Our Predictions: 2015 Semifinal 1

For the first time since we started to try and predict the results of a Semifinal, we both made the exact same picks:

  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Estonia
  • Serbia
  • Hungary
  • Belarus
  • Russia
  • Romania
  • Georgia

Let’s break it down.

Moldova: Eduard Romanyuta – “I Want Your Love”
NQ. Confidence: low. If picks were about personal preferences we’d love to see him perform on Saturday night, but the draw kills his chances. The thin sheen of sleaze on this performance is going to make those votes slip away.

Armenia: Genealogy – “Face the Shadow”
NQ. Confidence: low. This Semi is stuffed with message ballads. What we’ll remember about Armenia is not its message, but that musically it’s a mess.

Belgium: Loïc Nottet – “Rhythm Inside”
Q. Confidence: high. This is one of the best songs in the Song Contest, coupled with a good presentation and solid vocal.

Netherlands: Trijntje Oosterhuis – “Walk Along”
NQ. Confidence: medium. Much as we like the singer and don’t even particularly hate the song, Netherlands’ hot streak at Eurovision is about to come to an end. They were already behind the 8-ball with the draw, and too much this year is off the mark. Maybe Trijntje can redeem herself another year with a better song.

Finland: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät – “Aina mun pitää”
Q. Confidence: medium. We can’t see the juries going for it based on musical merit, but we figure PKN will make it through with a ton of public support.

Greece: Maria-Helena Kyriakou – “One Last Breath”
Q. Confidence: low. The song is uncomfortably co-dependent, but hot damn, Maria-Helena sells the hell out of it. Trust Greece to make it work.

Estonia: Elina Born & Stig Rästa – “Goodbye to Yesterday”
Q. Confidence: medium. We still feel like Elina and Stig are a bit wobbly on their vocals, but that shouldn’t keep them out of the Final. The lighting effects work and Elina is the best dressed contestant in the Semifinals.

Macedonia: Daniel Kajmakoski – “Esenski Lisja (Autumn Leaves)”
NQ. Confidence: high. Look, the moment we realized Blackstreet were backing Daniel up, we were rooting for this to qualify. But it just doesn’t come together. By the way, if ever there was a year we regret not getting press credentials and coming to Eurovision, it is this year. We would interview the hell out of Daniel and Blackstreet.

Serbia: Bojana Stamenov – “Beauty Never Lies”
Q. Confidence: low. The staging may be a little too on the nose, but you know what: we don’t care. “Beauty Never Lies” is a lot of fun, and Bojana deserves to be Eurovision royalty.

Hungary: Boggie – “Wars for Nothing”
Q. Confidence: medium. We want to be wrong, oh how we want to be wrong about this pick.

Belarus: Uzari & Maimuna – “Time”
Q. Confidence: medium. As lackluster as the staging for “Time” is, we think Belarus is going to have enough support from its traditional voting allies to qualify. Plus, Uzari sings it well.

Russia: Polina Gagarina – “A Million Voices”
Q. Confidence: high. The staging of “A Million Voices” is a bit too deliberate, but Polina is such a warm performer that we can overlook everything else.

Denmark: Anti Social Media – “The Way You Are”
NQ. Confidence: low. When “The Way You Are” won Melodi Grand Prix, it came off like a fun slice of Danish gemütlichkeit. Now, amidst all the serious ballads and without any Scandinavian allies in this Semi, Denmark is probably going to suffer.

Albania: Elhaida Dani – “I’m Alive”
NQ. Confidence: medium. Albania may be helped by coming after Denmark, but they are hurt by leading into Romania. Though Elhaida has been selling “I’m Alive” as best as she can, we don’t think it will be enough.

Romania: Voltaj – “De la capăt”
Q. Confidence: high. Of all the message songs, this is the strongest. We’re not sure they’ve 100% made the connection for the audience, but they should do just fine.

Georgia: Nina Sublatti – “Warrior”
Q. Confidence: medium. Girlfriend can give face.

Rehearsal Roundup: 2015 Semifinal 2

Rather than trying to scamper around and live blog all the rehearsals, we’re simply doing one post per Semifinal to wrap up the goings on. These roundup posts summarize everything we have learned since the songs were selected by their respective countries, including the promotional live performances, the draw, and two rehearsal impressions. We’ll be doing separate posts for Semi 1 and the Big 7.

