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It is your chance to vote in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. It is time to make your choice of the 26 countries that have made it to the final of the 57th Eurovision Song Contest in Baku.
Will the favourites Sweden win? Or will neighbours Norway pip them to it? Can Jedward do it for Ireland or will Italy win bragging rights? Will the Russia grannies show they can do it like the youngsters? (That is enough name dropping – Ed.)
So you know the deal! Pick your top ten award them points 12, 10, and 8-1.
So vote here
See the results here
See the animated scoreboard here
- EBU Press Conference (escireland.com)
- Jedward through to Eurovision Finals (newstalk.ie)
- First Semi-Final concludes, we have ten finalists! (eurovision.tv)
Iceland: Greta Salóme & Jónsi “Mundu Eftir Mér”
Should be a lot better in English, I see this as a qualifier.
What would happen if Sertab Erener and Eric Saade had a lovechild that didn’t make it past the semis?
Norway : Tooji ”Stay“
Hungary: Compact Disco ”Sound of Our Hearts“
Belarus: Alena Lanskaya “All My Life”
So MGP draws to a close and the excitement surrounding Stella Mwangi’s entry has reached near fever pitch amongst some fans and in the bookies as well who put her well out in front of the other contestants.
You can view the live final on www.NRK.NO at 20.00 CET/19.00 GMT on Saturday 12th of Feb.
The running order is as below:
1: Helene Bøksle – “Vard Lid”
2: Sie Gubba – “Everything you want”
3: Babel Fish – “Depend On Me”
4: The Lucky Bullets – “Four Below”
5: The BlackSheeps – “Dance Tonight”
6: Stella Mwangi – “Haba Haba”
7: Åste & Rikke – “Not That Easy (Ah-Ah Ah-Ah)”
8: Male Sørvaag – “You’re Like a Melody”
And finally the last of the 3 Nordic nations to have their selection process kick off this weekend is Norway (who won the best national finals in our awards for last year). It will take place in Ørland.
They too have released the songs early and you can listen to them below:
One of the ones thats pretty ok pop is Carinal Dahl with Guns and Boys
Best Video of 2010
It’s all about you by Juliana Pasha
Quite simply inspiring, a very original video that help launch Juliana into our hearts.
Drip/Drop by Safura,
Je Ne Sais Quoi by Hera Bjork
Playing with Fire – Paula Seling & Ovi
Best National Final
Norway’s NRK – Meolodi Grand Prix 2010
Denmark’s DR’s Melody Grand Prix
Romania’s TVR’s Selec?ia Na?ional?
Best Live Song
Paula Selling & Ovi – Playing with Fire
Timoteij – Langtan – quite simply a fantastic album, with the exception of one song, the album is pure gold. Well done Girls
Tom Dice – Teardrops
Safura – It’s My War (it’s the album Nadine Coyle should have released)
Anna Bergendahl – Yours Sincerely’
Lena – My Cassette Player
Best song improvement from National Finals:
There can only be one winner in this: Juliana Pasha – It’s all about you
It went from the Albanian Final in December:
To the video in March that changed the song completely:
To the live performance in May with a few more tweaks that made perfection:
Best Key Change
We are being patriotic and staying at home with this one, Niamh may not have gotten the votes but she got the notes.
Didrik – My Heart Is Yours
Most Out Of Tune
Serbia Serbia Serbia
Latvia with the cat woman. Aisha ”What For?”
Least Deserving of 12 Points
Without a doubt Russia - 12 points from Belarus
Belarus – 12 points from Georgia
Spain – 12 points from Portugal
Most Deserving 12 Points
Denmark – 5 in total (you hate them I know Lee)
Albania – 1
Romania – 1
Paula Selling for Romania in her little catsuit – thankfully she didn’t go in her silver version. Plus Ovi was easy on the eye as well
Best Backing Act(s)
France with their cute little knacker with the unibrow who wasn’t afraid to take off his top. What? We’re shallow, we’ll freely admit that
The trio in the Albanian song – they really made that song for a lot of us.
That lot from the UK: Bless, they danced their hearts out for nothing. But you have to admire their effort though.
Most Cheesy Moment:
The Netherlands with their classic showing of Dutch Culture with the clogs and organs and stuff
Lithuania and their lack of pants!
The Kate Ryan Award
And Finally introducing what we hope will be a regular feature the Kate Ryan award. We want this award to go to the country that you think should have made it to the final. Basically this is open to all to vote in and we will keep it open until January 20th. The entrants are all the countries that did not win a place into the final. So should have Slovakia snuck in? Finland finished first? Or were The Netherlands nearly there?
Simply click on the following link to place your vote or by using the poll below.
With all the artists and songs announced we now know the full line up for Melody Grand Prix 2011. With classy looking photos again NRK announced a load of relative unknowns, but they have been quoted as saying that 2010 was about the artists and 2011 is about the songs.
