On this page you can see my predictions for the first semi-final 2011
which were made in late April. Now clearly I underestimated the obvious
dislike for Swahili in Europe and massively underestimated the Colby
reject with the voluptuous busoooms. To anyone watching throughout Europe
there were very noticable problems during this transmission.
Firstly each national commentator was cut-off from their audience when
the power to the booths went down and wasn't restored. To BBC3's credit,
they at least had an under-prepared Scott Mills in London to bally on
through. Out of everyone, the Brits know not to trust the German machine.
Perhaps more importantly the first five songs of the semi were mixed
abjectly. Vocals were much louder than the backing tracks. It was perhaps
no surprise then that none of these five songs got through to the final.
I expect a declaration of war from Norway very shortly. They'll be blood
amongst the cod of the Baltic...100's of handbags will be floating down
the Kiel Canal...
For the record only five of my top ten got through, but it's a spoilt
paper as far as I'm concerned. I had 3 of the first 5 on to get through
and none of them did, but with proper transmission it might have made
the first 20 minutes of the show less purgatory than it turned out.
I cannot remember a worse Eurosong show, and thank heavens that some
of the crud can be eliminated (Lithuania got past the Domestos though..Raab
Are you desperate for entertainment during a midweek evening in May?
Are you the type that flicks through the channels like Sumo TV and SyFy?
Then there's every chance you'll come across the first Semi Final of
the 2011 contest on Tuesday the 10th of May. And my, you'll need a strong
constitution. I cannot recall a weaker evening of Eurosong, and I still
remember last year Semi 1. Whenever I think back to that Tuesday, a
glassy frozen expresion crosses my face.
Anyhow there is a thimblefull of decent songs from this show, and I
can't even say the rest are a mixed bunch. The utter garbage that is
Armenia is down to qualify in 10th which says a lot about the musical
strength on offer here. Only the top two can really be said to be strong
songs, with Azerbaijan and Hungary fighting it out for top spot. Turkey
& Russia will obviously make it. Serbia I like. Norway, Poland,
and Georgia have a tiny bit going for them. The rest are either utterly
without merit or just plain forgettable. Sadomasochists will get a major
kick out of Lithuania this year, three minutes or aural hell.
I've also had a pop at the other semi final here
and the final already, so
confident am I at the predictions below (also I'm not going to be able
to update them following the semi-final). You can view it here.