The second Semifinal starts off well enough. It then settles into an interminably long stretch of competent but boring songs. At the halfway point, when we’re losing faith in the entertainment value of Eurovision, Nadav from Israel kicks down the door with his golden shoes and invites us to Tel Aviv. After that the show improves dramatically. We get werewolves, animated characters, badass divas, and excellent eyewear. The songs aren’t bad either.

Lithuania kicks off the Semifinal. “This Time” is full of unrestrained joy. Monika and Vaidas have great chemistry. You’d have to have a problem with puppies, chocolate chip cookies, and Love Actually to not like this song. Seriously, what kind of a monster are you? (Answer: see Norway 5 songs later). It’s a great opener.

Ireland has gone for a straightforward staging with Molly at an upright piano. The backdrop is beautiful. We dream of taking summer vacations in that forest. And nary a bodhran in sight.

Then the Semifinal takes a turn for the worse.

San Marino has given us the Paradise Oskar backdrop. And there’s a thousand points of light, which is a reference that is as horribly dated as this song.

In other uninspiring news, Montenegro has gone the full Zeljko (as we predicted), and there’s a poorly rendered blue and red mountain range.

Amber from Malta is alone on stage, and she’s stolen Conchita Wurst’s phoenix backdrop. Top Eurovision tip: don’t go to the animator with footage of last year’s winner and say, “Give me that.” Even the most casual Eurovision watcher is going to remember Conchita’s staging. Everything about this is uninspiring.

With our eyes glazed over from boredom and lack of creativity, we spend of the first two minutes of Norway’s atmospheric ballad trying to figure out if it’s any good. We are also trying to figure out why Debrah Scarlett has crumpled aluminum foil in her hair. Her dress is good, though, so that’s something. At the climactic point, the scales tip, and we decide, yeah, it’s okay. Norway, you may stay.

Sadly, next up is Portugal, and we’re thrust back into the doldrums. The arrangement is dated and the backing vocals are distracting. Ugh, so bored. Why do we do this to ourselves? We amuse ourselves by imagining Leonor as Anna Kendrick in the Portuguese remake of Pitch Perfect. Also, remember the movie Camp when Anna Kendrick sang “Ladies Who Lunch?” “Oh save the speech. She’s f’d, I’m ready, and the g’damn show must go on. So let’s get cracking, shall we?” Good times.

The good news for the Czech Republic is they’re probably going to have their best showing ever at Eurovision. Of course, they only need 9 points, so the bar is not set high. Marta and Václav are singing the melody well enough, but they are not connecting with the lyrics. That makes for a competent, but ultimately unengaging performance. Also, there’s a point where Marta kicks off her shoes for no apparent reason.

It’s a great draw for Israel. Nadav sounds like he’s about to sing a a ballad, which feels like a continuation of what we’ve heard, but then the song opens up. Our spirits bloom in an instant. We are like the magnolia tree in spring. Nadav is moving a lot on stage, and we do have concerns that his vocal could be compromised. Don’t care, our long winter is over. Also, golden shoes. With wings.

Latvia is next. The sparseness of “Love Injected” has made this one tricky to figure from audio alone. However, Aminata has presence and a powerhouse vocal, supported by intense red-and-white staging. No, she will not be ignored. The juries are going to love her. We do too.

So we hear that Twilight movie is popular. Azerbaijan, bless their hearts, has gone high concept with Elnur howling at a full moon and interpretive dance by people pretending to be wolves. Finally, something over the top. Azerbaijan just can’t help themselves. Gotta love ’em.

So we hear that Frozen movie is popular. Iceland, because it’s Iceland, has placed the aurora borealis in our living room. Maria has a tendency to go sharp. Adding in the natural overtones in her voice, she can come off shrill. Chris would like to share with everybody that he hates this song with every fiber of his being. We shall defuse Chris’s crankiness by giving a shout out to Hera Björk in the backup crew. We NEED a Hera Björk and Bojana diva-off. Make it happen, good people in the Euroclub.

Next up is Sweden. They’re doing the Melodifestivalen staging as expected, which is going to be a treat for those who haven’t seen it before. Detractors have been complaining that Måns has been giving the same performance during his promotional tour, with or without the animation. To which we say, folks, he’s got a background in musical theater. That performance is locked. Because it’s locked, he hits his marks and sounds great every time. The live backing vocals are seamless.

