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EUROVISION 2016 Grand Final Review and Analysis

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The LED screens, the holograms, feathery dresses, an historical mockumentary, Justin Timberlake’s interval act, and a new tension-filled voting system are what made the 2016 season of the Eurovision Song Contest, one of the most entertaining TV productions that you could ever experience. I had been watching the contest since 2003 and this war, by far, the best Eurovision show.

As you already know the rather-dark ethnic pop song “1944” by Ukraine’s Jamala won the competition. Without a catchy hook and a chorus in Crimean Tatar (the first time this language is heard on the Eurovision stage), “1944” is the least Eurovision-friendly song Continue reading “EUROVISION 2016 Grand Final Review and Analysis”

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EUROVISION 2016: Semi-final 2 Reviews and Analysis

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 continued last night with the second semi-final that ultimately determined the last ten participants for Saturday’s grand finale. Prior to the broadcasting, this semi-final was considered weaker than the first. However, there seemed to be a much larger production in almost all of the competing entries.

Hosts Petra and Mans introduced the show by explaining “What is Eurovision?” through an easy-listening number greatly inspired on Oscars’ opening acts.

The ten finalists that will join Tuesday’s qualifiers and the Big 5+Sweden are (in order of announcement): Latvia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Australia, Ukraine, Poland, Serbia, Israel, Lithuania and Belgium.

The shocking Continue reading “EUROVISION 2016: Semi-final 2 Reviews and Analysis”

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EUROVISION 2016: Semi-final 1 review and analysis

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The 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest officially began last night with the first semi-final deciding the first ten acts that qualified for Saturday’s Grand Finale. As usual the Eurovision stage was filled with extravaganza, LED screens, 3D images, holograms, and the unmissable wind machine.

Overall, the first semi-final was undeniably a very entertaining show. SVT, the Swedish and host broadcaster, gave a twist to the live event by introducing comedy sketches similar to those found in British television productions.

I particularly loved the new way of displaying the participant’s number; the countries’ name were displayed in huge 90s video Continue reading “EUROVISION 2016: Semi-final 1 review and analysis”

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TOP TEN: Favourite tracks of the week

With Beyoncé’s surprise album last Monday, almost every other release got overshadowed. But since I don’t have Tidal and I’m not a big fan to buy her music, I had to rely on the mathematical algorithms of Apple Music and then, Spotify for new music. I must say that I found an interesting mixture of 90s-influenced alternative rock tunes. They are also some known acts, though.

For the week ending on May 1st, here are my ten favourite tracks:

#10 “Stockholm (Remastered)” — In-Flight Safety

In-Flight Safety is a band from Nova Scotia (Canada) formed in 2003. I just discovered them this Continue reading “TOP TEN: Favourite tracks of the week”