Live Stream: Final (2018 Eurovision Song Contest)
May 12, 2018 7:59 AM - Subscribe

Saturday May 11, 2100 CEST! Viewers outside the US can watch via the main Eurovision YouTube channel. For fans located in the US: Logo is broadcasting the Grand Final again this year (with Ross Mathews and Shangela) which means we get to deal with geoblocking. Get a VPN with endpoints outside the US to access the stream on YouTube, or try the Swedish broadcaster's high-quality (and largely commentary-free) live stream. Eurovision.tv also lists a series of live stream links, some of which are geoblocked but many of which look to be open to the general viewing public.

Running order:
01. Ukraine
02. Spain
03. Slovenia
04. Lithuania
05. Austria
06. Estonia
07. Norway
08. Portugal
— break position
09. United Kingdom
10. Serbia
11. Germany
12. Albania
13. France
14. Czech Republic
15. Denmark
16. Australia
— break position
17. Finland
18. Bulgaria
19. Moldova
20. Sweden
21. Hungary
22. Israel
23. The Netherlands
24. Ireland
25. Cyprus
26. Italy
posted by k8t to Eurovision Club (507 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
Unfortunately my child has an important baseball game when ESC starts. He has asked me to watch/listen on my phone and keep him updated on how the first few acts go. :)

My picks: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Israel
My kid's picks: Czech Republic, Germany, Ukraine, Sweden
posted by k8t at 8:02 AM on May 12, 2018


And I'm going to be at a family member's church's barbecue, sneezing my everliving daylights out in a horrific smorgasbord of spring pollen and summer heat. Dag nab it.

Israel's has been really very memorable -- literally, it was one of a very few that actually stood out in my memory after my first watchthrough of the official music videos. After having actually read a bit about it etc. I'm a bit ambivalent, but it's certainly a catchy song.

May all the performances go off with lots of glitter and not a hitch in sight, I guess? :P
posted by inconstant at 8:16 AM on May 12, 2018


For those of you in Los Angeles, Akbar is hosting a public screening all day.
posted by mykescipark at 8:31 AM on May 12, 2018


Yay! Missed it last year because a family member had the audacity to turn 21 and had a party the same night, so I'm v. excited. I'm also completely unspoiled- I don't even know who the UK entry is.
posted by threetwentytwo at 8:35 AM on May 12, 2018


As always, this always overlaps with the local Shakespeare in the park festival -- silly Americans who don't realize How Important Eurovision Is. I caught the semi-finals, and will probably do as I did last year, which is watch the first hour or so on TV here, then race over to the park and take advantage of public wifi to get updates on the rest (then watch it all tomorrow on YouTube).

That said, after having watched the qualifications, Israel's entry is the one that successfully earwormed itself into my head this morning, so it has that going for it.
posted by PearlRose at 8:43 AM on May 12, 2018


I am 10000000% stanning for Netta from Israel, especially after I saw how much of a Lemonade ripoff Cyprus' video was (though let's be real, I'd be happy to fly to Tel Aviv or Larnaca for next year's competition).

Here is one of Netta's insanely good performances on HaKokhav HaBa, Israel's reality TV contest to choose its Eurovision contestant. She mashes up/mixes/raps/loops four very different songs into an incredible 2:45 that makes one judge literally scream with joy.
posted by mdonley at 9:14 AM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


I am going to be watching over a different wifi network, although I did bring my own laptop along, already set up with ad blockers and a VPN. This better not go wrong, is all I'm saying.
posted by JanetLand at 10:26 AM on May 12, 2018


The Eurovision reddit has a list of places to watch, and a list of alternatives for those geoblocked. I'm going to stick with the official Eurovision YouTube page (55,508 waiting) -- those in the US should be able to access the Logo one.
posted by rollick at 11:55 AM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


*bounces*
posted by infini at 12:00 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH IT'S BEGUN
posted by Kattullus at 12:03 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I wonder if next year's dresses will just be Saran wrap?
posted by infini at 12:04 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


And we're off! Welcome, everyone. It's going to be a ride.
posted by PearlRose at 12:04 PM on May 12, 2018


Kattullus, we should have coordinated ;p
posted by infini at 12:04 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Ok I'm just back in from my Niece's First Holy Communion, quite drunk on gin and a bit sunburnt, which feels like perfect Eurovision conditions. Let's do this thing!
posted by billiebee at 12:08 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Yay! I didn't see any of the semis this year, but I'm so excited for this.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 12:09 PM on May 12, 2018


I AM SO HERE FOR THIS
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:10 PM on May 12, 2018


I already love Denmark.
posted by billiebee at 12:11 PM on May 12, 2018


YAY! I'm so stoked to watch this. I'm such a geek. : )
posted by SisterHavana at 12:11 PM on May 12, 2018


Australia
posted by infini at 12:11 PM on May 12, 2018


Youtube failed me, unbelievably, so I've switched to the RTE player -- possibly not geoblocked?
posted by rollick at 12:12 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Ha! The beardplay for Denmark.
posted by PearlRose at 12:12 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Awww, the guy from Sweden is adorable!
posted by SisterHavana at 12:12 PM on May 12, 2018


The Bulgarian singers are dressed like space pirates from a mid-80s sci fi flick.
posted by Kattullus at 12:13 PM on May 12, 2018


What's with all the Namastes?
posted by infini at 12:13 PM on May 12, 2018


Yes, it is on!!

I am watching on SVT Play, the Swedish television online, because I love them :)
posted by Ender's Friend at 12:15 PM on May 12, 2018


How do I vote?
posted by infini at 12:15 PM on May 12, 2018


I'm kind of scared at it being presented by four glamazon people.
posted by billiebee at 12:15 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I'm not sure I want the shorts with half a skirt to become a Thing in formalwear.
posted by PearlRose at 12:15 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


"The most important question: where is the afterparty?"

And so the terrible presenter jokes have begun....
posted by Ender's Friend at 12:16 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Instant Eurovision classic = camp as all fuck.
posted by billiebee at 12:17 PM on May 12, 2018


Youtube is jerky and keeps hanging...
posted by infini at 12:17 PM on May 12, 2018


Still a better love story than Twilight.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:18 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Vampire chic from Ukraine.
posted by PearlRose at 12:18 PM on May 12, 2018


I was kinda hoping Ukraine's piano/coffin would lock him in a la Spinal Tap.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 12:18 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Can't make out a single lyric; don't care.
posted by rollick at 12:18 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


The coffin was a nice touch.
posted by SisterHavana at 12:18 PM on May 12, 2018


Hmmm. Or not. Basically high school Dracula. I am disappoint.
posted by billiebee at 12:18 PM on May 12, 2018


The coffin IS THE PIANO.
posted by PearlRose at 12:19 PM on May 12, 2018


How will Ukraine get down from his piano perch?
posted by asperity at 12:20 PM on May 12, 2018


Yawn. Sorry Spain.
posted by billiebee at 12:22 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I should probably be doing two screens like a millenial instead of 6 tabs in two browsers
posted by infini at 12:22 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


This is already way better than Spain's entry from last year. I think it's cute.
posted by PearlRose at 12:23 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Directly influenced by last year's winner, I assume?
posted by rollick at 12:24 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


The song is kind of meh but the singers are cute.
posted by SisterHavana at 12:24 PM on May 12, 2018


I like Spain's dress! The song's nice, but not what I long for from Eurovision.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 12:24 PM on May 12, 2018


Portugal really pulling out all the stops with their tourism videos. Now I want to go there!
posted by infini at 12:25 PM on May 12, 2018


Not a fan of Spanish guy's voice.
posted by JZig at 12:25 PM on May 12, 2018


Directly influenced by last year's winner, I assume?

