Get ready to score your Eurovision Lotto cards! Of course, if you want to have a drink every time you see one of these things, you are welcome, but drinking is not mandatory. You can just shout “Hola, mi baby. Lamame, lamame!” instead, or whatever. You do you. Here’s what I have on my list:
- A costume change!
- Ridiculous musical instruments!
- A cynical change of key and/or tempo!
- Someone says the party/songs were “wonderful”!
- Unnecessary use of the French language!
- Vigorous hand washing!
- Costumes with cutouts!
- Someone is jumping off the stage!
- A guitar solo!
- Spooky Ghost Specters!
- Someone in the crowd is waving a Ukrainian flag!
- Someone is back at Eurovision!
I will try to call them. And also try not to get into complicated arguments about musicology about whether something is technically a key change or not. We all know the cynical rising key changes to the last set of choruses when you hear it.
WRS is a play on the main man’s last name, which is Ursa or something, which means bear. Those cutouts in these women’s dresses certainly almost reveal their bears, don’t they?
If you had played that to me without giving me details, I would have assumed it was a Spanish entry, the chorus is in Spanish, the rhythm is Spanish, the look and feel is Spanish. But they come from Romania.
Apparently this band met while studying in Leeds, although I don’t think there’s much chance they’ll drop the Wedding Gift or the Sisters of Mercy as the biggest musical exports of the city in my book, but it really grew on me.
And we leave. Now the studio version of this comes with autotune hits to his vocals. The live, does not, and is IMHO all the better for it. Casper Hatlestad built this custom bowed guitar himself. Give yourself a ridiculous instrument on the bingo card.
Mike giving us our first Eurovision Bingo of the night – unnecessary use of the French language! No song is sung in French tonight, which is perhaps, I believe, the very first time. The French entry is in Breton. I think they should have made sure all the French tracks were also Breton all evening.
Three Ukrainian friends – Senia lives in Mexico, Natalia and Katarina in Malta – came to Turin to show their support for their country’s “awesome” song. “It will be number 1, without a doubt,” Senia said.
The puns are already rolling…
I’m going to take a risk here and say that if they skipped the flag parade in the future, no one would jam the switchboards demanding one, would they? A whole new level of extra faff.
We’re now at around 1,057 songs in a mix of Laura songs, but it all sounds great.
So your presenters tonight are your real Mika. Real Mika. The other two are Laura Pausini and Alessandro Cattelan. Alessandro presented the X-Factor in Italy, so insert your own “he’s used to voiceless screams” punchline. Laura has previously been a judge/coach on The Voice.
All three, I imagine, are rather more charismatic in real life than tonight’s script will allow them to be, but isn’t that always the case? The clumsiness is part of the charm of Eurovision. Trying to write jokes to please everyone in Europe can’t be easy. As this live blog will also demonstrate.
As someone who has covered the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Summer and Winter Olympics and Paralympics for the past 12 months, it is refreshing to see that they are off to Give peace a chance here rather than Imagine from the “John Lennon Songs for Opening Ceremonies Greatest Hits” CD, but I still long for someone to make the bolder choice of Instant Karma. Or the one about heroin where he yells a lot.
Are you ready? And I have to warn you, if you’ve been looking for gorgeous aerial drone shots of marvelous Italian landmarks with massive Eurovision stars, then I have good news for you about tonight’s show.
Although this year they’ve turned the idea of filming host country landmarks into something of a mascot – Leo the drone. I see what they’ve done, but I’m a little worried that this will lead to every host wanting some sort of “mascot” character in the future.
We are about 12 minutes away from the start of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest. Angela Giuffrida has just met Igor, who traveled from Paris to Turin without a ticket – crazy! With minutes to go, he is apparently still confident of finding one.
“It’s not the first time I’ve tried it, and at two other Eurovisions it worked,” he said. “Apart from football, there really is no other event that brings people together, it’s amazing, it’s an opportunity for us to connect and come together.”
He likes the French song, a song written in the Breton dialect, because “it’s so dynamic”, but wants Ukraine to win. “Not just because of world events, it’s a very beautiful song.”
Our Angela Giuffrida is in Turin tonight and dedicated Eurovision fans have of course traveled far and wide to be there. Michael Duncan and his partner, Daniel Fey, traveled from London and enjoyed the northern Italian city for a week ahead of the grand final. “It’s our 20th Eurovision,” said Michael. “We’re hoping for a win in the UK and they might just do it.”
If you’d like to have your face on our Eurovision live blog, you should either bump into Angela in Turin or tweet me with your pics of Eurovision fun: @MartinBelam.
If you’re looking for songs that could push Ukraine into lockdown, then on Spotify streaming service Mahmood & Blanco’s Brividi has been a streaming behemoth, with over 82 million plays. Could Italy win back-to-back finals? Last year’s winners, Måneskin, told our Angela Giuffrida in Turin that winning it changed their lives:
Not so long ago, Måneskin was walking the streets of Rome, performing for four hours straight even with only one person watching. So the winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 couldn’t believe their luck when the Rolling Stones invited them to open a concert in the United States in November, giving them their first opportunity to perform in front of thousands of spectators.
“We thought, fuck yeah, we’re not going to turn this down,” bassist Victoria De Angelis said in an interview with The Guardian alongside her three bandmates in Turin ahead of the Eurovision 2022 final.
“Our lives have completely changed [since Eurovision]. We haven’t stopped. We had a lot of crazy experiences… all the things we dreamed of and never thought would come true.
For the most part, Eurovision winners tend to be quickly forgotten. But since their jaw-dropping performance of Zitti e Buoni in Rotterdam last May, Måneskin have not only reached a level of global success unmatched for an Italian rock band, but they inspire a generation of young people with their upbeat rock and deep lyrics.
“We’re super privileged, but when we started in music, we had some tough times. We were super judged — for our makeup, our nail polish and the way we dressed — that it was hard to keep going,” frontman Damiano David said.
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It might not make as much sense if you haven’t seen all of the songs yet, but this exquisite Tumblr post sets the stage for listening to each of this year’s 40 entries.
Sample content: “In a dirty basement with hot people”, “In 2003, with low rise jeans and a thick layer of Bad Gal eyeliner”, “Halfway through a pint of ice cream , under a duvet”.
The ideal conditions to listen to the songs of Eurovision 2022 from Ellie did it