Performing order for both semis + final announced!
The ESC has just announced the running order for both semi-finals, plus the positions of the Big Five for the final. [source]
Interesting how the automatic finalists are all performing into the middle & end of the show. Might give another country the opportunity to come in with a big bang early on.
The draw of Semi-Final 1
In each half of one respective Semi-Final, one country received a wildcard to choose its starting position. The remaining positions were drawn afterwards.
The draw for the first Semi-Final:
The commercial breaks are scheduled to be after the 5th and 14th song.
The draw of Semi-Final 2
The draw for the second Semi-Final brought the following result:
Bosnia & Herzegovina
The commercial breaks are scheduled after the 5th and 14th song.
The automatic Finalists
For the Grand Final, the starting positions of the Big 5 countries (Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and The United Kingdom) were also drawn, with one of them, again, getting a wildcard to freely choose their starting position:
11. France 12. Italy 14. United Kingdom 16. Germany 22. Spain (wildcard)
Less then a week since TRT announced that Yüksek Sadakat would represent Turkey at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and the Turkish fans across Europe have expressed their anger by creating a campaign with over 1,200 followers to encourage the broadcaster to change their choice.
Interesting. Has anyone seen the “anti” campaign? I actually prefer Turkey’s entries in Turkish, usually, so it will be interesting to see what they produce.
Last post creating waves, with my European-knowledge street-cred challenged. Whoopsies. I’m no expert, but my observations are based on living in Western Europe & working with people from Europe in the professional sphere. Read tl;dr comment, or the “About Me” on the side of this blog for background info.
So I reblogged a quote and added my thoughts… and they were very tl;dr for the quote reblogging. New post time!
Here is the post/quote I reblogged. My thoughts are in response to the topic brought up by the original quote/user from YouTube.
I don’t think singing in English makes Eurovision “Americanized”! HELLO American fan with “American”-colored glasses on! If anything, singing in English is Anglocizing Eurovision, following the lead of the UK and Ireland.
In some cases, entries are better in the native language (most recent fave: Estonia in 2009), or even a play on “native language” (best example: Danzig by Ukraine in 2007, which threw in some German, too, for laughs!). But in other cases, singing in English is a reflection of the music industry: in many European countries, the biggest hits are NOT in-language. This is the case in Germany, Sweden, Norway, etc. France holds firm and, just like the film industry, produces most of its music in French. Accordingly, their entries are usually in French.
And, frankly, sometimes the songs are just better in English. Why? Because English is the official unofficial (better?) second language of pretty much every country in Western Europe. Everyone has to take it in school, and it is the global language of understanding, ESPECIALLY in the music industry. Sorry, but it is (this is obviously Americanization, though you can’t discount the British music industry in the 50s & 60s). And you’re not trying to garner votes from YOUR country. You’re trying to get them from OTHER countries. While some may find your in-language entry charming, if they can’t understand the message of the song because of a language barrier, they WON’T VOTE.
You have to be clever about it. Some countries do a mix — verses in-language, chorus with English thrown in so the audience gets the main message. Others know the music & staging is so powerful, the audience will understand the message despite the language. Best example? Serbia 2007. It didn’t matter that you didn’t speak a word of Serbian. The music was moving and the performance was powerful. Message was delivered loud and clear.
But in other cases, in-language can be the song’s downfall. Look at the 2010 final line-up — only SIX of the 25 were completely in-language. The rest were either all in English or a mix. The in-language songs ranked decently, but only two — France and Greece — cracked the top ten. Neither cracked the top five. How many in-language songs didn’t even make it past the semis?
It’s not about Eurovision being Anglocized (and it DEFINITELY) is not being Americanized!. Even if they sing in English, or a mix, countries need to make sure the MUSIC maintains cultural roots. That is what makes an entry “sing.” And if you’re going in-language, you have to go big.
P.S. France will never go completely English-language. LOL NO.
P.P.S. Love it when people assume that just because I’m American I’ve never left the U.S. and know nothing about Europe. I’m part of maybe 2% of Americans who have lived outside the U.S. for a prolonged period (non-military)… (yes, I made up that percentage, but it’s probably accurate). I lived in Germany, and attended high school there. Half of the countries in Eurovision aren’t even a PART of Europe, or have only joined the EU in the last ten years. They are not traditionally “European.” Those countries often speak Russian as a 2nd or 3rd language (I actually lived in East Germany, where Russian was a 2nd or 3rd language for many). Many of the countries who have been participating in Eurovision for a long time speak English as a 2nd or 3rd language, semi-fluently, and have music industries that have had a heavy English language influence for decades. Think Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, etc.
