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Novelty is only for Televoters

Eurovision wouldn’t be the same without the eccentric and outlandish novelty acts. They have that irreversible jaw-dropping first impression that grows and becomes ever more infectious. Resistance is futile against these viral jokers, no matter what defenses you employ, you’ll be humming that song …

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Be Sure To Sing In Tune

It’s like an ill-timed fart – nothing kills the moment more than a bum-note or a croaky voice.  The juries’ votes are based on the second dress rehearsal, so an act’s success depends on two perfect performances.  Reading blogs and …

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Ballads Don’t Always Win

It is a common misconception that Eurovision is overrun with ballads and that ballads attract more recognition from the juries than any other genre. The truth is that any genre can win Eurovision, provided it meets certain criteria and can …

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Eurovision Polls are a Waste of Time

During the build up to Eurovision, punters will find the internet inundated with polls each claiming to represent the majority or boasting the best accuracy.  Once analysed, these spurious claims transpire to be a piss-poor crock of shit concocted by …

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Voting Allies

For both new and old audiences, Eurovision offers little astonishment when it comes to the neighbourly gesture of awarding douze-point to a political or geographical ally. It’s a tactic that can frustrate the living hell out of naïve fans, but …

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Running Order

Some Eurovision betters enjoy exploiting the high odds bookies offer early in the season when they don’t seem to have a grasp of what’s going on.  A key aspect to deciding whether to bet at an early juncture is to …

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Stage Design

There is very little an act can do to influence the design of a stage, as every year, each country is faced with host country’s generic creation.  With each stage design, there are a selection of accents they can alter …

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Choreography

Choreography may not be considered the most important aspect of a Eurovision performance, but once there is a dance routine in place, props to interact with, or a catwalk to navigate, the precariously balanced house of cards can come tumbling …

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Crucial Camera Angles

Camera angles are the principal method of involving and selling an act to the TV audience.   Without the stirring emotional looks, sexy stares and cheeky grins, a performance can feel hollow and false.  A proportion of the potential success relies …

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Deception

We witnessed a new phenomenon to Eurovision in Dusseldorf.  Ukraine stunned everyone by recruiting a sand artist to create motifs, which would then be displayed as a backdrop behind the singer.   Bloggers and betters were in two minds as to …

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