Switzerland is a mess. Mélanie sounds good, but she’s saddled with backing singers that are too high in the treble. So far we’ve had two other warriors and four other forests across both Semis. At this point we’re developing an irrational hatred of elves. The draw does her no favors either. It has similar thematic content as “Heroes” but is not modern or radio-friendly.

Then, Mr. Cyprus dreamboat comes on. The camera puts him in close up. He looks deeply into our eyes and holds our gaze. We say, Tom Dice who? John has been flying under the radar so far. We think he’s going to surprise people.

Slovenia has one of the best draws in the Semi. The intro transitions perfectly from Cyprus’s quiet ballad. Maraaya’s staging is the same as the national final: headphones, wedding dress, miming violinist and all. It’s silly, but we do remember it. The song kicks into gear immediately. It’s modern, and it’s going to land. Our bold prediction: of this year’s two fanwank songs, Slovenia will outperform Estonia. (UPDATED 5/19/2015: See our comment below.)

Folks in the press room report that Poland intersperses Monika’s live performance with video clips explaining her backstory. As far as we can tell, Monika’s vocals are undersupported and she can go pitchy. For “In the Name of Love” to qualify, Monika needs to find a level of emotional intensity that matches the arrangement.

Rehearsal Roundup: 2015 Semifinal 1

Rather than trying to scamper around and live blog all the rehearsals, we’re simply doing one post per Semifinal to wrap up the goings on. These roundup posts summarize everything we have learned since the songs qualified out of their respective countries, including the promotional live performances, the draw, and two rehearsal impressions. We’ll be doing separate posts for Semi 2 and the Big 7.

The first Semifinal is a “message” Semi. Out of the 16 acts, five songs (ARM, SRB, HUN, RUS, ROM) have a socially conscious message, and some will regard a vote for Finland as a socially conscious act (though this is actively rejected by the artist). That’s 6 out of 16, a heckuva lot of dogoodery for one evening. Several songs that might otherwise have given a pass on thematic content come off shallow against all that well-intentioned sentiment.

Moldova kicks off the Semifinal. Eduard Romanyuta is going for a live re-enactment of his music video. He’s gone the full Ukraine. Eduard still has the Kid Rock thing going on and the supporting cast is giving us Halloween sexy cop. Unlike Reno 9-1-1, however, they don’t appear to be intentionally going for humor. It’s hard to rule out qualification prospects entirely because there’s a lot of choreography with set pieces that give us levels, and Eduard has demonstrated the ability to sing with all the movement. Unfortunately, it all feels dated. First isn’t necessarily a bad Semifinal draw, but in this case we think it’s going to be detrimental. “I Want Your Love” is an upbeat opener, but people are going to be left wondering what better lies in store. Then reflecting back once all the songs have been heard, this song feels completely out of place in this Semi. So, so tacky.

Armenia’s vocals have improved since the hot mess music video, but is it enough? The arrangement is still as chaotic as it ever was. The staging seems to playing up the diaspora aspect of the concept. The lighting focuses on a nice lavender palate, but we’re not loving the grey dresses. We’re also curious how Europe will respond to a political message that is just shy of inappropriate.

Belgium has an excellent draw. “Rhythm Inside” is contemporary and feels like a breath of fresh air after Moldova’s late 90s throwback and whatever the heck Armenia is. Loïc has gone for a monochrome staging consistent with the striking minimal visuals that have been a hallmark in his videos to date. The choreography is makes great use of right angles and isolated movement. Team Belgium has been sounding and looking good in rehearsals. Love it.

Next up is Netherlands. Trijntje, we love you, but, girl, what have you done? Trijntje is giving us black-widow-casing-out-her-husband’s-funeral-for-a-boytoy realness. But first let’s start with the good news. Trijntje sounds great and she’s eliminated a lot of the unfocused movement in performance (such as we saw earlier this season at The Voice). The team has gone for a close-up camera approach, which hopefully should pay dividends with the computer augmented reality they’re allegedly planning. There has been great kerfuffle about wardrobe. Trijntje has tested two dresses – a black monstrosity with a revealing angular cut, and a black snoozer with a cowl neckline. This is an instance where we hope they opt for the boring, because the bolder choice is distracting in a negative way. The backing singers have also tested two sets of wardrobe – both awful, but the “boring” version slightly less awful than the the “bold.” Netherlands has an unflattering early draw and we fear it may struggle.