Heat 1 – Ørland: Jan 15th
Carina Dahl: ‘Guns & Boys’
Use Me: ‘Daisy’
Sichelle: ‘Trenger mer’
Sie Gubba: ‘Alt du vil ha’
Åste & Rikke: ‘Not That Easy’
Helene Bøksle: ‘Vardlokk’
Gatas Parlament: ‘Jobbe litt mindre og tjene litt mer’
Heat 2 – Florø: Jan 22nd
Mimi Blix: ‘Allergic’
Babel Fish: ‘Depend on Me’
Pernille & Marius: ‘I’ll be Yours’
Hanne Sørvaag: ‘You’re like a Melody’
Endre: ‘Oh, Oh (Puppy Love)’
Marika Lejon: ‘Hungry for You (Gipsydance)’
Heat 3 – Skien: Jan 29th
Grethe Svensen: ‘Like Dreamers Do’
Girl Happy: ‘SOS’
The BlackSheeps: ‘Dance Tonight’
Noora Noor: ‘Gone With the Wind’
Susperia: ‘Nothing Remains’
Stella Mwangi: ‘Haba Haba’
The Lucky Bullets: ‘Fire Below’
Monday 24th 20:30 RTÉ 1
Eurovision: The Contenders
Marty Whelan presents a preview of all the entries at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, and talks to Niamh Kavanagh about her return to the contest to represent Ireland
Tuesday 24th RTÉ 2
Alexander Rybak – Fairytale the Movie
Documentary following Norwegian singer-composer Alexander Rybak as he travels around Europe after winning the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest 2010 Semi-Final
Coverage of the first semi-final for the 55th Eurovision Song Contest as 17 countries compete to secure a place in Saturday’s final in Oslo
Thursday 27th 20:00
The Eurovision Song Contest 2010 Semi-Final
Niamh Kavanagh’s bid to repeat her 1993 victory begins in the second semi-final of this year’s competition from the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway, as she represents Ireland with the ballad It’s for You
Saturday 29th 20:00
The Eurovision Song Contest 2010 Final
Marty Whelan commentates on the final of this year’s contest from the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway, as 25 countries compete for the coveted title.
PS. Just so you know we will be liveblogging the Semi-Finals and possibly the Final (if we all arent at the Final or at parties) here on ESCIreland.com so do join us! Also, dont forget to make your predictions!
I must admit, I’m rather taken with the home entry this year. It seems to have been constructed in the style of an X-Factor winner’s single; simple melody, builds to a hyperdramatic finish, sexy and sweet singer… all it’s really missing is the obligatory Cowell Gospel Choir.
Still, Diddy has his amazing fake violinsts so what does he care. The lyric “I feel it rise again” would suggest that My Heart Is Yours might even be a sequel to Secret Garden’s You Raise Me Up. It certainly has a similar structure and melody.
- 00:00 – Single spot light, no backing track, just a mysterious man from Primark singing his song… intriguing…
- 00:20 – The lights go up… ooh isn’t Didrik dreamy! Not sure about that jacket though
- 00:32 – Right down the barrel of the camera, like a young(er) Nick Clegg… weak at the knees for the man from Primark…
- 00:48 – Fake violin playing backing dancers in arrowhead formation? Check.
- 00:54 – He really has great hair
- 00:57 – I feel it rise again. We love a man with stamina
- 01:22 – Love, love, love how the slut with the violin tries to make eyes at my Didrik; he teases her for a millisecond before turning to camera to look at ME, his one true love! Notice the position his left hand is in in too! It’s always different with the left hand!
- 01:42 – Because my heart is yours, I’ll never leave you. It’s a sing-along-anthem!
- 01:52 – Loving the left hand work.
- 02:07 – Surprise key change!
- 02:14 – Yourrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs. We’re dizzy with excitement at this stage!
- 02:24 – We love the step-step-sidestep-whilst fiddling dance. So easy, if one had a fiddle…
- 02:30 – Bit of fisting action in homage to the great Johnny Logan. In fact that explains the rather dodgy choice of white jacket too…
- 02:34 – And a bit of a key change to go with the feasting. WEAK.
- 02:42 – A-GAAAAAIN. Ooh, another surprise key change and some pyrotechniks to boot!
- 02:52 – Wow. What an ending. Note to Niamh; this is how you close a big ballad. I actually want to throw some knickers at the stage when he stops singing.
So, yeah. I love, love, love the man from Primark. He’s only 22, bless his wooly hat. It mightn’t be the greatest song in the contest but it’s a perfectly constructed weapon for a Saturday night entertainment show. Unfortunately the draw has not been kind at performing third in the final will hurt the homeboys chances. But he’ll always have a place in our hearts, and apparently us in his!