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YesterdayTomorrowForever
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19 May 2013 - 2.50am

What's Eurovision?

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Von Bontee
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19 May 2013 - 3.06am

It's kind of a yearly pop-song video contest involving European musical talent. I believe it dates back to the '60s, if not earlier.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
-- Paul McCartney

YesterdayTomorrowForever
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19 May 2013 - 3.07am

Seems interesting. Is there a way to watch it in the US?

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Von Bontee
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19 May 2013 - 3.13am

No idea, I'm in Canada and I've never seen it! The only winning song I can name offhand is Abba's "Waterloo".

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
-- Paul McCartney

YesterdayTomorrowForever
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19 May 2013 - 3.15am

Oh, okay.

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meanmistermustard

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19 May 2013 - 8.59am

The UK normally get thrashed. Some put it down to tactical block voting, others to the rubbish we enter.

On another note read in the build-up to saturdays event that in 1977 Sweden entered a song called Beatles to appeal to the UK audience as it was held in London. The plan failed and they ended up with two points.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....rocJBaoUik

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AppleScruffJunior
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19 May 2013 - 12.28pm

Oh Lord, Ireland did awful :/ Last for the 2nd time in 6 years and our song was a lot better then some countries. Sweden, Finland and Denmark each gave each other 12 points WHY IS'INT IRELAND NEXT TO ANY COUNTRY paul-mccartney Oh and to all UK biblers thanks for the one point, we gave you 5 for your awful song!!! *Rant over* Oh and Linde you're going to love this; I wanted Azerbaijan to win a-hard-days-night-george-10

 

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fabfouremily
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19 May 2013 - 12.44pm

Maybe the fact that the UK is in the middle of the sea explains why we are always near the bottom. I can't say it's because our entry was bad because all the entries are bad. Some a little less than others but they're all bad. I couldn't care less if we win or not though, really.

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Linde
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19 May 2013 - 3.37pm

Yeah it dates back to 1956! They also showed footage of that time. Voting was a real struggle back then.

It always surprises me the UK usually enters crap. This is the country where most of my favourite bands come from, yet I can't remember when I heard a good entry for the Eurovision for the last time. I think Bonnie didn't really do a good job and maaaan she looked horrible. Fucked up facelift much?

Well, we didn't have much luck with the votes either. We might be close to the UK, next to Germany and above Belgium, but I think the UK gave us 2 points or so, Germany gave us none and Belgium did give us 12. 

I thought or entry was good. At least we had a proper song and not some cheesy ''powerballad'' about being there for each other til the end or whatever. It might have been a bit depressive but I thought it was good. We sent one of out best artists too and not some one hit wonder.

I reaaaaally didn't want Azerbaidjan to win. It won 2 years ago already and I just think it's lame and then you just know that next year some East European country will win again. Nah I'm content with Denmark.

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meanmistermustard

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19 May 2013 - 10.53pm

The UK entry was dreadful (ive heard it thru once and a long clip in the news today). The lyrics are terrible, the tune is cringeful and Bonnie looked a mess. What is there left to vote for?

Last decent Eurovision song? Abba in '74 with Waterloo? What else is there? Brotherhood of Man, whoever it was who sang Love Shine A Light, Making Your Mind Up? The entries are terrible and the UK generally treats it as a joke. The only part I generally watch are the results but this year i gave up early on and went for a walk.

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Linde
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20 May 2013 - 3.26pm

The results were annoying. Just give those damn points instead of telling us a whole story about how amazing your entry and the presenter are in very bad English. What also annoyed me was that all French speaking countries spoke in French. Just speak English like everyone else does for God sake!

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fabfouremily
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20 May 2013 - 9.11pm

Me and my mom were trying to work out why the presenter always says the points in French when the different countries say what they're giving to their neighbouring countries. Anyone know?

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Ron Nasty
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20 May 2013 - 9.30pm

Since it started in 1956, each jury must announce the countries they are voting for and the votes in either English or French. The presenter then repeats in the language not being used by the jury. You notice the English to French translation more than the French to English translation because the French to English translation is the one you need.

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AppleScruffJunior
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20 May 2013 - 9.30pm

French is the official language of the Eurovision along with English, I believe.

 

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LongHairedLady
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20 May 2013 - 10.33pm

Just for the record, Canada is not a half French speaking country like it's lead to be.  It's only the east side that is.  I'm in BC and for the most part we could care less over here.  a-hard-days-night-paul-11

Nobody said this I'm just saying because it's common for others to think that.  French is on everything here, it has to be to be legally sold I believe.  I'll to go buy something and be like, "WTF is...  OH, it's the wrong side."  ahdn_paul_01

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AppleScruffJunior
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20 May 2013 - 10.53pm

Speaking of French-Canadian speakers, there is a girl called Elodie from Quebec who is a voice on the French state exams in Ireland. She possibly has the MOST ANNOYING squeakiest voice in the world and she is on the CD every year! If I ever meet her in person...grrr I hate her!!!

 

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Ron Nasty
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20 May 2013 - 11.06pm

Sad news. It is just breaking that Ray Manzarek, founder member of, and keyboard player with, The Doors has died today in Germany from lung cancer. One of rock's originators, what we listen to today was greatly influenced by what he and the other three achieved.

"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," said Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. "I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."

RIP, Ray. Thank you for the music.

"I only said we were bigger than Rod... and now there's all this!" Ron Nasty

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Von Bontee
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21 May 2013 - 3.08am

Aw man, that's too bad. Ray was kinda insufferable whenever he got to reminiscing about Jim Morrison and the '60s, maaan, but I still love the Doors and his contributions to their sound. The albums he produced for the band X were great, too.

RIP

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
-- Paul McCartney

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fabfouremily
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21 May 2013 - 6.24pm

More sad news :(

RIP Ray

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Egroeg Evoli
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21 May 2013 - 6.33pm

RIP, Ray heart

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