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(Eurovision.TV)   Let the FABULOUS begin. It's your 2014 Eurovision Semifinal 1 discussion thread. The show begins at 9PM in Copenhagen, 3PM eastern in the US   (eurovision.tv ) divider line
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2014-05-06 03:59:19 PM  
Berkeley Breathed is very concerned about this.
 
2014-05-06 04:30:09 PM  
I enjoyed Albania's song much more on second listen. Belgium needed a slightly less creepy song -- Axel's mother is very much alive and the lyrics as written just sounded like Mom had moved on to the next world.

My faves are Italy and France though.
 
2014-05-06 04:51:12 PM  
Nice late posting.

Hoping Montenegro makes it (for once).
 
2014-05-06 04:51:20 PM  
haha I guess everyone's at work now. I didn't get to take off but I am sort of listening at work ;)

I still wonder why BBC America can't get the US broadcasting rights to the final, it'd surely beat whatever crappy re-run they're having on 3pm Saturday.
 
2014-05-06 04:53:34 PM  

ariseatex: Nice late posting.

Hoping Montenegro makes it (for once).


It's a beautiful song and they were the first finalist
 
2014-05-06 05:03:08 PM  

stpickrell: ariseatex: Nice late posting.

Hoping Montenegro makes it (for once).

It's a beautiful song and they were the first finalist


Yep! :) Had to bite my finger to stop myself from cheering aloud at my desk at work lol.

Finalists (in order of appearance):

ARMENIA
SWEDEN
ICELAND
RUSSIA
AZERBAIJAN
UKRAINE
SAN MARINO (Holy shiat, they qualified too!)
NETHERLANDS
MONTENEGRO
HUNGARY
 
2014-05-06 05:12:54 PM  
Russia AND Ukraine? Oh my, someone make sure they have separate dressing rooms.
 
2014-05-06 05:17:11 PM  

rjakobi: Russia AND Ukraine? Oh my, someone make sure they have separate dressing rooms.


You could put Armenia and Azerbaijan between them. Armenia pulled out b/c they didn't trust Azerbaijan to keep Armenia safe during Eurovision two years ago ... in fact, whenever they're drawn in the same pool for football (and presumably other sport) qualifying, UEFA just pretends it didn't happen and switches them with other teams.
 
2014-05-06 05:17:54 PM  

rjakobi: Russia AND Ukraine? Oh my, someone make sure they have separate dressing rooms.


For those who didn't watch, Russia got MASSIVE boos from the audience when announced for the finals, though NOT before and after their performance.
 
2014-05-06 05:19:16 PM  
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2014-05-06 05:20:09 PM  

12349876: rjakobi: Russia AND Ukraine? Oh my, someone make sure they have separate dressing rooms.

For those who didn't watch, Russia got MASSIVE boos from the audience when announced for the finals, though NOT before and after their performance.


Yeah...I think some people hoped no one would vote for them out of protest.  However, gotta be honest, it was one of the best performances of the night.
 
2014-05-06 05:26:31 PM  
A few more observations:

Russia was getting trolled with plenty of gay jokes from the presenters.

With the Netherlands advancing, I'm thinking Europeans have better taste in country music than Americans.

If the Iceland song sounded familiar, Youtube Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride"

Not a big believer in the political voting affecting the winner,  but this Ukraine thing is different than the contest has seen in a long time if ever.  Their song is good enough that some friendly voting from all across the EU can push them over the top.

538 has a good article about the bias in the voting.  There's a lot of positive bias, but not a lot of negative bias.
http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/tactical-voting-and-terrible-sing er s-welcome-to-the-eurovision-song-contest/
 
2014-05-06 05:30:18 PM  
Did they bring back Epic Sax Guy?
 
2014-05-06 05:37:06 PM  

12349876: A few more observations:

Russia was getting trolled with plenty of gay jokes from the presenters.

With the Netherlands advancing, I'm thinking Europeans have better taste in country music than Americans.

If the Iceland song sounded familiar, Youtube Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride"

Not a big believer in the political voting affecting the winner,  but this Ukraine thing is different than the contest has seen in a long time if ever.  Their song is good enough that some friendly voting from all across the EU can push them over the top.

538 has a good article about the bias in the voting.  There's a lot of positive bias, but not a lot of negative bias.
http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/tactical-voting-and-terrible-sing er s-welcome-to-the-eurovision-song-contest/


Russia got booed also because their making the final is so automatic every single year due to having lots of ethnic Russians in the other ex-USSR countries. But I think the anti-gay thing (especially in the semis which are dominated by OGAE -- i.e. gay Eurovision fans with lots of $$$) combined with "invading your neighbors" thing led to some latent hostility. At  least they kept it away from the actual performance which was quite nice.

As for positive bias -- you can't really cast negative televotes. The juries this year (they changed the rule last year) can register some negative bias by putting a disliked country towards the bottom of their rankings. Before they only took the top 10 in each category - jury and televote, now they apply the full ranking from 1 down to 16, 26, or whatever. This can play a much bigger role in the final if a jury (say, Estonia) is determined to put in a certain country (oh, let's call it Russia) at the bottom of their rankings no matter how many countries are competing.

My fave comment from Twitter that was going on next to my eurovision.tv feed was: "you can look down the tops of the Russian singers if Ukraine your neck."

And yeah, I'm about the only one out there who dislikes the Dutch song this year.
 
2014-05-06 05:43:35 PM  

stpickrell: And yeah, I'm about the only one out there who dislikes the Dutch song this year.


As someone who is not a country fan, it was refreshing to hear something that's a big step above what tops the charts in America.  I was speaking in relative terms.
 
2014-05-06 06:41:19 PM  
Oh man, it begins again. These are some of my favorite annual threads on Fark.
 
2014-05-06 08:16:45 PM  
It's killing that I'm going to be in Copenhagen for the first time in a couple of weeks, just late enough to miss seeing this live.
 
2014-05-06 10:23:23 PM  
My vote goes for Conchita Wurst. If I could vote, I mean.
 
2014-05-07 05:57:31 AM  

TripodSardine: My vote goes for Conchita Wurst. If I could vote, I mean.


"Blatant Gay Propoganda"

-Vladimir Putin
 
2014-05-07 05:58:11 AM  

TripodSardine: My vote goes for Conchita Wurst. If I could vote, I mean.


"Blatant Gay Propaganda"

-Vladimir Putin
 
2014-05-07 06:20:14 AM  
Anything as good as Lordi this year?  Not to be confused with that vapid twit, Lorde.
 
2014-05-07 05:59:05 PM  

Laobaojun: Anything as good as Lordi this year?  Not to be confused with that vapid twit, Lorde.


Not yet.  Tons of symphonic/cinematic rock ballads in the first semifinal.  Not so much of the traditional Europop.  Iceland brought sort of a Green Day/Brian Setzer/classic rock combo, and the Netherlands some country.

Not having seen any of the second finalists, Georgia has a fusion jazz band which could be cool, and Finland has a group of young guys compared to Bon Jovi.

But of course none of that is all that close to Lordi.

Nothing in the first semi or previews of the those that got a bye have felt like a worthy winner to me.  But I guess it could be a year where there's no worthy winner.
 
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