February 2009 Archives
Earlier this week, Switzerland officially announced its entry for Moscow and it's Lovebugs with the tune The Highest Heights.
Ever since the tune was released, people say it sounds like (deep breath) U2/Lightning Seeds/New Order/Pet Shop Boys/Depeche Mode/OMD, or indeed, any early '90s pop-rock anthem.
Boom Bang a Blog needs to put the record straight - who exactly do Lovebugs sound like?
And why does a band like this, have a name like that?
There's a fair chance you'll have read all about the Put in/Putin furore regarding this year's Georgian entry, where the rather funky retro number from Stephane and 3G (one of which has an even funkier afro 'do) may very well have to be changed before Eurovision rolls in to Moscow in May.
The reason? Political lyrics are simply not allowed at the Contest. Even the bill-footing hosts aren't immune to this rule - when Ukraine hosted in 2005, their entry had to be tweaked to remove multiple high-praising references to Viktor Yushchenko. Which means Stephane's rather nifty dig at Putin and the events of last summer probably won't make it beyond Tbilisi.
But politics isn't the only reason a country may need to alter its initial selection for the Contest. In the case of Bulgaria this year, it's because a whole lot of people think the song is simply, well, pants...
Once Valentine's Day eases into the early hours of Sunday morning, close to half of 43 the songs participating in this year's Eurovision Song Contest will be known.
Irish telly (RTE) announces its shortlist today - and it appears that a song previously submitted to the Latvian final was yanked out of contention in Riga and despatched to Dublin instead. This is a rather canny move. Ireland has seen a surge of migrant workers from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in recent years, which explains the past three douze points from the Irish televote; Lithuania (2006, 2007) and Poland (2008).
The song in question is rumoured to be the favourite of the panel who sifted through 300 potential entries - and is surely a shoe-in if the Eastern European members of the Irish community can rally themselves when the phonelines open. Their final is on February 20.
But what was all that about a shocker in Cyprus? Oh, you'll like this...
LAST week, Boom Bang a Blog told you all about the mix-up in Hungary, where the song selected by an internal panel for Moscow turned out to be a previously released tune with new lyrics.
This meant that Hungarian telly had to choose something else, sharpish. So they did.
They chose this:
But that's not the end of the story.
OH, that Eurovision is a cruel mistress. In the past 24 hours, this song was announced as the Hungarian entry for Moscow.
Not long after that, some eagle-eared Eurovision fans remembered a group of Swedish Big Brother contestants recording this in 2006.
Yes, it's the same song, albeit with different lyrics. And it wasn't long before Contest supervisors, the European Broadcasting Union, got wind of the same information.
Hungarian TV is now looking for a new song to represent them at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
THE UK wasn't the only country picking its Eurovision entry on Saturday night.
Over in Denmark, a young man called Niels Brinck won the Danish heat with this song, called Believe Again.
And in a surprising turn of events, this year's Danish entry is co-written by none other than Ronan Keating, former dignitary of the Boyzone parish and proud, green-blooded Irishman.
It can only be a matter of time before Dana gets on the blower to her MEP chums and has his passport revoked.
And after that, we can now present to you...