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Other Adaptations » Buster Keaton: Sherlock Junior. » June 24, 2022 3:31 pm

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I think that film has come on Turner Classic Movies a few times over the years. Unfortunately I think I've only seen part of it. Definitely a film I want to see at some point, as I've enjoyed other Keaton films like One Week.

Other » frankly alarming shade of pink. » June 19, 2022 6:12 pm

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Whenever I order something, I always wonder how the colour will actually appear in real life. Photos in a catalogue or online taken in studio lighting don't always look the same. Was it like the pink suitcase in A Study in Pink?

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » June 10, 2022 2:31 pm

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No, last year's would have been a different vibe. Considering he came in last place, I don't know if he would have been included in the Jubilee concert.

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » June 7, 2022 3:06 pm

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I think if NBC aired the concert, they would have left him in because they aired Eurovision on their streaming platform. But it was ABC, and they edited the concert down to fit into an hour-long time slot, including commercial breaks. I'm glad his segment weas one BBC put up on YouTube, because I enjoyed it and was looking forward to it.
I enjoyed Elton John. I hadn't thought of it, but hearing Sam cover one of his songs would have been cool. The metaphor of the lonely astronaut is something they've both used in their songs (as have David Bowie and Brian May. I think his song fits nicely in that British music tradition). My mom said she read an article that some radio station (maybe Radio 2? I can't remember) held an audience vote to select which song Rod Stewart would perform, and Sweet Caroline was the winner. I didn't think he sounded that great, but the audience seemed to be enjoying it (William and George were singing along and waving their flags). My dad can't stand Rod Stewart, so he was complaining lol. At first I thought Diana Ross really was singing, but there was one moment where I was wondering if she was lip-synching, when she seemed to stop singing but the vocal track kept going.

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » June 6, 2022 4:30 pm

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Did you see Sam Ryer's performance at the Platinum Jubilee concert? I watched the concert on Saturday, but it was broadcast from an American TV network and they edited out some of the performances, including his. But luckily BBC uploaded the video of Sam's performance, since it was the only one I was looking forward to that I didn't get to see on TV.




I thought the sound quality and reverb made it seem like his voice was disembodied from his body at the beginning. Kind of interesting to see the song performed with a bunch of dancers, since in Eurovision you don't have that.

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 29, 2022 3:18 pm

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Pretty duet! Thank you for sharing!

I hadn't heard of the second chance competition until this year. The clips in that video don't tell you very much, but it's still kind of interesting to hear the different styles. The rock song from Slovenia sounded good. The Croatian singer kind of sounds like Shawn Mendes. I think "Turn This Around" and Northkid's songs are the only two I have heard in full before. I think I will check out the French and German songs. North Macedonia also looks like it might be fun! The Serbian singer's costume reminds me a lot of Efendi last year.

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 25, 2022 3:23 pm

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You're right, Belgium didn't give them 12 points. As for the group subject to the investigation, on the one hand I get that if they were trying to cheat by agreeing to vote for each other, this should be pointed out, but since many of them didn't make it to the final anyway, was there really any harm caused? Would they have given more points to another artist who didn't make it? I don't know if it would have been enough to make a big difference either way, considering how things turned out.

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 22, 2022 3:16 pm

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https://wiwibloggs.com/2022/05/20/romania-tvr-threatens-eurovision-withdrawal-and-legal-action-against-ebu-amid-jury-voting-scandal/272558/

It says here they are threatening to leave, with Romania's broadcaster saying they believe the algorithm for detecting irregular voting patterns is not transparent and there is a double standard. The article points out that Belgium, Sweden, and Australia voted for each other, but this wasn't flagged as irregular, perhaps because all those countries did well even if you exclude those votes.

I'm not sure what to think. I don't think certain countries should be unfairly targeted, and on the one hand it is a bit suspicious that all of those countries voted for each other. But unless we can somehow determine for sure that it was collusion, how do we know it wasn't just a coincidence, that that's just what those juries liked?

