FYR Macedonia’s Eurovision 2011 Entry

The FYR Macedonia national final lasted four hours. Of course, we didn’t watch all of it. Only the last two hours. Most of which was taken up with interval acts (including last year’s Croatian entry Feminnem) doing 20 minute sets.

In the end, the man in the chicken suit didn’t win. Instead, Vlatko Ilievski won with “Rusinka,” which sounds like a rockin’ version of “Kalinka”:

In other words, thanks again for playing, FYR Macedonians.

Apparently, the show was riddled with audio problems, as can be evidenced by Angelina Stojanoska’s “Znaes li.”

Of course, given how flat she was singing, the audio problems were kind of a blessing.

FYR Macedonia

The Finnish travelogues are still wry and adorable, in case you wondering.

I will say this every year, but I adore Macedonia’s flag.

Remember, it’s a given that the dancing is bad. Here, I think they’re acting out a scene from Dirty Dancing while Karolina sings. It’s too bad there’s all this stuff going on in the background, actually. It’s distracting from Karolina, who’s singing quite well.

She does dance a bit with the male backup dancer during the second verse, which is particularly unnecessary.

Overall, a great performance done in by lame accoutrements. (That includes the fizzling fireworks that go off at the end that actually look like the pyro guy screwed up.)

Eurovision blogging

I wish I thought of this when the show started. Our story so far:

  1. Armenia (Andre: “Without Your Love”) – Generic Eastern Mediterranean pop. Blah.
  2. Bulgaria (Mariana Popova: “Let Me Cry”) – Stiff singer, decent song, bad back-up dancers.
  3. Slovenia (Anžej Dežan: “Mr Nobody”) – Good song, even if it’s generic Eurotrash discopop. More bad dancing. †
  4. Andorra (Jennifer: “Sense Tu”) – Non-English. Sounded like Vanilla Ninja. Even more bad dancing.
  5. Belarus (Polina Smolova: “Mum”) – Think of a hard-rocking Backstreet Boys with a female singer and ’80s clothing. Plus the back-ups almost dropped the singer when they lifted her.
  6. Albania (Luiz Ejlli: “Zjarr e Ftohtë”) – Ooo, traditional musicans. More generic Eastern Mediterranean pop, though. Not surprisingly, this is not in English.
  7. Belguim (Kate Ryan: “Je T’Adore”) – Ooo, fluorescent pink mike stands! Someone has heard the “Chess” album. Key lyric: “Je t’adore and I can’t conceal it.”
  8. Ireland (Brian Kennedy: “Every Song Is a Cry for Love”) – And every Irish entry is a cry for help. Awful.
  9. Cyprus (Annette Artani: “Why Angels Cry”) – Buxom singer. Flabby pop song.
  10. Monaco (Séverine Ferrer: “La CoCo-Dance”) – Had a Hawaiian theme. Grass skirts and everything. Lame. It was sung in French. [NOTE: Actually, it’s Tahitian. My bad.]
  11. Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Elena Risteska: “Ninanajna”) – Slutty. The singer, the music, the lyrics. Slutty. Kinda awesome, but only in a Britney Spears way.
  12. Poland (Ich Troje: “Follow My Heart”) – White tails on the piano player. Polish rapping, in a Real McCoy way. The male singer has green hair. The female singer is in a mask. It’s like Andrew Lloyd Webber did a song for Dead or Alive. ‡

† No, it’s a horrible song. What was I thinking?
‡ In a Real McCoy way because it was actually O-Jay from Real McCoy.