So you want to sound like a pro but due to other things (like life) getting in the way, you actually haven’t had much time to really investigate things this year yet. No worries! You can still work out (and swot up on) who you should be supporting plus we’ve got all the extra conversation points you need in one handy post!
No one can be expected to talk about Eurovision without having an opinion on the favourite. While Armenia were looking dead certain to take the prize for most of the build up, after his live debut at the semi on Tuesday people seem to have realised that Aram MP3’s performance is actually quite boring, and now everyone’s backing Sweden‘s Sanna Nielsen instead.
Expert Talking points
– This year was Sanna’s 7th attempt (and first successful one) to win Melodifestivalen and sing for Sweden at Eurovision
– The song was written by Fredrik Kempe who also wrote Eric Saade’s ‘Popular’ in 2011
– The lyrics were changed slightly to make more sense – Sanna now closes the chorus with ‘Undo my sad love’, because it’s much more logical than just ‘Undo my sad’…
The Other Contenders
While odds for Eurovision contenders normally indicate a clear favourite, this year four countries seem to be in with a shout – the aforementioned Sweden and Armenia alongside Austria‘s bearded lady Conchita Wurst and The Netherlands‘ country duetters The Common Linnets.
Expert Talking Points
– The Common Linnets have seen their odds tumble from 90-1 just before the semi finals to just 3-1 now
– Aram MP3 made his fame as a comedy performer, something like Armenia’s answer to Tim Minchin
– Conchita Wurst’s appearance led to this year’s calls for a boycott from Russia when the politician responsible for their new anti-gay laws referred to Eurovision as ‘The Sodom Show’.
Oh where to start? From Belarus‘ song ‘Cheesecake’ qualifying over suspected favourites in the second semi to men in brightly coloured suits representing Iceland and singing about prejudice, to the French entry about facial hair – this year is no exception to the usual novelty factor.
Expert Talking Points
– Teo changed the lyrics to his song ‘Cheesecake’ from ‘Looking over Google Maps trying to escape’ to ‘Looking over all the maps trying to escape’ because the rules state no brands allowed
– The French song ‘Moustache’ is actually way more than a song about facial hair. The lyrics are about always wanting more than you have, as epitomised by wanting more facial hair.
The Facial Hair
Speaking of facial hair – it’s everywhere this year. From the song about it, to the bearded lady, to Pilou the presenter, to all the other men sporting a fine beard, you’ll be hard pressed to go five minutes without seeing some – in fact we might even go as far as to say it’s impossible. But don’t worry, we’ve already written all about it for you here.
The Copenhagen Circus Outreach Program
There’s a rule that says you can’t have more than 6 people on stage, but apparently this year Denmark have decided to add an extra one that says if you don’t have enough people on stage, we’ll give you a struggling circus performer to use. We’re not sure if everyone else is talking about this but between the trapeze act for Azerbaijan, the trampoline for Greece, the ice-skater-on-roller-blades for Montenegro and Norway‘s clown jacket (sorry Carl!) we think they definitely should be. And now we’ve pointed it out, you’ll be spotting the circus EVERYWHERE.
The People Who Didn’t Make It
Of course the semi finals mean not all songs make it to the big night, and sometimes songs that really seemed like they stood a chance don’t make it at all. If you really want to sound like you know what you’re talking about try throwing in a ‘Israel were robbed’, ‘What happened to Ireland?’, ‘Estonia deserved better’ or ‘You know, I really though Belgium had a chance this year’ when the subject comes up.
Expert Talking Points
– Belgium and Israel were ranked just outside the Top 10 according to the bookies but neither of them made it out of their heats
– Ireland have the most Eurovision wins of any country (7) but after finishing last in 2013 maybe their luck is running out.
– There was a delay in getting the results for Thursday’s semi final, that is the perfect shoehorn for an ‘even the voting referees couldn’t believe Israel didn’t qualify’ style comment.
Of course there are always more things to talk about – Ukraine are performing alongside someone in a hamster wheel! Italy look set throw a tantrum on stage! The UK might actually stand a chance this year! – but really the most fun will be watching and finding out for yourself. Of course before you do that you need to pick who to support, so it’s time to decide who deserves your 12 points and let us know in the comments! Happy Eurovision day!