Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ESC 2014 (3/3)

Welcome to the third and final part of the review of this year's Eurovision Song Contest. In this part, let's cover the endeavor we like to call "the final".
Following ALL THE ACTION and ALL THE EXCITEMENT of the semi-finals, we get to see the final. We listened to twenty songs from the semi-finals, and these six ones: UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Denmark.
The intro had what looked like the trailer of an action movie, we see an encore of Only Teardrops and we were ready to join them. And now let's take a look at the final-exclusive performers:
GERMANY - It's a flag made out of food! What else do you expect? The song is a bit German-ish.
Eurovision Book of Records: a few weird ones: Highest age: Russia 2012 with a grand total of 403, 387 points for Norway in 2009 and the hieghest hat from Moldova with a size so enormous: XXXXXXL! The Highest Note record belongs ot Croatia in 1996, in the Bb5 chord.
FRANCE - Nice song and nice band name! (TWIN TWIN) What a shame that they only got two points...
ITALY - A "fresh flag"... get it? The song sounds a bit more or less like a typical Italian song, from what I've heard prior to that.
SPAIN - Twine. The song sounds a little typical to me, and their English is perfect.
DEMNARK - Wow! A living room outside! Also, the song's title reflects what the song looks like to me.
UNITED KINGDOM - Another very original postcard and a really catchy song, too.
Afterwards, the presenters talk about the national commentators for each country and give the British one lots of attention.
The interval act featured an original cover of the Ode to Joy with lots of high ladders. It was then followed by a song about the famous "douze points", with some Chinese stuff thrown in and a picture of someone from South Korea. After that, Gaia, a nine year-old girl from Malta sings.
And now a part that RTP 1 didn't air due to commercial breaks: the Museum of Eurovision History. We start with ABBA's costumes from 40 years ago, Johnny Logan getting his own exhibit (and an interactive one, too) where he ACTUALLY moves, Lordi having a concert to the delight - and pain - of four year-olds, a Grand Finale room (Yesterday we lost a drummer from Azerbaijan!) with a song from ten years ago and some sand footprints.
Later, we get treated to see food at the Green Room: English breakfast for the Maltese artists, Molly (UK)'s favorite cake and TWIN TWIN''s favorite restaurant, the Apsara restaurant, where they eat some soup or something similar. Later we get to listen to Only Teardrops again followed by another song by her.
During the voting we could get to see another ESC record: the most LAs. Spain got a song with 152 LAs in 1979. What a shame, one of the records was Longest Kiss and I was interested in Most Languages as well...
Voting and the douze points. My favorite part in the Eurovision Song Contest. I secretly wanted to see Hungary win. It did, but not for too long. Pretty much halfway through, they gave lots of points to Conchita Wurst, who won the contest with 290 points.
And that's the end of yet another memorable Eurovision Song Contest. For me it was an exciting experience and that was pretty much it. Overall I give a 10/10 because the songs (with a few exceptions) were very original and you couldn't hear them anywhere else. I mean, is there a Portuguese radio station where these songs (like the Finnish and Hungarian entries) can be heard? The answer is: no.
Dana International, eat your heart out. It seems that I found the similarities with Dana International from 1998 and their "gender respect". Dana's "Diva" was more of a dance music piece with a catchy chorus and Conchita''s "Rise Like a Phoenix" is more or less like the theme to a James Bond film.
I can imagine the cameo appearance of Dana International next year on the ESC in Vienna.
Anyway, that's it for my review.
Not too long after the final ended, I found this weird short on Newgrounds.

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