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Should I be quite so excited for Eurovision? If Austria wins, I'm liable to explode in a rainbow of squee. ^_^

Anyway, all the supplies are in for the event: just picked up the bread (two crusty baguettes, warm from the oven, along with a sourdough bloomer and an olive focaccia) and some sliced meats (some more of the superb Italian style ham I tried the other day, as well as some hot Italian salami and some peppered salt beef), and some cream cheese stuffed sweet peppers. And to ensure the availability of really good Long Island Iced Teas, some good London gin (much as I enjoy the graanjenever here, it's really quite a different animal) and white rum (similarly, Captain Morgan's spiced is highly palatable, but it wants to take over the flavor in a cocktail).

Anyone else watching? ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
No way, i shall avoid it by listening to some rel music tonight
You missed out. ^_^ Best ESC of the past five years, with some particularly fun tracks, and concert-worthy stage performances.
I voted for Austria. I really liked the song.
Hee! Yep, same here. I even had the privilege of voting twice, as Ghostangel wanted to vote for Austria as well, but they're over in Michigan. I do wish they'd allow online voting, though - feels a bit cheeky asking people to pay for a premium rate phone call, and not permitting voting by SMS. Still, I suppose it's a fair technical challenge to accept a surge of voting in a matter of minutes.

I wonder if Eurovision could make an exception to the rules and allow Australia to join in - seems to be quite a popular there too, with SBS broadcasting it, albeit delayed, given the time difference.
According to a tweet (I forget the poster, but it's in my timeline), the reason we don't do SMS/online voting is because of the voting scandals that rocked the BBC a few years ago (naming of Blue Peter cats was mentioned). Now, if don't know if that's BBC guidelines or if it's imposed on us by the EBU.
Yay, you're still here! *hug* I do miss your LJ entries.

Ahh, you could be correct - I recall something along those lines. Interesting, then, as you note - is this something voluntarily excluded by the BBC, or imposed on them by the organisers? Hm. I suppose it couldn't hurt if I dropped the BBC and/or EBU a line to find out.

I'm delighted with how the evening turned out, in every regard. Even the roomie enjoyed the show, agreeing there were quite a lot of good acts this year, and not really any clunkers either. I even had my favorite win, too. ^_^ And the food & drink worked out brilliantly, with a fine assortment of meats, cheeses, fish, and various breads joined by Long Island Iced Teas, beer & cider, and a superb bottle of wine (McRae Wood 2010 Shiraz, courtesy of Waitrose).

With even a musical evening following, too - "Q the Music", with a 13-piece ensemble and two talented vocalists offering up pretty much every theme and some instrumentals, even including Fatboy Slim's take on it.
*hug* Yes, still here and posting occasional ramblings (I've added you to the filter I've been using recently). Livejournal is, for me, part tweet lengthener (twitter seems to be the closest I manage to social) part.. well, journal. Somewhere I can jot down those bits of the goo that passes for my brain that boil over.

Either I haven't paid much attention to recent BBC contests or else I've just forgotten how glittering they must have been. Look at what they could've won. Good game.

Conversely, we didn't rate many of the acts this year. I don't believe anyone scored above an 8 in any category. Like many people, I don't get how we can have such catchy tunes in the charts and yet the Eurovision tunes are very... Eurovision.