Eurovision Song Contest 2012 (Baku – Azerbaijan) – 2. Semi-Final

I’m a day late! Again! Yay for me. Well, that’s because I had to work and was only able to watch it today. Was it worth it? Yes and No. The overall quality of the singers and songs seemed to be better and we had less silly acts, but this resulted in more boredom, you know. For the most part it was pretty appropriate for the masses, many ballads, many danceable stuff and generic pop-songs. I guess the second semi-final was better quality wise, but the first one was just overall more entertaining. At least they had Loreen, oh and Alexander Rybak…. oh my god they had Alexander Rybak, I think I might take minute off to fangirl over Fairytale (although the poor guy is probably sick and tired of singing this song). Best 80 seconds of the show.

1. Serbia  Zeljko Joksimovic – “Nije Ljubav Stvar”

Unlike the first semi-final, the first act in the second semi-final was actually pretty good and when I say pretty good, I mean, he was pretty amazing. I was very impressed, he’s a good singer with a good song that I ended up liking a lot, it was a very nice start into the show. The background people trying to look like they’re playing instruments, still look stupid and just walking around the stage is not very creative, but who cares? The song was good.

Result: in the Finals

2. F.Y.R. Macedonia  Kaliopi – “Crno I Belo”

Macedonia was ok, they just had the problem that their song was kind of similar to Serbia, but not as good. The singer did her best, but her voice was not as impressive as it could have been. Still a good singer though. At one point she destroyed my glass when she hit a very high note for a short time, but I’ll forgive her. I didn’t expect her to advance to the finals, because her song was too similar to Serbia who did a better job.

Result: in the Finals

3. Netherlands Joan Franka – “You and Me”

And yet another one of our dear neighbors. Our commentator said the Netherlands really wanted to advance to the finals after several useless tries, but as soon as I heared this song, I was actually doubting that a lot. First of all, what’s with this weird headdress? Just because she’s singing about Indians doesn’t mean she has to look like one and then she’s singing a song in the style of Texas Lightning. Ok, congratulations for trying something different and thanks for being one of the weird entries in this semi-final.

Result: kicked out

4. Malta Kurt Calleja – “This Is the Night”

Aww, look at him, such a cute and charming boy. No, really, I ended up linking the singer a lot, he does look very charming and his song was ok. It was another danceable track with more useless eh eh eh eh-stuff in the middle of it and nothing too outstanding. It’s not completely aweful and if you’re into this kind of stuff, it’s nice. I have to admit that I ended up paying more attention to the singer than the song.

Result: in the finals

5. Belarus  Litesound – “We Are the Heroes”

Ok, now, what was that? I expected rock, I got (once again) pop, the song was… well it was there, nothing special and actually one of the worse song of the evening, but the real question was about something entirely different. What’s wrong with those microphone… things? They probably wanted to get the audiences attention off the music and on the equipent and while they kind of succeeded, it didn’t make the song better.

Result: kicked out

6. Portugal  Filipa Sousa – “Vida minha”

I think they tried folklore dirge… or something and it was nice listening to something different between all the standart-pop-stuff, but unlike Albania (who also did a dirge), they just weren’t impressive enough to catch the audience enough. I somewhat liked it, but it wasn’t as dramatic and emotional as Albania was in the first semi-final. Even Angelina Jolie’s leg didn’t help, but Angelina is an acress, so they should’ve seen that comming.

Result: kicked out.

7. Ukraine  Gaitana – “Be My Guest”

The Ukraine seemed to test their possible hymn for the upcomming UEFA European Football Championship here, at least that’s what it sounded like and even the text would fit. It’s one of those feel-good-party-songs that gets into your ear and sounds a lot better the more alcohol you’ve drank. Also I think the singer would probably make an amazing soul-singer, she does sounds a bit similar to Anastacia and has a good voice. I thought it was a shame she was performing Euro-Trash instead of an emotional soul-track.