Oh, definitely.
posted by PearlRose at 12:25 PM on May 12, 2018


Less English this time around
posted by infini at 12:25 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I still like her hair best.... now to see if she'll do it again.
posted by PearlRose at 12:26 PM on May 12, 2018


Slovenia appears to have wandered in from the Eurovision Backup Dancer Contest.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:26 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


This is more like what I look for in a Eurovision performance.
posted by SisterHavana at 12:26 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


My goth heart already belongs to the Ukrainian boy, I love him and his flaming piano antics
posted by Pallas Athena at 12:27 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


She's good, whatever she's singing.
posted by infini at 12:28 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


This is fine, looks great, and is very polished, but ultimately not that memorable to me.
posted by rollick at 12:28 PM on May 12, 2018


Ah! She did change it. Still doesn't work, though.
posted by PearlRose at 12:28 PM on May 12, 2018


Me: Oh yay Slovenia! I really like this song.
Girlfriend: I don't like it very much.
Me: Oh, just you wait.
Girlfriend: Will there be a melody later?
posted by Kattullus at 12:29 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Ok, I gave up and dug out my backup small laptop just so I can post here without losing sight of the happenings on the larger screen :)

It is so refreshing not to hear English.... Props to Spain and Slovenia.
posted by Ender's Friend at 12:30 PM on May 12, 2018


Oh. I'm still not sure how this one made it through. It's just so bland, and I don't care for her voice.
posted by PearlRose at 12:30 PM on May 12, 2018


Irish commentator making Dolores O'Riordan (RIP) comparisons for Lithuania.
posted by rollick at 12:30 PM on May 12, 2018


aowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
posted by infini at 12:30 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I'm sort of hoping Lithuania doesn't stand up. It would ruin the drape of her dress.
posted by asperity at 12:31 PM on May 12, 2018


I'm a long time lurker getting to watch Eurovision live for the first time tonight, great to join the party here already in progress.

Let's see how much more fire can be on stage tonight. Ukraine started strong with the fire game but I suspect more is on the way.
posted by Monzz at 12:31 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Or trip over it.
posted by infini at 12:31 PM on May 12, 2018


Irish commentator making Dolores O'Riordan (RIP) comparisons for Lithuania.

Thank you! I was trying to figure out who her voice reminds me of.
posted by SisterHavana at 12:32 PM on May 12, 2018


Oh come on, we need a quota of tear-jerking "oh humanity" ballads in each Eurovision. Good job Lithuania.

That is such a genuine feeling in that song.
posted by Ender's Friend at 12:32 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Irish commentator making Dolores O'Riordan (RIP) comparisons for Lithuania.

Good Christ talk about sacrilege.
posted by billiebee at 12:33 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Eurovision and Portugal have gone all out to make it more gender and ethnic friendly this year. What a difference from last year.
posted by infini at 12:33 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Kind of an Example vibe off Austrian Cesar.
posted by rollick at 12:34 PM on May 12, 2018


Oh, I like Austria's voice. Though that outfit looks like it would get very sweaty very fast.
posted by asperity at 12:35 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


I like the feel of this one. It's different but not overwrought.
posted by PearlRose at 12:35 PM on May 12, 2018


I am sort of disappointed in the stage set up this year... Needs more color glitter lights, imo.
posted by Ender's Friend at 12:36 PM on May 12, 2018


Was he wearing Hammer pants?
posted by SisterHavana at 12:36 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I enjoyed Austria, both the song and his voice!
posted by mixedmetaphors at 12:36 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I liked Austria's song the first time I heard it, now that I've heard it a second time I like it even more.
posted by Kattullus at 12:37 PM on May 12, 2018


Something about the stage layout this year makes the songs pop more than previously -- it used to feel like they were singing in a warehouse or something.
posted by rollick at 12:37 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Yes, he opened his mouth and it was a vote!
posted by infini at 12:38 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I like her presentation.
posted by infini at 12:38 PM on May 12, 2018


Now we're talkin.
posted by billiebee at 12:38 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


The opera approach is weirdly refreshing.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:38 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I don't normally like the ballads much (for Eurovision), but ...this is lovely.
posted by PearlRose at 12:38 PM on May 12, 2018


Did someone not have this dress a couple of years ago?
posted by billiebee at 12:38 PM on May 12, 2018


(I like the magic doors motif in the intros; it makes me think of Exit West and commitment to interconnectedness.)
posted by mixedmetaphors at 12:39 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Holy batman, Estonia with the soprano is killing it. I have goosebumps.
posted by Ender's Friend at 12:39 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Estonia's projection-dress looks like magic. Reminds me of Elsa from Frozen.
posted by Monzz at 12:39 PM on May 12, 2018


That is a giant skirt. I feel like people are going to come out from under it a la The Nutcracker.
posted by SisterHavana at 12:39 PM on May 12, 2018


Oh sweet Estonia borrowed Cezar from Romania's stage-rising dress thing from a few years back.
posted by asperity at 12:39 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


She should have one hand on a piano for the full effect, like Montserrat Caballe or something. I like it a lot.
posted by rollick at 12:39 PM on May 12, 2018


This year definitely inspired by last year's winner
posted by infini at 12:40 PM on May 12, 2018


Ooh swirly finish. My fave so far.
posted by threetwentytwo at 12:40 PM on May 12, 2018


But how did she make her teeth so sparkly???
posted by Ender's Friend at 12:40 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Reminds me of Diva Plavalaguna. So gorgeous.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 12:40 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Oh sweet Estonia borrowed Cezar from Romania's stage-rising dress thing from a few years back.

So are a dance troup coming out of this one too?
posted by rollick at 12:40 PM on May 12, 2018


omg I loved Estonia. Her voice! The dress!! GORGEOUS.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 12:40 PM on May 12, 2018


I hate Norway's song with the passion of a thousand burning suns.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:41 PM on May 12, 2018


Estonia has a great voice!
posted by SisterHavana at 12:41 PM on May 12, 2018


I wish we could have seen the logistics of getting Elina Nechayeva on and off the stage.
posted by Kattullus at 12:42 PM on May 12, 2018 [7 favorites]


Also, I keep wanting to say "Step 3: Profit!" during this chorus.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:42 PM on May 12, 2018 [7 favorites]


Okay, Norway's my favorite so far.
posted by SisterHavana at 12:42 PM on May 12, 2018


Isn't that basically Uptown Funk under it?
posted by billiebee at 12:43 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I like the take that Norway is a Take That to some of the more Serious entries. But I hate the weird TV-only effects.
posted by PearlRose at 12:43 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


This is not a good comeback for Alexander Rybak.... Sorry, we already have one Justin Timberlake.
posted by Ender's Friend at 12:43 PM on May 12, 2018


What's with the CGI? can the real audience see all that?
posted by infini at 12:43 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I wish my air instruments would somehow become visible. That's a good superpower.
posted by asperity at 12:43 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Also, I keep wanting to say "Step 3: Profit!" during this chorus.

