We have reached the point when we passed 50% of hell, and have 50% hell left to suffer through… The Hump day. And we start with the sad news, Toto Cutugno passed away yesterday. He participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 1990 (Not my favorite then, but far from bad), and won the contest with an today iconic ESC winner, “Insieme: 1992”. RIP Toto.
And talking Eurovision, this chart show how many 12 points each country got this year, 2023, from jury and televotes. Note that the winner, Sweden, did not any 12s from the public vote. This was a jury win.
Other strange things, Austria did not get any 12s from the Public. A typical “Televote” song. Poland received only obe 12 from the public. It was a strange vote year.
Not much more to add today to be honest, full day at work and then heading home for the second semi final in the Eurovision 2023. And this is the weak semi. More or less all songs from the first semi would have gone through to the final if they took part in semi 2. Apart from Poland and Austria none of this evenings songs is competitors to a top 10 result on Saturday.
Yesterday, the EBU, it was announced that the vote system at the Eurovision will change in 2023, and I am sorry EBU… What are you doing? Did the directors and the reference group decide to not have a normal meeting, but make decisions after a few hours at a bar or something?
No juries in the semifinals, online votes from “The rest of the world”, seriously? My guess is that the viewing went down 2022 and EBU in panic noted they lost money… So how to engage new voters? Of course by invite the rest of the world to vote, using credit card numbers to void countries to buy votes.
Invite the world is also a marketing tool to export the concept, even if both Asiavision and the American Song Contest never turned out to be popular. This way, EBU (who sold the rights) might boost the interest for local competitions and earn some more money.
The scrap the jury in the semi finals will give us final with catchy up-tempo songs and songs in style with Verka. And I loved that entry, but maybe 10 – 15 of the same kind?
I have loved the Eurovision since I was a child, the first one in 1971, and up until the early 2000 still in it 100%, loving it and followed every little selection going on. Then the changes really started to get through, and the interest declined since then, even if I of course watch it. But now more of tradition then anything else. The “chutzpah” is gone. And with this rules, I don’t know what to say? or watch? or engage.
Martin österdahl have made be very very disappointed.
New day, new morning and in office. Means I survived another winter day on my bike. Today is also vaccine day, both flue and covid in one shot. Most likely I will be sick as hell tomorrow after a night with high fever. It’s the normal first reaction when I get a flue vaccine, as well as the first covid shot. The two after rendered no reaction at all. So we will see.
Yesterday they premiered the Christmas lights at Champs Elysèes, turned out to be some blinking lights in the trees, but thousands stood there in the shill waiting for something amazing I guess… People are idiots. It’s like the mania around fireworks… I mean, you seen one so you have seen them all. The same goes for magicians and circuses.
At the same time I must shout out a huge Congratulations to my buddy Fabrizio Faniello, once again a contender in the MESC (Maltese Selection to represent Malta in Eurovision 2023).