Result: in the finals

8. Bulgaria Sofi Marinowa – “Love Unlimited”

Bulgaria is yet again another example of the right artist and the wrong song. Our german commentator said she was actually a really good folklore-singer and at some points of her song, this did come through and made me wonder, why in the world she had to sing a trashy Disco-song. It fit her as good as her clothes did: not at all. I guess they tried to play safe and messed it up.

Result: kicked out

9. Slovenia  Eva Boto – “Verjamem”

I think she was the youngest participant in this years contest and her age was… 16? She did a pretty nice job, especially for her age. Even if you’re a naturally good singer, if you don’t practicve, you’ll never become truly great, so I do have quite some respect for her. Aside the fact that I thought one of her background singers overshadowed her. The one who did the “ahhh”-sounds at the beginning, I thought she was great.

Result: kicked out

10. Croatia  Nina Badric – “Nebo”

I’m sorry, I completely forgot her song. All I remember was her having some weird dress. It was connected to her finger, well, we’ve all seen this before, but the weird part was it’s shape. I was probably so distracted by this, that I forgot to listen to the song. And here’s the problem with the second semi-final: most songs aren’t really bad, but it’s all the same and at some point you forget to pay attention.

Result: kicked out

11. Sweden  Loreen – “Euphoria”

And finally: Loreen. I haven’t listend to even one of the songs beforehand, so everything was new to me in both semi-finals. All I knew about Loreen was that she’s one of the favorites to win and while I had mixed feelings about that, she taught me better. Yeah, her dancing was all like “Look at me being awesome”, but her song was so great, I really really liked it. Hell, I even got goose bumps, only Albania managed that before, who’s still my favorite, but Loreen really impressed me.

Result: in the finals (of course)

12. Georgia  Anri Dschochadse – “I’m a Joker”

Thank you Georgia for being one of the wtf-acts and spice up the somewhat boring second semi-final. Too bad your song was aweful. Weird songs can be good and they can be bad and this one was bad. Really bad. It pretty much changed every 30 seconds and was all over the place, first he played drums, then piano (for show) and it just left me utterly confused. after Loreens great performance, I was just left in one big feeling of wtf.

Result: kicked out

13. Turkey  Can Bonomo – “Love Me Back”

Can was the darling of the audience that night, no doubt, they loved him. His background dancers were a bit weird and one of them tripped over his clothes when he tried to breakdance and wasn’t the boat they created just too cute? The song itself wasn’t my cup of tea, I didn’t liked and I can’t understand why it’s so popular. If I remember correctly, there was some controversy about him in Turkey, because he’s jewish and he said he wanted to represent everyone in Turkey, so I do feel sympathy for him, but it wasn’t my song.

Result: in the finals

14. Estonia  Ott Lepland – “Kuula”

I remember Estonia’s song from last year, “Rockefeller Street”, and it was one of my favorites, it was stuck in my head for weeks. It was weird, but at the same time pretty amazing, I loved it, don’t judge me. This year, they send something entirely different, but a very good ballad sung by a pretty amazing artist. I have to admit that I’m truly impressed. It sounded really good, not much to say about it other than that.

Result: in the finals

15. Slovakia Jason Mai – “Don’t Close Your Eyes”

For once, a rock band that plays a rock-song. Haleluja, thank you, thank you so much, I’ve been waiting for a rock-track the entire time. The lead singer looked a bit off with his hairdo, like some kind of angel on crack or something, but I ended up liking the song and would’ve liked to see it in the finals. True, there were better acts, but also worse who managed to get past the semi-finals and I just love rock overall, so…

Result: kicked out

16. Norway  Tooji – “Stay”

What’s Anakin Skywalker doing on the stage? He seriously should go back to being a Jedi… or a Sith-Lord, actually, a Sith. I liked him better when he was Darth Vader. Nevertheless, the song could have been good. I really liked the oriental touch it had, the only part I didn’t like was the singing, because Tooji probably didn’t even hit one note. As you might have noticed, I’m not exactly a pro when it comes to music, I just like what I like, but even I noticed his singing was completely off.

Result: in the finals (Jedi mind-manipulation?)

