Ja Ja Ding Dong and a Eurovision Movie Parody

Since I have been watching and looking forward to it for the past 5 years, I pretty have much of an idea about a European subculture known as the Eurovision Song Contest.  I can say that I am one of the very few Far East Asians who is aware about Eurovision.  In fact, I have written a couple of blog posts about it. (Click here post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4 to prove it).

Because of this pretty adequate idea about this spectacular European annual event/contest, I indeed enjoyed and had a good laughter while watching the Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

I thought at first that it was some sort of a documentary of how a band and a song was developed that eventually garnered the highest point in the contest sometime in the 1970’s.  But after seeing that it stars Will Ferrell, it made me realize that it would be something funny and comical.

And I was right when I was already laughing at the side-splitting scenes of the film.  It was a riot!  I was so thankful that I have a pretty good idea about Eurovision that is why I appreciate and enjoyed the movie so much.  My enjoyment and amazement were amplified when I saw some of the previous contestants and winners rendering some precious song numbers in the movie.  Even the campy queer vloggers who would discuss about the contest every year in their vlog were in the movie.

And since the movie is about the fortunes of an inept Icelandic band, Fire Saga who got the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream when they were selected to enter the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, the songs sang in the movie were indeed Eurovision-worthy.  These songs were so like the Eurovision entries in the past: big, provocative, motivational, emotive yet very eccentric.

I particularly loved the song Husavik.  If this song is an entry in the actual contest, it would indeed garner decent number of votes from the judges and the public.  Lion of Love is so funny yet so Eurovision! Volcano Man is one fitting example of an eccentric Eurovision representation.  Since the movie is delightfully funny, I am particularly in love with the song Ja Ja Ding Dong!  In fact, the scene where the way it was requested to be sang in the movie was so hilarious!

The movie was a fantastic funny parody about Eurovision and I indeed was laughing! I love it!

Eurovision’s Woman On The Stick Stunned Me

Despite not being European and is 100% Asian, this is my 3rd (not consecutive) year to be hooked by Eurovision.  First was being so engrossed and excited for the performance by Dani Im in 2016 and having to fall in love with the romantic winning song 2 years ago from Portugal. 

This year was of a totally different reason.  I was so entranced and captivated by the performance and staging of the song entry from Australia.  Here’s why and let the video speaks for itself!

The staging I guess has never been done in the past Eurovision contests.  And it takes lungs and a diaphragm of steel to sing precise high operatic notes while standing, swinging and swaying on a 6 meter pole.  That woman slayed it!

Zero Gravity performed by Kate Miller-Heicke genuinely feels what people would consider a total enjoyment which for me is another Eurovision appeal.  Too sad this entry did not win (maybe because Europe is not ready and has not accepted yet that a Eurovision show will be held outside Europe) but Australia’s 2019 entry has definitely blown me away!  She kicks ass up there on the pole!

stunning!

zero gravity!

 

Parang gusto ko i-perporm yan sa susunod na Krismas Parti!

Could Have Been a Magical Damivision

I woke up at three and got my ears pregnant!  That is after watching the intense and high-valued production numbers of 42 countries competing for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Though I am gutted because she did not win, I am very proud of Dami Im for making it to second place.  She actually garnered a landslide of a vote from the international jury, which is 50% of the votes.  How I wish I was at the arena for me to witness how shocked and sputtered the crowd have been after Ukraine was announced the winner.  Ukraine’s entry was neither the top choice of the international jury (which went to Dami) and neither the viewers’ choice (which went to Russia).dami im eurovision 2016

I personally feel that Dami should have been the winner!  She clearly was the one to beat.  For me, close second would be Sweden (super nice song that is easy to the ear) then followed by Lithuania (such a danceable track!).

Dami’s entry was awesome!  The song was great, the production was awesome, the high fashion overall look was impeccable, the megawatt voice was enchanting and Dami’s radiating charm and multi-cultural background is what Europe needs. Eurovision this year could have been a magical Damivision.  And the news headline could have been “Australia Invades Europe!”

Anyhow, Dami clearly won the hearts of Europe!  Massive congratulations Dami Im!  One Pinoy member of the fierce Dami Army here is no doubt so proud of you.

‘Di pa redi ang Yurop sa talento ng lola mo…

Dami Im’s Sound of Silence Sounded like the Sound of Success

photo grabbed from dami im's fb page

photo grabbed from dami im’s fb page

The sixty-year old Eurovision Song Contest is literally an unknown here in the Philippines.  Though it is watched by more than 300 million viewers around the world, news about it here in the Philippines would usually run for a short five to ten seconds.  It is merely just to announce who was declared the winner.  News about Eurovision (if ever it actually post interest among local TV networks) is basically like an entertainment-news-filler so as to stretch the news program here in the Philippines.

But for this year, I am one of the very few Filipinos who is very excited about the upcoming Eurovision Finals this year.  It is because Dami Im, my favorite Aussie singer with a megawatt voice made it to the finals!

I couldn’t contain my happiness when I learned through her Facebook page that she got through the finals.   When I read this news, I dropped everything and started searching for her performance on Youtube.  And when I found the video, I had my phone’s sound on a full blast!

Hear the ear-splitting reaction of the crowd… they were actually singing along… I had goosebumps everywhere while watching this…

While watching her perform, I suddenly wanted to move to Sweden so as to cast my vote!  Dami’s performance during the semi-finals was absolutely amazing!  She slayed it!  Her Sound of Silence song seem to already sound like a sound of success in this year’s Eurovision!

Penomenal ang lola mo!