brotherhood of Man', Dana, Abba, etc? All were well known artists already in their own countries.

Now it is out of tune signing by second rate acts and is open to all comers no matter from where they come in the globe. Israel etc. isn't in Europe!!!

No I won't be watching it.

Give me Glastonbury, Celtic Connections or Cardiff Singer of the Year any day.

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The contest is open to members of the European Broadcasting Union. Now that includes Australia, but Israel are not part of it now as the company that broadcasts it has folded. Last year’s winner was not typical. In fact a few of the recent winners have been atypical.

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