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Eurovision 2012

Journal Entry: Wed May 16, 2012, 9:26 PM
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So! The 2 semi-finals are over and we have the 26 finalist: Hungary, Albania, Lithuania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Russia, Iceland, Cyprus, Estonia, Norway, Romania, Denmark, Greece, Sweden, Turkey, Malta, FYR Macedonia, Ireland, Serbia, Ukraine and Moldova, alonside the big 5 of course; UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany and the host country Azerbaijan.

As usual there were some surprises from the semi-finals, I thought countries like Slovenia and Bulgaria would qualify, and others like Malta and Lithuania wouldn't. Even so I'm quite satisfied with the results, after all for the first time, my top 10 favourites are all in the final XD Who would've known?

I was very glad to see Russia qualifying, the grannies are so cute. I had my doubts because on one side many people love them but on the other, there are also many people who think they're only a big joke so I wasn't sure they would pass. But they did! So yay!

Other countries I was glad to see qualify were Albania and Denmark. At first I hated Rona Nishliu's song but with time I learned to appreciate it. Now I want it to take a good place, let's hope so! Denmark as well, I love that song! I hope Soluna to take a good position at the and as well.

Who do you think is gonna win?




My personal top 10:


10. Can Bonomo - Love Me Back (Turkey)
Turkey is usually one of my favourite countries when it comes to Eurovision, Dum Tek Tek from 2009 and We could be the same from 2010 are probably two of my favourite songs from the contest ever. Can Bonomo's Love me back is not precisely my top favourite from this year, but is still a good one, catchy and quite different.


9. Nina Zilli - L'Amore È Femmina (Italy)
Forgive me if I was skeptical about Italy, because even when it came second last year, I didn't like Raphael Gualazzi's song at all. However Nina is a different story and I instantly fell in love with this retro-feeling song. I'm more a fan of the original in full italian, however I'm already getting used to this bilingual version (mostly in english).


8. Ivi Adamou - La La Love (Cyprus)
You can't deny how catchy this song is, you only have to listen to it once and it'll get stuck in your head all day.


7. Gaitana - Be My Guest (Ukraine)
Another catchy song. Admittedly it sounds more like a soccer song, (ideal for the Euro Cup maybe?) However I never said that as a bad thing XD


6. Mandinga - Zaleilah (Romania)
I find this as one of the most peculiar songs from this year, I was not expecting to hear a song sung in spanish from a country like Romania XD (I mean if it was Spain it would be more than expectable right?) However it was a nice surprise. I couldn't like this song more!


5. Eleftheria Eleftheriou - Aphrodisiac (Greece)
Greece is also one of my favourite countries when it comes to Eurovision. I've liked the greek entries almost without fail every year and Aphrodisiac was not an exception. I really like the rhythm, and the set on stage promises to be one of my favourites.


4. Tooji - Stay (Norway)
Norway was a big deception last year, not because I didn't like Stella Mwangi's song, but precisely the opposite, I was hoping it to qualify to the final but it didn't. I hope this year will be different with Tooji's hips :P And yes, I know he looks like a copy of Eric Saade, but really, it's only appearance, both songs and interpreters are quite different.


3. Loreen - Euphoria (Sweden)
The big favourite, the one everybody is talking about. Just like the majority of fans I also think is gonna be the winner, and I would be very happy about it! I do think is a great song, and I really like Loreen, she seems to be a very down to earth girl, but in my very honest and personal opinion, there are other 2 songs I like more....


2. Zeljko Joksimovic - Nije ljubav stvar (Serbia)
I really loved Zeljko's participation in 2004, when I heard he would be back this year I got excited and had big expectations for the song. I didn't get disappointed. I absolutely adore this song, the combination of gorgeous instrumentation and the beautiful serbian language make this one a delight to my ears.


1. Pastora Soler - Quédate Conmigo (Spain)
It's a surprise even for me, to have this song in first position. First of all, I don't usually like the spanish entries, at least not enough to be on my top 10. Secondly, I first heard this song and I didn't like it that much, but with time it grew on me to the point that today is my top favourite. In my opinion the most emotional song of this year, Pastora's voice is amazing. With Spain you never know what's gonna happen, but I'm hoping it will do well, because this song deserves it, but regardless of the official results, this song is a winner for me :)






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GillianIvy Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really loved the Zeljko Joksimovic video. The sign language performance really appealed to me. I've had deaf friends and learned a bit of sign language. Though I didn't recognize all the words, it was really compelling.