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 21, 2022 5:57 pm

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I had just assumed it was technical difficulties that they couldn't have all the juries present their own. Hmm...
I just did a quick Google search, since I hadn't already seen anything about this, and here's what I found. I apologize if this just repeats what you already know. Before this, the only voting "scandal" of any kind I had seen was a headline expressing surprise that Poland's jury hadn't given any points to Ukraine despite all the help they had been given Ukrainians since Russia's invasion. But this is different, but makes me wonder if it's related...

https://eurovisionworld.com/esc/here-is-the-proof-of-the-eurovision-voting-scandal-six-juries-cheated-and-voted-for-each-other

It says Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, and San Marino were detected as having irregular voting patterns for the second semi-final and when they compared it with the other juries' votes, they could tell that those 6 countries seemed to have agreed to vote for each other. I find this interesting, considering only some of them made it to the final. The article above includes the voting data that's been released.
They explain also that the juries' votes were replaced with an aggregated result, which the article explains that this is calculated based on the jury result of a pre-selected group of countries. Apparently they are drawn from the same pot that the semi-final allocation draw is taken from.

I wonder if this is going to mean that there will be more reconsideration about whether to keep the juries as they are or not. 

https://wiwibloggs.com/2022/05/19/eurovision-2022-six-national-juries-swapped-votes-during-semi-final-2-according-to-ebu-statement/272535/
This article from Wiwibloggs includes the full statement released by the EBU, as well as the tables also in the other article. It also says the EBU has given the countries involved the opportunity to investigate what happened with each of their juries. I like that this article explains a bit more about how ir

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 20, 2022 8:26 pm

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I agree, I find it unlikely that they will be able to shoulder the cost without the help of another country. I've seen some discussion of the possibility of Poland helping them by co-hosting, or perhaps it will be some other nearby country.

Yes, they have returned to Ukraine now. I saw a video of them singing for a small crowd that had gathered to welcome them back. I hope they will be able to stay safe, though of course even though I know it is probably impossible, I hope everyone still in Ukraine can stay safe and stay alive.

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 19, 2022 5:17 pm

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I just looked up that Drag Race performance. Haha! I guess that move, or similar version of it, is popular at the moment. 

I also thought Poland would do better, too. But maybe because a lot of people were disappointed by how many slow songs qualified (though there's a lot of intensity to the song) that they didn't want to vote for him. I thought his vocals were very impressive.
As much as Chanel seems to have a nice personality and is a decent dancer, I was surprised just how many votes she got. I get that it was kind of fun, but musically I didn't like it as much as a lot of the other songs. It doesn't really stay in my head like some others.
I was also surprised how well Italy did. During their final performance, I thought some of their harmonizing sounded a bit icky, like one of them was hitting an off note. Not the most interesting song to me, either. But maybe that's just me.

I thought the mistakes in the production of the final were kind of frustrating at times. The "Holland" thing was unfortunate, but I'm glad he apologized. There were a few moments when the wrong camera angle was shown during the show. The most annoying for me was when they showed the German delegation after the recap of Ukraine's performance, and then Germany's recap came right after and they just showed the German delegation again. I suppose the fact that Ukraine won means that didn't make a difference, and we got to see them all when they won and then performed again, but I still didn't think it was very nice. 

I keep meaning to go back and watch Mika's performance. I skipped it at the time I watched the final because it was already the day after and I wanted to get to the results.

