Saturday, March 17, 2007

Making Your Mind Up

Warning this blog is about to hit a new depth in cultural low-brow.

Whilst Eurovision itself has long held a special place in my heart (what’s not to love about the excuse for a kitsch cocktail party and mild xenophobia?), but when it come to the precursor of selecting the UK’s song, usually I’ve got better things to do.

Sadly my social life is a little hampered by health right now and so I do the sensible thing of ruefully eschewing the offer of a night round at the Dog Collar and Rabbit Corpses household and end up in front of the telly watching Making Your Mind Up.

Liz McAtomicKitten and Brian East17’s efforts are pretty average, Big Brovaz had energy I’ll admit, but Hawkins and Brown were the biggest disappointment. Her voice is phenomenal, but his vocals on the night were incredibly poor.

As for the the runner-up, well Cyndi can certainly sing and whilst I'm never usually a fan of the Celine Dion school of co-opting people from other countries, I guess we need to get votes any way we can, given recent history. Whilst I'm not a fan of the ballad format in general, I suppose it fits for Eurovision, but stealing quite so much from Loch Lomond is a bit of a cheat isn't it?

As for the winner entry from Scooch - well what can one say? I'm all for camp frippery (where would Eurovision be without it?) and dressing as air stewards and camping it up with duty free trolleys surely qualifies highly on that front, but the song's rather weak and I fear it's just too thin an effort to do the business in Finland. Mind you it's nearly worth it for the line "Would you like anything to suck on as we land sir?".

So we have a song, but that’s a couple of hours of my life I won’t get back. Presumably this is why I don’t usually watch Saturday night TV. Ah well, health appears to be returning, which in turn should see my social life follow.

Hmmmm, time to design some airline themed Eurovision party invites I think...

And err book for the opera or something as well.


Rob (the ergonomist). said...

So: airline tailplanes then.

Does FYROM have an airline?

Merlin said...

There is a viscious rumour that they had baccking singers hidden behind the curtains.

1 i z said...

Ooooooh! Rob!

What a fab idea, no sweepstake flags for us this year - I think we need national airline tail fin designs!

Or passports...

Or airport baggage tags...

Or, or, or...

Let the madness commence!