Music Moment: Australia in Eurovision: Grand Final!

Australians, fellow Australian lovers of Eurovision, please don’t read for this post contains major spoilers!

It’s official! As of around 8:45am this morning AEST, the winner of Eurovision took his trophy ad held it high about his head in victory!

Hooray for Sweden, I didn’t think you’d do it again so soon and while you were a hot favourite to win, I was gunning for my favourites: #RUS #BEL #EST #AUS #LAT and that’s how I voted.

OH YES AUSTRALIA VOTED FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.  Thank you!  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity which probably won’t come around until the 100th anniversary (maybe).  I’m so glad I had this chance, because I usually don’t vote on talent shows (couldn’t be bothered), but for Eurovision, it’s my only exception!  I voted like crazy until I ran out of votes (only 20 per phone) and was so glad I got confirmations that each and every one of my votes were recorded!  Yay for Optus!

I am so pleased with the final results, I can barely contain my excitement.  Good thing I didn’t actually vomit!

1. SWEDEN
2. Russia
3. Italy
4. Belgium
5. Australia
6. Latvia
7. Estonia
8. Norway
9. Israel
10. Serbia

Trust me.  I woke up this morning at 4:45am because I knew if I didn’t get at least 15mins before it started, I wouldn’t make it.  THANKFULLY I DID, because at first I freaked out when tuning into Eurovision.tv, and when it told me to download something I didn’t think I would be set in time.  LUCKILY there’s such a thing as broadband these days!  Without it, I wouldn’t know how I’d live with the disappointment of missing a part of the final.  Sure it’s songs I’ve seen performed before, but IT’S A MUST NOT MISS THING.

Anyway I heard the familiar European Broadcasting Union melody and breathed a heavy sigh of relieved.  Then it kept going and I wondered if I’d messed up on the installation (turns out it was just like a warning thing, telling ya that it’s about to start in five minutes).

And then it started.  *COLLECTIVE GASP* Well there would have been if it hadn’t been 5am in the morning, the sky still black as my hair, and the stars still peeking out through the clouds while I lay in bed, waiting for a more appropriate time to head out to the bigger tv and catch the SBS broadcast as opposed to the stream direct from Eurovision.  I wanted to vote heck!  And I couldn’t vote if I watched the stream.

Overall, it was the best show ever.  It is every year, but I fall in love it over and over.  I love most of the acts (Finland’s punk act in Semi Final 1 was a bit strange, but hey, I like Finland for the points they gave Australia!)

I’m happy my favourites got into the top ten!  Russia almost came first and while I did like Sweden’s winning song, I really didn’t think he would get all the way to the top!  But for a long time in the voting, Sweden, Italy and Russia were battling it out.  For a while Russia was winning, until Sweden completely took over, telling Russia to go get stuffed!  I’m sadden, but hey I don’t mind going back to Sweden again.  They gave us ABBA and Loreen and a whole lot more.  Last time their voting interval act was fun too!  (Putting aside all the remarks about the Sweden winner, which shouldn’t impinge on his victory I think.)

Now to Australia.

First it should be noted that Australia is NOT a European country.  We are in fact in the southern hemisphere and are part of Australasia lol.  BUT we have been a long time broadcaster of Eurovision, so this year for the 60th Anniversary of Eurovision, they invited Australia to perform as a Contestant!  I wasn’t particularly excited about Guy Sebastian and the idea of performing in Eurovision, and actually doing well, felt like an illusion, I mean, I felt like Australia was little better than the United Kingdom.  It is no secret that the UK rarely does well.  This year, indeed, they didn’t do so well again.  But Australia did!  It’s probably that illusion of first time Eurovision performers, and the fact that Australia was taking it so seriously on stage that gave them the chance (I have little to say about the song, since it’s not quite to my tastes, but Europe sure as hell enjoyed it!)

