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Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
6:31 pm
I invite everyone in my blog about Eurovision in Moscow

You can find a lot of other photo and video from Eurovision in Moscow here.
Monday, July 21st, 2008
5:15 pm
Announcing the 1968 Earth Melody Song Contest!
Announcing the 1968 Earth Melody Song Contest! Songs from 18 countries across five continents are taking part, now it's up to you to listen, decide on your favorites and vote, vote, vote! Podcasts of the entire show (hosted by the E.D.G.A.R. 2000 hosting android) are up now at archive.org in high quality (192 kbps) and low quality (64 kbps) MP3 formats; download to the media player of your choice and enjoy. Voting closes on August 21st, 2008, so you have exactly one month to decide on your favorites and post your votes to the recap video. Please read the video description for the rules.

Full show (audio):


Recap video:

Sunday, December 30th, 2007
12:42 pm
Is anyone still there???
Wow, this contest has just DRAGGED, hasn't it? Does anyone still read this??

Okay, here's what we're going to do: You have until the end of the week to vote in this contest. Yes, the 2007 contest that's lasted, like, 8 months. :: laugh :: I had waited for votes only as I had six people give me anything at all, and the vote totals are pathetic -- right now a high score of 43 is winning right now (compare that to scores that were into the 100's for the first two contests).

E-mail them to me if you'd still like to vote -- click here to do so. You will find the links to the songs further down in this group to refresh your memory.

SECONDLY ... after the dismal turnout for the 2007 contest, is there interest in a 2008 contest? By all means, I'd love to hear from you!
Monday, September 3rd, 2007
4:44 pm
[Eurovision] Second Chance Contest
OK, there’s currently a thing going on on Youtube where folks post their preferred votes, Eurovision-style (i.e. 12, 10,8-1), to re-caps of past Eurovision contests. So far, all the recaps for 1956-1976 seem to be online, as well as all the ones from 1997-2007, plus ones for 1985, 1987, 1994 and 1995. Someone badly needs to post the rest of the 70’s contests.

So, go on and join the fun! Greek über-fan tasosk3 has the earlier recaps in his favourites, and if you need to refresh your memory on the tuneage, he has conveniently included playlists from each year*. Feel free to join in the Eurovision revisionism!

*save for the two “lost” contests: 1956 and 1964
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
2:36 pm
[Eurovision] ’Twas not to be
Dani: “La vie à 25 ans”

This catchy tune was to be France’s contribution to Eurovision 1974, but it was not to be. President Georges Pompidou died around that time, and the burial was to take place the same day as the Eurovision contest, so France withdrew, never to see how well they’d do against ABBA and the like.

Sérgio Borges: Onde vais, rio que eu cantoCollapse )

This was to be Portugal’s entry for Eurovision 1970, but at the last second, they became very sympathetic with the Scandinavian-led 1970 boycott of the contest on account of the infamous four-way tie fiasco of 1969. They wound up sending the tune to the Yamaha foundation’s then-new World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, where it didn’t even manage to make it out of the semi-final.
Sunday, July 8th, 2007
12:36 am
Norwegian Voodoo!

It’s a clip of Gudny Aspaas (Ursavision veteran!) and Jahn Teigen singing a tune called “Voodoo” at the 1976 Norsk Melodi Grand Prix. It was penned by Norwegian jazz guitar legend Terje Rypdal, who also plays lead guitar on the tune. That’s Jahn’s then-current band Popol Ace playing. Dig those nifty matching velour outfits Gudny and Jahn are wearing. Of course, Jahn does his usual job of going way over the top, vocally!

And if that wasn’t enough, check out the orchestrated version!

The fabulous Gudny is (of course) missed, but Inger Lise Rypdal (Terje’s then-wife) does a crack-up job, and looks stunning in white. Where on Earth did Jahn get that outfit?

This song came in second place. It so should have won!
Monday, May 21st, 2007
11:26 pm
What's going on???
You might be thinking the subject line as there have been no results or anything posted about the contest, right?

Right. :: chuckle ::

Here's what's going on: after the initial deadline, I still had very few votes turned in, meaning that I'd feel awkward making a board with so few points, especially with as close as the current standings are.

I'm thinking this: let me know via email or replying to this that you're at least INTENDING on voting, and turn it in fairly soon through the emails listed in prior Ursavision posts...
Saturday, April 28th, 2007
9:14 pm
Just a few more days to vote!
Voting is open for only a little while longer in the URSAVISION SONG CONTEST 2007: PEORIA contest. Listen to the songs by clicking here, and then take a look here at voting rules before sending me your votes. You do NOT need to have participated in the contest in order to vote; however, if you DID participate, remember that you can't vote for yourself!

Don't post the votes here; rather, email them to me!
Saturday, April 14th, 2007
9:05 pm
Just a reminder ...
Voting for the URSAVISION SONG CONTEST is currently underway -- take a look at the rules here on how to vote, and then click here to listen to the songs, uploaded onto the eSnips site.