Finland is doing exactly what it needs to do and not giving us much more. PRK have opted for a dark concert staging with lots of dry ice. It wouldn’t be the first time an act qualified because it had good enough visuals and a strong back story.

Greece’s old fashioned co-dependent ballad is one of the weakest songs Greece has submitted in years. However, Greece (being Greece) has figured out a strong staging, and Maria-Helena is singing it for all it’s worth. Greece also benefits from the draw, following Finland’s simplistic punk song. Whether it’s enough to qualify remains to be seen, but consider its prospects raised.

What’s amazing is that Estonia has completely re-imagined the Eesti Laul staging, and yet it feels exactly the same. Estonia is lost on us this year, but it doesn’t matter what we think. If you like Stig and Elina, you still will. If you don’t, you won’t. That said, the songwriting is a contrast from what comes before with Greece, and we are loving Elina’s black pantsuit.

Macedonia is a mess, which is not what we want to see at this point. The whole is less than the sum of its parts. The vocals aren’t coming together, the choreography doesn’t work, and there’s a lot of distraction on stage. Of the first 8 songs, this is the only one that clearly screams non-qualifier. Fact: Blackstreet is jobbing as Daniel’s backup singers. (Literally. That’s Blackstreet. No diggity.)

Serbia. “Beauty Never Lies” has come into its own as an anthem for the outsider. We weren’t in love with the English lyrics at first, but Bojana has worked hard to own them. The staging is also fitting well with the spirit of the piece. The two come together in the climactic “Here I am” moment. It’s going to earn cheers from everyone at home. She needs to qualify.

Hungary’s hymn for peace, love, and a half-baked wish for the world to be a nicer place is still sung beautifully. The stage picture is the same as A Dal, except now there’s a lovely backdrop where a bunch of guns turns into a tree. But it’s just so vapid. The worst thing that could have happened to Hungary was to go ahead of a lot of songs that occupy the same thematic space, and unfortunately for them that’s exactly what’s happened. Hungary’s thunder is stolen by Russia, which is so much better at hollow sentiment, and by Romania, which is actually about something real. Hungary is in as much trouble as Hungary can be in, but in all likelihood she’s still through.

Belarus. “Time” is an only-at-Eurovision song. It’s not radio friendly, but it’s engaging nonetheless. After seeing the video, we were eager to see what Belarus was going to do with the staging. We were imagining an awesome hourglass set piece, stage magic, and lots of dry ice. We are sad to report that Belarus appears to be doing this on the cheap. Uzari and Maimuna are just standing up there doing their thing, with no more thought to concept, choreography, or set pieces than they gave to Eurovision in Concert a few weeks ago at a club in Amsterdam. We are most seriously displeased. A missed opportunity.

Russia has been blessed with an ideal draw. Belarus acts as a palate cleanser, and to Hungary, Russia says: “MOVE.” Everything about this is working. Polina looks and sounds great, the staging is effective, and the song has the power to make us think, “yeah, a million voices…we could make a difference!” And then we remember which country this song is from. And that tempers our enthusiasm somewhat, but only a little bit because fact remains she’s great.

Denmark, following Russia, comes off as lightweight. They’ve retained the concert staging from their national final. There’s nothing really wrong with that, but it’s hard to follow Russia. Qualification does not feel assured.

Albania. Elhaida looks and sounds pretty, and it isn’t going to be enough with the messages and vocal power that’s being thrown around in the second half of the draw. The raw material simply isn’t a standout. Albania hasn’t qualified since 2012. We have a feeling this isn’t going to be the year that gets them off the schneid. We don’t understand why she is wearing a cape.

Romania, though another message song, feels different from the others. In part because it’s fronted by a male vocalist, in part because of its specificity. They are using a similar staging as their national final, with suitcases on stage and backdrop images of a lonely child looking sadly down the Danube. So many feels. The singing is solid, the question in our minds is how clearly the staging presents the message about the social impact of Romanian parents working abroad. The answer is unlikely to impact qualification prospects, but it speaks to whether they can crack the top 10.

