May 25, 2002
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The Eurovision Song Contest gets under way approximately three hours from now. Europeans, who are you rooting for?

(Anyone else, what are we talking about.....?)
posted by CatherineB (29 comments total)
Slovenia... definitely Slovenia. There's nothing quite like a drag act that forgets to shave before putting on their make-up...
posted by bifter at 9:06 AM on May 25, 2002

Among the things I don't miss about Europe, the Grand Prix de la Chanson ranks very high. I remember when Nicole won with "Ein bisschen Frieden" -- that's enough for a lifetime.
posted by muckster at 9:14 AM on May 25, 2002

Terry Wogan, now if ever there was a tounge in cheek commentator at this event, he's the man
posted by monkeyJuice at 9:45 AM on May 25, 2002

What time does the scoring start? If I can get away with it I only watch the scoring.
posted by vbfg at 10:12 AM on May 25, 2002

I'll be watching for the first time in many years, just to see all the hype debunked that was created around the artist this country (belgium) is sending.
They've called him the James Brown of the lowlands for crying out loud! In my book, that's unacceptable :)
posted by sans at 10:37 AM on May 25, 2002

I often watch the scoring without ever watching the songs. There's a theory that Ireland do so well because they've never invaded anyone.
posted by salmacis at 11:31 AM on May 25, 2002

You've obviously never been to Kilburn.
posted by Grangousier at 11:50 AM on May 25, 2002

i also just watch the scoring. i love when they say "united kingdom: four points" in french. great phonetic!

i pray for somebody giving four points to united kingdom tonight.
posted by sie yin at 12:03 PM on May 25, 2002

Oh my god, what are the Greeks wearing? And they sound like karaoke Backstreet Boys. Nul points.
posted by riviera at 12:20 PM on May 25, 2002

Oh my god, what are the Greeks wearing?

That really ought to be Eurovision's motto.
posted by Grangousier at 12:24 PM on May 25, 2002

The Israeli woman looks as if she's on stilts. Her legs are four feet long, and her body's only one-foot-six.
posted by riviera at 12:46 PM on May 25, 2002

I'm still looking for a copy of one of the 1997 entries, "A Yodel in the Canyon of Love." Funniest damn thing I've ever heard. Can't remember what country entered it.
posted by Vidiot at 12:54 PM on May 25, 2002

Hey, this years contest is just like the pop charts ... the same song over and over and over again ...
posted by feelinglistless at 1:26 PM on May 25, 2002

The Slovenian drag act do a very credible Beverly Sisters impersonation.
posted by vbfg at 1:40 PM on May 25, 2002

It's over ... thank god for that ... and now the political intrigue that is the judging ...
posted by feelinglistless at 1:46 PM on May 25, 2002

Anyway, I'm booking my next holidays in Estonia. The Baltic states are definitely this year's Iceland.
posted by riviera at 1:54 PM on May 25, 2002

Greece... wow. I'd like to challenge you to find something like that on a pop chart nowadays, feelinglistless :-) Awesome Robocop-like boots.
posted by dagny at 2:06 PM on May 25, 2002

i'd vote for my lovely horse if it was in the running...

another version...
posted by PugAchev at 2:21 PM on May 25, 2002

Oh my god, what are the Greeks wearing?

Beware the Greeks wearing shifts.
posted by caraig at 2:45 PM on May 25, 2002

well done Latvia !
posted by crayfish at 2:59 PM on May 25, 2002

Bloody backscratching baltics!

Still, well done Latvia. And hard luck Malta, who deserved equally to win. As for Greece ... what the hell were you thinking?
posted by dlewis at 3:03 PM on May 25, 2002

Yup, well done Latvia.
Too bad for Finland, I thought they were pretty good.

Greece... that was so weird it rocked!
posted by sans at 3:50 PM on May 25, 2002

Did I miss them introducing the rule where the bottom five get relegated for a year? That must by why Ireland (normally prolific) didn't feature this time around.

Anyway, yeah: you have to wonder about that Baltic block vote. Throw in the sympathetic Finns and Swedes, and it'll be Vilnius in 2004.
posted by riviera at 3:59 PM on May 25, 2002

PugAchev, you bastard, you beat me to it!

A link for those who have no idea what we're talking about.
posted by mark13 at 4:02 PM on May 25, 2002

I'm absolutely fuming. Malta was totally robbed by those bloody Baltics. Latvia even did the changing-costume-half-way-through gimmick. It was like the cabaret on a cruise ship. Did anyone notice that Lithuania, who came nearly last and wore knitwear and berets, actually had a decent song?
posted by Summer at 4:11 PM on May 25, 2002

I probably shouldn't admit this, but my girlfriend voted for Greece's Borg-a-likes, which I suppose is like voting Monster Raving Loony in a general election.

We were convinced Estonia or France were going to win, I was amazed they did so badly.

The freak show element wasn't outstanding this year (only the Borg and the Beverley Sisters, plus some amusingly dodgy boy bands), and Terry Wogan definitely sounded like he'd been told to be nice. Let's hope for more weirdos and bitching next year.
posted by malevolent at 4:49 AM on May 26, 2002

Finland's entry is the only chorus I remember this next day ("Addicted to you")... quite telling, but it sure is a fun spectacle nevertheless.
posted by dagny at 5:20 AM on May 26, 2002

I had a chance to vote, and voted for Slovenia. Those grlz knew what the Eurovision Song Contest is about glamour, kitsch, camp and horrible pop songs.

The voting is so weird. I mean, the points are awarded by popular vote in each country yet every bloody time the Nordic countries vote for each other, the German-speaking countries vote for each other. The Balkan countries (including Cyprus) votes for each other, and nobody votes for Turkey (which really is too bad, since they actually have some interesting songs).

Oh well. Personally, I'm glad we (Denmark) are out next year, my God she was horrible. That'll teach us!
posted by cx at 7:47 AM on May 26, 2002

"The Balkan countries (including Cyprus) votes for each other, and nobody votes for Turkey (which really is too bad, since they actually have some interesting songs)."

Let's take a look at the scoreboard again. Four countries gave points to Turkey - all but one are Balkan! Hmmm. And Germany didn't even get a point from Austria, while the Austrians received only one point from the Germans. Hmmm. And in 2001? Greece gave Turkey 10 points!
posted by Stumpy McGee at 12:22 AM on May 27, 2002

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