Wednesday, March 15, 2006

We have nothing to fear...

Britons, we can rest easy in our beds!! The French have once again (my italics) demonstrated their tin ear in selecting a Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) entry that sounds like a Yannick Noah album track (because yes, dear reader, in France Yannick is better known as a peddler of sub-standard reggae-tinged choons musician than as a tennis player). To their credit, they selected a pleasantly perky young hairdresser (yes, really, according to France3's website) with a nice voice to sing it, even though a toad would have been equally effective in performing the two-note melody. And then they moan about not having won the darn thing for a thousand years. I don't know why but the French just don't seem to "get" the ESC, they might as well be Malta (no offence but c'mon) for the way they seem to think that if they buck contemporary music trends - I'm talking the last 20 years here - for long enough, the wheel will eventually come back round to them. No, no and NO! Still, hopefully, all this will mean that Britain is in with a bit more of a chance.....? Click on the banner to go to the official ESC site and check out the competition...

11 comments:

Reluctant Nomad said...

Another poof with a Eurovision obsession!!!

Britain never wins these days anyway. This year's British entry is sort of annodyne rap.

rhino75 said...

Ha - a tad dimissive there, Nomad. It's not because I'm gay that I like Eurovision - it's more that when I was a child, it was a huge event, rather like the Miss World contest. Sadly, that side of it has disappeared now, but I continue to watch out of nostalgia. For more of my Eurovision ramblings, see my all-time faves ranking.

Sis said...

Hurrah - luv a bit of eurovision and I'm not a poof!!! :-D Maybe I love it by association!!??....Still Tezza Wogan is the Don!!! XXX How does he keep his hair so shiny? ;-)

Rob7534 said...

I've never seen Eurovision. I've heard about it before though. I hope you'll live blog it! =)

Col said...

Yannick Noah is best known in this house (well, by me anyway) for hitting the tennis ball back between his legs with his back to the net - I didn't know he SANG?! Singing sportspeople are always a big horrible "nein nein".

Reluctant Nomad said...

Mike of Troubled Diva is a Eurovision fanatic and will be in Greece this year to cover the event. He's actually been commissioned by an American online magazine (Slate) to produce an article on it so as to introduce our American cousins to the idea. I also heard that there are moves afoot to organise a similar event for the US States but not sure how accurate that is or not.

rhino75 said...

Fantastic!! I did manage to snaffle a pass to the dress rehearsal when it was in Stockholm a few years ago - I was in Sweden anyway - but I don't think I could call myself a Eurovision fanatic. I have friends here who download all the different entries ahead of time - I could never be bothered with that. I only listen out for the Scandis (the experts in my opinion) U.K., France, Luxembourg, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands (when they can be bothered to take part - I am one of the few people I know to find Dutch an attractive language, particularly when sung!). I'm going to add Mike to my blogroll so's I can check on his progress!!

rhino75 said...

Col, will you be donning your "Genghis Khan" costume? I still feel that, along with Nicole's "Ein Bisschen Frieden" it was Germany's finest Eurovision hour? And will Mon be dancing round the flat singing that "La-La-La-La etc."?

Frog with a Blog said...

Non-Europeans don't understand Eurovision. But there's nothing better than a good Eurovision night with lots of alcohol and snacks to munch on. The best part is to comment on the glittery outfits and out-of-tune entries.

I love the Eurovision (I watched it with Rhino last year actually) and I was at the final in Stockholm in 2000. Wonderful show!

You're right Rhino, the Scandianvians are really good at that usually, they have really understood the *ESSENCE* of the show! unlike the French who keep on sending ethnic 1987 elevator music with small-breast female singer. And you're also so right about Dutch being a beautiful language. I literally melt when I hear Dutch... grrrrrr.....

In the best of worlds, there would be a Eurovision night every night and I would be getting a lot of 12 points.

Reluctant Nomad said...

Nil p-wah!!

Col said...

Aged eight, I loved that big bearded, spinning, Cossack-dancing freak from "Dschingis Khan" - OK, he didn't know the words but he was brilliant. And - can you imagine my joy? - now DK are on the internet. Bear in mind, this is a clip which I will definitely have watched on telly (Disco, presented by ueber-dude Ilja Richter) first time round in 1979 - utterly unmissable. Sadly it's the follow-up "Moskau", rather than their eponymous Eurovision title track but the depth of semi-Teutonic emotion with this viewer was only too real...

http://www.koreus.com/media/dschinghiskhan-moskau.html