Five Word Reviews: Eurovision 2014

Eurovision_Song_Contest_2014_logo.svgWelcome back, my dearest Eurovisionistas. As promised, I’ve awkwardly stuffed another semi into the bottom of this post. Please, be gentle.

Seriously? A hashtag as your motto? Bad Denmark, bad. Now go and have a long think about what you’ve done.

Well enough of this rubbish. It’s that time of year when I get back at my internet friends for polluting my facebook feed with football and babies and upworthy links (“This Danish TV station put on a singing competition: you won’t BELIEVE what happened next!” etc)

Again, to save you from boredom, I’m reviewing this year’s songs, but only five words at a time. It’ll save you having to watch the whole damn thing in the first place.

Overall: There are some pretty strong contenders this year. But of course there’s some utter, utter lunacy to balance that out. Check back on Thursday for more. In the meantime, enjoy the show.

Big Five & The Host

  • Denmark – Scatman John? Is that you? 4/5
  • France – Eurovision’s first facial hair song 5/5
  • Germany – Wait, is that Lena again? 2/5
  • Italy – Summer 2014’s gay bar anthem 4/5
  • Spain – Pretty sure chorus is ‘Edelweiss’ 3/5
  • UKVery Eurovision. Even the rhyming. 3/5

Semi 1

  • Albania – Enya-Shakira hybrid’s incomprehensible mumbling 2/5
  • Armenia – Aggressive dubstep… Wait. Dubstep? Really? 5/5
  • Azerbaijan – Always with the good singers 4/5
  • Belgium – Most Oedipal entry of 2014 2/5
  • Estonia – Choreography distracts from singing. Thankfully. 1/5
  • Hungary – They do drum and bass 2/5
  • Iceland – Utterly, ludicrously, gloriously, beautifully hatstand. 5/5
  • Latvia – Terrible accident with rhyming dictionary 2/5
  • Moldova – Thankfully not a banshee. Phew. 3/5
  • Montenegro – It’s not Eurovision without wistfulness 3/5
  • Netherlands – Totally gets the hipster vote 4/5
  • Portugal – This is literally the Lambada 2/5
  • Russia – Good song; political voting inevitable 4/5
  • San Marino – Waving my San Marino flag 5/5
  • Sweden – Should’ve undone that key change 3/5
  • Ukraine – Oddly for Eurovision: quite listenable 4/5

Semi 2

  • Austria – Stubble aside, actually quite enjoyable 4/5
  • Belarus – Did he say “Google maps”? 2/5
  • Finland – Finland finally discovers college rock 4/5
  • Georgia – Three minutes, five key changes 1/5
  • Greece – See review for Italy, above 2/5
  • Ireland – She’s no Jedward. Thank fuck. 4/5
  • Israel – THE HORROR *hides behind armchair* 2/5
  • Lithuania – Actually an ancient military song 4/5
  • Macedonia – Again, see Italy review above 4/5
  • Malta – Ignore the video; song’s good 4/5
  • Norway – Tried to write review. Slept. 1/5
  • Poland – Soddit, just get political votes 2/5
  • Romania – Not as good as 2013 3/5
  • Slovenia – Burgundy taught her jazz flute 4/5
  • Switzerland – I personally DESPISE whistling. Shame. 0/5

What? Who said this was supposed to be fair?

And my prediction for top 5 (not necessarily ones I like, but ones that could win the vote):

  1. Denmark
  2. Ukraine
  3. Finland
  4. Malta
  5. Macedonia

Very honourable mentions for great musicianship:

  • San Marino (COME ON VALENTINA)
  • Azerbaijan
  • Malta (as always)

Winner of the WTF award 2014:

  • It’s a close call, but it has to be Latvia. What other Eurovision– or any other– song gives you a recipe while entertaining you?

Winner of the 2014 Great Eurovision Cakeoff is a two-way tie between Latvia and Belarus.

And, most importantly, les nul points

  • Switzerland
  • Georgia

Another big step

Same-sex marriage is to be included into law in England and Wales. It’s the right and fair thing to do.

Many religious politicians claim that this will devalue or destroy Christian mixed-sex marriages. But they seem to forget that for a long time, the UK has allowed pagans, atheists, humanists, scientologists, infertile couples, and so many others to marry to no detrimental effect.

In some statements, Church of England bishops even argues that this was a ‘redefinition of marriage’, while conveniently ignoring that redefining marriage was the very foundation of the good old C of E: the Pope didn’t let Henry VIII annul his marriage to Anne Boleyn, so he created his own religion. Not only that, but we also no longer consider women as property of their husbands; we no longer allow polygamy; we no longer ban mixed-race marriages.

This is simply the big step in allowing any two consenting adults to have the same rights –and responsibilities– as any other couple.

But there is a long way to go. Scotland and Northern Ireland still need to update their laws; and the UK now needs to help undo the Victorian attitudes it instilled in its colonies at the time. Gay people in places like¬†Pakistan, Uganda, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Cameroon, the Caribbean, India and Australia still live under varying levels of inequality. It’s up to the UK to say, “We gave you these attitudes, but we were wrong. We’ve changed. I hope your country will also do what’s right to do”.