France are simply within the lead from Switzerland.
Beneath you possibly can see I mentioned the Swiss entry was too cerebral for a victory. I additionally mentioned the singer appeared like Glenn Medeiros. What do I do know??
BREAKING NEWS: UK GIVES 12 POINTS TO FRANCE.
Who says Brexit made a distinction?
NOT BREAKING NEWS: Greece offers 12 factors to CYPRUS. AND VICE VERSA!! WHO KNEW?
Higher the Satan you already know, proper? (That is a joke. Cypriot entry was referred to as El Diablo)
France are my prediction by the best way. Do not forget that in the event that they win. And it they do not I’ll erase this line. Okay?
Malta and Italy are massively, hotly, within the race. For goodness sake, anyone cease this.
San Marino received some early traction. Possibly Flo Rida has extra sway than I believed! Then France received 12 factors from San Marino. I can hardly include myself…
Eurovision 2021 is a welcome return for the continent-wide track contest. Votes are coming in proper now and we await the outcome.
Held in Rotterdam after a 12 months’s postponement, the lowered however sometimes crazed viewers have been delighted to witness a real smorgasbord of expertise.
Clearly, it was a combined bag. However there isn’t any doubt that it was good to have it again.
Rotterdam hosted the occasion after Duncan Laurence, who could not carry out stay this 12 months as a result of testing optimistic for COVID, received the 2019 gala.
For viewers watching the UK stream, the redoubtable Graham Norton was available to supply an at all times needed slice of realism.
“That is marmite…for those who hate marmite,” he mentioned of the German entry, which was much less a yeast feast and extra of a kids’s cartoon.
Of the Lithuanian entry, Norton steered it resembled “folks from IT who had dressed up as (UK pop act) Steps. And never with out due trigger. Nonetheless, I can see the dance strikes catching on throughout the continent. Elevate your arms to your face, youngsters!
Ukraine got here to the occasion within the guise of the 90s ‘judderman’ METZ advert. A nightmarish folk-ridden dance menace. “In the event you ever puzzled what occurred to Orville… the lead singer seems to be sporting him,” Norton quipped, referring to the lead singer’s inexperienced plumage.
Serbia superior their case for EU membership with the lady energy threesome, Hurricane, and Finland as soon as extra expounded their Heavy Steel credentials, following within the footsteps of 2006 winner Lordi.
‘Similar to Cleopatra’ sang the Azeri entry, who revisited the story of Mata Hari for some cause.
Norway’s TIX introduced a pop-rock sensibility to the proceedings, and the Tourettes sufferer sported an enormous pair of angels’ wings. His track talked about angels, in order that’s okay. And the important thing change was beamed in from 1988, which was refreshing.
UK entries, as soon as a lot vaunted within the early days of Eurovision, have been lamentable in current a long time save for a 1997 win by Katrina and the Waves. This 12 months’s impoverished entry did nothing to settle the abdomen.
France had some of the dedicated vocal performances of current years, and can carry comparisons to the Celine Dion victory for Switzerland in 1988. That is 33 years in the past for these of us who benefit from the masochism of feeling previous.
The Swiss entry was fascinating. Nice voice, considerate modal adjustments within the songwriting, and a high-quality efficiency. However too cerebral for a victory? Maybe. Brave younger vocalist, with a passing resemblance to Glenn Medeiros. As much as you the way you are feeling about that.
Italy got here on the night with a rock act that was by turns Freddie Mercury and Rage In opposition to the Machine. “Rotterdam: make some noise” they screamed. And the restricted crowd made that noise. I hope the trousers catch on, they have been very good. Rock is a giant deal in Italy so it is good to see them carry that to Eurovision.
Million record-selling rap artist Flo-Rida was available, inexplicably, to accompany the San Marino entry. Cavorting on a revolving rhombus, the Cleo-Lane-esque performer was dizzying. And although her well-known co-star did little to contribute to the spectacle, there was an undoubted spritz to this, the ultimate track earlier than voting.
“Music brings us collectively,” say the hosts. And it is onerous to argue. The songs have been largely respectable this 12 months, and though there was no nice love for the UK entry, it was extra as a result of it being uninspiring than to any type of political agenda.
The votes are actually coming in, so keep tuned for the outcome!
As Dr. Eurovision instructed Euronews, it is anybody’s prize this 12 months.
Rotterdam handled us all to a previous winners’ live performance whereas the voting passed off. It was a pleasure to see 1975 winners Train-In carry out. Their profitable track Ding-a-Dong, was a transparent affect for the Eurovision-inspired flick ‘The story of Fireplace Saga’ starring Will Ferrell.
And fortunately Lordi have been available to point out the world why Laborious Rock Hallelujah was unquestionably the perfect entry 15 years in the past.
Extra to observe…