14 May 2011

Spin. Eurovision 2011.

Over-the-toppedness is what Eurovision is all about. The best performances can rate poorly while the lacklustre ones can mindbogglingly take the prize. It brings to mind Iceland's Paul Oskar who years ago performed perfectly but bombed. I can't recall how well a drag queen troupe from Poland (or was it Slovenia?) did, but their performance was stellar and deserved to win. Who will make it through the 2011 semi-final, and will the be my faves?

Bosnia & Herzigovina is intriguing, Austria looks fabulous but I'm not  convinced. Belgium's acapella entry is pretty amazing. Bulgaria channeled Roxette and that woman who sung Glad I'm not a Kennedy years ago. They'll probably do well, but what about former winner, and newly hippy, Dana International? She's singing a song called Ding Dong which makes the mind wonder. How well will her Cheresque a la do you Believe in life after love, or however it goes, do?

Earlier Sweden put in as camp a Eurovision performance as you would expect. If I were Darren Hayes I'd be chuffed that the Robynesque Popular was inspired by him. A front runner, surely? Latvia was quite good, and could have been better without the rapper. Slovenia is a little Mariah this year, as were the Slovakian twins. Ukraine pop out a typical Eurovision moment while Moldavia's crazy entry is wild. Ukraine looks amazing, Cyprus are kinda cool, Romania are promising in an uplifting poppy way and Holland's 3Js are dull. Estonia were cutesy cool and Belarus are tres Eurotrash with an ultimately forgettable song. Denmark was a little underwhelming while favourites Jedward are surprisingly fab turning out a good trash moment a la Crush or Britney. I forgot F.Y.R Macedonia, quite ok. 

My only wish is to hear Graham Norton's coverage. Please SBS? For 2012? Picture: Sestre, a Slovenian drag act from 2002.