Georgia is going all in on Nina’s charisma. It’s going to be enough, because it’s hard to take your eyes off her.  “Warrior” is a high octane song (and rather lacking in dynamics). Energy is important as the run of contestants come to a close. In that respect, last is a good draw for Georgia. However, the vocal still feels shaky.

20 Days of Eurovision on Facebook!

Did you know we had a Facebook page? To be fair, we forget ourselves sometimes. However, we’re at the time of year where we open that social door with 20 Days of Eurovision. Every day leading up to the Grand Final, we’ll be posting classic Eurovision entries with little historical facts and a touch of Woganesque snark. So if you wanna be on the hook, then simply take a look at Eurovision Lemurs on Facebook!

Vienna Prepares for Eurovision 2015

I had a chance to visit Vienna recently for work and took some time after hours to catch glimpses of the city as it prepares to host this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. In other words, I just sort of hung around outside the Stadthalle, which didn’t sound like much fun, but it paid off in two ways: there is a little stand by the U-Bahn station that sells a really tasty käsekrainer and also I met a famous Twitter personality!

It’s Eurovision Creative Producer Gregor Barcal, everyone!

For more exciting pictures of Eurovision branding, read on!

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Charlie Mason Chats About Collaboration, Translation, and the Impact of Winning Eurovision

Photo courtesy of Charlie Mason

Charlie Mason is an American lyricist best known to Eurovision fans as one of the writers behind  “Rise Like a Phoenix,” the winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. His career includes songs for Eurovision and for artists like Miley Cyrus, Ashley Tisdale, Eric Saade, and Danny Saucedo. This year, he has provided the words to two Eurovision songs: Maraaya’s “Here for You” for Slovenia and Bojana Stamenov’s “Beauty Never Lies” for Serbia.

Charlie got in touch with us to promote Ricardo Autobahn’s sweet remix of “Beauty Never Lies” and we took the opportunity to talk with him about how he got started and how he does his work.

He began his lyric writing career by collaborating with German musician Dirk Homuth, who he met through a now-defunct website called LyricalLine. Dirk started to use his lyrics so much that, Charlie said, “eventually, he formed a band and called it Almost Charlie so that I could in a way be a part of it (even though I don’t sing or play an instrument).”

He came to Eurovision through another collaborator, Kristian Lagerstrom (who co-wrote Anna Bergandahl’s “This Is My Life” with Bobby Ljunggren). “He’s a big fan,” Charlie said, “and his enthusiasm was contagious. And even if it wasn’t, how can you not love Eurovision? That would be like saying ‘I don’t like music.’ It just doesn’t compute.”

Because he is based in New York, Charlie will often work with his collaborators solely through email. “I’m pretty sure there are some co-writers who think I’m just a blip in their computers that every so often spits out a new lyric.” He also said, “[Dirk Homuth and I] were just going back and forth about a lyric today, in fact. He was aggravated that there were only so many rhymes for the word ‘all’ I could pull out of my ass!”

He has had a steady partnership with Raay from this year’s Slovenian Eurovision act Maraaya. In an interview with the website Eurovision Ireland, Raay and his wife and fellow Maraaya member Marjetka Vovk said they were fans of his song “L’amore è femmina” (Italy 2012). In addition to “Here for You,” Charlie worked with Maraaya on their single “Lovin’ You.”

Raay and Charlie first teamed up to write “My Way Is My Decision,” a single by Slovenian skiing legend Tina Maze. Charlie said of the song, “…it’s one of the rare times that I think I was able to impress my dad. He was watching skiing on TV — the Olympics maybe? — when she happened to come on, and they played a snippet of the song. So I got to say, all casual-like, ‘Oh, yeah, I helped with that song.’ Totally random.”

We asked Charlie about the artistic challenges of translating a song into English. “It depends on whether the assignment is to translate the song with the meaning intact — which means finding new phrasing to say the same thing in English — or if I have free hands to just write a new lyric with a new theme to the existing melody.” He added, “And I don’t mind very specific tasks. If someone says, ‘Can you make this a song about a panda that has an allergy to ice cream?’ I will find a way.

