Eurovision 2012 – the Swadeology review

What a weekend. My nephew’s wife had a baby boy, my football team won, my fantasy football team won, Mark Webber took pole position in Monaco (and as I write this, he’s leading the race) and SWEDEN WON THE 2012 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST!!!!!!

It was another fantastic show. I don’t know what Europeans think of Eurovision and I don’t know if Americans even see Eurovision. Here in Australia, we tend to enjoy most of the songs as well as having a quiet giggle at some of the Europeans singing some of the most wonderfully corny clichés in English.

It’s a lot of fun and it could only be done in Europe. Next year’s event, according to custom, will be hosted by the winning country – in Sweden. Sounds like a good excuse to go visiting!

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I’ve never managed to pick the winner as the show progresses and this year was no different. The Swedish song was OK, but it certainly wasn’t my favourite. It was a good song, though, and a very good performance, which is probably why it was so universally popular.

This is Sweden’s fifth Eurovision win.

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I’d like to extend a vote of sympathy to the Danish entry, which had a nice story behind it and was a pretty decent song IMHO. Maybe it was a little too generic, but I liked it.

This entry received votes from just 6 out of 42 countries for a total of 21 votes, which I thought was a travesty.

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This year’s novelty act came from Russia; a sextet of grannies collectively known as Babushki who partied on whilst making a tray of biscuits. I’m going to sound like a real party pooper here, but I’m sure there are some really, really talented young singers in Russia who could have benefitted from performing in Eurovision. This is purely a novelty act, even if it’s a toe-tapper.

It seems novelties go down well in Europe. Babushki finished second with 259 votes.

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Norway came last – for the 11th time.

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My personal favourite was the entry from Iceland. Loved the song. Loved the performance, too. I thought it was outstanding.

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Great Britain and Ireland really have to spend some time in a room full of mirrors, having a good hard look at themselves.

Britain’s entry was sung by Engelbert Humperdink, a guy my mother used to listen to before I was born. Rumours of him cavorting with Babushki at the after-party are yet to be confirmed.

Ireland’s entry was wonderful in terms of comedy value, thereby showing some of the best bits of Eurovision, but if I was Irish I’d be a little bit embarrassed today.

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One more honorable mention – for Albania. This is not a song that would have widespread appeal. It’s very much an artistic performance rather than a populist one. I’m so glad it got votes as I thought it was brilliant.

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Congratulations to Azerbaijan for putting on a wonderful show.

Here’s to Sweden in 2013!!

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23 Comments

  1. Well it was Swedens turn to win, on average we manage that about every 10 years or so. So here’s to another 9 years of failures and mediocrity. 😉

  2. Check out the cost of hosting the show, Ireland won it twice in a row and said “never again” thus Jedward. The same applies here in the UK we pretend to be cross at coming last but in reality are VERY happy to lose….

    Still fair play to Sweden I’m sure the song was good!

    1. Luckily the eurovision is nowadays franchised and even the UK should be able to host it at a reasonable price.

    2. This phenomenon of Ireland deliberately sending bad acts to Eurovision was beautifully sent up in an episode of Father Ted. Were I not at work, I’d put a YouTube link in this post.. Just Google ‘My Lovely Horse’.

  3. Loreen is a receipt on Swedens immigration policy for decades. Her father and mother came from the Moroccan-Berber area. It is only one of hundreds of thousands examples on how immigrants have enriched Sweden. Furthermore she made brave statements againts the Azerbaijan regim on site.

    I love both Artist, Song and Performance.
    Here’s the lyrics:

    “Why, why can’t this moment last forevermore?
    Tonight, tonight eternity’s an open door…
    No, don’t ever stop doing the things you do.
    Don’t go, in every breath I take I’m breathing you…

    Euphoria
    Forever, ’till the end of time
    From now on, only you and I
    We’re going up-up-up-up-up-up-up
    Euphoria
    An everlasting piece of art
    A beating love within my heart
    We’re going up-up-up-up-up-up-up

    We are here, we’re all alone in our own Universe,
    We are free, where everything’s allowed and love comes first,
    Forever and ever together, we sail into infinity,
    We’re higher and higher and higher, we’re reaching for divinity.