17. Bosnia & Herzegovina Maya Sar – “Korake ti znam”

Stop playing the piano when you’re not playing the piano. I think she actually can do it, but the music is not live, only the singing, so it’s just for show anyway and makes no difference if she sits in front of the piano or not. Other than that, I thought her dress was a bit weird, but her song was good, I liked it. If I remember correclty, she’s a professional musican who specialized on movie-soundtracks, but I have to admit she also did a pretty nice job here.

Result: in the finals

18. Lithuania  Donny Montell – “Love Is Blind”

The song is called “Love Is Blind”… oh, oh, oh! I have a great idea, let him sing blind! At least for the first part, the slower part of the song, he was wearing a blindfold. Why? Dunno, it was stupid. The song was as clichéd as you can get, but I was impressed by the fact that he was able to do a side handspring with only one hand and a pretty good one as well, considering he was holding a microphone in his other hand. Maybe that’s why he was so popular?

Result: in the finals

Now, let’s talk a bit about the show for the break while they were counting the votes. In the first semi-finals they had some traditional music and while it dragged on for too long, it was kind of nice. This time, they had the winners of the last 5 years performing their winning songs, well 4 of them did, with traditional instruments from Azerbaijan.

Did it work? Surprisingly, yes, the mixture of modern and traditional music was nice to hear and we had the pleasure to listen to some of the best artists this evening. First was Dima Bilan from Russia, second was an amazing Marija Šerifović from Serbia, third was Alexander Rybak and fourth was Lena. I do pity those people though, I mean, they will be forced to sing their winning songs forever and they’re probably sick of them for a long time now. All of them did a good job, Alexander and Lena probably better than they did when they won with their songs, but I have to say that Lena seriously should eat some more, she was so thin.

As for the song from Azerbaijan… I’m convinced they’re both pretty good singers, or at least I want to think they are, but when you hear someone fucking up “Waterloo” by ABBA so bad, it actually hurts a bit. I’m sorry, but this song is so well-known and Nikki still managed to confuse the lyrics halfway through and both didn’t really hit the right notes on top of that. That’s pretty bad, I’m just saying… but the other 4 were good, I loved them.

Now, all what’s left is the last big show and I’m really looking foward to the Big Five, because I think this year all five of them have pretty amazing entries and really good songs as well as capable singers. They would’ve probably advanced to the finals even if they had to go through the semi-finals, I like all of their songs. My favorite is, like I said, still Albania, but I wouldn’t complain if Sweden wins, or the United Kingdom, or Italy… yeah, of course and I’d be happy very happen if Germany won, although I kinda doubt it and being the host again wouldn’t be good, I think.

But the Eurovision Song Contest is a loose cannon and everything can happen.

Eurovision Song Contest 2012 (Baku – Azerbaijan) – 1. Semi-Final

Yes, I’ve watched it. I mean, why wouldn’t I? It’s my favorite comedy-show after all, I’m so looking foward to it every year. Sadly, I won’t be able to watch the second Semi-final and the Final live, but luckily you can watch everything online – even the german version and I love our german commentator. You know, he’s the only one allowed to comment on Austrias song (“Woki mit Deim Popo” engl.: Shake your ass) with: “Das ist für den Arsch.” (literally: That’s for the ass.)

I’m honest, I don’t think anyone really treats the ESC seriously here and maybe that’s because we’ve had so many bad acts in the past: we weren’t even trying. The send-a-bad-act-stuff changed with Lena (hey, I like our Roman), but not exactly the overall opinion on the ESC and looking at some of the acts, I’m convinced we’re not the only onces thinking this way.

So, let’s dig into the unwanted funny musical competition that has Euro in it’s name, but is not limited to Europe, the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, first Semi-Final from Baku Azerbaijan. And I’m proud of myself: I knew about this country before ESC2011. In 2012 we have three lovely hosts, who were probably promised some kind of award, if they’re able to keep their awkward smile on their faces the entire show. Eldar Gasimov, by the way one part of the winning duo from fast year, seems to be the favorite, although he managed to get past the big challenge called French. His lovely co-moderators tried very hard on it, while he was practicing his smile.

