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Culturebean says | Eurovision blog along with my top Culture spots

I absolutely love Eurovision. It is top-notch cheesy entertainment, brings together all different types of cultures and Graham Norton makes it even better with his sass and sarcasm.

So I’ve set myself a challenge to blog along to each performance. I’ll also add something cultural I’d like to visit in each country. Man I hope I’m good at multitasking. Here I go.

1. Israel – I feel Alive

The fancy fireworks couldn’t cover his wobbly vocals. Forgettable.

Culture spot: The Western Wall Tunnels in Jerusalem. The Old Town looks beautiful.

2. Poland – ‘Flashlight’

Gritty vocals and lovely butterfly projections. An impressive, powerful performance.

Culture  spot: Slowinski National Park. Sand Dunes in Northern Poland?!

3. Belarus – Navaband

Sounds like it should be in Moana. Upbeat and uplifting. I like the ‘organic’ sound. Wait they kissed at the end?

Culture spot: National Library of Belarus. A gigantic glowing orb in Minsk.

4. Austria – Running on Air

He’s a cool guy with a dreamy ‘literally’ stage. The moon and ‘clouds’ make me sleepy. Bit weak.

Culture spot: The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel. An aerial view of the beautiful city.

5.  Armenia – Fly with me

An eerie performance and a bit ‘Shakira’ sounding. Nice voice but poor song.

Culture spot: Geghard Monastery. A castle carved in the cliffs.

6.  Netherlands – Light and shadows

The tight harmony opening from the girl group had me hooked. We had fun spotting the twins.

Culture spot: Amsterdam Tulip Museum. It looks beaut.

7. Moldova – Hey Mama

They look like three wedding singers and the guy is fake playing the sax. This song is quite irritating.

Culture spot: Chisinau State Circus. An abandoned Soviet circus.

8. Hungary – Origo

He’s drumming an Urn… but their authentic sound and dancing is something a bit different. Oh wait the rap isn’t so great.

Culture spot: The Thermal Baths. Like swimming in a cathedral.

9. Italy –  Occidentali’s Karm

Apparently the bookies favourite? It has colourful staging with questionable choreography. The dancing Gorilla is the only interesting bit.

Culture spot: Amalfi Coast. I’d love to drive this stunning cliff side and shoreline.

10. Denmark – Where I am

She is alone doing a lot of hand grabs with a wind fan for drama. Great vocals and catchy lyrics.

Culture spot: The Little Mermaid. A bronze statue by the waterside.

11. Portugal – Amar pelos dois

It’s been compared to La La Land. A very classy song and stripped back performance. I like this calming vibe and his quirky nature.

Culture spot: Drowned village of Vilarinho da Furna. A sunken village.

12. Azerbaijan – Skeletons

Alternative and gothic. There’s a man wearing a horse head dancing on a ladder. This is not doing much for me.

Culture spot: Martyrs Alley. A memorial to the victims of Black January.

13. Croatia – My friend

This sounds like it should be in a Musical. Oh wait it’s now an opera. He’s singing both parts. It’s pretty dramatic.  Kinda like it.

Culture spot: Plitvicka Jezera National Park. Lakes, waterfalls and limestone canyon.

14. Australia – Don’t come easy

I just don’t think they should be in Eurovision. The reason is so tenuous. This kid is good but I’m bitter.

Culture spot: Sydney Opera House. Iconic performing arts venue.

15. Greece – This is Love

It’s a dancey number with two half-naked men dancing in water. I loved the heart pose at the end. It felt very Eurovision.

Culture spot: Acropolis of Athens. A hilltop temple monument.

16. Spain – Do it for your lover

Opened like Bruno Mars. A mellow beach side boy band theme. The song is too repetitive and vocals patchy.

Culture spot: Seville Cathedral. A gothic building with bell tower.

17. Norway – Grab the moment

There’s a weird masked keyboard player and annoying graphics. It’s techno, morbid and confusing.

Culture spot: Bryggen. Old Wharf with traditional wooden buildings.

18. United Kingdom – Never give up on you

That is a total power song. Stunning staging and unbelievable vocals. It’s the best of the night and deserves to win.

Culture spot: Stonehenge. Iconic prehistoric stone circle.

19. Cyprus – Gravity

Hard to follow such a great performance. It gets lost. I’m still buzzing over our entry right now.

Culture spot: Tombs of the Kings. Large, ancient necropolis with tombs.

20. Romania – Yodel it

Yodeling just had to make an appearance. It’s a wacky combo with rap. It’s pretty laugh out loud cheesy. Why is he on a canon?

Culture spot: Corvin Castle. Transylvania’s most spellbinding fortress.

21. Germany – Perfect life

This sounds suspiciously like ‘Bullet Proof’.  I don’t think it is anything special and there is one note she just can’t reach.

Culture spot: Museum island. Five world-renowned Museums on an island in River Spree.

22. Ukraine – Time

They’re adding a bit of rock to tonight’s pop orientated proceedings. There’s a proper head banger bit and it’s refreshing to hear something new.

Culture spot: Chernobyl. Nuclear disaster zone.

23. Belgium – City Lights

She looks terrified on stage and it is falling completely flat. No energy and lack of experience shows. It has the same sound as ‘Lorde’.

Culture spot: Caves of Han-sur-Lesse. Caves with magical light and sound tours.

24.  Sweden – I can’t go on

He’s the stark opposite to Belgium with lots of confidence and swag.  It’s pop-tastic and they’re doing choreography on treadmills.

Culture spot: R1 Nuclear Reactor. A reactor 25 metres underground.

25. Bulgaria – Beautiful mess

The song has a lot of umph and the boys performance is strong. It’s big, bold and a potential winner.

Culture spot: Ivan Vazov National Theatre. Oldest Theatre in the country.

26. France – Requiem

It’s quite an understated end with no big voice or staging. An average song with no real impact.

Culture spot: Eiffel Tower. Obviously.

So there you have it, that’s my immediate response to each performance and a culture spot I’d like to visit IN EACH.

Even though it wasn’t my favourite Eurovison, as 2016 takes that title, it was definitely the UK’s strongest entry in a long time. It’s a shame Europe disagreed.  We were robbed.

My top four performances were UK, Netherlands, Bulgaria and Portugal.  Who were yours?

4 thoughts on “Culturebean says | Eurovision blog along with my top Culture spots

  1. Michelle says:

    I did love the BELARUS performance, but thought that Croatia may have scored slightly better. This year was certainly missing the traditional costumes and overall cheese that comes with Eurovision!

  2. Sam says:

    I loved Eurovision and I love your comments on them [hehe]. I actually think UK was decent this year. Maybe the best in a LONG time!?

    • Gina says:

      I think we did so well this year! And the comments are my immediate thoughts. It was an interesting way to blog ☺ x

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