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Friday, May 22, 2009

Is it true?

So: Eurovision 2009 has come and gone. The block voting problem has been addressed as far as is feasible (one has to remember that many EV entrants have been hits in several neighbouring countries for months: their neighbours' voting for them is not necessarily only a sign of political solidarity). And Norway ran away with it, which I suppose helps to make up for the ignominiy of Norway's having had the first ever Eurovision entrant to garner no points at all. Britain's own entry (composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, no less) came a very creditable fifth, which after many years of finishing near the bottom was terrific.

For what it's worth, I didn't especially fancy Norway to win. My favourite was Iceland, who came second so I don't feel too bad about that. Previous occasions when I've had a strong feeling that I was listening to a winner have been Ira Losco (Seventh Wonder, Malta, 2nd in 2002), Katrina and the Waves (Love Shine A Light, UK, 1997, winner) and Nicole (Ein bisschen Frieden, Germany, 1982, winner). You can see clips of all those performances here.

Anyway, here is Iceland's entry:



And here is Andorra's, which didn't make it through the semifinals but which I thought was an unpretentious workmanlike three-minute pop song, the kind we 've mostly given up on but which can be found in pockets of suitable habitat in Europe.

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