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Derision Vision

15 May

It’s taken me a bit of time to come to terms with the music event of the year but I am finally recovered enough to speak of watching a re-run of the Eurovision Song Contest.  Every year I prepare to be amazed by this celebration of the avant-garde. Each year it I am blown away by the extraordinarily entertaining mish-mash of utter strangeness which demands to be delighted in.

Deep down we all secretly think that other nations are a bit strange with their different ways and ideas and here is the one time of the year where it is socially acceptable for you to indulge in national clichés and gentle merriment at the expense of our European brethren.  A chance to allow your bewilderment to be satiated for over three hours of faintly terrible but brilliant music and characters.

There is something for everybody, it is a true celebration of lowbrow culture, campness and pure cheese, it is a kitsch spectacular and it is impossible not to love, Take Frances upbeat sounding song about a man who has everything he wants but can’t grow a moustache or the  Russian twins who started singing with their hair entwined…the show gets away with it because it’s just too ludicrous.

The lighting in Copenhagen was fantastic and something to be rightly proud of for those who created it, in some instances the lighting impressed more than the songs in this garish rampage through countries as far-flung as_74769822_74769818 San Marino and Azerbaijan.  Marry this feat of hilarious with some awkward presenters with wooden acting and flat jokes – showing humour is not a universal thing – making it all the more hilarious, yes this year didn’t disappoint at all.  Highlights included:

A man running in a big hamster wheel, a round piano, a member of parliament as a backing singer for the Icelandic entry, Greek rappers on a trampoline and a bearded lady from Austria.  That’s all in one show and that is considered pretty normal…only on Eurovision!

Between songs there was the visual treat of the flag making segments in the form of promotional videos in which the participants get all arty making their flags out of whatever they wish from the classic red London bus to vegetables and Rubik’s Cubes.  This is without going into the voting biases of all the countries who vote for their near neighbours which some see as unfair, which it is if the song isn’t that good like this year’s top three but I suppose with migration and being a global society it is perhaps understandable these days.

Anyway make sure you look out for it next year, it’ll be just as unconventional next time and then some! Here is my favourite tune (all the rest can be found on YouTube), one with a message from Iceland, be warned it is a tad catchy and may encourage you to dress more eccentrically…

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55 responses to “Derision Vision

  1. lipsyy

    15/05/2014 at 20:09

    LOVE THIS! I wanted Iceland to win too, but pleased Austria did. Eurovision is an absolute bat-shit institution, so so good!

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    • Ste J

      15/05/2014 at 20:18

      I can’t understand people who don’t like it, you couldn’t script this sort of entertainment. I want to go to one of those parties and get Graham Norton to read out a kooky message that will make things even more surreal.

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      • lipsyy

        15/05/2014 at 20:35

        I know, right! I had 15 people over to watch it and we thought about sending a text through but decided against it. We were so drunk I have no idea what we even wanted to say…probably for the best!

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        • Ste J

          15/05/2014 at 20:45

          You could have become immortal on that night! You would be like that bloke whop dresses as a devil and chases Tour de France riders, you would be a star the ultimate texter…next year I expect a hilarious text that makes me snort milk…please.

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          • lipsyy

            15/05/2014 at 21:52

            I will see what I can do. I have a whole year…THE PRESSURE!

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  2. Al

    15/05/2014 at 20:27

    I’ve given up watching it since Terry Wogan went off with himself to pasture bluer.

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    • Ste J

      15/05/2014 at 20:35

      It hasn’t been quite as good admittedly but the pure odd ball nature of it makes up for it…next year I want a bunch of otters on a boat to appear randomly in any act…that is all i dream for and it is possible.

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      • Al

        15/05/2014 at 20:57

        What about mongeese instead of otters? Or is that mongooses?

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        • Ste J

          19/05/2014 at 16:56

          Perhaps mongi?

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          • Al

            19/05/2014 at 17:14

            Candygram for Mongo?

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            • Ste J

              19/05/2014 at 17:18

              Touché

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              • Al

                19/05/2014 at 17:20

                That’s another film I haven’t seen for a long time.