You DO NOT NEED TO HAVE PARTICIPATED in the contest, in order to vote! Voting is open until the end of the month -- DO NOT POST YOUR VOTES HERE, but rather, email them to me via this link!.

Good luck to all!
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
7:53 pm
Until April 29th, voting for songs in the URSAVISION SONG CONTEST 2007 is now open.

Click to read how to vote!Collapse )
Remember that ANYONE can vote, not just the participants. This time around each person's votes are worth exactly the same as any other. Again, send the votes to my email, and I will start tabulating them.

7:36 pm
The last two songs
The last two songs in the contest can be found here on the Ursavision eSnips page. They are:

  • nimbuscub Province - 布袋寅泰 (Hotei Tomoyasu) - Psychobilly & Pussycat

  • iberianbear Province - Rebecea - Duro de Pelar

  • The last one's tough to translate -- it's something like "a tough cookie", "rough and tumble" ... something along those lines.

    Also on the site I corrected two entries' spellings -- sorry to muckefuck (whose ID3 tag had the wrong spelling) and progbear whose band name I screwed up.
    Monday, March 26th, 2007
    2:01 am
    Currently 11 songs, as the deadline draws near
    Songs 10 and 11 have been uploaded here, to the Ursavision Song Contest eSnips page. They are:

  • progbear Province - Slap Happy - Casablanca Moon

  • dmlaenker Province - Pizzicato Five - LOUDLAND

  • perlcub informed me that eSnips was being wonky with him -- is anyone else having problems with this? If so I'll look into alternative storage for the songs.

    Today was the officially stated last day to send a song in. You can still get a song in or get a friend in on the competition. As it stands, each song will get a point with our voting system; that is to say, there are ten other songs besides your own to vote for. Would you guys prefer a week extension so that we get more songs, or just go as is if we get no more submissions? I'm all ears...
    Saturday, March 24th, 2007
    10:59 am
    [Ursavision] Drawing to a close

    There's just a few days left until the Ursavision Song Contest 2007 submission period comes to an end. Until the end of Monday, you can submit a song to the contest by mailing the song to me or leaving me a message. Be sure to look at the ursavision group and, if you decide to submit a song, then make a post and tell us about it. The rules of the contest are right here,and you can hear current entries (minus the one from the progbear province) right here.

    Enter today, and good luck!
    Monday, March 19th, 2007
    10:06 pm
    PMGP Winter 2007 voting: Hello, New York!
    thornyc wraps up the Progbear Melodi Grand Prix voting:

    his votes and the final totals behind the cutCollapse )

    Again, congratulations to Guess who!Collapse ) for their victory, and good luck in the Ursavision contest! And I’ll see my jurors in Guess where!Collapse ) this summer, for ten new songs!
    10:04 pm
    PMGP Winter 2007 voting: Hello, Zürich!
    I’m calling zurcherart on my telly-o-phone right now:

    His votes and new totals behind the cutCollapse )

    Just waiting on thornyc’s votes. I don’t want to prematurely announce the winner!
    10:02 pm
    PMGP Winter 2007 voting: Hello, Belmont!
    San Francisco Peninsula in the house! zbear20 submits his votes:

    New results behind the cutCollapse )
    9:51 pm
    PMGP Winter 2007 voting: Hello, Oak Park!
    sultmhoor submits his votes:

    Read more...Collapse )

    Three more sets of votes to go. Good going, guys!
    Saturday, March 17th, 2007
    8:50 pm
    Making Our Minds Up...
    And so, the UK is the last country in Europe to decide its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 from the greyness that is Helsinki, Finland.  Voting goes apace, but my thoughts:-

    Song #1 - Liz McClarnon -  "(Don't It Make You) Happy"- Way too formulaic.  Described by one panelist as "Gina G with funk".  Personally, "Ooh, Ah (Just A Little Bit)" had a lot more going for it.
    Song #2 - Brian Harvey  - "I Can"- Frankly, a bit dull.  I know the bloke has been through the mill but it just didn't excite me.
    Song #3 - Big Brovaz - "Big Bro Thang"- After the introduction, I was expecting something a little more dramatic.  Standard R & B; we've tried it before and it didn't work then (Love City Groove).
    Song #4 - Cyndi - "I'll Leave My Heart"- Interesting; a Frenchwoman - an attempt for the Gallic vote, peut etre?  Not a bad ballad; very celtic, but the Irish do it a lot better.  And win.
    Song #5 - Scooch -"Flying The Flag (For You)" - Camper than a field full of boy scouts, it'll get the gay vote, but the whole airline steward/stewardess thing was done a few years ago, I'm sure.
    Song #6 - Hawkins and Brown - "They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To" - Somehow, this reminded me of Lyndsey De Paul and Mike Moran in the seventies; but camper and more falsetto.

    I voted for Hawkins and Brown in the end, more for the lesser of all evils as nothing jumped out at me.  Seems this one is favorite with the bookies too...

    Addendum : The final result was a cock-up.   Initial phone votes whittled the potential songs to numbers 4 and 5; there was another phone vote to decide - initially they declared Cyndi the winner, and then realised that Scooch were the winners... oy...

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