I like a lot of these videos. A lot of fun to watch, thanks for sharing. ;D They all made me smile.
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I've wanted to learn sign language for a long time, I have a huge respect for it and I consider it amazing, being able to communicate, to speak without words. Maybe one day I'll learn :)

Aren't they great? :D I love Eurovision, the final is tomorrow if you want to see it! (you can watch it online via eurovision.tv)
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I learned sign language because a friend who is deaf, she was signing to a Nirvana song by sitting next to the speaker and feeling the music. I never saw something more beautiful. I could feel the music like she felt it when she 'sang'. I took a course of ASL (American Sign Language for the Deaf). I'm certain some of the signs were not American ;P Since it is Euro and all... So I didn't really understand all of it. More the meaning than the words. I would have to watch it again to try to understand it better. It was high school when I studied and I don't get much practice.

A lot of the signs make sense like 'walk' or 'stand'... And if you learn the alphabet, whatever you are missing a word, you can fingerspell. Though, many people skip words in sentences. Like "How are you" would be "How you?". It is a faster way to speak, and if you ever have seen a group of people signing, they talk fast! I'm a slow reader so could never be an interpreter. But very glad I learned the skill.

I might like to see it. Do they film it live? I'll give it a check.
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Yes! It's a live event :la: and it's starting in just a little more than an hour!
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooo, my bf better let me use the other computer before that, I need to work on stuffs before I sit and watch that. Though we do have dual monitors, multitasking.... :eyes: Yes!
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm always surprise when the UK 'qualify'. our songs are always pretty bland or cheesy. I always get the feeling we're allowed in because we pay so much towards it .. which always feels ... wrong.
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
It's very controversial, the whole issue of the "Big Five" just like you said, it doesn't sound fair that Germany, Spain, Italy, France and the UK don't need to pass through the semi-finals just for being the five biggest financial contributors to the EBU, on the other hand without these contributions the contest wouldn't be possible, so there, it has its positive and negative points :shrug:
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i would like it if we didnt get a guarantee spot, maybe we'd try a little instead of sending in tripe. I'm always embarrassed by our entry. But like you said they need our money to keep it going along with the other big 5, i just wish we'd make a descent song WORTH the £150 a year i pay (okay, eurovision is only a small portion of that ;P )

anyway, cant wait to see what gems are in that show, theres always 2 or 3 songs that are awesome!!
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I feel the same about Spain XD I'm not spanish, not even european but I feel a special attachment to Spain, for being the only spanish speaking country that participates so it almost feels like it was my own country and I usually think they send poor entries :/ but hey! this year was different and I really like the spanish entry, maybe one of these years the UK can send an awesome song, with possibilities to win :D
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
well i heard it on the radio a few times, and though its not 'my' type of music, it didnt seems that bad. it was ballad with a strong vocal. fingers crossed for tonight!!
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udumuhv Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I really like Estonia's song this year (although I'm estonian, I haven't liked our entries for...years) BUT I'll have to admit that the studio version is much better than live was.
And the British singer's voice is amazing! I honestly thought that he is much much much younger.
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I often get disappointed by the live versions of some songs indeed. I don't think Ott sang that bad last night though :P

I don't know how to feel about the UK this year, I do like their song but I think it lacks something... I don't know what :B
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Egil21 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
As I promised earlier I'm letting you know my favourites:
(Portugal came to the extraordinary Baku with a song like usually Portuguese participations are - very sentimental with a twist of "Fado", while the other countries are jumping and dancing, we are crying our difficult life :shrug: , so no wonder, we didn't make the final.)
I like very much Spain, Sweden, Norway and Lithuania, though I truly prefer to hear each participant sing in heir own language and not English.
Anyway I do appreciate the show visually, it's always very well organized and give us beautiful images :)
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I totally saw Portugal passing to the final, it was a shame indeed :( I guess the contest is still ruled by catchy pop songs.

I hear many discussions about languages, with many valid points from "both sides", if a country should stick to their native language or not. I understand why many countries opt to sing in english, historically not many songs win if they're not in english, but I agree, I wish more countries would decide to send songs in their home languages, sometimes a particular song sounds way better in the original language rather than english. (Serbia's and Italy's are some good examples from this year)
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I missed to watch the first to shows because i had no time for it - i so fail this year :slow:

Hope i won't miss to watch it tomorrow!
A few years ago we had a chat event at dA while everyone was watching ESC. Was fun to interact with a lot of people from different countries and to comment on songs :giggle:
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
You better watch the show tomorrow! XD