                See this hand? —–
                Steady as a rock
                Yes, but this is the hand I shoot with ~~~~~~

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              • Al

                19/05/2014 at 21:26

                I did comment on your latest post, but as with everything I comment on at the moment, it has gone into your spam

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                • Ste J

                  20/05/2014 at 18:40

                  If it helps this one has arrived in my pending box so hopefully they will start getting through again although the one you sent for the latest post did not sadly.

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  3. Elizabeth Melton Parsons

    16/05/2014 at 02:33

    Fabulously ridiculous and highly entertaining. 😀 Now I have to go to YouTube and watch some more.

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    • Ste J

      19/05/2014 at 16:55

      It gets addictive, watching the wacky and strange ideas that people think will catapult them to glory and long may it last!

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  4. gargoylebruce

    16/05/2014 at 03:19

    Didn’t a bearded lady win? Or rather a perfectly ordinary bearded man wearing a dress? (Could’ve been David Walliams really, couldn’t it?)

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    • Ste J

      19/05/2014 at 16:56

      Yes and that rather made me think that people voted for him/her as opposed to the song which I found distinctly average and not gaudy enough.

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  5. RoSy

    17/05/2014 at 21:49

    Entertaining vid.

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    • Ste J

      19/05/2014 at 16:57

      It was either that or France’s moustache one and as they sung in French I couldn’t bring myself to make a video with lyrics…the lengths I don’t go too for you guys, you should feel honoured.

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  6. quirkybooks

    18/05/2014 at 02:43

    I always enjoy watching eurovision, it’s good to take in different cultures from around the world.

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    • Ste J

      19/05/2014 at 16:58

      and feel less camp than them most years, ha!

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      • quirkybooks

        19/05/2014 at 20:54

        Most years! What’s going on! Care to explain Set? – Ha!

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        • Ste J

          20/05/2014 at 18:42

          Perhaps I phrased that slightly wrongly lol.

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          • quirkybooks

            21/05/2014 at 00:08

            Sorry, you are called Ste, not Set. My Mac keeps correcting the spelling to Set and I thought I had changed it back again, for like the third time.

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            • Ste J

              23/05/2014 at 18:24

              I don’t mind being associated with a formidable Egyptian God or the home of a badger…it keeps my day interesting.

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              • quirkybooks

                23/05/2014 at 19:46

                Ha! Ha! Thanks for seeing the bright and positive side, you rock!

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                • Ste J

                  23/05/2014 at 20:32

                  I always attempt to keep to the bright side of things if I can.

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                  • quirkybooks

                    23/05/2014 at 20:38

                    That’s great. Positivity is key to success and happiness. Also, I don’t see the point in being miserable. We only get one life and life is too precious to be miserable.

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  7. anna amundsen

    18/05/2014 at 18:21

    I haven’t watched it.. Somehow, with all the shining and merriment, last years’ show managed to be boring so this year I was completely out of the story..
    Remember the Rock Hallelujah!? XD

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    • Ste J

      19/05/2014 at 17:05

      Lordi! That was a great entry and glad they won it, we need more mental acts like that! I’m not sure if I saw last years, I think I missed it first off as I was just back from the US. I eventually caught up though…maybe one year I will go…not to sing, I mean as a fan.

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      • anna amundsen

        23/05/2014 at 06:09

        I like festivals – lots of people from many different countries coming to one place and having a good time.. It creates an especially vibrant, sunny atmosphere. Being a part of it is always exciting.

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        • Ste J

          23/05/2014 at 18:37

          I’m less of a crowd man but my TV is good for that, no sweaty people, no queue for the toilet and food and drink as and when. I do need to get a life at some point though.

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          • anna amundsen

            24/05/2014 at 17:55

            I know what you’re saying – neither am I. Last time I was in a crowd was couple of years ago in Belgrade, at the Ozzy’s concert, and I just wasn’t able to enjoy it all until I got at a considerable distance from the stage (a friend wanted us in a first row!).. All those people moving this way and that all the time and trying to squeeze in in an square inch of space. I couldn’t have believed it. I then said – no more of this for me! Ever! Blissful distance..

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            • Ste J

              25/05/2014 at 16:46

              Glasses are just pointless when faced with crowds jumping up and down and swirling like physical smoke. I remember going to a rock club to watch a concert which was good but being at the back on a small step allowed me to look around and see all the little details instead of just watching the band…I find I need to try and observe everything rather than focus on just one thing…unless I am in the cinema of course.

