eurovision*

News so far...

* The Ukraine won the Eurovision of 2016 and is set to host the 2017 event.

* As yet, there is no host city. It will be Kyiv, the capital. or Odessa, a city on the Black Sea.

* Song cannot be released prior to September 1, thus the song can technically be older than the host cities tenure.

* There is discussion of the song contest moving elsewhere, but that is a herring that is red.

* The three nations of Andorra, Monaco, Luxembourg have withdrawn from Eurovision 2017. Problem with this statement is you need to be in the contest to then remove yourself.

* Portugal was the first country to declare they will be attending Eurovision 2017. It was announced on April 21st, three weeks prior to the finals of Eurovision 2016.  Technically it could have been held in hell and the Portuguese would send a performer. It also highlights the problem What does Portugal have against Sweden?

* Still on Portugal, there is a wild rumour that Canadian songstress, Nelly Furtado would be representing them. From history, Portugal would not do anything that sensational seeing how the national final ‘Festival do cancao’ operates.

* Russia has not stated if they will be in the Ukraine for Eurovision. Expect another song about love and peace from them if they do turn up. 

* The EBU has also decided to have the Russian delegation drug tested for anabolic steroids and such to ensure that everyone is singing on a level playing field. (I made the last point up.)

* Ira Losco has a baby. Meh.

* Turkey is said to still be in the stink with Eurovision and will continue with Turkivision instead. 

* Armenia has formed a committee to select a representative for next years show. The team of six people includes the 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015 (the French part) and 2016. My obvious question is they didn’t win with their original participations; what do they know?

* Wiwibloggs are stating that Belgium will be represented by either Pierre Lizée or Olivier Kaye. 

* Ruth Lorenzo has stated she’d like to represent Spain next year and not with a ballad.

* Elena Paparizou wants to return to Eurovision too. She won the last time it was held in the Ukraine. The rumour is that Emmy will be representing Greece, but they haven’t confirmed participation yet.

* According to ESCToday, the countries that have accepted the invite to the 2017 show are: Ukraine (host), Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Cyprus, Portugal, Armenia, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Finland.

one day, historians will look back at the eurovision song contest and determine which song from the show saved music forever

itll be a long and extensive investigation, but at the end of the day only one conveys an important message to the next generation while still being relatable to all ages, and it sung in a manner that is not only emotional, but powerful. a song that will go down in history as the most iconic eurovision song of all time. this is the song

  • me before, young and innocent:perhaps i should look at the eurovision tag, i might find people who look it and maybe even a fandom too!
  • me now, a broken soul:I can't believe ted cruz shoved a lemon up sebalters ass mmmmmmmmmmmm roar in my ear daddy hon we are all (roaring)
Why 2006 is actually the only year that matters.

Forget Katrina and the Waves, forget Johnny Logan and forget Loreen. Daz Sampson is where it’s at.

Of course, Daz is but one of the many examples of why 2006 was perhaps the most iconic year in Eurovision history. I firmly believe that without 2006, the current contest would be nothing. Would the Common Linnets have existed without Texas Lightning? I doubt it.

And while many would perhaps regard 2008 to be the pinnacle of “slutpop”- what with Sirusho, Ani Lorak and Kalomira fighting it out in the top 5 - they would be forgetting the stellar 2006 outings of Macedonia, Ukraine and Moldova in particular. In many ways 2008 is an inferior retread of 2006. Dima Bilan may have won with “Believe”, but the lady in the piano-gimmick used in the performance of “Never Let You Go” (the last time this quintessential Eurovision title has been used) seriously outclassed his second entry.

Recent discourse may lead us to believe that Greta Salome or Jüri Pootsmann were the saddest losses of a semi-final ever, but “fan favorite who stranded in the finals” was epitomized by Belgium’s Kate Ryan, whose signature dance move was accidentally cut out of the broadcast by a wrong camera cut. This was the original conspiracy, and even the orange Swarovski-studded dress and the wind machine couldn’t save her. It was also the original “bloodbath semi-final”: there was only one semi-final and it had a whopping 23 songs. It’s also where the Netherlands invented twerking.

The limpness of Ireland’s 2006 ballad (good for an inexplicable top 10 finish!) has not been matched since (except perhaps by Belarus’ embarrassingly saccharine “Butterflies” in 2010)

Monaco’s last song was brought to us in 2006, and we are still left waiting for a return. More importantly, though, we sorely missed Romania in the most recent contest, but Mihai Traistariu’s “Tornero” proves that their Eurovision outings have been consistently on brand for the past ten years. It’s iconic, it’s so iconic that it can hardly be described.  The eye shadow, the wide pant legs, the falsetto, the inexplicable hip-hop dance routine… and the outfits.

I could go on and on and write three paragraphs about why each song from this year is flawless, and knowing me, eventually I might actually do it.

2006 is beautiful. The atrocious mid-2000′s attempts at an urban fashion style (exhibited in every single link above, but especially Tornero) are baffling and make this one of the most aesthetically confusing contests imaginable.

Despite six hyperactive Lithuanians late for a business meeting claiming they would be “the winners of Eurovision”, instead some Finnish hard rockers dressed up as monsters won the entire thing and turned out to actually be the most fashionable act that year. And it was perfect.