I was very proud of Australia for doing their best, even with Guy Sebastian and our disadvantageous spot as a non-European country.  Congrats to us for fifth place!! We had to fight it out with Belgium for a while there, and Belgium was one of my top favourites as well!

Music Videos of Second, Third and Fourth Place!

Russia (2nd Place)

Italy (3rd Place)

Belgium (4th Place)

On a final note, I will say, other than Italy, none of the other non-English language performance language songs made it into the top ten, which was disappointing!

Oh and because I do love Estonia’s performance:

Maybe one day I’ll get to live blog this while I’m actually at a Eurovision venue!  Well, until then, I look forward to Eurovision 2016 in Sweden! Again! Right now, it’s 10:48am, almost two hours after the Grand Final took place in Austria.  Hooray for Sweden, congrats again!

Music Moment: Australia in Eurovision: Eurovision Semi Final 2!

Songs 1 to 5:

For the second Semi Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, I felt it began rocky, with acts that weren’t over all too strong.  But from Montenegro onwards, they were totally taking over the stage!  Yes, the earlier ones were different, and Montenegro was a ballad, but I disliked the kissing in Lithuania (felt too forced and the duet sounded off to my ears), Ireland, I liked her but I felt like something was off there too, and San Marino….maybe they were just too young, because for most of the song I wanted it to get to the point!  But Montenegro really picked it up, and I gotta say, I liked their performance, in their local language ( that makes three including those from Semi Final 1 so far since I’m writing this up as the Semi is showing ).  Malta was a power ballad like Georgia yesterday,  and is also called ‘Warrior’, I liked it, but well hit me!  I want to see what else is on tonight!

Songs 6 to 8

Norway, wow.  Look at that girl’s hair! And the jewel hair ornament. The duet here is much darker and stronger than San Marino!   A song called ‘A monster like me’ that was surrounded with a rather dark yet fiery background. It was darkly powerful and intense at the same time.  Portugal, yay, good for them, also singing in a language other than English.  Strong too! I like her look!  But apparently not as well loved as Norway by Australians!  The Czech Republic was next, haven’t seen them for around six years.  So it’s been a while.  Another duet, man and woman, of course, singing about hop never dying. The vocals were very strong, and there was even a shoe throwing moment!   But with so many duets tonight and my head still stuck with Estonia’s performance last night, I guess I didn’t love this song a lot!

Songs 9 to 10

Israel has been a favourite apparently, so I look forward to their performance.  Sorry guys if my tenses are all over the place!  I’m trying to write as this happens, and yet at the same time by the time it’s posted, this post will be post-Eurovision, so deal with me for a bit here!  Omg I like Israel so far!  So active!! OMG I WANT THEM TO WIN.  There’s that tone to the music (or is it melody?), anyway technical terms aside, there’s a sense of mediterraneaness in the music which I love.  I liked the active dancing too.  And it was active, fun, and different to all the ballads I’ve been hearing tonight.  Next is Latvia!  Reminds me of Margaret Berger in 2013 for Norway.  But more….explosive!  Her voice is delicately strong in that similar sense.  Next is Azerbaijan–with a performer from a few years back.  He’s killing it again, but then again, another ballad!  Two dancers accompany Elnur (scuse me if that’s wrong!) on the stage, and they’re a little distracting, but they’re not bad.

Songs 11 to 15

Iceland is coming up next, she reminds me of Emmelie de Forest!  For  visual moment there, even though are nothing alike!  She’s cute though, and her voice isn’t bad.  I like her song, but not as much as some others.  I like the chorus part of her song though :). Sweden–now they are one of the most hyped up contestants I’ve seen in a while!  Oh…he’s cute.  I love how he looks.  Now…is he worth the hype? Okay so he can sing, but I swear most of the hype is from the hotness on the stage (lol).  But then again, the song is pretty good, lyric-wise.  Next is Switzerland.  Yay! I kept seeing some of the singers for Switzerland in the SBS backstage parts.  I liked what I was hearing so I can’t wait for this!  Pretty dress for the main performer–gem/crystal bodice with flowy, good for the wind machine skirts, and four back up singers in the back performing with drums (little see through drums)–I love that effect visually.  I smell potential winner with them!  Their performance is so *star eyes* explosive!  Cyprus! So soft and gentle.  Since Turkey isn’t in it this year again (my disappointment is never ending about that), I am half rooting for Cyrus!  And wow, it’s a very difference song to the explosive ballads I’ve been hearing so far!  Then again, considering an explosive ballad won last year, it was no surprise that there would be so many this year!