“I hate how this European show is becoming more and more Americanized every year. In a few years everyone will sing in English, even Spain, Portugal, and France. You guys can do much better, choose a song that is in your own language. Even if you don’t win, you’ll represent your country with what you are. For example: Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Israel, France, Spain, Slovakia; they all did an AMAZING job [last] year. Good luck guys on Germany 2011. - I am an American fan.”—
Youtube comment on Eurovision (with some corrections)
Last Sunday, on January 2nd, Roberto Meloni (Latvian representative in ESC 2007, 2008) has paid a visit to the third-largest Italian television channel RAI TRE. A 20 minute interview was conducted to introduce the singer to the Italian audience and his success in Latvian music industry. As…
Um, one of these guys to represent Italy? Say it ain’t so!
Are we surprised? Turkey has picked another rock band that uses Turkish folk music elements to represent them at Eurovision. I honestly can’t tell them apart anymore. That said, the Turkish entries are always crowd pleasers… they just never win. I think Turkey thinks if they keep sending the same stuff, eventually they’ll win. I’d love to see something different…
ANYWAY, the band they’ve chosen is Yüksek Sadakat, which translates to “Hi-Fi” (or something like it). Here’s a sample:
Ok, it’s not bad. But I’m concerned Turkey will produce yet another crowd-pleasing romp that doesn’t win (again). Turkey and Greece are the two countries that trot out the same song formula every year, but never take home the prize.
This was one of my top picks of 2007. I watched the live show first, and found the tune intriguing, but didn’t really appreciate it until I listened to the CD later. The single release, with all it’s polished & finalized electronica elements, far surpass what the song could accomplish live. It’s a great song that just wasn’t quite suited to shining properly in the live Eurovision format.
Here is the live performance, which suffered a bit, not being in the same, polished format as the single release:
Compare to the official video for the “radio single”:
Better, no? There are also two audio versions floating around — one on the Eurovision CD, and one that was a promo she did, that is a bit more “raw” in its finishing. I like them both, and still listen to this track today.
Today let’s talk about Georgia in Eurovision. This is the little country that could, and I have a soft spot in my heart for them.
Georgia’s first Eurovision was also my first Eurovision, in 2007. They entered with a quirky pop song called “Visionary Dream,” that was a bit off-kilter, but ended up being one of my faves. (it suffered from a rocky live performance, though). In 2008, they were ironic/tragic in their choice of sending a blind performer to croon “Peace Will Come.” Russia (who had won that year’s competition) attacked them a few months later.
2009 Georgia made big news for being disqualified. Their song “We Don’t Want to Put In” had lyrics that EBU deemed too political, something that is not allowed at Eurovision. While they had a point, it was a fun disco number that would have been a wonderful edition to the live show.
This past year, they had a bit pop ballad, Shine, which placed a respectable 9th. Georgia’s day at Eurovision is coming, I tell you. All four entries have been strong (whether they made it to the finals or not), and you can tell they are chomping at the bit to win.
From left to right: Anke Engelke, Stefan Raab & Judith Rakers.
All three presenters are key German figures in comedy & TV news. Engelke is a comedian and tri-lingual, so she will be able to cover the mandatory “speaking in French” duties. Rakers is a news presenter and will presumably do the more straightforward presenting. And, of course, Raab is one of Germany’s most famous comedians (host of TV Total) and a musician — he penned and/or performed the Eurovision entries in ‘98, ‘00 (performed) and ‘04.
Am super excited for Raab — I’ve been following him since 2000, when I got hooked on TV Total (living in Germany). His Eurovision entries never won, but were all great fun. And he mentored Lena last year, so if there’s a German Eurovision expert out there, it’s him!
Check out Raab’s tongue-in-cheek 2000 entry, which came in 5th.
Latvia believes that more choice is better than less. They clearly are not in favor of allowing bloggers to embed 1-5 finalist videos in a post for evaluation :P Jk. I’m sure they’ll narrow it down soon…
ANYWAY. They’ve set up a relatively easy way for the curious to listen to the 20 contenders on their official website. If you have the patience to click through all 20. I don’t. LOL.
Based on the two minutes I was willing to dedicate to this exercise, I like “Banjo Laura” (eh, it’s cute) and “Angel In Disguise” (any song w/ the lyrics “sexy lips” and “candy eyes” GETS MY VOTE XD), though to be honest THEY ALL SOUND KIND OF THE SAME.
Dear God, Latvia, just do something more upbeat than What For. Musically, I actually liked it, but the Debbie Downer tune tanked at the semis last year.
The universe is sending me a message. Stay in the U.S., save your money, and watch online like you normally do :P To be fair, I’ve just moved to Los Angeles, was just in Germany last May, and really want to go to Hawaii in 2011. Or London. I DON’T KNOW. SO MANY VACATION NEEDS, SO LITTLE MONEY.
Not ruling out going to Duesseldorf, as perhaps could see a semi-final, but WOW.
This is HUGE news. Italy has won the contest twice - once in 1964 and once in 1990 - but hasn’t participated since 1997. Rai had reported in the past that interest in the contest had waned in Italy — winners didn’t do well in the Italian charts. But in the past year or so, the EBU has made a concerted effort to get them back. Looks like it worked!