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Back from Lisbon: Something had to win

Back from Lisbon: Something had to win

So I am back home in Berlin. I arrived late Sunday evening and still haven’t unpacked. Before I get to do that, let my unpack my thoughts on the final results!

The winner
Congratulations to Israel!
20 years might not be that long a time to wait to host Eurovision again, but in real life, 20 years is a damn long time, and it seems to be Israel’s pattern after 1979 and 1999. Maybe we’ll finally get Tel Aviv 2039?

I have to be honest though, my excitement about Netta’s victory is rather limited. A song from the lower third of my personal ranking, something I wouldn’t put on any Eurovision playlist and that wasn’t really well performed either, won. But I am not surprised, because what were the alternatives?

The top 5
In the Top 5, we had Cyprus (2nd). While I would have loved to visit Eurovision on the Mediterranean island, this entry as the winner would have been very bad for Eurovision. I prefer imperfect singing over supported singing, and so I’m glad that Eleni didn’t win. The show she brought onto the stage was hilariously entertaining though. But the song… no, then I’d rather have “Toy”. But I’m happy for Cyprus’ best result ever.

Austria (3rd), Germany (4th) and Italy (5th)? None of these would have been a deserved winner, either. Austria maybe, but I was very surprised that Germany and Italy finished this high. Italy and Germany together in the top 5 last happened in 1987, Germany and Austria last in 1972, and these three classic countries together in the top 5 has never happened before.

Places 6-10
The Czech Republic (6th) or Estonia (8th) would have been the best winners of those in the top 10, in my opinion, though at no point did I believe either had a real chance of winning. Sweden ended up that high (7th) mostly thanks to the juries. Has there ever been such a discrepancy between juries and televoters? I was shocked that the professionals could get so blinded by this polished, arrogant, clinical stage show and fail to notice how weak the song behind it actually is. Thankfully the televoters did notice, and rewarded the Nordic country with the correct amount of points.

And then there was Denmark (9th) and Moldova (10th), both coming with remarkable stagings. I’m not surprised that televoters liked Denmark, while I would have expected a better result for Moldova. But again, neither would have been good winners either.

Places 11-15
Albania (11th) and Lithuania (12th) each reached their third-best result ever, while Madame Monsieur surely expected – and were expected – to get a better than mid-table result for France (13th). Maybe the song took too long to get to the point (“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!”)? I fell in love with Bulgaria (14th) during the two weeks in Lisbon, and would have liked to see them higher on the table, whereas I’m happy and not especially surprised that Norway‘s Alexander Rybak ended up as low as 15th.

Places 16-20
The beauty of Ireland (16th) was mainly the dance of the two guys. The song itself was boring and forgettable, but together with the stage show it worked, more as a soundtrack to a movie than a song by itself. 16th is totally okay for that. I’m happy to see Ukraine (17th) not totally under the scoreboard ladder, and surprised that The Netherlands (18th) and Serbia (19th) made it this high on it. If Australia (20th) had had a better performance, it could have reached a far higher rung on that ladder, but no surprise here after what Jessica delivered, unfortunately.

The bottom 6
Well, Hungary (21st). I thought it could be the surprise winner. How wrong I was. The rest of the bottom 6, though, was more or less expected: Slovenia (22nd) was my least favourite entry of the whole year, Spain (23rd) was nothing but an acoustic sleeping pill, the United Kingdom (24th) was my second favourite but I knew everyone else was dissing it, and Finland (25th) essentially did a “Vampires Are Alive”. Poor-too-gal from Portugal (26th), the host country, last place. That hurts a lot, but I didn’t expect much better for a difficult song like that, to be honest.

So what does all the above tell us? In my opinion, 2018 didn’t have a single deserved winner, but something had to win, and that was Israel. There was no alternative really – it was a bad year. Now I will have to file “Toy” into my “least favourite winners” box, together with “Molitva”, “Believe” and “Satellite”… and move on, because Eurovision 2019 is on its way.

