The official Eurovision web site includes a (remarkably) small selection of facts and figures that may be of interest. We all learn something, like the Belgian song that came second in 2003 was sung in an imaginary language! Goodness!
Apparently the most used words by fans are:
Dana, Irish Winner 1970
"All Kinds Of Everything"
Vicky Leandros, Lux. Winner 1972
Dana could relate to Dana International who won the contest for Israel in 1998 (with "Diva"), but it is more likely to relate to Dana who won for Ireland in 1970 (with "All Kinds Of Everything").
Leandros, by the way, is Vicky Leandros who won for Luxembourg in 1972 with "Après Toi".
My thoughts for words commonly used in connection with the contest would be:
Here are some other things I've dug up along the way...
Best hair will always be a subject of much debate, some people like blondes, some like brunettes, and the hair alone is no good - it must match the face. I'd nominate, again, Mariya-the-host...
On the other hand, 'rock shades' are cool. Like, WHO needs to wear shades indoors? It is a rock thing, right? So it stands to reason that several of Wig Wam (Norway) wear shades, and one of the Spanish blokes wears them too (but in his case, they're so not cool!).
The only person seen wearing glasses in the 2004 competition is the man sitting beside Lisa Andrews (Cyprus) in the Green Room, when she was awarded 12 points... And the Lithuanian male singer (semi-final) wearing shades.
The only vote announcers to wear glasses was the man from Greece and the man from Poland.
By the way, in case anybody is offended right now - I'll say that I wear glasses (and I'm a geek, so I can't help dispel that stereotype!); and also I could fall in love with a librarian! I'd prefer a glasses-wearing geek over a girl who goes "clubbing" any day...
So, it should come as no surprise that the leads in the 2005 final were comprised of 11 blokes and 21 honeys.
Of these, all of the men except for the Latvian pair (Walters & Kazha) sung solo parts (with or without backing dancers). Most of the women sung solo parts (with or without backing dancers) except for Son de Sol (Spain), Feminnem (Bosnia), and Vanilla Ninja (Switzerland).
There were no mixed-gender leads in the final; there were 3 in the semi-final (Austria, Portugal, and Ireland) but they did not qualify. I'm not counting the Boonika on principle!
By contrast, 2004's final saw 19 males far outnumbering the 9 females. Perhaps these things go in cycles? I don't have 2003's statistics handy - so I'll comment on this in 2006, if I remember!
Mixed genders in 2004's final - one - Julia and Ludwig (Malta). Most of the performances were solo (with or without backing dancers), the exceptions being Tie-Break (Austria), Julia and Ludwig (Malta), and Re-Union (The Netherlands).
For 2006, in the final, we had a better dispersion:
Note: Dancers and performers are counted as part of the group (i.e. Germany and UK are groups) while static backing singers are not (i.e. Ireland was a male soloist).2 mixed groups 7 group, with lead male 5 group, with lead female 3 group, all female 3 solo females 2 group, all male 2 solo males
Two women wear black, in various persuations of the leather biker-chick style - Nox (Hungary) and Gracia (Germany).
The most popular colour for the women is white/off-white, as modelled by Leoina Celo (Albania), Feminnem (Bosnia; off-white); and Vanilla Ninja (Switzerland).
Possibly the best dressed female in the entire broadcast was Mariya Efrosinina (yes, the host!). The best dressed singer was Shiri Maimon (Israel). Nobody came a close second...
The worst dressed female singer, in my opinion, was Gracia (Germany)... That outfit was just totally bizarre. The worst dressed male is, hands down no-contest, Zoob Si Zoub (Moldova).
You can't really comment on Wig Wam's (Norway) attire. It's a "rock thing".
In the 2004 final, wearing black (sort of) is Ruslana (Ukraine, winner), Julia Savicheva (Russia), and Sandra Ladosi (Romania) ... but nobody carries it off as well as the elegant simplicity of Lisa Andrews (Cyprus).
Pink, red, and white were the colours for 2004.
In the 2006 final, the only lead singer wearing basic black is one of the woman from the Swiss group. Several men wore the black and white penguin tux. It appears as if basic white was a popular colour.
Here's who we can see (from my pictures) had six on-stage in the 2005 final:
On the other hand, countries like France and Spain will probably rather die and give up their country and place in history before singing in English.
As an English speaking person, there is a certain benefit to me to have the songs in English - namely that I can understand what they are about - and that benefit is going to reflected in the choice of language of the performance.
Viktoria Krantz is a talented Swedish singer. Don't understand a word of it. If Carola didn't win the Eurovision for Sweden in 1992, I wouldn't have known what her song was about, besides a translation of the title. It took me quite a while until I found out that Maja Blagdan (Croatia) wasn't singing about somebody called Sveta...
On the other hand, I would actually like to hear how the songs sound when performed in their own language. With respect to t.A.T.u's most popular song (All the things she said? something like that), the difference between the English and the Russian version is quite astonishing. Not just the simpler arrangement of the Russian one, but also in the way things are sung - all the rolling 'r's that the Russians speak.
Likewise, Shiri Maimon (Israel) had a good combination with her song part in Israeli and part in English. I'm not really a fan of the Israeli language (too guttural), but that doesn't stop me being interested in hearing how it sounds.
One thing I would be very interested in reading is a female perspective. This is written from a very male-oriented view, which is why I talk about girl's dresses, hair, etc and barely mention what the men are wearing. I'm afraid I'm not of the correct mind-set to look at a man and award him points as to how sexy he is... so what'd be really nice is if some female out there can look through my pictures and do like I have, only from a woman's perspective.
I'll be happy to add your thoughts right here!
Also, if you want, feel free to answer some of my points - perhaps you like a hairstyle or dress that I didn't? Perhaps you think a basic black number is a total cliché and nobody wears them these days...
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