Eurovision 2015 semi-final 1

Lack of time didn’t allow me to post earlier. Here are the songs in Eurovision 2015 semi-final 1 (19.05) that I liked. 10 songs from 10 European countries, and only one partly sang in national language – all others in English, sadly.

Eurovision is the only chance in TV to listen to singers/bands from all over the Europe (and beyond ;)). Some people say it’s kitsch, some says the festival has hardly anything in common with song quality, but I still like it and watch Eurovision whenever I can.

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Borgen – review

This isn’t the first time I’m watching Borgen (The Government), Danish TV series about politics. I have already seen it in TV, tho not from the start. I liked it, so I decided to watch it from season 1.

The story revolves about Brigitte Nyborg, the first female Prime Minister, who got elected in 2010. The TV series proceeded the reality. Helle Thorning-Schmidt got elected as the first female Prime Minister in the end of 2011. At that time the series were already in the second season.

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Just Finished Reading

I’ve just finished reading “Opowieści znad Sundu” an anthology of Dutch sea stories translated into Polish. Stories set not only in Denmark, but in the other parts of world too, China included.

Stories that are so varied. Not only those about sailors (or adventurers), but also about fishermen or just people living in the seaside (or their towns). This variety is a strong point of the book.

It wasn’t easy reading, I’m not a fan of sea stories. I read it for my challenge and to change my selection of books. You know, my #DiverseReading2014 instead of #ReadWomen2014. I still think diverse reading is much better.

Those who can read in Polish, I recommend it.

My opinion: 7/10.

The anthology enters Full House 2014 Reading Challenge as free choice.

On EuroMusic and Eurovision 2014

EuroMusic Contest 2014 and Eurovision 2014 should be not a new topic for those who follow and read my blog regularly (thank you!).

With this summary I’ll end the topic of Eurovision 2014, which had its grand final on 10th May 2014. EuroMusic will have a final on 30 June, so until the beginning of July you can be sure I’ll still write about it.

It’ll be a really long post, but with some music and videos as well.

Ladies and Gentlemen… let’s start.

Winners

EuroMusic Contest 2014

The number one artist from all 40 countries was Daniel Kajmakoski from Macedonia. He got over 11.000 votes from public.

Eurovision 2014

Number one is Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst with a song “Rise Like a Phoenix”. Voted the best by both public and juries.

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Eurovision 2014 final

I wanted to write a post commenting all the final songs in Eurovision, but ummm…. I got too hooked in and commenting with friends on Facebook, etc.

Below I’ll present my TOP 10, based on the fun factor, and my own taste. My opinion was also influenced by the lyrics or by the language of the song. Montenegro stayed till the end in my TOP 10, because I applaud so rare (on Eurovision) singing in his native language. The order is based on alphabet, not the exact grades. And after that I’ll write the official TOP 10.

My TOP 10 Eurovision 2014

Armenia

Aram MP3 – Not Alone

Austria

Conchita Wurst – Rise Like a Phoenix

Azerbaijan

Dilara Kazimova – Start a Fire

Denmark

Basim – Cliche Love Song

Iceland

Pollapönk – No Prejudice

Montenegro

Sergej Ćetković – Moj Svijet

Slovenia

Tinkara Kovač – Round and round

Sweden

Sanna Nielsen – Undo

Switzerland

Sebalter – Hunter of Stars

Official TOP 10 Eurovision 2014

Austria

Conchita Wurst won with 290 points. This time I voted on Austria.

The Netherlands

Second place with 238 points. I dislike the country music, so they didn’t capture my heart.

Sweden

218 points. Don’t undo her after the contest.

Armenia

174 points. Aram MP3 is definitely not alone!

Hungary

143 points. Run, Forrest, Run!

Ukraine

113 points. I wonder how much the votes reflects the political support.

Russia

89 points. The public in Copenhagen didn’t boo on artists (luckily) but there was booing whenever any country decided to give them high notes. Definitely political. I’m not sure I like it.

Norway

88 points. Tho it never got to my TOP 10, I enjoyed this song. So here, a special treat.

Denmark

Only 74 points this year and 9th place.

Spain

Also 74 points. The song put me off.

That concludes the TOP 10. Only 5 of my songs got into it, tho more songs I supported along the way.

Btw, Poland got 14th place in the end.

Who did you vote? Did you enjoy the contest? Do you like the songs?