Yay a chat event sounds fun :B maybe we should try next year or something.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
*tv channel is missing in my comment somewhere :B
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
lol yeah, i just need to find out where the damn is, after they converted everything to digital ._. It's lost since then D:

We totally should!
Btw finally went through all your favs. There are some really nice ones. Loreen is still my #1, but that Gaitana lady has a great voice and i like your #1 as well. That "la la love" is catchy as well :dance:
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
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GemaStarlight Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sinceramente, me gustaría que ganase España: Pastora Soler tiene muy buena voz *O*
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Asi es! :#1:
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runawaywithyou Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
"with Spain you never know what's gonna happen" so truee haha (live there)
this year we don't want to win because we don't have the money to host it the next year :S (and this is the year we have more chances to win =_=)
I want Russia to win :la:
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
A country can win and decline the organization of the contest the following year, so you know :) Anyway good luck! :la:
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runawaywithyou Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
(oh I didn't know that xD) Then it would be nice to win since the last actuations were kinda.... emm xDDD
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miSsSasoRi Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
turkey is awesome :la:
BUT
russia
russia all the way
singing grannies FTW :XD:
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
I was glad they passed to the final yesterday :P
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miSsSasoRi Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
me too :XD:
Imma so vote for them ;A; :XD:
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Egil21 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
I usually watch the Eurovision and I like the show a lot.
You did an amazing presentation here :clap:
I'll pay attention to the semifinals and I'll let you know my favourites later ;)
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Yay! :#1:
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little-wild-one Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
:lol: I've got Dum Tek Tek stuck in my head now.
I've not seen any from this year. Usually the first time I see them is when the show is on television.
:la: When is it being broadcast? I always invite my best friend round and we get drunk watching it.
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
the final is next saturday :P the 26th, semifinals are the 22nd and 24th
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GemaStarlight Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow O.O
No he oído ninguna canción todavía, pero esperaba ver a España entre tus favoritos, más que nada por ser Española, y ver que las canciones de aquí gustan (excepto algunas que sinceramente no me importa que no queden seleccionadas ^^;).
Lo que sí que no me esperaba es que quedase primera :omfg:
Ahora mismo voy a escucharla =D
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
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Atramina Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
pfff va a ganar Loreen de fijo... en España suena a todas horas su canción en la radio...
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Quien sabe XD uno nunca sabe :B
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Atramina Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
ya... en fin, ya veremos que pasa!!! :D
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CherryandBerry Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
España tiene una de las mejores entradas en Eurovisión de los últimos años.

Pero ganará Suecia. Seguro.

O algún país por el que nadie dé un duro.
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Bueno esperemos que cuando menos no le vaya tan mal a España esta vez :P
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CherryandBerry Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Bueno, las apuestas nos ponen en el Top 10. Habrá que creérselo ^^
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
What?! No Russian Grannies?!
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I do like them! XD they just aren't in my top 10 ;P

I've heard mixed opinions about them, from those who hate them and think they're just a big joke, to those who adore them. I think they're cute, but I don't know if that's gonna be enough for them to qualify to the final, what do you think?
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well they're the only entry I know other than the british one, so.. so far they win for me XD
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
You only know the entries from the oldest people! XD
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
I know XD
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I still haven't looked at all entries yet D:
Totally failing keeping up to date this year :no:
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
You're still just in time! XD
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dacadaca Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm so glad that my country after few years of failure FINALLY has an amazing song :D
Zeljko has really outdone himself this time!
I feel really proud that our entry is so high on your list :aww:
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I actually had a hard time deciding if I liked Serbia or Spain more :lol: they're pretty much tied in first place for me.
I've liked most of the serbian entries from the last years :B Caroban was one of my favourites from last year, funny enough probably the one I like least is Molitva from 2007 :lmao: But yeah, I think Nije Ljubav Stvar is my favourite serbian entry of all time :love:
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dacadaca Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh I totally forgot about 'Caroban' XD Yeah, I liked that song too but 'Cipela' and 'Ovo je balkan' was a total failure in my opinion. I don't know if you know the lyrics meaning of either of the songs but if you don't you might as well better not know them XD
'Molitva' was really catchy when it came out but then bored the hell out of me because they keep playing it EVERYWHERE in Serbia even a year after the Eurovision XD Not to mention that there's a tv commercial that has instrumental cover of it and they keep playing it even today :lol:

I still haven't heard all the songs so I don't have a top list yet but these last few days Sweden's 'Euphoria' has been kinda stuck in my head :lol: They are going to rank high, that's for sure.
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unexamined-life Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I have no idea who I want to win. But I cannot WAIT for it!
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