July 2010 Archives
This is just brilliant. Even though 2010 only marks 24 years since Belgium's sole Eurovision Song Contest win to date, they've decided to celebrate the silver anniversary of Sandra Kim's 1986 success in Bergen a year early - and in unusual fashion.
An insurance company has persuaded Sandra to re-film the promo video for landsliding victorious ditty J'aime le Vie shot-for-shot in the same locations used in the mid-1980s, all for an advert that appears to be about still loving life enough to take out life insurance. How very tenuous.
Rather handily, the remake is screened alongside the original for comparative purposes and BBaB does rather like the bit where Sand is back in the dance studio doing a spot of shimmying and thrusting with abandon.
It's all marvellous fun but it does beg the question - just how long are commercial breaks on for on Belgian telly?
And so the rumour mill grinds into life. Reports circulate today that the BBC has approached slightly-faded uber quirky musician Mika to come up with a tune that will help Royaume Uni shift itself off the derrier end of the scoreboard at next year's Eurovision Song Contest in Germany. There really is no more to it than that, if it is true, then the Lebanese-born, London-based composer best known for his number one hit Grace Kelly has only been approached and has yet to come up with a response.
If there is any truth in this, and indeed, if it comes off, it would be great to see a British entry that doesn't fit in with that tiresome 'Eurovisiony' stereotype that 'expert' panellists on the BBC's selection show are convinced will win the competition.
But then, it's July. Newspapers are scrabbling for stories. We'll see.
The black t-shirt bearing the legend 'Jimmy Jump' and the distinctive red hat look just as they did on May 29, but is this man, approaching the World Cup trophy as it waited on its pedestal in Johannesburg's Soccer City prior to kick off at last night's final, the same cheeky monkey who gegged in on Daniel Diges' performance in Oslo?
We still don't know (perhaps there is a team of Jumps, one member of which turns up whenever Spain takes part in a big international event) but whoever it was on the pitch last night, at least he turned up at something that his homeland actually won.
Congratulations to Spain. I had Netherlands in the sweep in the office and could have won ÃÂ£24 if things had been a bit different - but this just seems to be the year for Eurovision's Big 4 countries to win things.
Come on France, come on UK, there's still the Miss World title up for grabs...
Aah, Monaco. The country that made a Eurovision comeback and nobody really noticed. From 1980 to 2003 the country which won the 1971 Eurovision was entirely absent from the Contest of Song. But after 25 years of non-participation, something stirred in the principality and the decision was made for Monte Carlo to get songy again. Unfortunately, that decision was made just as Eurovision split into a qualifying round and a Saturday night final.
In 2004 and 2005 the Monacans sent wishy-washy ballads which were never going to have the televoters lunging for the phone. But then 2006 rolled around and TV MC tried a different tack. They went absolutely coco-nuts.
Summer is on season - and Eurovision is very much off-season (but BBaB is currently working on something *extremely* interactive to keep your no-Contest blues at bay - watch this space...). That means many of you BBaBers (who aren't still paying for Norway) will be zooming off hols-wards in the coming weeks and will already be planning that vital part of any sunny break - the music you stick in your ears as you rest by the pool/lie on the beac/wait in an airport departure lounge for five hours.
So that's the challenge. Boom Bang a Blog wants to know your summer playlist. Now, it would be really easy to come up with 10 Eurovision songs to string together for your iPod, so we're asking you to use your imagination.