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The "Incredibly Impossible to Derail This Thread" thread
5 March 2014
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Its covered in hype and some countries do treat it with more intent of winning but certainly in the UK its associated with the bizarre and the dreadful, not being taken very seriously at all. Despite the forlorn and misplaced hopes of some, everyone in the UK knows full well we are not going to win as we are not liked by other countries very much and are not going to be voted highly by countries who, every year, vote for their neighbours and/or friends.

I can't remember the last decent song the UK entered – possibly Sandie Shaw in '67, Tie A Yellow Ribbon is listenable.

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meanmistermustard said

I can't remember the last decent song the UK entered – possibly Sandie Shaw in '67, Tie A Yellow Ribbon is listenable.

 

I can't remember the last decent song any country entered, to be honest. I never like them much.

In Macedonia, Eurovision used to be a much bigger deal than it is now, but people still get excited over it. I personally am not a fan, although I must say that I loved the song Macedonia entered two years ago, as it is one of the few Macedonian songs I really like. 

5 March 2014
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I think it's much more of a big deal in Eastern Europe. We never do very well, so I don't pay much attention to it.

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5 March 2014
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My friends from Serbia watch it, I know. That's all I know about it though. (this is on EuroVision)

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5 March 2014
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All I know is that we get hardly any votes because we have no neighbours, except Ireland. Not good if you want to win Eurovison.

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5 March 2014
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Is the Eurovision contest still a big deal throughout Europe? Our equivalent of sorts is American Idol, which has lost its influence over here, thankfully.

I tried watching American Idol once. The show's appeal escaped me.

A few years ago, I asked some co-workers what they liked about it and they said they like making fun of the people who can't sing but think they can. To me that is just a sad commentary – I have no use for people who make themselves feel better by tearing someone else down. 

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5 March 2014
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Zig said

wetsroosa said

Is the Eurovision contest still a big deal throughout Europe? Our equivalent of sorts is American Idol, which has lost its influence over here, thankfully.

I tried watching American Idol once. The show's appeal escaped me.

A few years ago, I asked some co-workers what they liked about it and they said they like making fun of the people who can't sing but think they can. To me that is just a sad commentary – I have no use for people who make themselves feel better by tearing someone else down. 

I couldn't watch it as I felt sorry/embarrassed/awkward for the people who had no business singing into a microphone. yoko-ono_01

I watch America's Got Talent because I love the people who have the crazy talents like catching bowls on a unicycle. It's hilarious.

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Sorry, but I can't see how that is at all entertaining. Or maybe once in a while, but not every week for me. And the people who are put on these shows just because the producers know they're no good and will be laughed at just make me feel uncomfortable.

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Well, I've glanced at a few episodes; and while I myself naturally hate most of the music and musicians who appear on American Idol (and our own national imitation, imaginatively entitled Canadian Idol) but I can certainly understand the appeal of that sort of thing to folks who don't share my *cough cough* lofty musical tastes. You pick a candidate, hope they'll make it, tune in next week again and again. It's the same as watching a big winner pile up the earnings on a game show – there's an inherent drama in the process.

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5 March 2014
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Ah, the people know they're being stupid. Most of them anyway

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I have no interest in watching shows like Pop Idol, X Factor, The Voice because of

a) people having no talent being laughed at in the name of entertainment 

b) having to listen to people who can't sing ruining songs (loud, warbling and holding a note for 45 seconds is not good singing)

b)  if/when they are signed up, most (not all) are exploited by record companies or managers (yes they are living a dream and all that and know what they are getting themselves into, but most will come out of it with little money to show for it and have to scrap around to make a living whilst the companies move on to the next sap without a second thought)

c) being emotionally exploited by the tv companies highlighting the acts with the most heart breaking stories (eg "i need to win as my mum died from cancer and i want to make her proud as she loved to hear me sing to her as she was receiving and recovering from treatment") , regardless of whether said act has talent or not

d) i find it all incredibly boring

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OHMYGODMYTEETHHURTSOSOSOBAD!!!!!!

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
OHMYGODMYTEETHHURTSOSOSOBAD!!!!!!

What did you do?

 

Take some painkillers and call a dentist if it persists.

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7 March 2014
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meanmistermustard said

IveJustSeenAFaceo said
OHMYGODMYTEETHHURTSOSOSOBAD!!!!!!

What did you do?

 

Take some painkillers and call a dentist if it persists.

No need for a dentist, definite need for painkillers (which I've been taking every 6 or 7 hours). I know exactly what's causing it, I just can't do a damn thing about it. I just got my bottom braces put on and some new bands, and it hurts for a few days. Happened when I got the top ones on too. Sucks though.

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

meanmistermustard said

IveJustSeenAFaceo said
OHMYGODMYTEETHHURTSOSOSOBAD!!!!!!

What did you do?

 

Take some painkillers and call a dentist if it persists.

No need for a dentist, definite need for painkillers (which I've been taking every 6 or 7 hours). I know exactly what's causing it, I just can't do a damn thing about it. I just got my bottom braces put on and some new bands, and it hurts for a few days. Happened when I got the top ones on too. Sucks though.

Are your teeth feeling better this morning?

 

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Ahhh Girl said

IveJustSeenAFaceo said

meanmistermustard said

IveJustSeenAFaceo said
OHMYGODMYTEETHHURTSOSOSOBAD!!!!!!

What did you do?

 

Take some painkillers and call a dentist if it persists.

No need for a dentist, definite need for painkillers (which I've been taking every 6 or 7 hours). I know exactly what's causing it, I just can't do a damn thing about it. I just got my bottom braces put on and some new bands, and it hurts for a few days. Happened when I got the top ones on too. Sucks though.

Are your teeth feeling better this morning?

 

Yep, I'll take another painkiller before school, but it should be done hurting by the weekend.

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fabfouremily said
I think it's much more of a big deal in Eastern Europe. We never do very well, so I don't pay much attention to it.

 

It is. And it's too often that one of those countries win, either those or Sweden or Denmark. I think Azerbaidjan, Sweden and Denmark have even won most of the competitions.

The Netherlands haven't done too well in the last few years either. Last year we ended up 8th in the finals so that was good, but that song was decent too. The 3 entries before that were just embarrassing and I can't even remember what we entered before that. 

England doesn't end up last because they have no neighbours. We do have neighbours and I believe neither Belgium nor Germany gave us a lot of points the last time, and sometimes they don't give us points at all. Neighbours? They don't give a shit.

This year we're sending two pop singers who are both influenced by country. They're both pretty good but I haven't heard the song in it's entirety yet. The bit I've heard was good but boring. Too boring for Eurovision. Because let's be honest, if there's one thing that's clear, it's that it's not about the songs anymore.

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Though I'm sure the fact that we seem unable to produce a good singer for Euro is also a reason why we don't do very well, I still think that a big part of it is that we're an island. If you look at the countries that do well, they have a lot of neighbouring countries – that vote for them (because that's the unsaid thing to do).

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Its a fact that the UK (not England) is not that popular – why? I don't know, but it wouldnt matter who we had singing the song. Its far too little to do with the singer and song and more to do with what countries you like, who your neighbour is, and who's bought how many votes.

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