"Step 1: Cut a hole in a box..."
posted by SisterHavana at 12:43 PM on May 12, 2018 [6 favorites]


Rybak has watched a lot of Bruno Mars and wants to be him
posted by JZig at 12:44 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Uptown Funk/Super Mario mashup
posted by threetwentytwo at 12:44 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I'm liking this. It's basically a Coldplay song in Portuguese sung by a pink haired lady but that's strangely not a bad thing.
posted by billiebee at 12:47 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


It's perfectly fine, but not my favorite. I'd like a little more fun.
posted by PearlRose at 12:48 PM on May 12, 2018


I can't do the black eyes and nude lips look
posted by infini at 12:49 PM on May 12, 2018


hee!
posted by infini at 12:49 PM on May 12, 2018


Traditionally host countries send awful songs so that there's no chance of winning again, but Portugal's entry this year bucks that trend.
posted by Kattullus at 12:50 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Katallus she walks out of her skirt
posted by infini at 12:50 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I've seen the UK one already. Maybe go get a drink or something during this one.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:51 PM on May 12, 2018


I mean, it's better than last year's UK entry, which was very much like someone hired an elf to sing a Hallmark card at me.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:53 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Nice of the UK to do an Avicii tribute.
posted by billiebee at 12:53 PM on May 12, 2018


Wait, does Brexit mean that the UK doesn't send awful dreck to Eurovision anymore? That's a hell of an upside.
posted by Kattullus at 12:53 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


*faint memories of Annie Lennox quiver from my youth*
posted by infini at 12:53 PM on May 12, 2018


OH HEY DON'T FUCK WITH NICE BRIT LADY'S PERFORMANCE STUPID STAGE INVADERP
posted by Kattullus at 12:54 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Whoa was that planned or a stage invasion?
posted by rollick at 12:54 PM on May 12, 2018


I kinda like the UK entry. Also, snazzy outfit.
posted by asperity at 12:54 PM on May 12, 2018


She's not up to the passion requirement of her own song.
posted by infini at 12:55 PM on May 12, 2018


Wait, that wasn't part of the performance?
posted by SisterHavana at 12:55 PM on May 12, 2018


Far better than I expected from the UK, and booo for the disruption.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 12:55 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Fair play to her for keeping going.
posted by billiebee at 12:57 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Ukraine is apparently an actual vampire?
posted by asperity at 12:57 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Graham Norton (UK commentator) seems to think it was an unscheduled disruption. They had a filler conversation with Ukraine while Eurovision is figuring out what to do.
posted by Monzz at 12:57 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


The guy who grabbed the mic shouted something about Nazis apparently? Hopefully anti, but jeez...
posted by rollick at 12:58 PM on May 12, 2018


Yeah he took the microphone from her and was saying something while security wrestled him, definitely not part of the performance.
posted by billiebee at 12:58 PM on May 12, 2018


Desert Rose, v2?
posted by infini at 12:59 PM on May 12, 2018


Sure. I say go get a drink and there's a stage invasion. Nobody, I guess, go to the bathroom or something now.

Maybe someone will break into my house and give me a million dollars.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:59 PM on May 12, 2018 [7 favorites]


God Germanys answer to Ed Sheeran. Imagine.
posted by billiebee at 1:01 PM on May 12, 2018 [7 favorites]


Serbia wants us to kneel before Zod, I think.
posted by asperity at 1:01 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Same here, Mr. Bad Example; totally missed it!
posted by taz at 1:01 PM on May 12, 2018


Zod has a wild white beard and a flute.
posted by infini at 1:02 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


I liked Serbia's song.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 1:02 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Austria did a better job on this theme, Germany.
posted by infini at 1:03 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


This song is like a karaoke Someone Like You sung at a faster tempo
posted by rollick at 1:03 PM on May 12, 2018


That was awfully heteronormative for Eurovision.
posted by Kattullus at 1:04 PM on May 12, 2018


yaaargh
posted by infini at 1:04 PM on May 12, 2018


I'm a sap and I like Germany's song, but I hate the visuals.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 1:04 PM on May 12, 2018


Serbia-- were doing great till Mr Beardy started in

Germany-- ach himmel, nein
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:04 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I like the science museum shadow effect.
posted by asperity at 1:05 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Yawn Jovi
posted by billiebee at 1:06 PM on May 12, 2018 [7 favorites]


Yeah, I am digging the no screens/ all practical effects thing this year! Makes people rely on stagecraft and ingenuity.
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:07 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Security must be tense for the next few performances. Have heard that UK will get to go again at the end.
posted by rollick at 1:07 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Albania is like one of those Final Fantasy music videos fans make on youtube. The song is nice, and the vocals on point.
posted by rollick at 1:09 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


ahaha jesus... is Albania trying to challenge the Estonian girl for highest note
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:09 PM on May 12, 2018


Have heard that UK will get to go again at the end.

Why? It'll still be shit.
posted by billiebee at 1:09 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Mercy wiht a Y? Like Duffy?
posted by infini at 1:10 PM on May 12, 2018


I liked Albania's song more than I thought I would, but what I liked most was that ridiculous jacket.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 1:10 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


OK, Logo commentators, I was giving you credit for being generally good-natured and pleasant, but "I like French fries, I like French toast"? Come on.
posted by asperity at 1:10 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Ha, the audience are clapping completely off rhythm -- it never works!
posted by rollick at 1:11 PM on May 12, 2018


France couldn't be more French if they tried, with all black and severe hairstyle. And red lipstick.
posted by Ender's Friend at 1:11 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


What is the deal with his trousers??
posted by billiebee at 1:11 PM on May 12, 2018


Yeah, his jacket and the French lady's are both Goth ApprovedTM
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:12 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


The French song is the first one I've heard tonight which made me want to check out other songs by the performer.
posted by Kattullus at 1:12 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Someone from the French contingent was holding up a box of Merci chocolates :D
posted by Ender's Friend at 1:13 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


*ponders pumping more snark towards Katullus*

You like everyone ;p
posted by infini at 1:13 PM on May 12, 2018


Graham Norton: "This song is called Lie To Me. Ok, you're going to win."
posted by billiebee at 1:14 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Okay, I am officially here for the weird nerdy Czech 80s trumpet boys.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 1:14 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Ooh, I didn't miss all of it!

Are those white bits being projected on a screen somewhere or is that just a TV broadcast thing?
posted by inconstant at 1:15 PM on May 12, 2018


I keep thinking of Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" video when they cut to the dancers.
posted by SisterHavana at 1:16 PM on May 12, 2018


"All you greedies wanna eat my spaghetti" -- in the original song, "greedies" was a stronger word.
posted by rollick at 1:16 PM on May 12, 2018


Czech entry is like a post-modern 80's ironic 90's crossover.

I don't know what to think o_O
posted by Ender's Friend at 1:16 PM on May 12, 2018


What you want me to say about your leather backpack?
posted by infini at 1:16 PM on May 12, 2018


I liked that performance!
posted by SisterHavana at 1:16 PM on May 12, 2018


Czech Republic's song and performance are both fun! YAY.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 1:17 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Please, please, let Czech Republic somehow win with this. It is amazing.
posted by asperity at 1:17 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I mean, I swear I had this exact purple and pink track suit jacket in 1989. I could not break dance, though.
posted by Ender's Friend at 1:17 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


The Czech performance feels like a bit like a very rich kid hired professional dancers to accompany him on stage at his 19th birthday as he performs a self-penned comedy song.
posted by Kattullus at 1:17 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Hang on to your butts, it's about to get beardy!
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 1:17 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


eeeeh my favourite for now
posted by infini at 1:17 PM on May 12, 2018


I went and watched all the viking videos
posted by infini at 1:17 PM on May 12, 2018


Going for the Lordi vote.
posted by billiebee at 1:18 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


As I just mis-posted to the old thread, Czech's is like Patrick Bateman married Vanilla Ice and had a boy child.
posted by chavenet at 1:18 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


OMG DANISH VIKINGS BE STILL MY HEART
posted by Ender's Friend at 1:19 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Do you hear the Vikings sing, singing the song of bearded men...
posted by rollick at 1:19 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


It's Amon Amarth meets Boyzone.
posted by jonathanbell at 1:19 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Ready to board and set sail on the good ship Beards of Denmark.
posted by asperity at 1:19 PM on May 12, 2018


Is winter coming or some such GOT reference I don't know I don't watch it
posted by billiebee at 1:19 PM on May 12, 2018


In my dreams, there I'm a viking
posted by chavenet at 1:19 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


