Eurovision Song Contest Country Smackdown, Interval
(Revisit Round 1 and Round 2)
After this, I'm going to stop feeling bad about Ireland's performance in my bracket. I promise.
Speaking of Ireland, I once scandalised a friend from there when I said there was a time I didn't stay for the results. I simply watched all the finalists' performances, went to bed, then looked up the winners the next day. (LOL!) My friend argued that the tallying of the votes is the best part--and well, now that I do stay up for it and scream along, I agree it's kind of essential.
It is the interval act that comes between these two main parts that remains hit-or-miss--and it is both a joke and a fact that many people choose this point to leave the room for some errand. Yet while no two Eurovision fans ever seem to agree on the results, there seems to be some consensus that Ireland's interval act of 1994 was a true highlight of ESC history. And now that I've told you that and shared Riverdance's Eurovision video, I do feel better. =)
Better enough to throw another mini face-off at you after the jump . . .
Greece vs. Russia
From the way the smackdown has been going so far, you'd think that only Western Europe and Scandinavia have had much to do with Eurovision. And while they have historically dominated the ESC, each decade it has run has brought more debuts and more diversity. Greece first joined the contest in 1974 and has since climbed the ranks to be one of the most consistent participants, in terms of entries, results, and its relationship with Cyprus. (What?) It wasn't until after the Iron Curtain fell that Russia decided it wanted in as well--but no one could have guessed, back in 1994, that it would have the next decade's most successful numbers. I'm personally not crazy about their winning songs, but I promise that whichever country is voted back as a wildcard pick has more fantastic stuff for me to feature. So go by their respective musical traditions and tell me whether you swing south or east.
If you haven't voted in the mini face-off of at the end of Round 2, there's still time. We currently have a tie, so I hope for at least one more comment. =)
And remember that participation in the Eurovision Song Contest Country Smackdown gets you points in the Philippine Literature Giveaway.
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