Hey all, Martin wrote: > However, this year, we got null points. Zero. Our song was pretty > reasonable Euro-pop fare, so it can't be that. Sorry Martin, but it was shithouse. It really was. The female singer was so off-key it wasn't funny, the song was tepid, and the production itself was mediocre at best. I wouldn't blame politics, I'd blame a truly godawful entry. The only one remotely as bad was that of host nation Latvia, which got only one lot of sympathy votes. I must admit, my choices from down here in sunny (ha!) Melbourne show how truly out of touch with Euro-pop I am. I consider this, I must admit, a good thing. I didn't rate Turkey's winning entry at all; while it was a fair piece of 'production', the song itself was very mediocre (yes, it sounded like Holly Valance's 'Kiss Kiss'; remember, though, that Valance covered a Turkish song anyway... hmmm...) and she wasn't even singing -- she was yelling. Russia's Tatu clearly benefit a very great deal from their post-production work, because they _really_ suck at singing live. Their voices are terrible. I strongly suspect all their votes came from thirteen-year-old girls and fifty-eight-year-old perverts. As for Austria -- oh lord, that was painful. Maybe there was some witty satire there that I didn't get, but I don't think so. Belgium was disappointing too. I liked Spain and Iceland, which polled well but not spectacularly. My pick for best song was actually Estonia, with their "retro-rock" 'Eighties Coming Back', which was actually a very good tune indeed and well-performed. As soon as I saw it, though, I knew that while _I_ liked it, it wouldn't even come close to winning. I was right. Ah, screw it. I'm blogging this. What a gyp. Paul.