1. Montenegro Rambo Amadeus – “Euro-Neuro”

The first participant already got a hell lot of positive response from the german watchers in my livestream. Probably because his entry was so silly, everone laughed at him. No, seriously, they’ve send the worst act of the day first, so at least you’re optimistic the rest of the show can’t get worse.

The main problem I had with this song, that might have a deep meaning, but simply fails to get it across to the audience, is the rythm. It sounds all over the place and the singing doesn’t really match the music either. I was so happy when it was over.

Result: kicked out

2. Iceland Gréta Salóme and Jónsi – “Never Forget”

The second act took immediate advantage of being place right after “Neuro Neuro”. After such a horrible song, everything sounds good. It seems Iceland decited to go with the “let’s try to mix some elements of past winners together”-strategy and send a male/female-duo (2011) with a violin (2009) for show. Did it work? Somehow, but let’s just say  they should be really grateful to Montenegro and I’m still absolutely convinced the male part of the dou, could have done better alone.

Result: in the Finals

3. Greece Eleftheria Eleftheriou – “Aphrodisiac”

Next was Greece and although it was a generic danceable song, it was actually the best song of the evening so far. Truth to be told, it wasn’t that hard to accompish this, but credit to whoever deserves it. Sadly the greek economy showed in the performance, the poor lady wasn’t even fully clothed. Ok, that joke was lame, but seriously, what the hell was she wearing? This can’t count for a dress, this is a shirt that barely coverd her ass as long as she didn’t move too much. Other than that, the song is pretty nice and, like I said, danceable, but the usual ESC-material if you ask me. They played safe.

Result: in the Finals

4. Lativa Anmary – “Beautiful Song”

Lativa was… not so good. A song about wishing to write a popular song didn’t work as good as they probably hoped and Anmary didn’t really sing it very good. Also, her dress was absolutely horrible, it looks 2 sizes too small for her. her performance was also very stiff, well, since she’s wearing this dress that’s no wonder. I’m very sorry, but this didn’t look like they were actually trying to reach the finals.

Result: kicked out

5. Albania Rona Nishliu – “Suus”

While Rona easily wins the award for the worst dress of the evening and the worst hairdo, she also easily wins the award for the best singer in the 1. semi-final and truth to be told, I don’t think there’s a better singer in the entire competition. The best advice for her performace is probably to close your eyes and only listen, because I can’t imagine what they were thinking when they decited that it was a good idea to let her go on stage like this, her voice is more than enough to stand out. More than enough people are making fun of her as the screaming woman, but she’s truy an amazing singer with an amazing song. My favorite from the 1. semi-final.

Result: in the Finals (surprisingly)

6. Romania Mandinga – “Zaleilah”

Romania impressed everyone with an amazing sontext that pretty much consisted of “lela”, “oh and “ah” in various combinations. Yet another dance-song with yet another sexy dressed girl. boob-bonus for the win. It was all right, but the lalalalalala was going on my nerves after a while, it’s vertainly not the kind of song I want to listen to very often, or else I might go crazy over it. She had some kind of musicans in the background, for show, like the violin from Iceland, but it would’ve looked better if they at least tried to look like they were playing their instruments.

Result: in the Finals

7. Switzerland Sinplus – Unbreakable

Oh yeah, our dear neighbors failed to send a good act to the ESC yet again, but I guess at least they were trying. I liked the boys, but the song itself really needs getting used to. I liked the refrain, it was a greeting to all those people who thought Lenas English in “Satellite” was weird, the lead singers English was so funny, I actually ended up liking it. Nevertheless, it wasn’t good material for the finals, too bad Switzerland.

Result: kicked out

8. Belgium  Iris – “Would You?”

Unlike Switzerland, Belgium had a good song at the very least and a pretty good singer, although she was kinda like the Lena this year… dressed in a confirmation dress. It was good, a nice ballad, the problem was that she was absolutely forgettable. She didn’t stood out at all, she literally vanished as soon as she left the stage. I kind of pity her, but I seriously don’t remember her song anymore. Now I feel bad.