Songs 16 to 17

Slovenia is/was the second last song of the night.  Interesting vocals for the female performer.  There’s also a guy on the piano with pretty interesting hair.   And the back up dancers are playing imaginary violins as well!  I think the guy playing the piano is playing the piano though lol.  The last song of the night has the prettiest stage visual.  The back screen is displaying drapes fluttering in the breeze and branches of blossoms.  Again, like the previous performance, there is a piano in the background.  But the focus is definitely predominantly on the performer.

Top Four Favourites of Semi Final 2!

1: Israel

2: Latvia

3: Switzerland

4: Slovenia (For the imaginary instruments!)

Posting this before the actual results of the Australian broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final 2 are being shown!

Random Music Moment #81

Now that Eurovision is over, I find it hard to think of anything but because the music is still in my head, especially this song!  I love that it’s a little different to the top three songs, and I love that it came 4th out of 26.  What’s more I love that it’s electronic/electro pop.  I feel it’s pretty catchy;

Now I can see
The whole world is mine
I can touch and feel
I feed you my love

You put a knife against my back
And you dare me to face the attack
You say, “For cowards there’s no reward”
Feel the heat

Full lyrics HERE

…and I love her vocals.  I really love the way she sings “Now I can see/the whole world is mine/ I can touch and feel/ I feed you my love”.  There’s just this really nice tone to it that distracts me from finalising my assignments but! I’m almost done with uni and I’m excited!!! Haha, soooooo please enjoy today’s random music moment, sung by the lovely Margaret Berger for Norway during the Eurovision this year, “I feed you my love”.

 

Random Music Moment #80

Soooo I’m actually posting this up early since my dear brother let slip who is the winner of Eurovision.  And I am ecstatic!!!  It’s the favourite, it’s my favourite, and I swear they knew they won before they won!  Emmelie de Forest is beautiful in her simple dress, walking about stage in bare feet.  How very Loreen-like :P.  I love the whistle – (I think it’s a whistle) and I love the drums.  I love the shower of sparks and the falling confetti and the lyrics and well, I just loved it overall!  Here it is – the winning song – Emmelie De Forest singing Only Teardrops

 

Omg!!! bahahaha did they seriously announce the winner before the final four countries voted?!?!?!?!?! Omg lol!!!!! Wellllll at least Emmelie de forest got a chance to prepare!  But I love that Loreen handed over the trophy, that was awesome!!

Random Music Moment #79

Here it is!  Yesterday’s second semi final of the 2013 Eurovision contest, shown tonight on SBS in Australia!  Here are the ten finalists.  It sucks that Switzerland didn’t get through (the old man was awsome!) and Romania did (he’s totally the new dracula now!), it was one awesome semi!  I absolutely loved Norway’s dress, I absolutely loved Gerogia’s performance.  Seriously Georgia has exactly the same feel as Denmark had last night – the winning feel.  My bets are on them to win and I can’t wait for the Grand Final tomorrow!!!  I’m going to be dodging the news all day just so it won’t get spoiled!

