Although I was quite tired the day this was showing, I did manage to focus on actually watching it. While I didn’t think Australia should have been the only non-European country able to enter (I feel other countries should be invited as well), the program was still entertaining to watch.
I didn’t really have any favourite songs in this Eurovision. Quite a lot of the songs made me think of others I’d heard… I felt some of the melodies weren’t very unique and a lot of them didn’t really stick in my mind. I probably wouldn’t listen to them again.
There were some songs that made good use of the screens, in particular Russia’s. There were some really beautiful images on the screens, as well as really cool effects… such as water rippling.
Although I didn’t think the United Kingdom’s song was terribly unique, I was impressed by the fact there were more points awarded than the UK’s got in previous years. However, I do feel it’s unfair that certain countries (and, yes, including mine) get automatic placements in the song contest.
I was quite impressed with how short the Eurovision was this year, considering how long the start can go on for. The voting from the jurors worked well… but I thought the telephone voting was handled really poorly. While I could understand wanting to extend the suspense, I think it could have been done without picking on the countries with the least amounts of votes.
While I did appreciate the emotion in Ukraine’s song, I couldn’t really say I thought they deserved to win. While they weren’t bad, I found the song didn’t have anything to make it stand out to me personally.
It was good to see the previous year’s winner perform, but I don’t like the new combination of songs. I would have much preferred to have the whole song performed.
Despite the somewhat bland nature of many of the songs, I did enjoy watching the Eurovision and intend to watch it again next year… but I honestly feel it shouldn’t just be open to one country outside of Europe. Every country should be able to compete and it should be a Worldvision.