Result: kicked out

9. Finland Pernilla Karlsson – “När Jag Blundar”

This year, finland decited to go with soemthing unusual. No, as you can see in the picture, they didn’t send Lordi again, although it would probably raised their chances a lot. Instead they send a girl sining swedish… for Finland. Yeah, that makes no sense, or at least as long as you don’t know that swedish is the second official language in Finland. At least that’s what our german commentator said, so I believe him.

Result: kicked out.

10. Israel Izabo – “Time”

I honestly don’t know what to say about this. I didn’t like it and not because it sounded kinda sixty-ish. It was not my cup of tea, but I can see people liking it: it’s crazy and different, also not exactly bad, I think, but seems very oldish. Like I said, it sounds as if it’s out of the sixties. Too spice their performance up, they made people kissing on stage. Well, nice and all, but where’s the point? It wasn’t a love song, at least as far as I can tell.  A very confusing song.

Result: kicked out

11. San Marino Valentina Monetta – “The Social Network Song”

Now, I actually feel ashamed to be german, thank you Ralph Siegel for creating this song, it’s horrible. To get rid of “Facebook” in the song, he just replaced it oh “oh” and “ah” and “uh”, I already mentioaned that I didn’t like it a lot when ROmania did it and I sill don’t like it. Too much oh oh oh and uh uh uh for my liking and I didn’t like the singer as well. On a side note, am I the only one wondering what the pilot and the doctor were doing in the background?

Result: kicked out

12. Cyprus Adamou – “La La Love”

They even put the lalalas in their title, just great… All right, actually it wasn’t that bad and not nearly as bad as San Marino, I just fail to understand why they were dancing on a bank made of books. It was yet another danceable song and it sounded kind of similar to Greece, but it was all right, I didn’t think it would go to the finals though. Another “play safe” song with hot ladies in hot dresses dancing on… books.

Result: in the Finals

13. Denmark Soluna Samay – “Should’ve Known Better”

This lovely lady is the daughter of a street musican who ended up in Denmark at some point, that’s what our commentator said, yeat again, I’m going to believe him, because he’s awesome. The song was alright (in comparison to the rest at least), I didn’t liked her clothes though and she was a bit like a danish version of Miley Cyrus. I’m sorry, that’s no a compliment, but like I said, the song was pretty ok, I liked it.

Result: in the finals

14. Russia Buranowski Babuschki – “Party For Everybody!”

Finally the party-grannies everyone loves. They actually only wanted to get some money for their small village, but now the entire of Europe loves them. Isn’t it just cute how those golden girls go on stage and sing for fun? They can’t sing, I mean it, they’re completely off, but they’re very charming and have the oldest ESC-contestant in the history of the ESC: a 86year old. I’m not such a big fan of their song, because it gets really repetitive, but to each their own.

Result: in the Finals (of course)

15. Hungary Compact Disco – “Sound Of Our Hearts”

Thanks to their name, I thought it was going to be another dance-song. They have Disco in their name, don’t judge me! I was so disappointed when it was pop, but I don’ remember it. Like: at all! I think it was some kind of ballad, but I’m not even sure about that. I guess their lead singer looks nice, something to look at for the ladies? Sexy leather clothes. To be honest, in the end I would’ve preferred another dance-song.

Result: in the Finals

16. Austria Trackshittaz – “Woki Mit Deim Popo”

The only song in German and it’s not even good. In fact, I thought it was so bad, it comes second very close to “Euro Neuro”. I don’t like rap and although most of the audience was actually singing along, at least the parts they were able to, and they really moved them, they failed to fo that with me. Probably BECAUSE I understand the lyrics. It’s austrian dialect, but it was understandable for me.

Result: kicked out (and Jedward were actually pretty sad about it)

17. Moldova Pasha Parfeny – “Lăutar”

Moldova was fun, or at least the background dancers were, althought I didn’t ecatly wanted to see their underwear this much. No, no, the song itself was fun too. The singer looked kinda… weird, you know, he was wearing some traditional clothing. Well, I think it was supposed to be at least partly traditional colthing… maybe?