VIKING BOYBAND

HALLELUJAH IT'S SNOWING MEN
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:20 PM on May 12, 2018 [5 favorites]


Key change! First one of the show. They get my vote right there.
posted by billiebee at 1:20 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Snow!
posted by sammyo at 1:20 PM on May 12, 2018


Underwhelmed by his voice, but I am kind of delighted by the Viking thing.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 1:20 PM on May 12, 2018


Plus a wind machine! It's all the classics at once.
posted by rollick at 1:20 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


WITH SNOW AND WIND I CAN'T EVEN
posted by Ender's Friend at 1:21 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


The Pathetic Vikings
posted by chavenet at 1:21 PM on May 12, 2018


I'll repeat what I said in the semi-final... it's difficult to appropriate your own culture, but Denmark just about pulled it off with their store-brand viking nonsense.
posted by Kattullus at 1:21 PM on May 12, 2018 [8 favorites]




That was very promising but the song was kinda boring
posted by JZig at 1:21 PM on May 12, 2018


Logo commentators won me back with the "let's go down under!" "Ooh, yes!" line.
posted by asperity at 1:22 PM on May 12, 2018


Beynonce
posted by billiebee at 1:23 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


In a cute move of solidarity, my Finnish followers favourited my yahoo of approval for Denmark. Lordi vote indeed ;p
posted by infini at 1:23 PM on May 12, 2018


This song is really catchy.
posted by SisterHavana at 1:23 PM on May 12, 2018


Can't stop watching Australia's hand thing.
posted by asperity at 1:23 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Hey Australia ... give up
posted by chavenet at 1:24 PM on May 12, 2018


This is my favorite Australian Eurovision song so far, and I'd be intrigued to know whether they'd do it live from Australia if it won. It would start at five in the morning. That would make for an interesting vibe.
posted by Kattullus at 1:25 PM on May 12, 2018 [7 favorites]


I'm scared she will trip over the dress train. Catchy song, full-on Eurovision.
posted by Ender's Friend at 1:25 PM on May 12, 2018


I still don't get what happens if Australia actually wins.
posted by rollick at 1:25 PM on May 12, 2018 [5 favorites]


What are logo commentators?
posted by infini at 1:25 PM on May 12, 2018


Australia's song made me want to dance along!
posted by mixedmetaphors at 1:27 PM on May 12, 2018


Commentators on the Logo channel/youtube stream, the official US broadcast
posted by JZig at 1:27 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Am watching the official US feed from the Logo cable channel via YouTube. It's a weird experience finally listening to commentators after years of the no-comments-added Eurovision feed, which is now geoblocked for me.
posted by asperity at 1:28 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I love Filomena's hologram dress!
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 1:29 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


YAY FINLAND! GO SAARA AALTO!
posted by Kattullus at 1:29 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I'm kind of impressed by Finland's singing while spinning on a wheel like that. That's got to do weird things to your breathing.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 1:30 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


I hope one of the goth or goth-adjacent countries win, to set a real trend for next year.
posted by rollick at 1:30 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Why go around though?
posted by infini at 1:31 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Oh my goodness. I hope nobody throws any knives at her.
posted by asperity at 1:31 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Finland's got Marc Almond as a time traveling backup dancer
posted by chavenet at 1:31 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Y'all
what is with the kinky Stasi and their unnaturally shapely butts
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:31 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


That camera angle just now was way too close to a creepshot.
posted by SisterHavana at 1:31 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Or maybe Norway, so that Susanne Sundfør can do the interval act.
posted by rollick at 1:32 PM on May 12, 2018


I haven't bought the official Eurovision album since 2015, but this year is shaping up to be another one for the purchase. I like most of the songs!
posted by Ender's Friend at 1:33 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Can someone please tell me what 90s dance song that reminded me of??
posted by billiebee at 1:33 PM on May 12, 2018


That camera angle just now was way too close to a creepshot.

OMG yes
posted by infini at 1:35 PM on May 12, 2018


I'm getting a "Klaus Nomi's long-lost sister" vibe off of Bulgaria.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 1:35 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Bulgaria-- YAY it's angst rock from a choir of Replicants
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:35 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


The more I see Bulgaria, the more I'm convinced they bought their costumes from a collector of 80s space pirate movie memorabilia. Tell me you don't see the resemblance.
posted by Kattullus at 1:35 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


https://twitter.com/bbceurovision/status/995401270491041792
Folks, this is the latest on the SuRie situation. “SuRie was offered the option to perform again by the EBU. SuRie and her team are extremely proud of her performance and have together decided that there is absolutely no reason to perform the song again.”
posted by rollick at 1:36 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


That circular shoulder cape thing reminds me of something but I can't figure out what.
posted by inconstant at 1:36 PM on May 12, 2018


Wow, I love the Bulgarian climax. The wailing bit reminded me of some folk a cappella ensembles I've heard.
posted by rollick at 1:37 PM on May 12, 2018


The singer in the Bulgarian group looks like the love child of Lady Gaga and Gwen Stefani.
posted by SisterHavana at 1:37 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


We are almost running out of Zoolander references in our household.
posted by cobaltnine at 1:37 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Moldova's song isn't that great, but their stage gimmick is actually pretty awesome.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 1:38 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Moldova understands the Monty Hall problem.
posted by asperity at 1:38 PM on May 12, 2018 [10 favorites]


It took me way too long to realize the three Moldovan outfits make up the Moldovan flag
posted by chavenet at 1:39 PM on May 12, 2018 [6 favorites]


It's like Moldova are the only ones who've ever watched Eurovision...
posted by billiebee at 1:39 PM on May 12, 2018 [10 favorites]


Oh Moldova's performance is really fun! Less pyrotechnical but a real treat to watch.
posted by inconstant at 1:39 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Moldova's song reminds me of something I'd hear while sitting by the pool at a resort. I love their staging, too!
posted by SisterHavana at 1:39 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


I am really liking Moldova.
posted by infini at 1:40 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Moldova seems to have just seen Sabado Gigante?
posted by cobaltnine at 1:40 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Thanks for the joy, Moldova! That was fun.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 1:40 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Why the chickeN?
posted by infini at 1:41 PM on May 12, 2018


It definitely seemed very poly.
posted by inconstant at 1:41 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Sweden and Norway planned this didn't they?
posted by infini at 1:41 PM on May 12, 2018


Logo interviewer skipped the opportunity to praise this guy’s cock.
posted by rewil at 1:41 PM on May 12, 2018 [6 favorites]


Going to get cheesie!
posted by sammyo at 1:42 PM on May 12, 2018


Peak smugface
posted by billiebee at 1:42 PM on May 12, 2018


OK Google, translate "YOU SIR ARE NO MICHAEL JACKSON" into Swedish
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 1:42 PM on May 12, 2018 [6 favorites]


I haven't heard falsetto since Chris Cross
posted by infini at 1:43 PM on May 12, 2018


Ok there is a song out last year that is EXACTLY this song please help me.
posted by billiebee at 1:44 PM on May 12, 2018


I haven't heard that vocoder effect since the fucking 1970s.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 1:44 PM on May 12, 2018


Sweden's song last year was much better.
posted by SisterHavana at 1:44 PM on May 12, 2018


Treasure by Bruno Mars, maybe?
posted by rollick at 1:44 PM on May 12, 2018


That Swedish guy reminds me of those pictures where they take a hundred faces and superimpose them on top of each other.
posted by Kattullus at 1:44 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Oh Sweden. I don't like to advocate violence but that's a punchable mugging face.
posted by cobaltnine at 1:45 PM on May 12, 2018


My favorite thing about the Hungarian song is that apparently the title translates to "Goodbye Summer". I like it a lot more if I imagine that he's basically singing the Hungarian Google translation of "Summer Nights" from Grease.
posted by Kattullus at 1:47 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Sweden has been calibrating their entries so as not to win for another few years. Don't worry, when they save enough money to host Eurovision again, they will send their usual quality stuff.
posted by Ender's Friend at 1:47 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


I can't take this kind of music seriously any more. I keep picturing Aggretsuko singing it.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 1:47 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Aw bless.
posted by billiebee at 1:47 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Hungary: OK guys I'm sorry but this only counts as attempted metal
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:49 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Is this gonna be a goths vs metalheads showdown?
posted by rollick at 1:49 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


My dog DOES NOT like this song.
posted by taz at 1:49 PM on May 12, 2018 [5 favorites]


I remember dancing to this song in rock clubs in about 2006, so it's nice to hear it again...
posted by threetwentytwo at 1:49 PM on May 12, 2018


Metal seems so out of place here. Even this totally anodyne metal.
posted by chavenet at 1:49 PM on May 12, 2018


My goodness, Hungary.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 1:49 PM on May 12, 2018


chavenet: Metal seems so out of place here. Even this totally anodyne metal.