It can only get better.

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A German in Lisbon: Yeah Yeah, Inflammation

A German in Lisbon: Yeah Yeah, Inflammation

I’m crawling out of my bed to type this. So, Eurovision did it again: I’m ill!

Anyway, where were we? We were at that point when the Eurovision experience in the host city makes you lose your sense of time, your knowledge of what day it is (oh, it’s the Saturday!), and what is actually happening around you.

So as I really don’t remember what happened when in the last few days, let me mention just some of the highlights:

1. I met Jessika!
San Marino was the only song I cared about in semi-final 2, and sadly it didn’t qualify. I spent all my 20 votes on “Who We Are”, so you can imagine how I felt after the envelopes. At Euroclub though, I had the pleasure to meet Jessika, and you can probably imagine how she felt! I showed her all my votes, and received a hug from her in return. If I managed to console one of my favourite Eurovision artists of the year over a disappointing result, then my Lisbon visit was already worth it for just that.

They are who they are

2. The first dress rehearsal of the final
It was a very chilly experience in the hall yesterday, surely not helped my cold. Having watched all the songs in the final running order, I get the feeling they actively placed similar songs close to each other (Spain / Lithuania, Hungary / Netherlands, Australia / Finland), but then again there wasn’t a lot of room to play within, considering the allocation draw. As it was so damn cold in the arena, I approved of Hungary and Cyprus a lot, so my prediction might have been influenced by the warmth of the pyros. I didn’t see the interval act yet, as I literally escaped into warmer territory as soon as Italy was over, so that will be new for me as well.

3. Dinner in Bairro Alto
Yesterday I also happily got to do a little socializing with friends, so we went to Bairro Alto and had typical Portuguese food and wine. This part of the city was full of Eurovision fans – at one point we could hardly move any more as the narrow streets were completely packed. I think this was the night when Lisbon realized what Eurovision is. It’s not just a TV show. Whoever says so has not a single clue.

And now? The final awaits us.

I am going to watch it in the Eurovision Village, as long as my cold doesn’t completely knock me out. I literally have no idea if it’s really going to be Cyprus, or if Hungary is the surprise winner, or if it will be Israel after all, but that’s the good thing about this year: it still is quite an open contest. The Eurovision Song Contest is never won before the Eurovision Song Contest happens.

Yeah, yeah, winner?

I pretty much think that’s it for me with this blog from Lisbon. I would have loved to do a lot more, but my cold and the lack of electricity for fan-accredited people killed my plan. But that’s life. What’s next? I literally have no idea. I will drag myself to the public viewing of the show somehow, and take things as they come. And even if “Fuego” wins, a song from my personal bottom five, I will appreciate a new country joining the ranks of the ESC winners and hope we all get to party together on a beach in Cyprus next year. Lisbon hasn’t really brought the fans together, considering the separation with the Fan Café and Euroclub (and some fans had to stay out of both), but it has been a wonderful place to spend these weeks in, and I will surely come back for a non-Eurovision visit!

So in case I don’t get to write again tomorrow: Thank you for following my blogs and photo galleries from Eurovision in Lisbon! I hope I get to do this again, and I hope I can do more next time. We will know more – destination included – in less than ten hours from now. Enjoy the show!

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Gallery: The host city Lisbon

Gallery: The host city Lisbon

Rarely has the Eurovision Song Contest been held in such a picturesque and personality-filled city as Lisbon. Felix has been out and about in recent days and is happy to share some of his photographic impressions with you here as the grand final approaches!

View over Lisbon with Eurovision Village

Marquês de Pombal, close to our hotel

Altice Arena

Eurovision Village and Euroclub

Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara – one of Lisbon’s many breathtaking viewpoints…

…and another

Portas do Sol

Ponte 25 de Abril as seen from the Blue Carpet

Alfama

And finally: Torre de Belém, the main landmark of Lisbon

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Grand final: First rehearsal tweet blog

Grand final: First rehearsal tweet blog

Felix was tweeting live from the arena during this afternoon’s first grand final dress rehearsal of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This review rounds up all of his tweets from the show – and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter if you don’t already, of course!