    Euphoria
    Forever, ’till the end of time
    From now on, only you and I
    We’re going up-up-up-up-up-up-up
    Euphoria
    An everlasting piece of art
    A beating love within my heart
    We’re going up-up-up-up-up-up-up

    Forever we sail into infinity,
    We’re higher, we’re reaching for divinity…

    Euphoria, euphoria
    We’re going up-up-up-up-up-up-up
    Euphoria….
    An everlasting piece of art
    A beating love within my heart
    We’re going up-up-up-up-up-up-up
    Euphoria, euphoria
    We’re going up-up-up-up-up-up-up”

    And you bet we are.
    A visit here 2013 sounds like a very good idea, Steven! 😉
    //Ingvar

      1. Provided that I have a job by then, you have yourself a deal, mate!
        My guess is that it will take place on a new built arena in Stockholm, since The Globe Arena has the ice hockey WC’s at the same time.

  4. I usually watch but it really was so dire in 2011 that I thought Id give 2012 a miss. Add the fact that politics has overtaken the real fun and it was a no brainer. The UK entry was embarassing so congrats to Sweden who face the cost of putting on this spectacle next year.

    Id love to see the girls out of ABBA present the show.

  5. And looking past the karaoke for a minute…..

    In news from Monaco: Webber won! Great result for him and a pretty good race all round. The 2012 F1 now has 6/6 different winners/races so far.

    In news from Milan: Hesjedal won! Fantastic result for him, Canadian cycling and the Garmin Barracuda team (who ride Cervelo bikes of course).

    Now we can all get some sleep ahead of Le Tour and the Olympics.

  6. Well Swade, I’ll go with you on Albania: When a singer and song can hold your attention despite the language barrier (not to mention the fact that she looks to be straight off the set of Dr Who) then you know you’re on to something. A great show case for the human voice in singing and as an instrument. Some parrallels with Bjork, I couldn’t help but feel.

  7. The Babuschki had any chance to win, because they had all the winning factors on their side, but they really spoilled it by not performing a more traditional song.

  8. Hi Swade

    I think you’ve missed the point. It’s not a song contest it’s all about politics. Portugal always votes for its neighbour Spain, Cyprus votes for Greece as most of its population are Greek, the Baltic states vote for each other and so do the Balcan states. This year the economy was a major factor with the Spanish representative told not to win as they could not afford to hold the event next year and I believe for the same reason a number of other countries were glad not to win.

    The UK treats it as a joke and the only entertaining part was the cutting comments by Terry Wogan who was replaced as BBC commentator after offending some countries by revealing the truth. Englebert Humpadink is said to be very popular in some eastern European countries which, as you see from the song entries, are still trying to catch up with real pop music. Britain does not want to host and event which is a farce.

  9. I agree with everything that you said. I was also very disappointed and surprised that Denmark and Iceland didn’t get more points (Iceland was also my personal favourite).
    I also don’t understand how some of the songs made it to the finals, Macedonia for example. Their entry didn’t sound very good, and was somewhat boring.
    But, anyways, Sweden 2013!

  10. You mention Norway being last for the 11th time. But in the meanwhile The Netherlands are breaking records not getting in the finals for many years in a row and as always we thought that this year we’d have a chance, but of course we didn’t make it 😉

    Although I have to agree the song wasn’t half bad if you ignore the feathers on her head:

    1. The song was actually pretty good. Too bad the singer isn’t very talented and the native-american outfit pretty much made it look cheap and not very serious. Fail!

      Back in the good old days 30 years ago, I remember sitting around the tube with the family, listening to votes being called in by telephone and hearing crackly voices from far away. There are too many countries participating these days and most performances have nothing to do with the country. Sweden had a good song but there was nothing Swedish about it. Neither the performer, nor the language or the type of song. So therefore, Russia was the winner for me. 🙂

  11. The eurovision thing has taken silly proportions in sweden the last 5 years or so, with endless semi-finals leading up to the final contribution that had no chance to win the eurovision even if the song was a swedish hit. This year was different with the perfect match of artistry and manipulative song composition that together hit a nerve with all the 48 something countries (besides whats going on in Italy). Sweden truly deserved this win because the package of the swedish contribution was in a class of it self this year. This is also a good thing for the swedish eurovision-contest industry that exports expertise in everything from technical know how to writing songs for other countries contribution. Seriously.

  12. That Irish contribution is insane. Its like a product of the all mighty super-gay hawing a super-gay dream.

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