There's at least one metal song each year, I believe it's in the Eurovision bylaws.
posted by Kattullus at 1:50 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


The Bjork comparisons for this song were not wrong.
posted by SisterHavana at 1:51 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Waving Chinese good luck cats for the Israel win.
posted by chavenet at 1:52 PM on May 12, 2018


Stream crapped out on me in the middle of Hungary's and doesn't seem to be able to make a return. Dammit.
posted by inconstant at 1:52 PM on May 12, 2018


nooooooooooooooooooooooooo
posted by infini at 1:52 PM on May 12, 2018


Is that a maneki-neko background?
posted by rewil at 1:52 PM on May 12, 2018


Oh lord no.
posted by billiebee at 1:53 PM on May 12, 2018


I don't understand any of what's happening on the stage right now.
posted by Ender's Friend at 1:53 PM on May 12, 2018


Oh man, Netta's song would stick out wonderfully in a montage of past Eurovision winners. Since I can't vote for Finland, I'm debating between voting for Israel or France. Maybe I'll just splurge and vote for both.
posted by Kattullus at 1:53 PM on May 12, 2018


My vote is for Israel.
posted by Dumsnill at 1:54 PM on May 12, 2018


Here comes the fake country dude. Is that in the bylaws as well?
posted by chavenet at 1:54 PM on May 12, 2018


He will brood.
posted by infini at 1:54 PM on May 12, 2018


Huh. I enjoyed Israel more than I thought I would.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 1:54 PM on May 12, 2018


Oh wow. Now that is a contender. Bizarre and catchy. So, so catchy.
posted by asperity at 1:54 PM on May 12, 2018


The Danish feed jumped ahead to tarts. Baking tarts.
posted by sammyo at 1:54 PM on May 12, 2018


OH HELL YES I AM HERE FOR TWANGY DUTCH COUNTRY WITH TWITCHY CRUNK DANCING PUT IT IN MY FACE AND EARS
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 1:54 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Oh wow, Israel. That was a Eurovision.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 1:55 PM on May 12, 2018 [5 favorites]


Edam country?
posted by infini at 1:55 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I was not expecting to hear country music at Eurovision.
posted by SisterHavana at 1:55 PM on May 12, 2018


America, come and collect your entrant please.
posted by threetwentytwo at 1:55 PM on May 12, 2018 [7 favorites]


I kind of love the country flavoured entries because they demonstrate that anything deemed "authentic" is really just as performative as eurobeat camp.
posted by rollick at 1:55 PM on May 12, 2018 [6 favorites]


And head banging. Don't forget the head banging
posted by chavenet at 1:56 PM on May 12, 2018


I kinda wish Holland had just sent the dancers.
posted by Kattullus at 1:56 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


what the
posted by billiebee at 1:56 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Waylon is a common Dutch name
posted by chavenet at 1:57 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Ahaha, I enjoyed that immensely, Netherlands!
posted by mixedmetaphors at 1:57 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Come on Ireland!
posted by billiebee at 1:58 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Hon the lads, now.
posted by rollick at 1:58 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


This Tweet has ended me
posted by threetwentytwo at 1:58 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Oh god I hate it immediately.
posted by billiebee at 1:58 PM on May 12, 2018


Vikings... the Vikings over ran your island for a reason
posted by infini at 1:59 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


It's awful in that competent way.
posted by Dumsnill at 2:00 PM on May 12, 2018


This is sub-Ronan Keating, tbh.
posted by rollick at 2:00 PM on May 12, 2018


Me too, billiebee. I guess Ireland REALLY don't want to host it again.
posted by Pallas Athena at 2:00 PM on May 12, 2018


Vikings your snow is in Ireland now
posted by chavenet at 2:00 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Oh dear actually it's broken me a bit for reasons.
posted by billiebee at 2:01 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


But still beige.
posted by billiebee at 2:01 PM on May 12, 2018


(but I liked the sweet, melancholy dancers)
posted by Pallas Athena at 2:01 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


needs more guinness
posted by infini at 2:01 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I do like the interpretive dance.
posted by asperity at 2:01 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


I wondered how Ireland had finaled, but then we got to the dancers, and I got it. The song itself did surpass my expectations, though!
posted by mixedmetaphors at 2:02 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Cyprus looks like someone sent her a glitter bomb
posted by chavenet at 2:03 PM on May 12, 2018


...I kind of want Cyprus's backup dancers to tell me I've been a bad, bad boy.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 2:03 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Cyprus sent a supervillain?
posted by asperity at 2:03 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


A fan of Shakira I feel.
posted by billiebee at 2:03 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


The Ireland dancers just made me think of the mirrored dance at the end of Magic Mike XXL and came off really poorly in comparison.
posted by rewil at 2:03 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Hairography
posted by threetwentytwo at 2:04 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Cyprus is a valkyrie bossfight in God of War.
posted by Dumsnill at 2:05 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Awesome hair action, Cyprus.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 2:05 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


didn't we just use this set for Israel?
posted by infini at 2:05 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


A fan of Shakira I feel.

I was thinking she was trying to channel Beyonce, but this is a much better comparison.
posted by SisterHavana at 2:05 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I miss last year's Italy already.
posted by infini at 2:06 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


So we got Fat Björk and now Budget Shakira.
posted by simen at 2:06 PM on May 12, 2018


It's kinda weird how many countries send songs by Swedish songwriters. Well, they usually do well, which is a good reason, I suppose. Cyprus being a case in point. Nice song, but it's no Euphoria, which is the high point of modern Swedish Eurovision songwriting.
posted by Kattullus at 2:06 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LeBoeuf for Italy
posted by rollick at 2:07 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


This year's political song?
posted by infini at 2:08 PM on May 12, 2018


I feel like The Rock's cousin is pointing at me. Why.
posted by rewil at 2:08 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Glad Italy's providing the words on screen so I have a shot at understanding this one.
posted by asperity at 2:08 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Not sure that ISIS are big fans of Eurovision but ok.
posted by billiebee at 2:09 PM on May 12, 2018


Have to respect how many countries didn't sing in English this year -- maybe another influence from last year's winner?
posted by rollick at 2:09 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Italy strike me as actually quite strong in a piano-contemplative sort of way. That style hasn't won in a while, but maybe it has a shot?
posted by Pallas Athena at 2:09 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Just like a bubble is the new tears in the rain
posted by chavenet at 2:09 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


My feed's audio is about thirty seconds late but it odd how often it seems to sync.
posted by sammyo at 2:10 PM on May 12, 2018


rollick said: "Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LeBoeuf for Italy"

hehehe, i was thinking alan davies and chris cornell
posted by yaymukund at 2:12 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Are you voting?
posted by sammyo at 2:12 PM on May 12, 2018


Denmark, Estonia
posted by infini at 2:14 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Cyprus seems very likely to win, but I wouldn't be surprised if Estonia turns out to be a dark horse contender.