Here are the ten semi-final 2 finalists! (In no particular order…)

1) Margaret Berger – I feed you my love (Norway)

2) Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani – Waterfall (Georgia)

3) Eythor Ingi – Ég Á Líf (Iceland)

4) Koza Mostra feat. Agathon Iakovidis – Alcohol Is Free (Greece)

5) Cezar – It’s My Life (Romania)

6) Gianluca – Tomorrow (Malta)

7) DoriansLonely Planet (Armenia)

8) Krista Siegfrids – Marry Me (Finland)

9)  Farid Mammadov – Hold Me (Azerbaijan)

10) ByeAlex – Kedvesem (Zoohacker Remix) (Hungary)

Random Music Moment #78

It’s here!  Omg it’s here!  Tonight, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, it is the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest!  So Unfortunately for those who have seen it, I am three days behind (sorry guys!) and for those who won’t see it for a while because it’s possibly not broadcast in their country for some time (sorry again!).  Then again, this is the modern, digital, technology golden age!  I bet everyone’s already seen the first semi, with the exception of me, who prefers to wait until it’s broadcast on tv.  Lol, geeez for someone brought up in this age, I’m kinda, just a bit old fashioned…haha.  Oh well!  Anyway, firstly, here are are the ten finalists!!! Omg!!!

Firstly I loved Austria and couldn’t believe it didn’t get through.  Secondly, I loved Denmark and I’m so glad they got through!  Thirdly I just finished watching it!

In no particular order, I present the ten finalists!
1) Zlata Ognevich – Gravity (Ukraine)

2) Andrius Pojavis – Something (Lithuania)

3) Emmelie de ForestOnly Teardrops (Denmark)

4) Aliona Moon – O Mie (Moldova)

5) Alyona Lanskaya – Solayoh (Belarus)

6) Dina Garipova – What if (Russia)

7) Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives (Ireland)

8) Birgit – Et Uus Saaks Alguse (Estonia)

9) Roberto Bellarosa – Love Kills (Belgium)

10) Anouk – Birds (Netherlands)

 

Random Music Moment #77

So so so I’ve missed a day or two of Random Music Moments and I am really sorry.  I will say firstly, it’s uni, uni, uni.  Secondly, I really had no idea what I was going to post now that the first semi of Eurovision has passed (Tuesday 14th) which I won’t see until tomorrow night (Friday 17th) and I didn’t want to post anything until I did watch the semi.  BUT, as life would have it, I cannot resist.  I have the need to post another.  So, unfortunately, I am behind, and unfortunately in front, I can’t see anyway I can balance out my absolute desire to watch the semi right now.  But I won’t.  I’m going to stick to it, and wait it out!  I’m so bloody excited, one more day.  One more day until it starts for me and any other fans of Eurovision here down under!!!

 

Sooooo today’s Random Music Moment is in honour of all the past winners of Eurovision.  Yes, I know I’ve posted the winners from the last ten or so years, but this time, this is every winner from every Eurovision since it first began in 1956.  Please enjoy!

Random Music Moment #76

This is it!  For me here down under I won’t see the first semi until Friday which is a big BUMMER.  But for those in Europe they will be watching the first semi tomorrow, the 14th of May in MalmöSweden!  Excited!!!!  If you want to compare my excitement, for those who read Naruto, I am the equivalent of Sasuke’s fangirls.  Just imagine insane squealing, because I am seriously THAT excited.  This is my favourite time of the year!  And as the final Random Music Moment I am dedicating to the lead-up-to-Eurovision is the final winner up to now.

This was one of my favourites, alongside Cyprus‘s Ivi Adamou and Russia’s Buranovskiye Babushki.  I loved the winner last year, and I totally think she deserved to win!  Please enjoy tonight’s Random Music Moment, winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song ContestEuphoria by Loreen.

 

Random Music Moment #75

So, following such a simple stage performance and winning song such as Lena’s Satellite from Germany, I wondered who could possibly win.  We’d already had something exotic (Greece 2005), something scary (Finland 2006), something big-voiced (Serbia 2007),  something beautiful (Russia 2008), something fantasy (Norway 2009), and something simple (Germany 2010), so who could possibly be next?

