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Armenia Withdraws from Baku

Armenian Public Television has officially informed the EBU of their withdrawal from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. With the tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan still raw, Armenia had concerns about the security in Baku.  Those concerns have forced this decision from the …

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Estonia: Ott Lepland – Kuula

Estonia predictably sent Ott Lepland to Eurovision with the song Kuula. It’s certainly one of the better emotional songs so far this year. There is real emotion on display here, which gives the song and performance integrity. It should claw …

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Spain: Pastora Soler – Quédate Conmigo

[youtube id=”eJBh_fUBreA” width=”600″ height=”350″] Last night, Spain selected Quédate Conmigo for singer Pastora Soler. Apart from the big fortissimo part at 2:18, I was very indifferent this song. It’s lacking power during the verses and it’s difficult to spot any …

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Epic Watering Can Guy

We have a novelty here from 1979 with Peter, Sue & Marc together with Pfuri, Gorps & Kniri performing “Trödler & Co”. Hang on…I feel stupid for asking this, but is he really playing that watering can? He’s playing just …

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Give A Little Love Back To The World

At the time of writing, it’s nearly 4 hours until the UK announce their 2012 entry for Eurovision. Cue an old UK Eurovision entry for Verka’s Vault… Here we have Emma, performing Give a Little Love Back to the World …

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FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi – Black & White

Black & White, Kaliopi’s song for Baku, was officially unveiled tonight. For me, it’s miles off the required standard and is a song that seems to jump from genre to genre. She sounds like she’s just smoked 40 Cubans. There …

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Bulgaria: Sofi Marinova – Love unlimited

Bulgaria have chosen Sofi Marinova with the song, Love Unlimited to represent them at Eurovision. Add yet another house tune to the list of about seven competing in this year’s contest. If house tunes keep being selected, there’s going to …

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Erica Mou – Italy Missed Out

Those of you who followed the San Remo Music Festival will have heard of Erica Mou. She’s an extremely beautiful and engaging acoustic singer for whom I have a little soft spot for. In fact, she has a passing resemblance …

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Shine No More

In 2009 this was one of my guilty pleasures. I even thought the Netherlands had a chance at qualification. Here’s just a few of the comments… Mickey Paul My brain is still trying to comprehend how…. how is such an …

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