My fondest wish is that Denmark receives zero points so that no country sends vikings ever again.
posted by Kattullus at 2:14 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Serbia, Estonia, and the VIKINGS
posted by Ender's Friend at 2:14 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Yes.
posted by chavenet at 2:15 PM on May 12, 2018


I've classed about half these songs as 'less popular songs on Disney soundtracks'. My US non-voting self will put a few on the summer pop song list though.
posted by cobaltnine at 2:15 PM on May 12, 2018


Sorry Kattullus
posted by Ender's Friend at 2:15 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


My top three faves: Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel

But I liked a lot of the songs this year.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 2:16 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I voted for France and Israel.

Also, Ireland's probably a dark horse this year too.
posted by Kattullus at 2:17 PM on May 12, 2018


I liked Estonia, France, Sweden and maybe Finland most. I agree that it was a high standard this year.
posted by rollick at 2:17 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


My heart says Waylon
posted by chavenet at 2:17 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Denmark, Ukraine, Bulgaria
Set goth phasers to MAXIMUM
posted by Pallas Athena at 2:17 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Israel was mayby most fun, France maybe best musically? Holding my breath.
posted by Dumsnill at 2:18 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


My top three: Czech Republic, Israel, Moldova. Honorable mention to Finland, Australia, and Estonia.
posted by SisterHavana at 2:18 PM on May 12, 2018


Cabo Verde?
posted by infini at 2:21 PM on May 12, 2018


I've heard the Lusophone music world is very interesting these days, but don't really know anything about it.
posted by rollick at 2:21 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


portugal has discovered imovie
posted by yaymukund at 2:23 PM on May 12, 2018


Portuguese police have the stage invading fuckwit under arrest
posted by chavenet at 2:23 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


My favourute was Portugal, and I loved Denmark, could listen to Australia, Slovenia and maybe Cyprus again. Fairly uneventful year I think.
posted by billiebee at 2:24 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Voted for the Czech Republic, Israel, and the Netherlands.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 2:25 PM on May 12, 2018


Estonia and Israel
posted by taz at 2:28 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Oh god no don't do comedy
posted by billiebee at 2:29 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I voted Estonia, France, Finland, and on second consideration swapped Sweden for Bulgaria.
posted by rollick at 2:29 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


The show always goes by too fast.
posted by JanetLand at 2:29 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


No pants Diogo
posted by chavenet at 2:29 PM on May 12, 2018


Ummm, the naked phone holder. So bad.
posted by Ender's Friend at 2:30 PM on May 12, 2018


Am I the only one for Albania?

Also, I managed to miss the stage invasion, do we know what his beef was?
posted by threetwentytwo at 2:31 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


It wouldn't be Eurovision without some horrible flat untranslatable comedy.
posted by rollick at 2:31 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


time for some "history"
posted by yaymukund at 2:31 PM on May 12, 2018


Logo, stop trying to explain Portugal over the voices of people explaining Portugal!
posted by asperity at 2:32 PM on May 12, 2018


Those who forget history are bound to be embarrassed by it
posted by chavenet at 2:33 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


I went and watched all the viking videos
posted by infini at 1:17 PM on May 12 [+] [!]


Infini, imma gonna need to know more details. What all viking videos?
posted by Ender's Friend at 2:33 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Salvador time. With Caetano!
posted by chavenet at 2:34 PM on May 12, 2018


Got home in time for voting. Yay.
posted by k8t at 2:35 PM on May 12, 2018


Portugal, did you really just call your five-decade fascist dictator "peculiar?"
posted by chavenet at 2:35 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


threetwentytwo, I quite liked Albania! Good voice, good song.
posted by Pallas Athena at 2:36 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Infini, imma gonna need to know more details. What all viking videos?
posted by infini at 2:36 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I always like when they bring the Junior Eurovision winner on stage. I remember that one year the junior winner was so much better than the main contest winner that it was kinda embarrassing.
posted by Kattullus at 2:37 PM on May 12, 2018 [6 favorites]


Please don't faint on stage, please don't faint on stage...
posted by asperity at 2:39 PM on May 12, 2018


Bored right now? Read this study of Eurovision. It is delightful.
posted by k8t at 2:40 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Probably enough time for a sandwich

er, maybe not
posted by infini at 2:40 PM on May 12, 2018


Damn the torpedoes, I really like Salvador Sobral as a performer, he's like a kid singing and dancing in his bedroom after his parents have gone to bed.
posted by Kattullus at 2:40 PM on May 12, 2018 [6 favorites]


hey! get out of my piano!!
posted by yaymukund at 2:41 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


I managed to miss the stage invasion, do we know what his beef was?

I sort of think that should be reported after the event, so they don't achieve their goal of using someone else's performance for publicity.
posted by Pallas Athena at 2:41 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I like how the singer is wearing elbow patches as if he's really had to sit at a desk to get to where he is.
posted by Dumsnill at 2:42 PM on May 12, 2018


Piano is too loud
posted by infini at 2:42 PM on May 12, 2018


Yay! Salvador is performing! He's alive!

I missed you guys again, liveblogging the performance, though I had a crowd of friends doing their best to keep it lively. <dont_tell_anyone>I'm looking forward already to next year when nobody's traveled here from out of town and I can hang out live with y'all.</dont_tell_anyone>

Someone asked me earlier who was going to win it, and I honestly don't know. Therefore: I'm voting Moldova. But UK was doing so well before the stagecrash and after, even while visibly upset. And I kind of liked the defiance (if jinxing themselves) of Italy. So. I'm certainly wrong, but I wouldn't mind any of them winning.

Just not Waylon, 'cos he was legit awful.
posted by sldownard at 2:42 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]




OH HEY SPECIAL GUEST CAETANO VELOSO I'M SO ON BOARD WITH THIS
posted by Kattullus at 2:43 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Here comes Caetano
posted by chavenet at 2:43 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Yes, get out of the Piano
posted by infini at 2:43 PM on May 12, 2018


Earlier this week my 9 year old asked if Salvador had died yet. :(
posted by k8t at 2:45 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


i didn't know sobral before this, but his air guitaring is adorable
posted by yaymukund at 2:46 PM on May 12, 2018


Youtube is easily 5 mins lag
posted by infini at 2:46 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


It helps to reload it now and then, but only before you think there will be a break so you don't miss much.
posted by asperity at 2:47 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Very fair point, Pallas Athena. I thought she did well, nonetheless.
posted by threetwentytwo at 2:47 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


That was a lovely performance, slightly spoiled by a "real music" comment at the very end from Salvador.
posted by rollick at 2:48 PM on May 12, 2018


Apparently this is what Moldova's act looked like from the other side.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 2:49 PM on May 12, 2018 [8 favorites]


I'm watching these recaps and I think the only song that would actually make me mad by winning is Germany.
posted by rollick at 2:50 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I really liked that version with Caetano (and I still like the song itself), and then there was that snide remark. :/
posted by mixedmetaphors at 2:50 PM on May 12, 2018


I missed the snide remark. What did they say?
posted by yaymukund at 2:52 PM on May 12, 2018


Oh good lord I just realized that the vote counting isn't going to be over until at least 2 o'clock in the morning my time, and probably later. I'm considering getting a blanket and if sleep overtakes me then I can live with that. But I'll probably get really excited about the Lithuanian points presenter being drunk and stay awake until the out-of-tune winner's reprise.
posted by Kattullus at 2:52 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I legit took notes in the last overview of all entries. Songs I want to hear again: Slovenia, Estonia, UK, Serbia, Albania, Denmark!!!!, Australia, Finland, Italy.