Result: in the Finals

18. Ireland Jedward – “Waterline”

Oh hell yes, Jedward are back. I really like them, I’m not a fan, but I think they’re very funny performers and the have catchy songs. With 4 background singers, you can’t go that wrong, or at least their own singing can’t utterly destroy the song, whichever you want. This year, their song seems to be more approriate for the masses, but Lipstick was catchier, you’ve only had to heart it once and it was stuck in your head for weeks. Waterline is great too, I probably like it more than Lipstick, but it’s less catchy and it took me some time to remember it’s rythm. Other than that, it’s Jedward.

Result: in the Finals

So, all in all, we have these finalists: Iceland, Greece, Albania, Romania, Cyprus, Denmark, Russia, Hungary, Moldova and Ireland. I’m pretty ok with it, the worst songs didn’t make it, so I guess it’s fine and now I’ll go and watch the second Semi-Final. See you next time.

The Legend of Makorra – Episode 7

All, right. First of all, let me get this out of the way:


All right, thanks, I’m feeling better now. So, I’ve read about people complaining about Mako and beginning to like Asami, because she got something like a personality this episode. Actually, for me it was the other way round. I can totally sympathize with Mako, although he was kinda acting like a jerk, and I pretty much hate Asami more than before. No, not because she’s “stealing” Mako away from Korra (she’s been doing that for a few episode now, nothing new), but because thanks to her “personality upgrade”, she’s now a Mary-Sue.

You know, when Lin BeiFong went into badass-mode the last two episodes, this worked great, because she’s just this cool, or like she would put it: tough as nails. Asami… isn’t. I think they probably wanted to give Asami a bit too much and ended up screwing her over. Or she’s evil after all, but let’s pretent this option doesn’t exist for a moment. Before episode 7, Asami was pretty much there to make Korra jealous, so she can make funny faces when Asami is with Mako. She was the stereotype pretty, rich girl, who’s into cools guys and is nice to everyone. Now, she also got a badass-side forced onto her and a tragic encounter with the truth about her father, so she’s all cracked up now and needs to be comforted.

You know, having a personality usually comes with having flaws. Right now, Asami is just too perfect for me to like her. Or let’s put it this way: they have created a canon Mary-Sue. Asami has no fucking flaws, she’s beautiful, nice, sometimes a bit naive (about her father), badass, decides to follow the right path, sweet, generous, emotional… she pretty much has it all. I liked her better when she was still a cardboard cutout.

Mako… you know, it was very harsh when he told Korra he will end their friendship, but he had a good reason to. Of course it was also wrong to not believe in his friend aka Korra, but all he was trying to do, was to protect his girlfriend and if I’m allowed to remind you: he was staying at her place, it’s not exactly a good idea to badmouth the person who let’s you stay under his roof and her assumptions seemed pretty off PLUS the fact hat he knew about Korras jealousy. When he noticed that Korra was right, he did have a guilty conscience. There were several times in the episode where you could see just how much it pained Mako. The poor guy was feeling so bad about Korra to the point that he needed her to tell him to comfort his own girlfriend when she needed him.

Bolin… was Bolin. Awesome as ever, I guess. Extra points for fluffy Pabu, he was so cute when he went all *boof* and was all fluffy! :3

And Lin Beifong? Lin BeiFong once again showed us just how awesome she is and compltetely stole everyone’s show at the end of the episode when she said she was going to take her metalbenders back without giving a shit about the law. Oh, holy mother God, she’s so going to rip everyone apart in her way, I can’t wait to see her going all out. She’s just as amazing as I imagined her and with Toph as her mother, this is actually a pretty hard task. She’s totally my favorite character now… and I kinda ship her with Tenzin, although I feel very bad about it thanks to Pema. D: I’m sorry Pema!

And the last point: no Korra this week. … I’m just saying, I’m so going to die waiting for it. With Lin announcing her trip outside the law and all the parts of the love-mess on Airtemple Island together with Ikki and Jinora (who ship Makorra), I can’t wait two weeks! Please, give me spoiler-clips… or a picture… D: