I get why some people hate this event, but also why some love it. I’m pretty much in the middle myself, as I like to watch the finals every year and maybe give one vote if I like a song, but I’m not at all interested in the semifinals, regional events and stuff like that. I actually don’t want to know anything about the songs in the finals when I start watching it, because I want every song to leave a first impression on me, whether I like it or not. Getting used to a song is part of the show, I know, but I don’t want that. It clouded my mind back when Lena won for Germany because I watched a lot of German TV, and I haven’t given a shit about regional events and semifinals since.
So, Eurovision in Portugal 2018! The show itself was a snoozefest, seriously. They had a boring intro, boring performances and music during breaks, and it kind of just ended without anything special. I want to be entertained, have a blast and enjoy myself when watching a big show like this, and not get put to sleep with slow-motion music within the first 5 minutes. I liked the hosts though, those ladies were fun. But overall, it was a boring mess. Looking at a steaming hot potato would have been more entertaining. Take a look at when Austria hosted the show, they had a fucking flying Conchita Wurst! Now that’s something!
Moving on to the songs this year, I was actually pleasantly surprised. It’s usually 80% boring ballads, 15% acceptable music, 4% that I might even listen to after the show ends, and 1% that gets my vote. This year though, I found it to be 50/50. Most of the music was acceptable for a show like this, and the performances were entertaining for the most part. The songs I liked the least were Lithuania, Hungary and Netherland. The girl from Lithuania sounded like she was going to break down and cry every second, and it was awful. She went for the cutesy image, but it was anything but that. Hungary sounded really damn good, until the singer opened his mouth. His voice wasn’t nearly strong enough for the hard rock the band went for, and during the last 30 seconds, he sounded hoarse. Netherland… Uh, do I really have to tell you why it was terrible? No, I thought so…
My vote went to Czech Republic, and I knew that after hearing the first minute of the song. He was the only one who made me smile, and I really liked how it was obvious how much fun he had. The song was catchy, his performance was fun, and I truly think he should have won. Yes, I do! I really don’t get why the jury gave him shitty points, but I sure am happy that the viewers voted for him. Being on that topic, I (and plenty of other people) noticed the enormous difference between jury and viewer votes. One would think that musicians, songwriters, producers and the like should know what kind of music people like, but they obviously didn’t. What they deemed shit, the viewers deemed gold. I’m glad that this caused Sweden to not win, because I am so fucking TIRED of them sending in some random dude with a generic pop track. Sweden, I know you’re one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) country when it comes to writing pop songs, but you need to change this shit.
Anyway, many people think that jury votes should be removed entirely, or at least be given less power. Because why should 5 people in each country count for just as many points as millions of viewers? One could argue, that we need someone who can look at a song objectively, and judge it depending on various factors like the voice of the singer, timing and whatnot. But is it really fair to give them 50% of the points to spend on that? I don’t think so. The viewers should decide what they like, and who should win. Give the jury 25%, and then the music that we, the CONSUMERS like, will have a bigger chance at winning.
Granted, it is a SONG contest, and it should be judged as such, which can be hard for us everyday people who get blinded by flashy performances and media. But isn’t she show about performances too? If it was ONLY about the music, why spend so much money every year on stages, effects and clothes? Eurovision is entertainment, and it should be treated as such.
Before I leave this topic, I’d like to spew a little poison regarding the Danish version of this event. I was really close to switching over to a German channel to watch this, because the Danish commentator is a shithead every year, and I’ve had it with his bull. EVERY. GOD. DAMN. YEAR. He feels the need to complain about Sweden not giving us enough points. Norway not giving us enough points. Finland not giving us enough points. Denmark being in the last spot. Denmark being in the second last spot. Denmark being on the wrong half of the spots. Denmark not being in the top 10. WTF Ole? Do you get paid for being so patriotically pessimistic every year? Sweden shouldn’t give us any points if we’re shit, and we don’t have to give them any points if they’re shit. That’s it. There’s nothing more to it. Don’t go ruin our mood by being so fucking negative all the time. I wanted to write him a text, telling him to please STFU and let us listen to the host of each country having their chat with the ladies when giving points, but at that point, I guess it was too late to text him. Besides, for some odd reason, I can’t text their number, and even had to use my boyfriend’s phone to give a vote. But if it’s the same shit again next year, I’ll make a Twitter account just for the sole reason of tagging him and telling him to shut his damn mouth if he has nothing nice or positive to say. UGH!
Okay, enough about Eurovision now. This has already become a far longer post than I wanted it to be…
I’ve got nothing done, sadly. I’m actually not even sure what happened the last few weeks. I sleep badly at night because of stress due to our neighbor, and we’ve had more stuff to do than usual overall. Maybe because the weather is good right now, I don’t know. Looking at my goals for this year, I feel bad about not having done anything about them for a month now, other than leveling a class in FFXIV. I spend too much time in my boyfriend’s garrison on WoW, because that’s as much as my brain can handle these weeks. We’ve even got appointments for meetings tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, next week, and 10 other times I’ve forgot, because I can’t handle that much information right now.
I’m afraid that’s all I have to write today. I’ve not written anything on my story, haven’t started reading a new book (because who can read in peace when your neighbor randomly starts yelling?), not made any new printables, and I’ve not started watching any new anime or anything. I have taken a liking to Lucifer on Netflix though, and will probably drag myself through the new season of 13 Reasons Why at some point. But other than that, I’ve done nothing… zip… nada… I’m a steaming hot pile of… potatoes.