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ZOMG, Latvian dancefloor pirates! Brilliant. =:D

Other than that, it'd have to be Albania's guitar-backed female soloist, and Croatia's seemingly Romany-inspired entry. Iceland's guy was cute, though. =:)

And death metal from Finland again? They're no Lordi.

Added: oh, Azerbaijan's in the ESC now? Very, very easy on the eyes, too. ^_^ Not a bad track, either.

Spain's Casio Elvis shall live forever.

Who will I vote for? Tricky.. there are a few strong contenders. It's probably down to Latvia, Croatia, and Albania, for me.
It's amazing isn't it? Sad to say that the UK is one of the worst of the contest, there's a lot of strong contenders as you say.

As you say with Finland, they are a poor man's Lordi. I would be very surprised if they won.

Latvia was very good, I had my toes tapping to that one. I liked Armenia, it was pure cheese but I'd go for Bosnia & Herz, I dunno why but it just got me, another fun song. Iceland is a good outside chance. Spain was just downright awful (perhaps in a good way). I don't get what all the fuss is about with Ukraine. And what was it with the French entry, his voice kept braking throughout...
Regrettably true - the British guy has a perfectly good voice, and there's nothing wrong with the entry technically. It's just a very uninspired, formulaic song. (Which is why I put a vote in for Spain. *grin*)

Yep, I really enjoyed Latvia - fun stuff, and it's clear they were having fun, just as Lordi did. I put my second of three votes in for them. Armenia was another I enjoyed, I'll admit - as you say, nothing very new, just enthusiastically done, with some nice little hooks.

Wow, Goran Bregovic in the intermission? Most cool! ^_^

My final vote (assuming they tally all calls, not just the last from any given number) went to Croatia - I have a bit of a weakness for that kind of Balkan moodiness.

Oh, B&H sorely tempted me! Definitely a worthy contender, drawing on a sort of 80s punk look, à la Toyah. Not sure I actually noticed Ukraine's entry this time around - last year's, I did. =:D Mm, the French entry was a bit odd that way.. I'll have to see what I think of the actual singing when I rewatch the event sometime, once the torrents start flowing.

Iceland's guy was definitely cute, but Azerbaijan's really caught me by surprise.. another I'd very happily see emerge as winner. Just as long as it's not one of the generic pop entries, like Greece or Denmark. My choices usually seem to wind up either in the front runners, or barely seeing any votes at all. =:)

There was nothing to make the UK entry stand out from the crowd sadly. At least it was betted than the last three years entries.
What were the other contenders for the British entry like? I missed out on that contest entirely. Disappointing that's what people went for, but maybe that's what happens, if the voting methodology favors the least offensive rather than the most inspiring.

Did you put in a vote?

The last three years British entries consisted of these gems:


I am sure you will agree that the UK deserved the poor vote it recieved for all of those. With the possible exception of 2005, where the UK was the victim of the "Iraq effect."

No I do not vote in it. It's a total farce.
Sorry. I misread your question. I thought you were asking me what the last three years entrants for the UK were like. I have no idea what the other contenders were for this year.
assuming they tally all calls, not just the last from any given number

Good question, actually. The rules just say that "Each Participating Broadcaster shall do its utmost to prevent fraudulent voting in the Shows", which would seem to rule out multiple votes for the same country, but don't seem to specify whether multiple voting is allowed for different countries. I have, though, seen somewhere that only the first phone vote is counted by the BBC. If so, you got registered as Spain-supporting only.

I voted only once, for Latvia. They just seemed to be having fun, and not doing one of those "la la la" dirges that so many countries go in for. I was tempted by the completely bizarre Bosnian washing-line-and-knitting entry, though. The UK did not deserve to come last; I think it was a midfield runner at best, but should have picked up 50-60 points.

And did you hear Sir Terry at the end? He's got seriously browned off by the political voting now, and there must be a slight question mark over his future participation unless something is done about the voting system.
I'd like to find out - I'm just one bunny, but there are surely plenty of Eurovision parties where people will want to cast multiple votes, even aside from a wish for proportional representation. I'd hope such anti-fraud measures would be limited to actual abuses, like robocalling, though I'd be surprised to discover anyone's that determined to undermine the ESC.

I suppose I'd be fine with being counted as supporting Spain, though. ^_^

The UK wound up last? Erg. Not a good showing at all, though, ultimately, some entrants must wind up at the back, just as not all doctors graduate at the top of their class. I was entirely unimpressed with the British entry, and find its placing quite deserved, give or take just how bad it was. Similarly, I could easily have done without the Greek and Russian entries, equally undeserving of more than a polite sneeze whilst ordering a good cappuccino.

I'd watch without Terry, given I've lately done just that, courtesy of the EBU feed. He's great fun, but sometimes, he could do with his inner voice reining him in a bit - we don't need solid commentary at every moment when music or a presenter isn't up.

I do like the idea of some kind of bloc voting. That might work quite well - after all, it's hardly surprising some countries will have a big impact, but that oughtn't feed through to this kind of bizarre monopoly we've been seeing.

Interesting times. ^_^