I haven't decided yet how closely I'll follow it before the final next year. I think the length of the show hit me more this year than last year, maybe because there were more songs I liked last year, or because last year was my first time so there was more novelty to it. I have considered just watching

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 16, 2022 10:10 pm

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I was looking a bit at the points breakdown on Wikipedia today, actually. It's interesting to see how the jury votes and televotes differ, and also how many 12 points Ukraine got. I think I read in one article that it's a record number of points received by any Eurovision performer, which is pretty cool. I agree, I don't think the response to Ukraine would have been the same if the song wasn't as good or interesting as it is.
I don't know if Ireland was the wrong mood. It has a bit of an Olivia Rodrigo kind of mood, especially the spoken part, and she's been very successful in the past year. Don't know how much her audience overlaps with the Eurovision audience, though. But it also reminded me a bit of the message of Malta's song last year (which was a good song) and there's one part of the choreography that reminded me of Azerbaijan, the part where the girls are standing in line, bent over resting on each other's back. Probably not intentional or necessarily a bad thing, though, in my opinion.

That's funny about your son not enjoying the slow songs. To some extent I get it, as I like a lot of the more high-energy ones, the fun ones, with some exceptions. But usually I can still appreciate them, and this year one of the slower ones, Poland, was one that I really liked. Somehow that reminded me of how I found slow songs boring when I was a little kid, but then as I grew up I started to appreciate slow songs more. But your son's an adult, so that doesn't have anything to do with his thoughts!

I saw a video of the press room during Moldova's performance on Tumblr earlier today, but it was shaky because it was filmed by someone actually in the line. I like that video at Heathrow. Cool that he's wearing a pink bucket hat like the rapper from Kalush Orchestra.

Here's a fun little video backstage with Sam Ryder that YouTube recommended to me a few minutes ago, in which he found himself in a bit of a predicament. If this had gone the wrong way, it would have been quite t

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 15, 2022 10:44 pm

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I enjoyed reading both of your comments, Liberty and besleybean! Just like last year, I wasn't able to watch the final live (though for a different reason), but I watched it after lunch this afternoon. I thought the hosts were kind of annoying and repetitive, so I skipped most of their blah-blah-blah, but they had some fun moments towards the end before the results.

I ended up enjoying Finland more than I had hearing earlier performances of the song, I think they are definitely better than Blind Channel. The band members seem to have a great bond and were having a great time.
I thought Moldova was fantastic, as I did before. My mom and I both enjoyed them very much, so fun. I'm glad they got lots of votes from the public, even if the juries didn't give them a lot.
I was surprised how many points Greece got. I thought it was a fairly good song and performance, but I don't really get why it got so many 12 points. As far as emotional songs, go, I think I ended up enjoying Sweden the most. I wasn't really into it before, but the performance in the Grand Final worked for me. I thought Kornelia did a great job.
It was nice seeing TIX present his country's jury. He looked really nice in his tux, which is not his usual look. I was wondering if he was going to wear his sunglasses or not, since lately he hasn't been wearing them as often. It was nice to see him without them, even though I respect why he often wears them. But it's also nice that he's getting more comfortable without them. It was nice to see Arny Fjola deliver Iceland's jury points, too, and it was funny how she worked in two song titles into her little speech.
I think almost all the best songs, for me, ended up in the second half of the performance, though I enjoyed some of the earlier ones, like Subwoolfer. I still think they are kind of annoying, but they are so Eurovision.
I continue to find Kalush Orchestra's performance moving. They released a  video today for Stefania that was filmed since the Russian

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 13, 2022 3:50 pm

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I enjoyed reading your comments. I wasn't able to watch this second semi final all the way through because of an errand I had to run, but I watched the  first few performances and then caught the announcement of the qualifiers at the end. I watched the non-qualifying performances this morning since I know I'll see the qualifiers again.

