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In honor of the Eurovision final next weekend, all this week I’ll highlighting a few of my favorite entries from the past seven years.

Most years, there’s always that one song that’s the obvious winner–as soon as you heard it in the Final, you know, this is something special. 2007’s “Molitva” is no exception. The singer, Serbia’s Marija Serifovic, doesn’t use a lot of fancy choreography or flashy costumes to win – she just walks out, opens her mouth, and brings down the f-ing house.

Oh, and if you like your disco remixes served up with a side of scathing commentary on gender norms, then check out Marija’s performance at the opening of the 2008 Eurovision Grand Final.

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favorite eurovision songs » [3/?] poli genova – if love was a crime

                   If love was a crime, then we would be criminals 

                             Locked up for life but I’ll do the time 

                   If love was a crime then we would work miracles  

                                     High above the ground

                              They will never break us down!

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Let’s just get this out of the way before Tumblr latches onto the wrong side for good: MÅNS FROM SWEDEN IS NOT HOMOPHOBIC.

“If I Were Sorry” played on Russian radio today. I was pleasantly surprised. And my mother made the sound louder because she likes this song. My dad said it is his favorite song from the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. In general, all my family loves “If I Were Sorry” by Frans

Originally posted by sannao75

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favorite eurovision songs » [1/?] douwe bob – slow down

You gotta slow down, brother
      Slow down, brother
          Slow down if you can’t go on
              Slow down, brother
                  Slow down, brother
                        Slow down if you can’t go on

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In honor of the Eurovision final next weekend, all this week I’ll highlighting a few of my favorite entries from the past seven years.

Overall, I found 2010 to be the weakest year–but even in a crappy year there’s always a standout or two, such as Lithuania’s InCulto, with “Eastern European Funk”

It’s catchy, it’s fun, and it’s totally all about thumbing your nose in the face of systemic Western oppression. I dare you not to have this song in your head three hours from now.

The song didn’t make it to the Final, but the performance vid is worth a watch, if only for the kazoos, vinyl trumpet and sparkly hot pants–and the BBC commentator saying “oh, how I do love a man in spangles.”

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Sound of Silence - Dami Im (x)

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In honor of the Eurovision final next weekend, all this week I’ll highlighting a few of my favorite entries from the past seven years.

Jedward is what would happen if Tumblr’s obsession with twincest came to life. Except—their songs are really, really catchy. And not gonna lie, I absolutely love this song.  

In last year’s performance vid of “Waterline” , they’ve re-arranged their trademark Elvira hair into Donald Trump combovers and they’re wearing vinyl suits of armor and one of them screws up the most basic of dance moves and the other jumps for no reason all the time and there’s a water fountain because of course there is and twin finger hearts and it’s the most hilariously campy, low-budget nonsense ever. And yet? It’s still not half as hilariously wonderful as the preview vid, above.

The best part? This is actually the second time – in a row Ireland sent Jedward to Eurovision.

No, actually, I lied. The best part is that these guys met President Obama.

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In honor of the Eurovision final next weekend, all this week I’ll highlighting a few of my favorite entries from the past seven years.

One of the funny things about Eurovision is that even though the “Big Four” (UK, France, Germany and Spain) foot a tremendous amount of the bill for the yearly contest (which in fairness guarantees them a slot in the Grand Final), they usually only put a token level of effort into their submissions. France, in particular, rarely ever actually tries to win. 

They did last year, though. They sent Anggun, an Indonesian-naturalized French superstar and apparently one of the most famous Indonesian artists of all time, one of the first to break through in the West. God, what a voice on her, right?  You don’t usually hear female vocalists with voices like that outside the rock scene.

As you can see in the vid above, “Echo (You and I)” sounds like what would happen if Cher knew French. I didn’t like the actual performance as much, however–I guess there just weren’t enough references to the slaughter of war or something–although she did keep the half-naked pretty boys. She didn’t even place in the top ten, though, which was a real shame.

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The aggressive chest circles. The super dramatic air signing. The conveyor belts. That leap. Look, if you don’t like Sakis, I just don’t really know what to say, other than I’m not sure we can be friends, I’m not even sure we can follow each other’s blogs, I’m not even sure we can live on the same planet, because that’s how much I love Sakis ok. He’s just so… so… alright, fine, I don’t have a word for him, they probably only have a word for him in Greek because the Greeks have a word for everything (as any Greek will tell you) but I bet it sounds very close to “holy nutballs on fire WHAT IS THIS JOYOUS MADNESS”

In the preview vid, watch as Greece is invaded by an army of chest-popping Leviathans disguised as drug-popping ravers going to a Sakis concert.  NGL, it’s amazing.

Note, this is actually the second time Sakis went to Eurovision, but don’t bother with that one, this song is just so, so much better.

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favorite eurovision songs » [2/?] dami im– sound of silence

                    Getting hard to break through the madness,

                         You’re not here, it never makes sense

                             Tidal wave of tears are crashing,

                            No one hear to save me drowning,

                          Cause baby, you’re not here with me