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              • anna amundsen

                01/06/2014 at 08:06

                I usually cast a glance or two around me, to see if others are enjoying or what the atmosphere is like; but, my focus is on the band. It’s particularly interesting observing their interactions and the ways in which every of the members, individually, treats the instrument or how he relates to the music he makes.

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                • Ste J

                  01/06/2014 at 18:32

                  I have never paid that much attention to bands…I will now, I tend to be watching everybody else who is in the moment, as well as planning my blog post for it, it is a bad habit and one that prevents me from being fully immersed in what I do but it does save me writing a rubbishy filler post so there is some good to come of it.

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  8. LuAnn

    19/05/2014 at 12:50

    This sounds like it may have been more entertaining that what is called television these days in the states. Almost everything being shown is some sort of reality television or slap-stick comedy. 😦

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    • Ste J

      19/05/2014 at 17:00

      We have the same rubbish over here, even the documentaries are dumbed down. The proms season is coming on soon, going since 1895 and that is classical music and opera which is always a decent watch. Other than that Doctor Who and the football are the only things I watch…although when bored I do indulge in a show from your way called Ghost Adventures…I must reiterate only when I am highly bored.

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      • LuAnn

        20/05/2014 at 13:00

        I find it difficult to watch television these days. Books and Netflix are our entertainment of choice.

        Hope all is well with you Ste J.

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        • Ste J

          20/05/2014 at 18:36

          Same here, I very rarely watch any new TV and when it is recommended I tend to find at least half of it over hyped. I am hoping to get some more comic book as well as book reviews up to mix up the mediums and if I get my act together and get some free time perhaps start doing some audio books as well as all the other ideas that I have in draft.

          Apart from that I am well, I hope all goes well with you also.

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          • LuAnn

            21/05/2014 at 12:00

            I have been in a bit of a funk lately, family stuff, but this too shall pass. 😉

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            • Ste J

              23/05/2014 at 18:29

              Such is life with its waxing and waning…I think I have been feeling it with the blog as well of late…everything is just a little frustrating at the moment.

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              • LuAnn

                24/05/2014 at 11:40

                Sorry to hear that Ste J. Hoping for better days for you soon.

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                • Ste J

                  25/05/2014 at 16:42

                  It’ll pass my friend, these things often do…

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                  • LuAnn

                    25/05/2014 at 17:41

                    Yes they do. I can attest to that.

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  9. Letizia

    19/05/2014 at 14:10

    I wish they showed it here in the U.S.- I miss watching the crazy show!

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    • Ste J

      19/05/2014 at 16:54

      Perhaps BBCA has it on the demand service which I hear exists but I may have misheard because it wasn’t in a book and that is the only way I cope with information intake usually.

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      • Letizia

        19/05/2014 at 17:49

        I do have BBCA on Demand so will have to see if they carry the show! Thanks for the suggestion (the rest of my family will curse you if you are correct, however, haha!).

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        • Ste J

          20/05/2014 at 18:45

          I will wear a false moustache (over my real one) so they don’t recognise me if ever our paths cross.

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          • Letizia

            20/05/2014 at 18:57

            A double mustache is the perfect disguise…

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            • Ste J

              20/05/2014 at 18:59

              Especially if one is ginger.

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  10. Sherri

    17/09/2014 at 13:26

    Oh what would we do without Eurovision? You’ve nailed it…again, a brilliant post Ste, thanks for the great memories of this year’s strangest yet. I loved Iceland’s entry so glad you chose that one to play here…great reminder. As for Conchita…well, the song was quite good actually…and do you remember the entry from last year, think it was Azerbaijan, when the woman screeched really high and loud? I still remember the days when Terry Wogan hosted it, loved his biting wit and that’s the only reason we watched it back them. Great read – and here’s to next year 🙂

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    • Ste J

      17/09/2014 at 14:45

      I was gutted that Iceland didn’t get more points, it was classic Eurovision, loud suits, cheesiness and dancing that screamed The Shadows…brilliant stuff. I wasn’t a fan of Conchita’s song and I am still suspicious that people voted for the personality and not the song. Azerbaijan are always a bit mental, it’s always a relief to see that they get through. Wogan was better than Graham Norton, he was just so understated…Next year I hope it gets even more mental!!!

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