Off to look for the official CD :)
posted by Ender's Friend at 2:53 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


OH YAY IT'S JON OLA SAND THE BORING BEATING HEART OF EUROVISION
posted by Kattullus at 2:54 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


I missed the snide remark. What did they say?

It was a throwaway line at the end. Caetano Veloso said "Salvador Sobral!", and Salvador said something like "Caetano Veloso! Real music at Eurovision!"
posted by rollick at 2:55 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


All right, second round, now snarking about vote presenters and the unavoidable time lag
posted by Ender's Friend at 2:56 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I missed the snide remark. What did they say?

Salvador said something about "bringing real music to Eurovision." Again.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 2:56 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Albania paid Azerbaijan.
posted by k8t at 2:57 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


The behind-the-scenes Moldova video was entirely worth watching, thanks!
posted by asperity at 2:57 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I'm glad the Czech Republic are getting some love-- I thought their song would fall into the recurring category of "jazzy upbeat number that I like but no one votes for"
posted by Pallas Athena at 2:58 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Poor SuRie ... tanking
posted by chavenet at 2:59 PM on May 12, 2018


I should have gotten a drink, I am already getting mad at the voting and we're only 6 countries in.
posted by Ender's Friend at 2:59 PM on May 12, 2018


Sweden are second??
posted by billiebee at 2:59 PM on May 12, 2018


I do not like the jury-then-voters points reporting.
posted by asperity at 3:00 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Poor SuRie ... tanking

Revenge of Brexit
posted by billiebee at 3:01 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Cyprus? Sweden? I'm getting my pitchfork and torch ready.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 3:01 PM on May 12, 2018


*whimpers at the thought of Cyprus winning*
posted by infini at 3:02 PM on May 12, 2018


Why Sweden?? I mean, I love Sweden, but that was terrible. What is with the world???
posted by Ender's Friend at 3:02 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Sweden???
posted by infini at 3:02 PM on May 12, 2018


silvia: and now we go to <country> blahblahblahblah. good evening, <country>!!
country: ...
hosts: ...
country: ...
hosts: ...
country: hello!
posted by yaymukund at 3:02 PM on May 12, 2018 [5 favorites]


So far Israel is doing well, France OK, the world isn't all bad.
posted by Dumsnill at 3:03 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Vienna calling
posted by infini at 3:03 PM on May 12, 2018


Are they chucking points around in an effort NOT to host next year??
posted by infini at 3:04 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Dang, it's tight at the top -- five countries swapping back and forth. (Israel, Germany, Sweden, Cyprus, and Austria).
posted by rollick at 3:05 PM on May 12, 2018


Is that a sari m'dear?
posted by infini at 3:05 PM on May 12, 2018


Vocals tonight were way better than the semis. Way less broken falsettos. Good job everyone.

Ender's Friend: my entire group of friends here burst out laughing at the box of Merci chocolates.

inconstant: Did Bulgaria's circular shoulder cape thing remind you of a bathmat with a circle cut out of the center? That was our consensus.

SisterHavana: if you aren't expecting to hear country music at Eurovision, you haven't been watching recent Dutch entries. Good for you! Keep it up! I wish I could! *shakes fist at Douwe Bob*

I am offended that they just announced Nederland's douze points go to Germany. Dudes, dat was een echt verschrikkelijke liedje. Serieus. Waarom. Zijn jullie allemaal helemaal gek? Dat was verschrikkelijk. It was Ed Sheeran channeling James Blunt. Verschrikkelijk. Belachelijk. Ugh. It was daddy angst als liedje en daarvoor heb ik geen nodig van. Nee hoor. Geen douze points daarvoor. Douze points voor Moldova! They were actually having fun with it, unlike some people FUCKING WAYLON I could mention.
posted by sldownard at 3:07 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Get Gina G back in next year, I reckon.
posted by threetwentytwo at 3:10 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Intermission
posted by Dumsnill at 3:11 PM on May 12, 2018


BRING BACK MANS AND PETRA.
posted by k8t at 3:12 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Why are Austria, Sweden and Germany doing so well? They were... not great. Cyprus didn't superfloat my boat either.
posted by Pallas Athena at 3:14 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Israel are going to do well in the televotes -- if they keep afloat with the juries, they have a very good shot.
posted by rollick at 3:15 PM on May 12, 2018


Am viewing with friends but had to rock up here because I absolutely LOST MY SHIT when Caetano showed up and then he sang and no-one with me got it. Ah well.

Austria for the win!
posted by freya_lamb at 3:17 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Not drunk enough
posted by chavenet at 3:17 PM on May 12, 2018


Let your freak flag fly, Estonian presenter!
posted by Kattullus at 3:17 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Tallinn! I love you!
posted by asperity at 3:17 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


There are so many great moments in the points section, it really is a feast for the eyes.
posted by rollick at 3:18 PM on May 12, 2018


Love the Estonian vote presenter. The Goth flavor is strong this year.
posted by Ender's Friend at 3:18 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Australian representative is ... Portuguese
posted by chavenet at 3:19 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


I like how you wrote that, rollick, just before Armenia sent its department head of accounts.
posted by Kattullus at 3:19 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


WTF, juries. If the popular vote doesn't rescue Moldova, I might cry.
posted by asperity at 3:20 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


So I am watching it on SVT and the Swedish presenters keep laughing in confused amazement at all the Swedish points.
posted by Ender's Friend at 3:20 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


My Swedish friend, who loves Eurovision, is wincing every time Sweden gets 12. She feels that the song was a national disgrace.
posted by Pallas Athena at 3:20 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


The thought of ever seeing that Swedish entry again is filling me real dread.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 3:21 PM on May 12, 2018 [5 favorites]


I like how you wrote that, rollick, just before Armenia sent its department head of accounts.
posted by Kattullus at 11:19 PM on May 12 [−] Favorite added! [!]


*grinning fixedly*
posted by rollick at 3:21 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Armenia is in the middle of a revolution. The normal presenter is highly associated with the recently ousted party. It was probably a last minute replacement.
posted by k8t at 3:21 PM on May 12, 2018 [7 favorites]


Sweden??
posted by infini at 3:21 PM on May 12, 2018


Its a conspiracy.
posted by infini at 3:22 PM on May 12, 2018


Swedes are filled with dread right now, they have sensible things to spend their tax money on.
posted by Dumsnill at 3:22 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


k8t: from your types to EurovisionGod's ears. This was such a boring year. Just for a reminder of better times, Love Love Peace Peace.
posted by sldownard at 3:23 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Hungary loves the vikings
posted by rollick at 3:23 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Unlike the Austrians
posted by infini at 3:23 PM on May 12, 2018


Thanks Austria for previously giving us a Transman and now a PoC. Thanks for dragging Europe along.
posted by k8t at 3:23 PM on May 12, 2018


was that on purpose, grik?
posted by infini at 3:24 PM on May 12, 2018


Montenegro, thanks for giving Serbia some love. They deserve it.
posted by asperity at 3:24 PM on May 12, 2018


Okay, the Swedish contestant yelling "I love spaetzle!!!" in response to Germany's 12 points for him was the highlight of the evening.
posted by Ender's Friend at 3:24 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


Finnish, Swiss presenters also Portuguese!
posted by chavenet at 3:26 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Aw, what happened to the usual Israeli guy?
posted by rollick at 3:27 PM on May 12, 2018


Loving the Polish presenter's look and his flower.
posted by asperity at 3:28 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Slovenia has a tribble presenting?
posted by asperity at 3:29 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


My kid has a future as a Eurovision statistician.
posted by k8t at 3:30 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Gah. Sweden's in this, bizarrely.
posted by chavenet at 3:31 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


This is the first time that I can remember the count being this close. Usually we all celebrate earlier.
posted by k8t at 3:31 PM on May 12, 2018


