Saturday, February 12, 2011

Come back, Dustin the Turkey, all is forgiven

In the light of the BBC's decision not to allow the public any say in the selection of this year's UK Eurovision entry for the first time since 1987 (indeed I believe it's the first entirely internal selection ever), I thought I might as well make sure I voted in this year's Irish national final - UK residents were able to vote by mobile phone, thanks to the dedicated numbers for Northern Ireland viewers. For slightly complicated reasons I had to watch the RTÉ webcast with the sound down, so I could only guess at what was going on at various points. However, Cheryl Baker's presence on the panel - love her though I do - didn't exactly inspire confidence that the people of Ireland were being offered the most up-to-date advice on how to go about winning Eurovision. It could, of course, have been worse. It could have been John Barrowman.

Anyway, having listened to the five songs in advance, I decided to vote for Nikki Kavanagh's Falling. It wouldn't have been the most inspiring entry, but when I tell you that her main competition was Jedward - I'll say that again, JEDWARD - you might understand my thinking a little better. In my naivety I had thought the 67/33 split in the voting between juries and the public probably meant that sanity would just about prevail, but...well, see for yourself. I'm already starting to feel nostalgic for Dustin the Turkey.

5 comments:

  1. Oh dear. I actually quite like it, but of course the girls are doing most of the singing... which is just as well becuase they can't. And I only heard Lipstick...none of the rest.

    I'm still singing it in my head as I type this. Can't be all bad.

    But I wish they'd lose the daft hair. It was fun a few years ago, but come on, no body has their hair like that now.

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  2. You're right, Tris, it is quite catchy - albeit in a somewhat irritating way!

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  3. Ezio Auditore da Firenze - Ireland for EurovisionFebruary 12, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    What an outrageous post, James.

    As someone who has saw Jedward live in concert at the Belfast Waterfront on TWO occasions, I hold nothing but love in my heart for these boys. Their second, 'winners' performance of Lipstick was much, much better than their first.

    And, be honest, it's an amazing song. If any established pop act came out with that, it'd be #1 easily.

    Here I come, here I come, dum da dum da dum da dum
    Here I come, here I come, dum da dum da dum da dum

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  4. Jedzio Auditore da FirenzeFebruary 12, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    http://www.jedfans.com/Jedward_-_Lipstick_%28Radio_Edit%29.mp3

    Have a listen to the radio edit, sensational!

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  5. I'm still not convinced, Ezio. There's no call for such challenging lyrics at the Eurovision.

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