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So, Eurovision is over for another year and I have to say, quite frankly, I have been left disappointed by what I saw last night. Whilst I enjoyed it - mostly - I can't say I was moved by any of the performances. That shouldn't take away from the fact that I think everyone did their best. There were some good acts and Germany put on a great show, despite the annoying presenters. I just felt that almost all of the entries were very...bland. 

Just so you know, I am a diehard Eurovision fan. I have watched it for as long as I can remember and every year I spend weeks looking forward to it. On the day I make sure that I have enough goodies in to last me through the show (and well beyond if I'm honest) and everyone is warned that nothing, but nothing, should distract me from my viewing. I have bopped along with the best of them, groaned at the quirky outfits and the dodgy singing, cried at some of the more moving songs and generally loved every minute of it but this year, sadly, there was very little of that. The only acts that I felt came close were, Spain, Sweden (nothing to do with the fact that Eric was gorgeous) Ireland - go Jedward and, of course Moldova. I liked Blue's 'I Can' but it wasn't memorable and neither were any of the other acts. To give Blue their due, I'm sure something went wrong. Either nerves got the better of them or sound didn't get it right but they sounded weak. There were comments about this on Twitter so I know it wasn't just me and they didn't look elated at the end of their performance so that was a bit of a shame.

Anyway, it would appear that the days of crazy outfits and songs that sound as though they come from the country they are representing, have gone. I felt I could have been watching the final of any singing contest. My OH did try to explain to me that I, of all people, should understand that it is a SONG contest but I honestly didn't feel entertained last night. I wanted to hear some Eurobeat dance music, some huge heartbreaking ballads and some European operatic metal. What I did hear just didn't do it for me as far as Eurovision goes. Perhaps it's a sign of the times. Maybe, through the European Union, we are merging and becoming one with little or no identity to make us stand out in the crowd. If that is the case then I feel a bit sad about it. I like individuals. I like quirky, unusual people who are not afraid to be different. I like German songs that have a bit of the brass oompah sound. I want Eastern European songs to sound as though they come from Eastern Europe and I want Greek songs to make me feel like getting up and smashing a few plates.

Enough of my ranting though. I would like to finish by saying well done to everyone who took part and especially to the winners, Azerbaijan. It's just a shame I can't remember what you looked like or how the song went. However, in spite of all this, will I be tuning in again next year? You bet I will! I wouldn't miss it for the world. In fact, I'm already planning the party!

Until the next time,

D x


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