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Eurovision Songs Of The Decade
September 23, 2009, 10:19 am
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I just spent waaaaaaaay too long deciding what my favorite Eurovision song of the decade is.  ESCtoday has a poll up and, like the Eurovision Song Contest itself, it’s broken up into semi-finals, the first of which runs through tomorrow.  I like eight of the 23 songs chosen for the first semi-final, though I think it’s hilarious that now-Sugababe Jade Ewen was chosen to represent the UK over, say, the far slightly less terrible (and far better-dressed) Scooch [above], and that Maria-who-was-basically-the-poor-man’s-Annie was chosen for Norway over current champ Alexander Rybak.

But I voted for Georgia in the end.  It was close, as both Portugal’s Vânia Fernandes and Hungary’s NOX put up valiant efforts.  And I don’t mean to disparage Croatia, who I’d rank a solid fourth.  Albania and Bulgaria both did well, too, despite the complete lack of catchiness in their songs.  And nothing against France, who have no interest in the Eurovision idiom, or Germany, who proved surprisingly adept at making jokey country music.

Performances after the jump, starting with Visionary Dream.  It was one of only two Georgian Eurovision entries, and it’s really awesome.  Their 2008 song was a total drag, and they were disqualified in 2009 after their If You Seek Amy-ish song “We Don’t Wanna Put In” was interpreted by the Russians as a slur against Putin.


Sopho, Visionary dream

Portugal, 2008
Vânia Fernandes, Senhora do mar

Hungary, 2005
NOX, Forogj, világ!

Croatia, 2006
Severina, Moja štikla

France, 2009
Patricia Kaas, Et s’il fallait le faire

Bulgaria, 2007
Elitsa & Stoyan , Water

Germany    2006
Texas Lightning, No no never

Albania. 2004

Anjeza Shahini, The image of you

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