May 292012

Jedward bounced around exactly like they did last year, and came in about fourteenth or something like that, but at least we all woke up at that point. Hopefully Ireland will let them enter every year, safe in the knowledge that they will never have to stage it again, but can also be confident that they will easily be the most entertaining act of the night. Jedward recently entered and ran, and apparently did very respectably in, a marathon – with no training…

Albania did well with a song sung by a lady with what looked like a section of stout rope from a very large ship around her upstanding hairdo, memorable only for her extraordinary ability to sustain a note sung at full belt for what felt like longer than the song itself, while actually getting louder as she held it.

It has become common knowledge that the Spanish entrant had been visited in the middle of the night by a delegation from the Government, who described at some length what would happen to her if she won, thus landing their beleaguered economy with the staging of the thing next year, but despite that she gave it her not inconsiderable all, but finished quite safely some way down the board at the end. I didn’t mind the song particularly, but that may have been because my brain had been numbed by what had been going on for the last hour and a half.

Also making a valiant effort to lose were Moldova, whose effort I can’t bring myself to post here,

I’m not sure whether Turkey realised just how terrible this song was, I shall let anyone in the Hall who has made it this far be the judges of that.


  18 Responses to “Good Evening, Europe! It’s Douze Points to…Sweden!”

  1. The faux-Kate Bush who won needs a tailor. Her act would have been a lot better with a little tapering here and there.

    Although the Russian Grannies delivered as expected, I think the woman with the rope hair and the extended note should have won. She reminded me of the Vulcan Princess whom Spock fell for and battled Kirk over.

    You are a brave man, Happiness Stan. Maybe it’s nothing special on your side of the pond, but I think your efforts in watching this stuff and reporting on it deserve a Rock Badge of Courage!

  2. ladymisskirroyale

    Moderator, you stole my vulcan comment, although I was going to say she looked more like Spock’s mother.

  3. I see, you’re probably one of those “all Vulcans look alike” types.

  4. ladymisskirroyale

    Stan, once again you deliver the goods! I so appreciate your keeping us up to date on happenings on the other side of the pond. I found the clips highly entertaining, but suspect that Mr. Royale, who walked in and out periodically and pulled various faces, did not. Here are my thoughts:
    – Russia: The grannies should have taken first solely based on their ability to provide intergenerational assurance that the works of Abba will continue. Just listen to this early Abba track that also includes nonsense syllables:
    – Ireland: Mr. Royale correctly pointed out that the boys clearly ripped off the chorus of a classic Tony Orlando number:
    Jedward also seemed to gather inspiration in the matching outfits.
    – Albania: Continuing with the futuristic look (is there a correlation between how futuristic the look and the economic need of the represented country?) with a combination of Lady Bird Johnson and Spock’s mother. My money for the next Bjork – she certainly shares the wacky clothes
    – Spain: To completely refute the economic indicator cited above, Spain goes for a retro look best described as the walk of shame wearing a last year’s bridesmaid dress.
    – Turkey: A nationalistic take on “Titanic”! Mr. Royale, transfixed and wrinkling his nose, added, “Turkey is establishing a good niche for Sid and Marty Croft.”
    – Sweden: The Homeless Mariah Carey. Or Enya Gone Bad.

    This is making me ready to watch the Olympic opening ceremonies, which I hope will include Jedward!

  5. ladymisskirroyale

    See also Richard Thompson from the previous post…

  6. Slim Jade

    I was actually thinking she looked more like Admiral Ackbar.
    “It’s a trap!”

  7. The Spanish entrant seems to be channeling Gloria Estefan circa 1989.

  8. Spock’s mother was a human, guys. C’mon, that’s Star Trek 101 stuff, fer cryin’ out loud…

  9. Slim Jade

    Exactly. Hence my comment.

  10. Sorry, Slim…I meant the other two.

  11. Faux Kate Bush *sounds* more like faux Laura Branigan.

  12. ladymisskirroyale

    Bobby, google “spock’s mother” and see Jane Wyatt wearing an ensemble much like our songstress.

  13. tonyola

    I know it’s not nice to disrespect the dead, but was there ever a real Laura Branigan?

  14. Happiness Stan

    Thanks LadyM, and indeed to anyone else who has taken the time to share these magical moments. I’ve been lying down in a darkened space since, and have only just resurfaced.

    Unfortunately Jedward aren’t likely to be present at the opening ceremony of the Olympics as they are from the republic of Ireland. They may, though have been the one act which would have made me think about breaking my self-imposed two and a half week media blackout which I will be observing during the games, just as I will not be hanging out the bunting for the Royal Diamond Jubilee next week.

    But then, as the family H know too well, I am actually the most grumpy man alive.

  15. hrrundivbakshi

    I am still fascinated by this phenomenon. Quick question: do the entrants sing their songs only once, in one evening’s worth of fine entertainment, or is the final voting/performance process held on a final night, after, say, a week’s worth of quarter- and semi-finals?

  16. Happiness Stan

    They used to all sing them only once, but after one year when it went on until practically beyond daybreak they now have two semi-finals, on the Tuesday and Thursday before the event if memory serves, when all but the five who get through automatically (UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, France – again, if I remember correctly) are whittled down from about 45 less those who are boycotting the competition that year to the final 24, so that they’re all over within 2 hours (all songs have to be less than three minutes).

    There is then about half an hour of recapping the songs and some local act with a bouzouki or a crossover ballet thing while the votes are being cast and calculated, and then all nations who have submitted a song present their votes. At the end the winner sings it again, and everyone goes home.

  17. ladymisskirroyale

    Whew! I was worried they were from Belfast or something!

    Although it is unlikely that Jedward will appear at the Diamond Jubilee, any word on whether Princess Kate is a fan? Is she following in the tracks of Diana by being a music groupie? All the news that we get over here is that she is making her style more sophisticated. We don’t get the fandom information that inquiring minds need to know.

  18. 2000 Man

    After watching some of these, I have to say I really like that last part. Everyone goes home. That part I like.

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