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Eurovision 2012 Preview Part 9 – Ukraine, Bulgaria and Slovenia

Off we go with a preview of three more countries who’ll be duking it out in the second Eurovision semi-final on 24 May. Ukraine are one of the most consistent performers of recent years, having only missed the Top 10 twice since winning in 2004 – and last year saw them achieve their fourth Top 5 finish. Their hoping to continue the good run this year, with Gaitana performing Be My Guest. A song which doesn’t even remotely sound like When Love Takes Over. The video, meanwhile, is pure sensory overload.

Gaitana, who, incidentally, performed at Barack Obama’s inauguaration in 2009, should probably qualify with that song – uncomplicated dancey pop like that always goes down well at Eurovision. Especially when it’s a Kelly Rowland away from a David Guetta lawsuit.

Whilst Ukraine have done consistently well, Bulgaria have consistently failed to qualify, having made it through to the final just once in seven previous outings (although they did manage to finish 5th on that occasion). This year they’re sending Sofi Marinova singing Love Unlimited. She goes to town with the Gaga-esque bits and the fireworks in this one.

Not bad, but she’ll have to be really fierce if she’s not to be overshadowed by the Ukrainian entry immediately preceding her – particularly as (the “I love you so much” aside) she’s performing in Bulgarian rather than English.

Last up today are Slovenia, who have also struggled to make the big night ever since the semi-final stages were introduced. Completing a trio of female soloists in today’s preview, their hopes this year rest with 16-year-old Eva Boto, who performs Verjamem, or “I Dream”. Her dream appears to consist of women wearing large scrunchies on their heads.

Not bad as big ballads go, and if she can overcome any big-night nerves (and get rid of the scrunchie women), then this could actually do pretty well.

That’s it for today. Next time, attentions will be turned to Croatia, Sweden and Georgia. Sweden are the current favourites to win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, so this could be the trio that produces this year’s champion. We’ll know whether it does or not in just a fortnight from today…

Chris x

Eurovision 2011 Preview: Cyprus and Bulgaria

The latest preview of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest takes us down to Europe’s south-eastern corner. First up are Cyprus, the country that (nearly) always exchanges 12 points with Greece, but hardly ever acknowledges Turkey (probably because Turkey doesn’t acknowledge the country’s existence). It’s 30 years since the Cypriots first graced the contest, and their results over the years have been variable, although never better than 5th. Of late they’ve struggled, and having sent a Welshman last year, this year, for the first time since 2005, they’ve sent a song performed in Greek rather than English. Here’s Christos Mylordos with San Aggelos S’Agapisa, which seems to involve an awful lot of break-up angst and designer beards:

Like Cyprus, Bulgaria’s best Eurovision placing to date has been 5th. That was in 2007, which is also the only year (out of six) that they’ve got through the semi-final stage. So perhaps they’re due another good year. This year they’ve sent Pink wannabe Poli Genova with Na Inat, a song whose title translates as For Spite. Essentially it’s yet more angst:

And that’s probably more than enough angst for one evening. Time for the classic, and we go back to 1982 for one of the three Cypriot entries that has achieved 5th place. Here, in a lovely shower curtain, is Anna Vissi with Mono i Agapi:

If there was a Cypriot version of Bergerac back in the 1980s, then that would surely have been the theme tune. That’s it for today – tomorrow we’ve got a triple bill for the weekend with Macedonia, Slovenia and – featuring the return of a former winner – Israel. See you then!

Chris x

Eurovision 2010 Haiku #30: Bulgaria

A heavenly host
Leads followers to nearest
Nightclub – just don’t blink

Eurovision Haiku #11: Bulgaria

Lesbians and dwarves
With a falsetto voice in
The Mediaeval Zone