November 2008 Archives
You will do if you've seen the new ads for the Renault Megane in the breaks for Corrie and The X-Factor.
It's Sebastien Tellier with Divine, this year's French entry. It only finished 19th in Belgrade, but it seems to have pricked a fair few more ears up than the winning ditty did.
...except in Georgia, as three kids in yellow and black striped outfits (with a collective age that is less than this current blogger's) have just taken the 2008 Junior Eurovision Song Contest title in Cyprus. The song is called Bzzz...
For some reason, the show was presented by a pair of Londoners, but despite all the dreadful, dreadful music - even by Eurovision standards - there was a very poignant moment when the girl reading out the Russian scores gave the 12 to Georgia with a genuinely cheery smile. Sometimes, dagnammit, those kids can teach us a thing or two. The Georgians didn't return the favour.
Georgia has pulled out of the 2009 Contest in Moscow due to the political events earlier this year.
Some cynics are already suggesting this pint-sized victory is a rather convenient, sugar-coated way of enticing them back...
Tomorrow is the sixth edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest - and just when you thought the adults had the sole stake on rehearsal week drama and strops, wait until you hear about the kids.
In what could be a worrying too-much-lemonade-and-ice-cream scenario, the entrant for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (and on of the favourites to win) was taken to hospital on Wednesday and could only manage two of his four alloted rehearsal slots.
You can have a shufty at his song in this blogbit, along with the remaining two songs in the 15-strong line-up, beginning with:
Laiminga Diena performed by Egle Jurgaityte
Bless you for your loyalty in the run up to Fun-Sized Eurovision on Saturday. The first of today's four entries is from Serbia, this year's hosts of the other singing contest.
Uvek Kad U Nebo Pogledam performed by Maja Mazic
There's more this way.
Boom Bang a Blog has been absolutely inundated with no requests to see more previews of the songs taking part in this year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Cyprus on Saturday.
So, we'll keep going with the song from the host country's friendliest neighbour.
Kapoia Nychta performed by Niki Yiannouchu
There's three more to experience if you click on the bit marked 'Continue Reading'. I know, I know... we're just too kind to you.
Saturday sees the sixth running of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, live from Lemesos, Cyprus.
There is minimal interest in this Minipops version of the main event in Western Europe, although the host nation, Belgium, The Netherlands and Malta are doing their bit in Cyprus to stem the tide of Eastern European bloc voting on behalf of the Eurovision old school. We don't fancy their chances.
Over the next four days, we'll preview the 15 acts clamouring (but not running with scissors) towards the prize. Of course, one day, there will be one act who winds up winning both Junior and Grown-Up Eurovisions. A bit like Roger Federer winning the Australian and French Open five years apart.
If you can bear it, have a click to preview the entries from Romania, Armenia, Belarus and Russia.
You may have heard the news over the weekend that Lord Andrew of Lloyd Webber has been over in Moscow meeting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ahead of next year's Contest.
The meeting was to discuss how more credibility could be brought to next year's event (I mean, Boom Bang a Blog loves the Contest, but even we think Mr Putin must have far more important issues to be dealing with) but the upshot of it all is that kindly Vlad has assured Our Andy that his televote is indelibly earmarked with the Union Jack come the 2009 final.
The question is - what exactly did Andrew Lloyd Webber do (or say) during that meeting to secure such a vote from such an influential man?
Putin: The Musical opens worldwide in autumn 2010.
Now, isn't this marvellous? The North West of England (that's the bit Boom Bang a Blog lives in) is going to get its very own Eurovision disco.
We said it was marvellous.
For one night only, Bacchanalia in Chapel Walks, Manchester, plays host to Boom Bang a Bang (we've consulted our lawyers about the name) where lots of excitable Eurovision fans, deprived of the chance to shake their booty to Shady Lady, Hero, This Is My Life, Qele, Qele - and probably not the song from Portugal - at provincial nightspots before, during and after this year's Contest, will finally get their tushes on the dancefloor for a good old Eurobop.
Well, who'd have thunk that Shiri Maimon would be named as Europe's third best singer and Leona Lewis and Dima not even getting a look in?
Anyway, today's blog bit isn't about the MTV Awards, it's about James Bond instead.
Tonight, there's a good chance I'll be off to Liverpool One's smashing new cinema to see Quantum of Solace (although I still haven't seen Casino Royale, so I believe I'm at a disadvantage).
Which got me thinking about Bond themes. And then it got me thinking about that most rare of musical acts - the ones who have managed the Bond theme/Eurovision entry double.
As you may (or may not) know, Boom Bang a Blog HQ is not that far from Liverpool. The city is aquiver with anticipation today as it gears up to host the MTV European Music Awards at its spanking new ECHO Arena with stars like Beyonce, Bono, and perhaps even Val Doonican, turning up to be seen on the red carpet.
Only ticket holders are allowed near the venue itself (we don't have one), but it would be super fun to go along and boo this year's winner, Dima Bilan (named as Best Russian Act) for inflicting almost the dullest Eurovision victory-scooping song in history on we poor viewers as he strutted in to the ceremony.