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My gripe with the Azerbaijan entry is, well, the song. Or lack of it. Yes, the performance and promo vid are fine; but wheras I can enjoy both Molitva and Lasha Tumbai on headphones while on the bus, with this entry, I need the visuals to distract me from the aural component.

The Isis Gee song isn't all that bad; yes, it's bland, but you need some good filler songs so you can run off to the bathroom or mix up some more cocktails. It's almost the sort of thing that France would enter with; would expect something more interesting from Eastern Europe. According to wikipedia (so it must be true), Ms. Isis Gee is originally from Seattle.

At least the Irish entry this year is "interesting", though it seems like a bad mash-up of of Lasha Tumbai (which had better go-go boy dancers, clad in baco-foil instead of feathers) and Flying The Flag (albeit with slightly lower production values and less vocal proficiency).

I actually prefer Andorra's eurobeat to Ireland's (which is just too forced to work). Again, it's decent filler. The sort of song you'd expect to find on Aqua's second album. And it's got key changes a-plenty, so I'm happy.

Speaking of Ireland and Johnny Logan - I won't say any more to spoil it, but check out these commercials (watch the middle one first) from irish TV a couple of years back. (Translation - "free gaff" is slang for "free house, no parents around".)

Posted by Brendan | April 27, 2008 6:52 PM
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I wasn't much into Molitva, personally, so I'm happy to see a bit more spectacle with Azerbaijan. I like a video I can show to my friends over and over again (Switzerland's entry last year was a good one for that, as was Lordi). So they're perfect.

At least Poland is one terrible song this year, unlike last year where it was 3 terrible songs somehow put together.

My only problem with Ireland- because it is normally the kind of thing I like- is the puppet itself. I know it's a TV personality over there or something, but those kind of puppets (the pinch-faced grotesque ones) creep me out to the point where I can barely watch it. Which is too bad because it does have a good bit of self-knowing charm, without being too...spiteful, I guess. I guess I have a high tolerance for the joke entries.

Andorra were adorable last year. This one is a bit meh.

Brendan, have you seen France this year? Different direction from them...

Posted by Abby | April 28, 2008 10:44 AM
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yeah the puppet on ireland freaks me the hell out too! i kinda wish is was bigger an a bit more "animatronic" or something a la henson.

that being said, i can't understand a word that turkey is saying, i just like the big diva wailing in the background.

and OMG! there really is a seattle connection to Eurovision!!! Isis Gee (who kinda looks like a post-op tranny)!

i love how her bio on the eurovision site name drops people who the people she works with have worked with. so fucking circular and hilarious!

that last one seems like run-o-the-mill eurobeat to me. i'd give it 6.

Posted by terry miller | April 28, 2008 1:36 PM
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Abby, I do love the French one this year, got a great almost glam-era retro vibe to it. Very ipod-friendly; even though it doesn't have a catchy verse/chorus, it's still managed to get stuck in my head (partly dislodging O Julissi, at least for now). But I don't know if it's got enough "instant appeal" to work in the ESC...

Posted by Brendan | April 29, 2008 1:40 AM

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