Sunday, March 15, 2009

Eurovision coming!

On Monday, March 16, I'll talk about the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest on WNYC's Soundcheck. I should be on around 2:20pm EST. You can listen on your radio thingamajig or online. Ain't technology grand?

7 comments:

matthew said...

I'm liking Turkey best this year, I think, and then France and Ireland. Moldova and Montenegro are also pretty good... Norway not so much. Norwegian boys with violins is a little too Cotton Eyed Joe for me.

Elisabeth Vincentelli said...

Lots of strings on stage this year: sex and violins! The classical-pop crossover is in full force. I'm liking Estonia, Moldova, the second half of Ukraine. But Sweden? Ayeee!

Brian Barker said...

The only thing I am unhappy about, with the Eurovision Song Contest, is that the use of English, in the Contest, increases year by year. May I say, as a native English speaker, that this unfair.

The time has come to break this habit of "language imperialism", in the Eurovision Song Contest, and use a song, sung in Esperanto instead!

This is a serious suggestion, as you can see from the Esperanto music which is already available at http://www.vinilkosmo.com/?prs=listen or at http://video.google.(...)-8837438938991452670

There's even cheesy Esperanto music available! See http://www.ipernity.com/home/76977 as well as http://www.lernu.net

Elisabeth Vincentelli said...

Some of the Eastern European countries are holding on to their languages but I agree, there's too much English overall. There have been entries in made-up languages. There's something about the way esperanto sounds that's just not all that conducive to disco somehow...

Anonymous said...

Loved your commentary on WNYC Elizabeth! I want to figure out how to watch Eurovision on an American Network... Does anyone know? I know you can stream it from eurovision.tv but what about through regular tv? We are trying to get a big early morning party together and I don't think we can fit into my apartment (where I would watch through Polish dish network..). Thanks -k. konopka

Elisabeth Vincentelli said...

Alas it's not broadcast in the US at all, as far as I know. For shame! My mom in France tapes it and sends me DVRs. Before that I bought the official DVDs, but it's more fun to watch an actual broadcast to get the bitchy commentaries. (Jean-Paul Gaultier did it in France last year.)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Elisabeth! What a shame. I'll have to jam everyone in my tiny apartment! -k. konopka