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In what promises to be an entertaining night, politically at least, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia will face off in Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm. Yesterday's second semifinal saw Ukraine's Jamala's cheerful ditty 1944 safely through to challenge Russkie crooner Sergey Lazarev and You Are The Only One for …

  1. Alister Silver badge

    adding a new level of excitement for hundreds of millions of viewers in Europe and beyond.

    I can hardly contain my excitement indifference...

    1. tony72

      If only it was literally a deathmatch, then they'd have something.

    2. zen1

      It's a shame I can't up vote this more!

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Russia should have gone with Crimea River...

    1. Simon Harris Silver badge

      Or Georgia On My Mind.

      ... or if they've set their sights a bit further west... Moldova Beethoven.

  3. VinceH Silver badge

    As per the last couple of years, I shall have my cider ready, and will be tweeting slightly inebriated from the beginning (becoming more inebriated as the evening rolls on).

    1. Sartori

      Yep, that's been my approach too, albeit wine, rather than cider in my case. It definitely makes the whole proceedings a lot more fun :)

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Poland's 2014 effort should win.

    Every year.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Poland's 2014 effort should win.

      I upvoted, purely cause I'm Polish.

      ...

      what, BOOBIES?! Anytime!

      ...

      God, they DO have large mamaries, don't they... Kinda Bavarian-style...

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Discrimination!

    What's wrong with 9 and 11 then, you Eurof***ers?

    Presumably some advanced mathematical modelling established that including those numbers in the allowable points would somehow stop all the crappy little countries doing their usual tribal voting?

    But then again, why should we care? Eurovision met its Waterloo in 1974, and it's all been downhill since then. This year would appear to be its Kursk.

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: Discrimination!

      This year would appear to be its Kursk.

      Why, are you expecting the 2nd and 1st SS Tank Division to fight on the side of Eurovsion?

  6. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    The suffering, I feel it.

    "This song is precisely what we are all suffering in Ukraine today."

    Phew, lad!

    Well, I am sure the Azov battalion agrees.

    Anyway, this should yield some epic disses.

  7. Christoph Silver badge

    " the UK and its magnificent musical heritage would be better represented by this slightly less anodyne duo"

    The UK should be represented by Fascinating Aida!

    1. Dan Wilkie

      They should bring back Daz Sampson!

  8. eJ2095

    Wheres

    Farther Dougall and Teds "My Lovely Horse" entry?

    1. James 51 Silver badge
      Gimp

      Re: Wheres

      That would probably be RoI rather than UK.

      There's no horse icon so...

  9. Ian Emery Silver badge
    Black Helicopters

    NOT HEARD ANY OF THE SONGS

    But is doesnt matter, for the first time in my life I am going to vote, and vote Ukraine - just to piss the Russians off.

    I would hope everyone else in Europe would do the same.

    Putin and his Polonium armed cronies dont scare m.......

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The stage technology

    makes American Idol look like it is done in a garage ... by 4th graders ... in 1970. Fantastic stuff ! The stage floor lighting is particularly exceptional. Great job European technogeeks ! Would love to know how they do it.

    1. zen1

      Re: The stage technology

      God I'm glad that show is finally being taken off the air. I lost shortly after they rejected William Hung...

      She bang....

  11. Matthew Taylor

    All I know is, Bulgaria was robbed - ROBBED I tell you.

  12. LINCARD1000
    Happy

    Here in NZ we got the UK feed with Graham Norton's voice-over. Geeze he's a snarky wee fellow at times, isn't he? Crikey.

    Great entertainment* as always :-) Although I thought Poland's jacket should have won. Not their entry, but the singers jacket. That was epic. Ukraine's entry was a bit... meh. Bring back Svetlana Loboda from a few years back, her entry was amazing.

    * entertainment does not necessarily mean some of the entries were any good. Bad can be entertaining, after all.

  13. jake Silver badge

    Eurovision "song" contest?

    Mindless drivel pap contest, more like ... And undoubtedly the ancestor of the over-produced, badly written, so-called "reality TV" shows that infest network television today.

    The fact that people get extremely political and/or nationalistic over this crap is sad, in the old meaning of the word.

  14. arctic_haze Silver badge

    So Ukraine won and Russia was third

    And frankly speaking both the songs (and also the Australian one in the second place) were good ones, at least on the scale of Eurovision entertainment.

    It's only a shame that the votes of the juries and the public seem to be anticorrelated.

    1. Pedigree-Pete
      Pint

      Who cares.

      Britain sure punches way above it's weight when it comes to measuring song writing in commercial terms.

      One for The Beatles, The Stones actually pick almost anyone. PP

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