Here are a few more entries for this year’s contest. Before I do though, I should explain a little more about the contest itself as an American friend of mine likened it to something that it really isn’t. After reading my blogs on Eurovision, she figured that Eurovision was something like American Idol or The Voice. The Eurovision Song Contest certainly isn’t that. It’s not a talent show.
Eurovision is a collection of recognised musicians from around Europe that battle it out with an orignal song to win the contest. I suppose it is a kind of talent show, but its not an amateur thing. It has been running every year since 1956 making this year’s contest the 57th. Quite a feat I think you’ll agree. I can’t see The Voice lasting that long eh? 😉 To perhaps clarify things, here is an excerpt from Wikipedia describing the contest itself :- “The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The Contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally.”
I hope that clarifies things a bit more =) Moving on with a few more entries then, here is the song submitted by Latvia. A country which has always been a favourite of my wife for a few different reasons, and they have a history of sending either a really serious act, or something outrageous. This year I’m not quite sure which way they have gone. Anmary is not a great act and I find it hard to think that “Beautiful Song” will qualify at all, but I suppose it’s a good fun song and has a very outside chance This is a better version than another version I have seen which is a little bizarre to say the least. I think they should stick with this format for the semi final to have any chance of qualifying.
Next up today is Switzerland. The band chosen to represent The Swiss this year are called Sinplus and this appears to be a very serious entry. All in all, the song isn’t really that bad, but the big thing here is their English. Its terrible. They are meant to be singing “Swim against the stream”, but it comes out as “sweam against the strim” – not good. In my opinion, this is a prime example of why in the rules it should state that songs are sung in the native language of that country, then a true representation of that sing is given. So many times a song has failed because of its translation or performance in English, this is no exception and “Unbreakable” won’t qualify because of that in my opinion.
So there is a couple more entries for you to enjoy (or not) for today, more soon and more songs are being finalised for the contest every day. Thanks for getting interested so far.