I thought Ireland wasn't bad, even if I didn't really like the lighting design. I like Brooke's voice. I thought Isreal's song was kind of like Moldova's last year in style, the male dancers, and the long note partway through. He's an energetic performer, but it wasn't my cup of tea. That's unfortunate about some of the singer's behaviour. I wasn't aware of that.
I find that Georgia's song is just meaningless. I've read the lyrics and they definitely don't make sense, either in terms of logic and sometimes not grammatically either. I kind of like that they are weird, the steampunk elements of some of their costumes, and that they said "Make love, not war." But I didn't like their lighting design either and I'm not surprised they didn't qualify.
I think Malta is fine, but maybe not the most standout. I like the message though and I think Emma Muscat has a good voice.
I thought Andromache's voice didn't seem very strong. Maybe it was nerves. I thought her set design was interesting, but the song didn't stand out to me.
I realized while listening to Montenegro that I hadn't listened to her song before the competition. I like her low voice. I didn't understand the lyrics right away, but I think they are gesturing towards caring for the planet and fellow people, which I think is a good message.
I thought San Marino was a bit of a mess. Not really my cup of tea in terms of the song or the performance, and his costume, but I agree that the mechanical bull was funny! Definitely going for the opportunities to be over-the-top that Eurovision provides, which I appreciated.

I thought Azerbaijan's staging and performance were interesting and I'

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 11, 2022 2:57 pm

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I didn't think Austria was forgettable, but I think I forgot to mention them because I also missed most of their performance. I liked what I heard in the recap, my mom as well, and I ended up looking up their performance to watch it in full this morning. I thought it was a very catchy song with a good driving beat and energy. They looked like they were having a great time, which is always nice to see.
I ended up watching Croatia this morning as well. I like the way the dancers helped to tell the story of the song, too. It's actually kind of moving.

I hadn't watched Reddi's cover of Think About  Things, but I just listened to it now and I think they did a good job doing a rock interpretation of it. I also watched they semi-final performance and I enjoyed it.

There was a period of time where I went from liking Slovenia's song to being sick of it, but now that I've seen them perform in the competition I like it again.

I think your observation about emotional songs is interesting (I saw some discussion on Tumblr blaming the juries for how many ballads made it into the final, but I don't think it's just them, and I am glad that Iceland and Portugal made it). Something else I was thinking of last night is that with the exception of Armenia (which didn't compete in Eurovision last year), Albania and Bulgaria (which both made it to the final last year but not this year), all the countries that made it to this year's final so far are the same countries that made it last year. Latvia, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Denmark all didn't qualify last year. They don't all have similar songs from last year, the only similarity is maybe that Denmark had a retro-sounding song last year, too, even though the style was pretty different. I know there will always be overlap because the same countries compete every year and only 10 qualify from each semi-final, but I find it interesting how similar the results were for each country for this semi-final. Maybe the populations selecting

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 10, 2022 9:41 pm

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Yes, I have seen a lot about UK media doing that lately. It's upsetting and frustrating. I think it was really cool to see Systur with a trans flag live in the show!

Now that the show is over, here are my comments on the performances.

Albania - I think there were some interesting moments. The interaction with the female dancer gave the song and performance a sapphic angle that I wasn't expecting, but I overall didn't really enjoy it. I can't help but feel like it's a song made up of disparate parts that don't completely connect with each other.
Latvia - I went in thinking they would for sure qualify because of their silliness and energy, but when I was watching their performance I felt that they weren't going to make it. I showed my mom their performance when she got home from an outing, and when I told her they didn't make it she said she didn't think they would. I think the song is funny, but I'm not sure it was enough. I enjoyed their colourful outfits, though they kind of reminded me of The Wiggles.
Lithuania - I thought this performance got better as it went along. Even though I have sometimes enjoyed the song in the past, I wasn't enjoying it right from the beginning. But I think it's nice she made it. Maybe she was nervous for this performance and that's why I thought she got more into it as it went along. I really wasn't sure if she was going to make it or not.
Switzerland - I wasn't a fan of all the lighting choices for this performance. While I think he has a good voice, I found this performance made me  feel a little bored. When I heard the recap before the votes I liked it better, though, so maybe the fact that it came right after a less upbeat song, which was following an upbeat song, was why I felt that way.
Slovenia - After this performance I really thought they were going to pull off a qualification. I've gone on and off their song over the course of the leadup to the competition, but I really liked the stag

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 10, 2022 5:59 pm

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I guess we'll see! I'm getting pretty excited, too! I saw in the thumbnail of Sam Ryder's performance that he was playing a guitar, but they didn't show that in the video, so I'm wondering if the clip is only showing a little bit of what he will be doing, and maybe he will be moving around more at other points in the performance. I thought it looked good, though, even if a bit static in what we got to see.
I like the matador outfit, too.

