Friday, May 22, 2015

A big day on the camp calendar

I've never done Eurovision. No, I don't mean attended, I mean taken much notice of it. I might try this year. Here is a start with a video of the past winners back to when the contest began in 1956, just a short excerpt from each.



Is it called a wild card entry? Australia has been given a run through to the final with our odd choice of Guy Sebastian. I mean, he is ok, but has he got that certainly quality? A slightly camp quality, dare I say? I suppose he will do a professional job. I'll see if I can find a photo of him that makes him look a bit interesting. This is the best I can do.


I really only took any notice of Eurovision when Dana International won. A transvestite transsexual? From Israel? Then last year another odd type won, a  bearded Viennese bloke in a dress called Conchita Wurst. All very strange. Not sure that I care to see men getting dressed up in frocks.

Eurovision is covered by our multi-national broadcaster SBS. If you are a fan, SBS has a terrific website with all you need to know.

Our local coverage is hosted by the delicious Julia Zemiro and the entertaining Sam Pang but apparently SBS found the need to find a hyper critical and judgemental fashionista to add to the coverage and found the person in its own newsroom.

Here are Julia and Sam.


Looks like The Chin got the new gig. The promotional video is quite clever and amusing.


31 comments:

  1. I watch a bit of HD SBS. I keep an eye on the Eurovision contest most years, if home. Not a fan of Guy's but he can sing quite well...

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    1. WA, yes, to give guy his due, he does sing well. I need to check when the repeat screening is on and maybe flick through it.

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  2. I lived in Europe (Israel and Britain) from 1970 and participated in the national selection and in the final voting. It was HUGE.. and fun. I still happily watch all the fun on tv, but these days there is a sameness about the music, the costumes and the dancing.

    You commented favourably on Dana International at the time :)

    http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/dana-international-best-eurovision.html

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    1. Hels, extraordinary. Even after just re-reading what you wrote, I barely remember the piece, let alone my comment. I just checked the video above and the other Dana certainly was of quite plain appearance (and dress). I think I know which Dana I prefer.

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  3. I have a soft spot for Ms Chin. And like that she doesn't seem to conform to anyone else's style.
    Guy can sing, but has always struck me as dull. Which is probably unfair and not the point.

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    1. EC, Ms Chin is very dry and quite wicked. You have succinctly put my thoughts into words, dull, and yes, perhaps unfair.

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  4. Boring voice - yes. Camp - don't think so. Married with child.
    Will be a great gig for all three - Julia Sam and LL Chin herself. Should be fun to listen to their commentary and banter - well hopefully it will.

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    1. Cathy, camp in the theatrical sense. I am a bit confused by the screening times here but have set the recorder and hope to catch some.

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  5. I quite love me some Guy Sebastian, it doesn't hurt that he resembles my Other Half, somewhat. :)

    Even so, I care not for Eurovision. It just isn't my thing.

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    1. Snoskred, Guy is alright, perhaps damning him with faint praise. EV is probably not my thing either but I will give it a shot for the first time.

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  6. I confess that I haven't heard of any of the people in the cute SBS video. I've watched the two semi finals this week and will be glued to the TV on Saturday for the final. I love Eurovision! Guy is getting good press over here. He seems rather nice and can sing. I'm sure that Australia will do well as "friendly" voting goes a long way and I suspect connections from the UK, Serbia, Greece etc will work for you. New countries in the competition usually receive a lot of votes.

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    1. Craig, they are all well known in Australia. At least the video worked for you. I thought it may have been blocked outside Australia, which would be foolish by SBS. We have been told that it is impractical for EV for him to win but we hope he does ok. It really is silly that Australia is in the competition.

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  7. I never missed the Eurovision ever since they had started, until it became really stupid in my eyes and that was beginning 2000 when songs were selected I could have sung and I have a voice like a cat orchestra !

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    1. Gattina, or perhaps you just became older :-P

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  8. Men getting dressed up in frocks has rather a long history Andrew. =)

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    1. Indeed Jac, and the linked photo may or may not be a certain blogger in his younger days.

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    2. Yes but can you sing Andrew? The things we did when we where young.

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    3. No Allan, my singing is as bad as my miming. Seems so long ago, so remote now. I am glad I did participate and did not always stand on the outer.

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    4. I rather thought that might be the case Andrew; whomever is pictured has good gams.

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    1. Without looking John, is he cute? Maybe you don't lower yourself to my base level.

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    2. Oh, I took a look. I bet she can belt out a tune.

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  10. Clueless American, here. Will research!

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    1. Susie, is there no coverage at all of Eurovision there?

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  11. So glad you put the promotional vid up Andrew I hadn't seen it, it's funny :)I really like Julia Zemiro and will be interested to see how Guy Sebastian does, wouldn't it be a hoot if he wins first time we're in! I say darling you look tres chic in the red dress, I rather think I would look good in it also :) Oh and btw my Toronto blogger pal is lovely, you definitely should go over and introduce yourself and say hello from me her blog is http://occasionaltoronto.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Grace, you probably know Julia speaks French, which no doubt gives her points. I thought I may have looked a bit common in that dress, you know, like a tart. But no, the class shows through. Thanks for the link.

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  12. No disrespect (which means I am going to disrespect you) but I take my professional advice about this Eurovision thingy from James O'Brien except on one point; that he always expects (hopes) that Sweden will win.

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    1. Victor, I never offer advice and so I am never wrong. Opinions, yes. Ah yes, James with his knowledge of Stigs and Svens is the expert.

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  13. So maybe my comments don't work at all, I remember posting on this entry yesterday. My favourite won! Pretty pleased with that.

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    1. Fen, I was up early to watch although not at 5. I skipped until I caught up live and then had to go to work. The Swede deserved to win. He was good. Sebastian, contrary to my earlier thoughts, wasn't a bad choice.

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    2. yes, he did really well. I was pleased with his performance too

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