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Blue Carpet Gallery: Finalists

Blue Carpet Gallery: Finalists

We attended the Blue Carpet event in Lisbon on Sunday, and we’re happy to share our photos of the automatic finalists with you now. Enjoy!

Madame Monsieur from France

Michael from Germany

Ermal and Fabrizio from Italy

Isaura and Cláudia from Portugal

Amaia and Alfred from Spain

SuRie from the United Kingdom

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Gallery: Eurovision in monochrome

Gallery: Eurovision in monochrome

In this gallery we are happy to share some of our impressions from inside and outside the Altice Arena in beautiful black and white!

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A German in Lisbon: The first results (and more)

A German in Lisbon: The first results (and more)

The first results are in: It hit me. I have the infamous Eurovision cold, as a result of exhaustion and many windy situations. So I’ve taken things even easier in the last days than I already was.

On Monday, I was walking around the Alfama once again and went up to Castelo São Jorge, where I was rewarded with a breathtaking view over Lisbon. Here you can see the Eurovision Village at the bottom left of the picture:

View over Lisbon with Eurovision Village

Later I was at the jury semi-final in the arena, and you know the outcome already, no need to report from that event. Just one thing: If you plan to go to the arena and haven’t been before, do leave yourself enough time, because traffic, including the metro, can get very… stuck.

Euroclub on Monday was a disappointing event, badly visited and I hardly saw any familiar faces. It’s becoming a bit of a theme of this fragmented fan experience across multiple locations.

On Tuesday, I went discovering some more of the city, including the Eurovision Village (which was once again not much worth visiting – and beware of those hotdogs costing €5 or more!), as well as the Lisbon’s landmark #1, Torre de Belém.

Of course, in the evening, we had the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. I got 7/10 right in my prediction, my usual result. My top 3 thoughts after the show were:

  1. Will Azerbaijan finally stop buying Swedish songwriters now?
  2. Will Russia show the complete final including the Irish performance?
  3. Why do my favourites always draw the first half in the final?

While for 3 there won’t be an answer, I am curious about what happens concerning 1 and 2.

After the semi-final we went to Euroclub, which was much better visited and had more familiar faces showing up, too. However, by that point, I had already developed a cold. Boo!

As a consequence, yesterday, on Wednesday, I woke up with a sore throat and felt really crappy, so I spent the day relaxing as much as I can and didn’t attend the jury show for semi-final 2. Best to save myself for the night that really counts! Instead, I went for an early night in my hotel, so that I have the chance to enjoy the remaining days. It’s going fast now – Lisbon 2018 will soon be history.

Are we heading to Nikosia, Tallinn or Bratislava? We’ll find out very soon…

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Blue Carpet Gallery: Semi-final 2

Blue Carpet Gallery: Semi-final 2

We attended the Blue Carpet event in Lisbon on Sunday, and we’re happy to share our photos of the artists from the second semi-final with you. Enjoy!

Alexander from Norway

Cristina (The Humans) from Romania

Balkanika from Serbia

Jessika and Jenifer Brening for San Marino

Rasmussen from Denmark

We didn’t manage to catch Julia, but here’s one of the Russian team with a cute dog

Marina (DoReDos) from Moldova

Everybody’s got a little outlaw in ’em… except for our camera memory card. (Sorry Waylon.)

Jessica from Australia

Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao from Georgia

Gromee and Lukas from Poland

Christabelle from Malta

AWS from Hungary

Laura from Latvia

Benjamin from Sweden|

Vanja from Montenegro

Lea from Slovenia

Mélovin from Ukraine

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Imagine actually being proud of this xenophobic nonsense 😂

Can’t decide on your Top Ten #Eurovision songs for the #ESC250? There are 1062 to choose from on this playlist:
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