I have been enjoying the videos of the contestants answering random questions from a bowl. They have all been pretty funny, which I like. I noticed Systur are wearing shirts supporting trans rights, which I think is really great of them, considering so many attacks on the trans community (and trans kids) lately. On the lighter side of things, Subwoolfer might not  be my favourite, but they had me laughing out loud!

Speaking of Subwoolfer, I just saw on Twitter a video of TIX in the Subwoolfer DJ's astronaut suit, so it seems he was involved that way after all... I thought it was going to be his brother, but I guess I was wrong! I'm thinking about the logistics of performing with them onstage at MGP and then performing as himself later on, it must have been busy. I'm curious if he was also involved in the songwriting, and if we'll see his name in the credits for the song tonight. Keith and Jim are still a mystery, but I don't think we'll find out who they are until after the competition, and even then I think there's a good chance I won't know who they are anyway.

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 7, 2022 3:02 pm

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It's a short term contract position and I'm almost finished, but I had to work seven days in a row this week, which was tiring. I don't mind riding the subway (it's a chance to let my mind wander), but seven days in a row has taken its toll on my energy level. I've mostly enjoyed the job itself and the people I worked with were nice, so I think it's been worthwhile.

For the ones I have seen, it's been interesting to see the changes in costume and set design. I really like the new costumes and the big disco ball on stage that LPS has for their performance. Citi Zeni's rehearsal also made me look forward to theirs, since they seem to be just getting more and more high-energy. I'm not sure I like the flickering effects Ochman is using, but maybe it will have a different effect in the context of the entire performance. While I still have mixed feelings about Ronela's song, I'm kind of surprised by her costume change. I liked how she looked like a warrior in her national final performance, but it seems she's moved away from that and I don't think I like the new costume as much. But I do agree that overall, of the ones I've seen, the rehearsals look good. I'm still not finding the We Are Domi singer's voice very strong, but maybe she's saving herself for when it counts.

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 6, 2022 10:35 pm

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Funnily enough, they didn't mention the Eurovision movie at all, even though I expected they probably would since it probably introduced a lot of Americans to Eurovision. I don't really know how they chose to focus on Iceland, but they talked about how they've never won and hope to win, so I think that might have been how they chose their focus. They did a feature on the volcano eruption last year, but I don't know if that's it. I think a lot of people are intrigued by Iceland in general because of how it's become a tourist destination.

I have been watching some of the rehearsal clips that they've been uploading to YouTube and some of the House Party ones. I thought it was cool that Alvan covered Think About Things, since it's a song I like. I haven't had time to watch everything (though I probably wouldn't literally watch everything anyway) because I've been working this week, so between 6-hour shifts and a somewhat lengthy commute each way, I haven't had that much energy to keep up with stuff, or very much time. I'm looking forward to relaxing Tuesday afternoon to watch the first semi-final.

Music » Eurovision 2022 Turin » May 3, 2022 10:41 pm

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Something that might be kind of fun to know. There's a weekly news program in the US called 60 Minutes, and they typically do profiles on people, issues, or places, with two or three segments per program about a specific topic. This week they did a segment on Iceland's participation in Eurovision. They talked about Songvakeppnin and the history of Iceland's participation (they talked about how different Hatari was from anything they've sent before, and how the whole country embraced their aesthetic and even kids dressed up like them!), as well as a quick discussion about what Eurovision is. It was interesting how they talked about Daughters of Reykjavik was a favourite to win, but how then Systur won, and how they are hoping that being more low-key will make them stand out and win this year. I don't know if they will, based on how other acts are being received online, but I still hope they do well.

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