Discussion in 'Special & Novelty Betting' started by Steve_uk, Jan 11, 2017.
I'm sure we can find space for Rona. She thoroughly deserves this tribute.
The BBC has unveiled names of the expert panel who will appear in the UK national final, Eurovision: You Decide, which takes place on Friday 27th January:
Sophie Ellis Bextor
Sophie is a singer who has had a number of hits including Murder on the Dancefloor and Get Over You. Bruno is a professional dancer, best known for his roles as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing in the UK and Dancing with the Stars in the US. CeCe Sammy is a well-known vocal coach who has worked on shows such as The X Factor and The Voice.
The six acts to represent the UK were released today. From an internet poll it seems Freedom Hearts seems the most popular, but my favourite is Nate Simpson's What Are We Made Of, though it's always difficult to tell without a live performance and I wonder if any of them are going to set the Eurovision stage alight.
That's fcuking garbage, another Nil points guaranteed then.
At least we're becoming consistent.
Could be the bet of the year.
Whats odds are we Steve to get the wooden spoon?
I think that's a little harsh. The Irish will like it and San Marino always are loyal. Notwithstanding I suppose it's symptomatic of how low our expectations have become that I'm even saying that.
As expected Lucie Jones-lookalike Timebelle has won with her song Apollo, though fortunately for us we don't have to qualify whereas Switzerland has to stand out even to get a look in for the contest proper.
The best song seems the one that came last last year.
After a marathon schedule which tested the patience of diehard Eurovision fans, a Tech Music School, Fulham, Music Management student has won with her eminently forgettable pop performance of Perfect Life.
How different it all was forty years ago when a modest young singer, whom Lynsey de Paul uncharitably described as "nothing" opened her heart (and if I hadn't gone up to heaven with the backing group at the beginning I had by the end), whilst Mike Moran for the UK hid behind dark sunglasses. The Bird and the Child have since flown away to escape the workman's bulldozer, making way for the new Wembley Stadium, but many of us still have our untainted memories of the night, as we now grapple with Requiem and any esoteric meaning the song is likely to possess.
Spain's contest starts at 21:05 UK time and there's a link here: http://eurovisionworld.com/?esc=spain-objetivo-eurovision-2017-listen-to-the-songs
Italian is not really my language but let's just say Nessun dorma till Italia had chosen its cantata. In the event cheeky chappie Francesco Gabbani stole the show with a party song which proved popular in the Sanremo hall.
I can't see anything beating this, but then I did think the same about Russia last year. It all looks so haphazard yet in reality it's polished with cognates such as Karma, intelligenza, evoluzione, and the singin' in the rain and sex appeal placed to appeal to English speakers. It's a fun entry with the serious message that maybe we're all getting a little too sophisticated and should look to our progenitors to understand more about ourselves.
Spain has chosen Manel Navarro with a song sung in English: Do It for Your Lover.
Poland will decide at 19:30 UK time if you want to spend an evening in Krakov. http://eurovisionworld.com/?eurovision=songs_videos#poland
Malta will also decide at 19:50 UK time.
It's also Hungary's national contest tonight at 6:30pm UK time. http://eurovisionworld.com/?eurovision=2017hungary
There's another link here for all 3 finals: http://www.eurovision.tv/page/timeline
Poland has chosen a pretty girl and it's more birds I'm afraid, but the song doesn't really develop to become something whole.
What might have been a promising ethnic song from Hungary was spoilt for me by the descent into rap, but credit is due to them for keeping some originality and authenticity.
Malta has chosen a classy, slow ballad sung by a woman with the now it seems standard silicone accoutrements, not quite as bad as Germany's Michelle in 2001, though distracting nonetheless and certainly no substitute for a pianist on stage.
Eurovision 2005 semi-finalist Omar Saber beat seven other songs with his peaceful ballad On My Way, but it's a pity he has progressed little sartorially in the interim.