DON'T FORGET THE PUBLIC VOTE.
posted by k8t at 3:32 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Is it me or are the Portuguese presenters differently good at holding their drink?
posted by Kattullus at 3:32 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


OH MAN SWEDEN TANKED WITH THE PUBLIC
posted by Kattullus at 3:33 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Catarina Furtado, the one in red, has been getting raked over the social media coals all week for her supposedly shaky English.
posted by chavenet at 3:34 PM on May 12, 2018


YES Sweden got hosed by the people
posted by asperity at 3:34 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Wasn't the year russia didn't win due to a very close vote?
posted by infini at 3:34 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Oh, thank goodness, Sweden was slayed by the public vote.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 3:34 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


He's so cute... (Jan Ola)
posted by infini at 3:35 PM on May 12, 2018


Now I'm perversely hoping Ukranian vampire boy somehow rises to the top of the board.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 3:35 PM on May 12, 2018 [5 favorites]


Austria's not gonna win it either. I could have lived with that song winning.
posted by Kattullus at 3:36 PM on May 12, 2018


Moldova is still in it...
posted by asperity at 3:37 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


OK, not anymore. Still, respectable.
posted by asperity at 3:37 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Israel's got it
posted by chavenet at 3:38 PM on May 12, 2018


Why the fuck is Germany getting all these points? Someone please explain, I was so bored during daddyangst.
posted by sldownard at 3:38 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


oh my
posted by infini at 3:39 PM on May 12, 2018


Italy deserved all these points.
posted by Ender's Friend at 3:40 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


ISRAEL'S WON IT! NETTA WON!!! HURRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Kattullus at 3:40 PM on May 12, 2018 [6 favorites]


Thank fuck Sweden didn't get it.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 3:41 PM on May 12, 2018 [8 favorites]


will italy???
posted by infini at 3:41 PM on May 12, 2018


That many lucky cats had to pay off.
posted by asperity at 3:41 PM on May 12, 2018 [12 favorites]


damn my lag
posted by infini at 3:41 PM on May 12, 2018


3 minute lag. just announced on my stream
posted by infini at 3:42 PM on May 12, 2018


Israel!
posted by Dumsnill at 3:42 PM on May 12, 2018


I dig Netta.
posted by k8t at 3:42 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I'm so happy I stayed up for this.
posted by Kattullus at 3:42 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Hey wait is Israel even in Europe?!
posted by chavenet at 3:43 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Aw!!
posted by mixedmetaphors at 3:43 PM on May 12, 2018


So...next year, in Jerusalem??
posted by rollick at 3:44 PM on May 12, 2018 [7 favorites]


At least I got the Vikings out of this and a few download candidates, so overall a success.
posted by Ender's Friend at 3:44 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Awww, Netta. She's so adorable.
posted by sldownard at 3:44 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


*creakily attempts to leave couch*
posted by infini at 3:45 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


I am glad Netta won especially when checking out all the skinny bitch presenters.
posted by k8t at 3:46 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Hey wait is Israel even in Europe?!


That's complicated.
posted by Dumsnill at 3:46 PM on May 12, 2018 [8 favorites]


Good Netta all!
posted by chavenet at 3:47 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


I found Israel's song annoying (chicken noises ugh), but it was innovative at least, and I like Netta's attitude. And if Dana International hosts next year, that will rule.
posted by Pallas Athena at 3:47 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


Really disliked Israel and Portugal was my favourite so I clearly have my finger on the pulse. Loving how well Moldova did with the public!
posted by billiebee at 3:47 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


I'm really happy that Netta won and Cyprus didn't. Good stuff Netta!
posted by sektah at 3:47 PM on May 12, 2018


Not a vintage year but well done peeps. See you at the next one...
posted by billiebee at 3:49 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


See you all next year!
posted by k8t at 3:50 PM on May 12, 2018


Yay for Netta!

Thanks for the Eurovision company, y'all.

Thanks for not geolocking your feed, Sweden. I feel a little bit sorry for trashing your entry so much.

And props to the UK for remaining professional during the stage invader. I can only imagine how frightening that must have been.

Now to remember which songs I need to download...
posted by mixedmetaphors at 3:51 PM on May 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


OK that Netta won. Thought it was a pretty good year, both for performances and for the horse-race aspect. I'm not sure what the field will look like next year -- I imagine some countries will refuse to participate, but we'll see. Thanks all for the company. The other Eurovision spots online were way too fast and intense for me.
posted by rollick at 3:54 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


NETTTTTTTTTTA!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by PearlRose at 3:54 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Good night, all, this was fun! Let's do this again next year!
posted by Kattullus at 4:04 PM on May 12, 2018 [5 favorites]


Thanks for the Sweden link, by the way. I was really impressed by how fast their technical glitches (a lag during the first few songs, a dropped signal) were fixed, and the lack of constant commentary was a real breath of fresh air.
posted by steady-state strawberry at 4:05 PM on May 12, 2018


Whew! I was so bewildered and terrified for a while about Sweden in top place, since it was probably my least favorite song/performance. And one of my top choices won, so I'm feeling ducky. At least until I have to get up in the morning.
posted by taz at 4:07 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Well that was fun, first time, loved as much show as I could catch and loved the mifi commentary!
posted by sammyo at 4:08 PM on May 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


Eyyy, nice to hear Israel's song won. Looking at the rankings post facto, it seems that other than that, people's tastes are quite different from mine -- which is not news!

sldownard: Haha, that's great. I think of bathmats as rectangular, so it wasn't that, but bathmat is definitely an image to entertain.
posted by inconstant at 4:48 PM on May 12, 2018


I had to leave to run errands so I missed most of the last half AND all the voting! Israel winning is a pleasant surprise!

PSA: If you enjoy Eurovision, you may enjoy Cat Valente's book Space Opera, a great piece of SF that has the best answer to the Fermi Paradox I've ever read, its solution, AND every chapter title is the name of a real Eurovision song.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 5:58 PM on May 12, 2018 [3 favorites]


Just snapped a quick video of the celebrations in Tel Aviv
posted by alon at 6:13 PM on May 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


If you want to get your inner Jon Ola Sand on, check out the vote totals for the semifinals and final on the Eurovision website.
posted by Kattullus at 12:39 AM on May 13, 2018


YASSSSSSSS NETTA
posted by mdonley at 12:58 AM on May 13, 2018 [1 favorite]


Catching up on this waaaaaaay after the fact.

Danish Father John Misty is irony free.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:22 PM on June 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


Serbian flute wizard is where it's at.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:23 PM on June 25, 2018


Is someone gonna throw knives at Finland?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:24 PM on June 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


Pretty sure she is singing on the set from The Void.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:24 PM on June 25, 2018


Moldova! You're like Romania's cousin who has to wear a helmet and special shoes, but I love you. Catchiest song so far.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:27 PM on June 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


Moldova is doing some kind of Laugh-In/Scooby Doo Gang bit with doors and I love it.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:28 PM on June 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


Sweden is rocking it like it's 1984.

And I don't mean that in an Orwellian way. More in an El De Barge way.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:31 PM on June 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


Oh shit, Hungary brought guitars!

You would think Hungarian rock sounded like US rock circa 2004. You would be wrong.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:36 PM on June 25, 2018


Israel brought the chicken dance and Bjork hair with its entry.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:37 PM on June 25, 2018


Is the the same Dutch guy who taught me what ciktiral appropriation feels like if youre white and southern a few years back?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:39 PM on June 25, 2018


I was cool with Netta winning, but I was a little bummed by how low my faves scored overall.

Also, not for nothing, but I'm pretty sure the Cyprus entry made Comrade Doll re-evaluate her spot on the Kinsey Scale.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:40 AM on June 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


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