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Eurovision 2015: A Reflection on Sweden, Russia, Italy and other commentary from an American

September 3, 2015 by Real Talk | 0 comments

As you know, I love Eurovision. I just just booked my flight for Sweden and I’m all ready for Eurovision 2016. In honor of my excitement, I decided to do my first EVER video blog all about Eurovision.

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May 22, 2015
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Eurovision 2015 FINALS! from an American perspective

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Semifinals are over and now you are wondering, “Who will win Eurovision 2015?” Now, I’m no expert, but these are my picks, and I think they are pretty informed. Who do you think will win?

My top 5 picks

Belgium

So I love this song. I loved it the first time I heard it and when I saw Loïc take the stage I was in love. The choreography is tight and fitting. Loïc, was slightly pitchy that first night so I hope he gets that together for the final. Do I want to visit Belgium… truthfully, No, but this song is by far my favorite in the competition.

I know what you’re thinking, “Alesia, it’s a message song.” Like I said before, as long as it isn’t a lazy message song, I’m with it. What is a lazy message song? Basically, a lazy message song has horrible lyrics, bad vocals, cheesy choruses… But relies on the fact that it is saying something powerful to get brownie point. A lazy message song gets no brownies from me. Continue Reading →

May 21, 2015
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Eurovision 2015 Semi-finals from an American Perspective (pt. 2)

So it is the last semi-final and the finale is in 2 days. Are you excited? I am. Well, I’m only  a little excited. What is with all of these slow songs. This is Eurovision 2015! It is the 60th anniversary can we get a little happy people. Slow song after slow song took the stage and at some point I think I actually went to sleep. I woke up to laugh at San Marino’s entry… #sorrynotsorry.

The contestants also seem to be very young. The nerves ended up getting the best of most of them. Eurovision is not for the faint at heart. So here is my take on the contestants from the second semi-final.

But hey! What do I know, I’m just a non involved outside party living in America with no way to vote. :-)

WTF

Montenegro- get the memo give me something upbeat.

Eh

Switzerland- Eh… not much to say

Norway- I don’t know how I feel about the song I think its really boring and I think they had a really strong contender last year so oh well guess I won’t be going to Norway next May…

Boo

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May 20, 2015
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Eurovision 2015 Semi-finals from an American Perspective (pt. 1)

So this seems to be the year of the “message” song. Look, having music that “says something” is important, however… Let that chorus be weak, with a bad melody, and thin vocals… What you are saying is: I hope you’ll pick me because I’m saying something. Having music that has a positive message will get people to LIKE a song. Having a song with a positive message AND a killer melody AND a strong chorus will get people to LOVE your song.

I was happy to see that Vienna decided to have a person of color hosting. Real talk, that Kim K. Kanye in blackface incident was the icing on my cake of me not going to Vienna. The production seemed well organized and the hosts seemed more on script and schedule unlike the crew from last year. Sweden in 2013 is still in the lead as far as how the show itself was ran. 1 main host is key…

Take note Eurovision… 1 host is better. Conchita was great as the “Green Room Mom,” I loved it. But 3 ladies on the stage… Couldn’t we just pick 1?!

But you came here for my thoughts on the songs and performances, so here goes…

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May 19, 2015
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Eurovision 2015 In America!


It is that time of year again… It’s Eurovision TIME! Firstly, I am not European. I am American so if you don’t agree with me. Blame President Obama ;-). Look, I love Eurovision. I’m so glad I can use my blog to share my views about something I love so much! Doubt my love for this “musical hunger games”? Read this. If you are wondering why I care about Eurovision or need to be convinced as to why you should care too? Read this.

I planned to visit the Eurovision winner country this year, but upon finding out it’d be in Vienna, Austria… Idk. I think I’ll wait till next year :-P. I must confess that “Rise Like a Phoenix” was not my favorite song last year, but Conchita Wurst was by far my favorite performer. The song was boring and had it been sung by a woman wouldn’t have made any ripples past the semi-finals (sorry- it’s the truth), but who is going to vote 1 point to this—> Continue Reading →