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Mery
Saturday 17th of May 2008 03:55:36 AM
Eurovision 2008: Hi guys,

Who's going to watch the Eurovision final next week (24th of May)? Which song represents your country? Who do you think is going to win?

Belgium's song this year really sucks! It's in an imaginary language. Here it is:



I think I'm going to vote for Macedonia this year:



What about you?


Avaldi
Saturday 17th of May 2008 04:37:40 AM
Bonjour Mery! :)

I'll vote to FYR Macedonia too!! It's the greatest song this year. In Spain it's becomming popular among the people... so who knows! (and the 12 points from Spain, goes to... Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) xD!

Who will vote my country, with the chiki-chiki? :):)



To understand it -> http://www.diggiloo.net/?2008es
Lyrics and its translation!

At least it's a reggaeton... Let's dance, Europe! :)


mattie
Saturday 17th of May 2008 12:16:56 PM
Hello

I'm from New Zealand, so we don't take part in Eurovision but I still think it's a cool competition. We don't take part in anything like that down here, I don't think we even participated in World Idol a couple of years ago.... Anyway, I don't like Belgium's song either. I think this compeitition would be a lot better if it was obligitory for the songs to be in one of the official languages of their country, not a made up language or in English.

I've never watched Eurovision (watching it online uses up my broadband 8-) ) so would it be possible for someone to answer a few of my questions about it?

As there are so many different European countries taking part, how is the whole competition presented? I think there are two Serbian presenters so how do they present the competition to the rest of Europe if they speak Serbian and English? Are there subtitles on the television in other countries, or do they use voice overs? Perhaps each country has a host? How do people vote for the competition and how many times can you vote?

Thanks. :)
Good luck with the competition!


Avaldi
Sunday 18th of May 2008 03:30:30 AM
Hi Mattie,
let me explain it.
Serbian presenters speak in English, so everybody can understand it. But in other countries' TV they explain what presenters say in the native language. For example, in my case, they explain it in Spanish on TV.
About the points, every country vote for each others calling or sending SMS to the phone numbers below. And then a representer appears and say the points. For example: Spain, 10 points, and the 12 points go to... Greece.

[img]http://www.eurovision-spain.com/imagen/centro_multimedia/30-08-07_ensayo_espa%F1a_edc/020907alas002024_marcardor_final_edc.jpg[/img]

Can you see the girl from UK giving the points and the presenter below?

And finally, you can vote as many times as you want.
Hope you got it ;)


squeak
Monday 19th of May 2008 01:51:42 AM
Mattie, further to what Avaldi said, over here we can have subtitles (translating the songs into English) when the songs are being sung


Avaldi
Monday 19th of May 2008 03:42:47 AM
Originally posted by squeakMattie, further to what Avaldi said, over here we can have subtitles (translating the songs into English) when the songs are being sung

Wow! Do you? I didn't know that :)


squeak
Monday 19th of May 2008 03:51:57 AM
Indeed...though sometimes they are a little "interesting"...makes you wonder how some of them are translated! ;)


mattie
Monday 19th of May 2008 05:24:54 AM
Oh thanks! That's really cool. :)


Jako
Monday 19th of May 2008 05:35:41 AM
Originally posted by mattieHello

I'm from New Zealand, so we don't take part in Eurovision but I still think it's a cool competition. We don't take part in anything like that down here, I don't think we even participated in World Idol a couple of years ago.... Anyway, I don't like Belgium's song either. I think this compeitition would be a lot better if it was obligitory for the songs to be in one of the official languages of their country, not a made up language or in English.

I've never watched Eurovision (watching it online uses up my broadband 8-) ) so would it be possible for someone to answer a few of my questions about it?

As there are so many different European countries taking part, how is the whole competition presented? I think there are two Serbian presenters so how do they present the competition to the rest of Europe if they speak Serbian and English? Are there subtitles on the television in other countries, or do they use voice overs? Perhaps each country has a host? How do people vote for the competition and how many times can you vote?

Thanks. :)
Good luck with the competition!

*pats Mattie*

Dont you worry. It's the MOST political competiton you could ever see. Eastern countries vote for each other, western ones vote for each other...Some countries get 0 (zero) points at the end because the voting is done barely for the song but most of the time depending on the country and its politics, whether it supports the war or not etc, These things highly affect the votes. Now of course this isn't the case ALL the time but mostly...Personally I don't like the event, but I watch it everytime. It's extremely fun and easy to guess which country will vote for which...



EDIT: spell-check


mattie
Tuesday 20th of May 2008 05:56:35 PM
Oh yes, with so many different countries from such a large area I can imagine how political it is. I'm sure there are a select few who vote for the songs though, and don't view it from a political angle.


Anonymous
Wednesday 21st of May 2008 03:09:06 AM
Originally posted by mattieHello

Anyway, I don't like Belgium's song either. I think this compeitition would be a lot better if it was obligitory for the songs to be in one of the official languages of their country, not a made up language or in English.

That's a very stupid thing to say. Constructed languages rock and any linguistic diversity should be encouraged. People should be allowed sing in whatever language they wish (natural or constructed) and not be forced into singing a language they don't want. What's the use in that?

What about France last year who sang in a mix of French and English? Or the Estonians this year who are singing in Serbian, Finnish AND German?

chiki-chiki rocks!