“What’s trickier sometimes is correctly ‘hearing’ the syllables in the original language to write a lyric in English. When I don’t recognize words in foreign tongues as words, it’s sometimes hard for me to tell where syllables end, what’s an ad lib like a ‘whoa’ or a ‘yeah,’ and what’s a crucial syllable. So I often make a mess of that, at least at first.”

In the case of “Beauty Never Lies,” Charlie worked closely with Bojana Stamenov to translate Vladimir Graić and Leontina Vukomanović’s song. “Bojana and I talked about what she really wanted to say with the song, what was important to her, and I just went from there. It just so happened that it was a subject that, for better or worse, I could really relate to,” he said. “So I just tried to write the lyric in such a way that Bojana was delivering the message that I wished I — and all the rest of us who doubt our worth — could take to heart.”

When asked about how his win at last year’s Eurovision has impacted his career, Charlie said, “I’d love to say that as a result, I wake up every day to find new texts from Kylie Minogue and Eric Saade clamoring for new songs from me. But it really hasn’t changed my career very much, if it all.”

On the other hand, there could be benefits to being a known songwriter at Eurovision. “Hopefully, the win will draw some extra attention to Bojana and ‘Beauty Never Lies,’ because between her thunderous voice and Vlad’s powerful melody, it deserves that attention. And who knows? I could still wake up tomorrow to find those Minogue/Saade texts!”

National Final Season in Review 2015: Our Favorite WTF Moments

Sometimes, there are moments in Eurovision national final season that make us stare at the TV screen like Alec from The Bosshoss trying to comprend Mizgebonez. Here’s our collection of the weird, wonderful, and offbeat moments from this year’s national final season.

Latvia. The Riga Beaver. Ah, the magic of live television. Only when you sit in a studio audience do you realize all the tricks that make a live show run seamlessly. The video packages, pre-taped live acts in studio, and interval entertainment to keep up the crowd energy. About that last one… During Supernova, Latvian audience members were kept entertained during the ad breaks by a guy in a beaver costume. The devout Eurovision fans that experienced Supernova online got to enjoy this as well. The Riga Beaver saved his best for last. At the national final, the Beaver revealed that he could speak English. He danced, he rapped, and he announced to the world that he wanted to be a symbol for European culture. If the Riga Beaver does not read out the results of the Latvian vote at Eurovision this year, we will be bitterly disappointed.

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The 2015 Eurovision That Almost Was: The Big Seven

We wrap up our series of second place finishers with the “Big 7,” the countries that have direct tickets to the 2015 final. Part I is here, Part II is here.

Austria. Dawa, “Feel Alive.” Dawa’s style might be described as Tracy Chapman-influenced roots rock. They made the two-act superfinal, but only collected 22% of the public televote; the Makemakes won handily. The group got exposure by doing Wer Singt für Österreich, and it seems they outperformed even their own expectations. Dawa’s visible sense of relief at the end did not sit well with us, especially in the aftermath of Germany’s national final (see below). Still, Dawa has a compelling artistic perspective, and “Feel Alive” is a fantastic song. Had they actually won, we’re sure they would have sucked it up.

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The 2015 Eurovision That Almost Was: Semifinal Two

We continue our look at second placers at this year’s national finals with the countries that make up the second Semifinal in Vienna. They are presented in order of the draw so we may contemplate an alternate Eurovision universe with 1970s-inspired ballads, male-dominated showtunes, fado, reggae, and joik.

Lithuania. Second place song, “The Right Way;” second place performer, Mia. Continuing the format initiated last year, Lithuania chose its song and its artist concurrently. “The Right Way” was a milquetoast ballad that would have struggled to make an impression on the Viennese audience. Meanwhile, Mia was fine, but we think she suffered from the fact that once everyone heard “This Time” as a duet, it was hard to hear it any other way.

Ireland. Kat Mahon, “Anybody Got a Shoulder?” Whoo boy, Ireland dodged a bullet this year. This Dan Fogelberg-esque tune was handled without a whiff of irony and felt completely out of place in this decade. The Irish regional juries in aggregate went for it because it’s lovely and sentimental. Molly Sterling only barely eked out the win thanks to the public televote and the Limerick jury. Jurors of Limerick, you may stay. Galway and Dublin, what gives? Do you still yearn for the sensitivity of the 1970s?
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