Now I’ll say it, because I’ve always believed, I like Azerbaijan’s performances.  I do think their song choices are excellent   But the winner of the 2011 Eurovision song contest certainly surprised me.  Actually overall, it was very hard for me to pick a possible winner that year, there were so many songs I’d put on the same level, and not really any that stood out to me.  Except well, Azerbaijan stood out because of the beautiful stage presence.  They do look very pretty up there on stage.

Let me introduce you to today’s Random Music Moment, the winner of the 2011 Eurovision Song ContestRunning Scared by Ell & Nikki

Random Music Moment #74

I think this is one of the simplest stage performances to win Eurovision in a long time.  The winner of the 2010 Eurovision, just Lena and her little black dress, notorious!

Today’s Random Music Moment is Satellite by Lena

Random Music Moment #73

Ah this was probably the highlight year for me.  I remember this year the best.  After such an amazing stage presence with Finland’s winner in 2006, the big Serbian song and first-song-other-than-English-for-a-long-time to win in 2007, and the simple big-voiced song winner in 2008, and then in 2009, we have the charming, young Alexander Ryback from Norway!  Seriously, this song was catchy, well-sung, interesting, with a seriously young front man.

What’s interesting about this song is that it’s based off Norwegian folklore.  It’s about the Huldra, a beautiful female creature that lures young men to her and then curses them.  Sounds like a Siren or Succubus to me!

Lyrics:

Years ago, when I was younger
I kinda liked, a girl I knew
She was mine, and we were sweethearts
That was then, but then it’s true

I’m in love, with a fairytale
Even though it hurts
Coz I don’t care if I lose my mind
I’m already cursed

Full Lyrics HERE

But the funny thing is, when I listened to the lyrics of this song, I thought about the fairytales I knew and I also thought about the perspectives of love.  Funny how something so irrelevantly relevant could pop up and wah-la, connection of an international level.  And the schema is completely different!

Amazing, isn’t it?

I wonder…well, anyway!  Please enjoy today’s RMM, not long now to the next Eurovision!!! The winner of the 2009 Eurovision Song ContestFairytale by Alexander Rybak.

Random Music Moment #72

So after the amazing stage performance and ballad by Marija Serifovic, we have this song.  Unlike it’s predecessor, it is a very simple stage performance.   Three figures on the stage.  One ice skater and not just any ice skater but the Olympic gold medalist, three time world champion,  Evgeni Plushenko, one violinist and composer Edvin Marton who was playing on his Stradivarius and of course the one in the spotlight, Dima Bilan.  What a cast!  And when I watch it, even I have to agree it is a very effective trio, and I didn’t know about the skater or the violinist!  Please enjoy today’s Random Music Moment, and the winner of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest: Believe by Dima Bilan

Random Music Moment #71

Sooooo yesterday was scary, today, ballad-beautiful.  Molitva is in Serbian, and was the first act for Serbia as an independent state from Montenegro.  What I think is amazing, through all the list of songs I’ve posted as winners, this is the first one that’s sung in a language other than English!

Next, the song was translated into a few other languages including English and it had an amazing stage presence.  I did enjoy the stage performance and I enjoyed the song.  It’s definitely interesting, definitely different.  I hope you enjoy it too, please say hello to today’s (very late) Random Music Moment, the winner of the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, Molitva by Marija Serifovic

Random Music Moment #70

Rock ‘n’ roll angels bring thy hard rock hallelujah

Demons and angels all in one have arrived

Rock ‘n’ roll angels bring thy hard rock hallelujah

In God’s creation supernatural high

Read more: LORDI – HARD ROCK HALLELUJAH LYRICS

You know Eurovision is full of amazing costumes, some whacky, some gorgeous.  Mika Newton’s was gorgeous, so was Yohanna’s, Jedward‘s are whacky, but fun whacky.  This one is pretty damn outrageous- could be fun, could be scary.  I got a shock, a surprise, a whoaaaa really? reaction and then I was like, this isn’t such a bad song.  In fact, I couldn’t help but be sucked into the rhythm and rhyme, the melody and the bass, and anything else that’s relevantly musicky haha.