My favourites: Ireland, Estonia, Latvia and Spain.


el_tigre
Friday 23rd of May 2008 08:24:27 PM
Hmm

Macedonian song seems to me as some mixture of oriental melodies and western pop! :D


Avaldi
Friday 23rd of May 2008 08:45:44 PM
Countries in the final:

1. Romania Pe-o margine de lume (Italian/Romanian) Nico & Vlad
2. United Kingdom Even if (English) Andy Abraham
3. Albania Zemrën e lamë peng (Albanian)
• long version (Albanian) [3:25] Olta Boka
4. Germany Disappear (English) No Angels
5. Armenia Qele qele /
???? ???? (English/Armenian) Sirusho /
???????
6. Bosnia & Herzegovina Pokušaj (Bosnian)
Pokušaj (English/Bosnian) Laka
7. Israel The fire in your eyes (Ke'ilu kan) /
????? ??? (Hebrew/English) Boaz Mauda /
???? ?????
8. Finland Missä miehet ratsastaa (Finnish)
• long version (Finnish) [3:52] Teräsbetoni
9. Croatia Romanca (Croatian)
Romantsa (*) /
?oma??a (*) (Russian) Kraljevi Ulice & 75 Cents
10. Poland For life (English)
For life [demo] (English) Isis Gee
11. Iceland This is my life (English)
Fullkomið líf (Icelandic)
This is my life [demo] (English)
• karaoke version (English)
• karaoke version Euroband
12. Turkey Deli (Turkish) Mor ve Ötesi
13. Portugal Senhora do mar (Negras águas) (Portuguese)
Lady of the sea (*) (English) Vânia Fernandes
14. Latvia Wolves of the sea (English) Pirates of the Sea
15. Sweden Hero (English)
• karaoke version Charlotte Perrelli
16. Denmark All night long (English) Simon Mathew
17. Georgia Peace will come (English) Diana Gurtskaya / ????? ????????
18. Ukraine Shady lady (English)
S neba v nebo /
? ???? ? ???? (Russian) Ani Lorak / ??? ?????
19. France Divine (English/French)
Divine (English) Sébastien Tellier
20. Azerbaijan Day after day (English)
Day after day [demo] (English) Elnur & Samir
21. Greece Secret combination (English) Kalomira / ?????????
22. Spain Baila el Chiki Chiki (Spanish/English)
Baila el Chiki Chiki [demo] (Spanish) [1:20] Rodolfo Chikilicuatre
23. Serbia Oro (Serbian)
Adiós amor (Spanish)
Ela agapi /
??? ????? (Greek)
Minha dor (Portuguese) Jelena Tomaševi? feat. Bora Dugi?
24. Russia Believe (English)
Creer (Spanish) Dima Bilan / ???? ?????
25. Norway
Hold on be strong (English)
• Deepfrost radio remix (English) [2:56] Maria Haukaas Storeng


Petr
Monday 26th of May 2008 06:13:56 PM
Huee! Norway in the final. Not that I care the last years the norwegian songs in this competition have been pathtetic.


Mery
Monday 26th of May 2008 11:34:43 PM
And the winner is... Dima Bilan:





Avaldi
Tuesday 27th of May 2008 12:17:02 AM
I don't like the song... and he won because Russia's neighbours voted for him, plus all girls voted because he showed his body... Pathetic!

I prefered: Greece, Ukraine, Spain, Bosnia or Iceland... don't you agree?


Jako
Tuesday 27th of May 2008 01:53:31 AM
Well yeah Russia is almost always in top 5 in the end, thanks to USSR countries...

Spain....the song was funny but that's it it had low chance to be honest xD

I kinda liked the Latvian song. The pirates were cool :)


Avaldi
Wednesday 11th of June 2008 09:00:12 PM
Originally posted by PetrHuee! Norway in the final. Not that I care the last years the norwegian songs in this competition have been pathtetic.

I didn't like Norwegian song... and less to be the 5th!


djr33
Thursday 12th of June 2008 03:48:59 AM
Is it just me, or is it incredibly stupid that so many of the songs are in English?


mattie
Thursday 12th of June 2008 08:59:26 AM
Yeah, I wrote that before but apparently it was a "stupid thing to say".


Marja
Monday 16th of June 2008 01:29:18 PM
They show the Eurovision on SBS in Australia so we can get to see it here.
As a native of the UK though, I think that we Brits are getting a bit fed up of Europe ignoring us in the voting.
Even Terry Wogan of the BBC who presents it on UK TV has had enough. He said that our entry this year was one of the best songs the UK has entered in years and we still came like second to last.
I love watching the Eurovision and seeing what other countries can do musically, especially the more traditional sounds, but it would be nice for Europe to take the UK seriously because at the moment I don't see why we even bother entering at all these days.
*sigh* A bit disappointed really.

Dima Bilan entered for Russia a couple of years ago and i reckon the song he entered the previous time was better than the one he won with this year.


Former_Member
Sunday 06th of July 2008 05:15:13 PM
.: In this year in Eurovision songs was really good. I thing that the best was SREBIA, NORWEGIA, UKRAINE, RUSSIA and ISRAEL.
I don't know why POLAND was 24th. This song was also great. In my opinion LATVIA GERMANY or CROACIA was terrible but in finallist was better than Polish song. I don't know why

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