Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Europe Is Not Amused

Today, or tonight, depending on what part of the world you're in, the first semi-finals of Eurovision 2008 were held in Belgrade. Ten out of nineteen finalists were chosen to compete in the Finals this Saturday.

Among those who did not get through was Dustin the Turkey of Ireland.

The Turkey's entry "Irelande Douze Pointe" was a biting satire of the Eurovision Song Contests of recent years. As I said, the rest of Europe was not amused.

Here are the entries going through to the final round:

Armenia: "Qele Qele" by Sirusho

Azurbaijan: "Day After Day" by Elnur & Samir

Bosnia & Herzegovina: "Pokusaj" by Laka

Finland: "Missä Miehet Ratsastaa" by Teräsbetoni

Greece: "Secret Combination" by Kalomira

Israel: "The Fire in Your Eyes" by Boaz

Norway: "Hold On Be Strong" by Maria

Poland: "For Life" by Isis Gee

Romania: "Pe-o Margine De Lume" by Nico & Vlad

Russia: "Believe" by Dima Bilan

Along with the four nations that are always automatic finalists and last year's winning nation...

United Kingdom: "Even If" by Andy Abraham

Germany: "Disappear" by No Angels

France: "Divine" by Sébastien Tellier

Spain: "Baila El Chiki Chiki" by Rodolfo Chikilicuatre

Serbia: "Oro" by Jelena Tomašević featuring Bora Dugic

I'll be back on Thursday with the finalists from the second semi-finals.


  1. Seriously, I have never heard of this. I have no idea what it is. But for some reason the whole thing makes me giggle. I think it's the name Rodolfo Chikilicuatre that puts me over the top from eyebrow raising to actual outright giggling.

  2. The Eurovision Song Contest has been around for 53 years. Each nation in and around Europe enters a song and performer and in the continental live broadcast of the finals, votes are taken by phone to decide the winner. The only rule is that you may not vote for your own country's entry. Previous winners of Eurovision that you may have heard of would include Abba, Katrina and the Waves, Lulu, Secret Garden, Lordi and Celine Dion.

  3. Well, anything with ABBA is good. I hereby proclaim this a good thing. Even if it's more than 50 years old. (Seriously, you can't be sure about anything that old -- the odds are pretty good that it's just going to collapse into a heap of dust and blow away.)

    The really important thing, Chiquitta is ABBA. Knowing me and knowing you for at least one of us it'd be our Waterloo, Fernando. So, if you take a chance on me, Mamma Mia. And we can enjoy as complete strangers in europe make money money money. Anyways, thank you for the Music my friend. I'll definitely be following this now.