And I have to say, this eye catching act certainly had a good reason for winning!  It’s anything but boring LOL, please enjoy today’s RMM, the winner of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, Hard Rock Hallelujah by Lordi

Random Music Moment #69

Strangely I don’t remember this one very much.  I think I remember watching, but I might have been at the stage where I still had to go to bed early.  BUT I remember the year after!  Believe that was kind of  unforgettable lol.  And I guess it can’t be helped that I forgot this one!  Well, I tried not to.  Anyywwaayyy today’s Random Music Moment is the winner of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest!  — My Number One by Helena Paprizou

Random Music Moment #68

This was the first winner I remembered accurately. Do you know why? It’s because my grade 5-6 teacher mentioned it to the class. Hehe I thought, like any arrogant child would, that only I was the Eurovision master. I thought I was the only one who watched the great and wildly wonderful Eurovision.  Turns out the world was a tad bigger than I thought.

The effects: One) Ruslana‘s Wild Dances is probably one of my favourite perfances.  It’s wild, aggressive, energetic.  The dancing is top-notch and the music is interesting.  Two) If I could remember that performance, the time and approximate month, then I was old enough to remember other things ;P

That was the upside.  The downside, I still had trouble pinpointing the month and day, you see the calendars for the next year don’t come out until the end of the year, so even if I wrote it on the current year’s calendar, there was a chance, mostly likely that I would forget and throw it away before writing it down again.  Haha.

But yet, despite the possibility of me completely forgetting, I remembered.  Hehe, well, anyway, enjoy today’s Random Music Moment!

Wild Dances by Ruslana

Random Music Moment #67

I remember humming this on the way to school.  I remember crossing the road, catching the faintest grasp of the winning sound in my ear, yet I could barely remember it.  I can’t believe Turkey won, but it was good.

Funny even though I had the faintest memory of this winning song, it’s not until the year after that I started counting the months properly and noting the winners.  But anyway! Today’s RMM is Every way that I can by Sertab Erener

Random Music Moment #65

Omg!  This is it guys!  My final countdown!  Though the first time I remembered and dated the winning song of the winning year, I decided to start a couple of years earlier.  I have two reasons for this, 1) I remember looking at the map the year after this particular song won, and wondered why it was in Equador, South America, considering it was a European show after all.  It was a little while later that I realised, the winning country had not been Equador but Estonia!  Lol, how interesting age can be in playing a role, manipulating the memory.  I was pretty young, so I’m not surprised I was wrong.  Still, shocking considering the geography.

So today’s Random Music Moment is the winner of the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest.  It was from Estonia, performed in English by Tanel Padar and David Benton featuring 2XL.

A couple of interesting facts about this winning song.  1) David Benton was the oldest contestant to win the contest and 2) he was the first, dare I say it? and I will say I quoted it from Wikipedia, so don’t rag on me! Benton was the first black  contestant to win.   [I apologise if I offend anyone, but filling that spot with euphemisms….I’d feel, would make it worse.]

 

Everybody by Tanel Padar and Dave Benton

Random Music Moment #64

Whoooo and for the last one before I start the winners countdown is today’s special song.  Haha I remember this because it was such a strong powerful song that had vocals that were pretty unique? Can I describe it as unique?  Perhaps.  Well it’s something oyu have to listen for yourselves, soooo take a moment and enjoy today’s Random Music Moment: Jan Jan By Inga and Anush

Random Music Moment #63

Always on my mind~

Always in my heart~

Full Lyrics HERE

This was another that my friend used to drive me crazy with.  She loved singing it, she loved the chorus.  Granted, it is a very cute love song, that combines lust and love in equal proportions.  It’s my own opinion, but I think it’s way better than the song that won Azerbaijan the Eurovision Song Contest!

Beautiful, love, cute, pleasant to listen to, pleasing to watch, please enjoy today’s Random Music Moment: Always by Aysel and Arash