May 24


Location Serbia
Host Broadcaster RTS
Venue Belgrade Arena
Participants 25
Voting method Citizens of each country vote by telephone or SMS. The country’s 10 favourites are awarded 12, 10, then 8 through 1 points based on votes. All 45 countries present their awarded points, totalling to determine the winner.
EBU Scrutineer Svante Stockselius
Executive Producer Sandra Šuša
United KingdomThe contest will be screened tonite from 8pm to 11.15pm on BBC1. Britain’s hope Andy Abraham was gearing up for the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest today.
Abraham, 43, the former binman who made his name on the X Factor, will be hoping his song, Even If, does better than last year’s British entry. 

Bookmakers have dubbed Abraham the UK’s worst ever entrant, with odds of 66-1 to win, which it says is its worst ever.
Wogan recently said Abraham’s song was “the best UK entry for a while”. But he added: “If we finish nowhere again, I worry that disenchantment might take hold. “Eurovision is such silly fun, and I love doing it, but if the enthusiasm isn’t there… “This year is pretty crucial for me. Eurovision without Royaume-Uni would be unfortunate.”
Eurovision has become known for bad taste in music, bizarre performances and political voting.

But the Danish director of Eurovision TV, the Swiss-based company which produces the competition, complained that Wogan does not treat the show with enough respect.

Bjorn Erichsen suggested that Wogan’s wry observations were making Eurovision look “ridiculous”.

He said earlier this month: “Terry Wogan is a problem because he makes it ridiculous. I know he is very popular, and maybe that is the reason why a lot of people watch. But one day he will have to retire and the BBC will have to find someone else.

“It will be interesting to see if that attitude changes.”

—- From LondonPaper


We’re not supposed to laugh at Eurovision anymore. But…

Andy Abraham, the UK entry, God help us all…

Sebastien Tellier of France. He is this year’s ‘cool’ entrant. You can tell this because he looks like a tramp.

Some kind of GMTV/10,000 BC hybrid from Estonia’s Kreisiraadio.

Azerbaijan’s Elnur & Samir. Cannot WAIT for this lot – they are clearly all bonkers.

Ireland’s eliminated entry, Dustin the Turkey. WTF! ..Er, are those Aztecs?

Maria of Norway. Nice dress, shame about the five pounds of lip gloss.

Sirusho of Armenia actually looking rather good. How annoyingly un-Eurovision of her.

Dima Bilan of Russia looking pleasingly horrendous.

Hind of The Netherlands taking cues from Bucks Fizz

Now-obligatory Finnish death metal courtesy of Terasbetoni. The flames!

The frankly terrifying Laka of Bosnia & Herzegovina. And we thought Eurobeat was a parody…

Laka of Bosnia & Herzegovina

None-more-orange Isis Gee of Poland waving to her make-up artist

Isis Gee of Poland, presumably recreating Splash

Rebeka Dremelj of Slovenia making bold fashion choices

Dustin the Turkey. Are we surprised he didn’t get through? Bless.

Is that Philip Schofield? No, it’s Elnur & Samir of Azerbaijan

Elnur & Samir of Azerbaijan. Clearly insane. Cannot wait.

Philip Schofield going bonkers. Oh hang on, it’s Elnur & Samir of Azerbaijan

Blazin’ Squad? No, Boaz of Israel

Ishtar of Belgium, channelling a Chupa Chups lollipop

It’s a human hanging basket! Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the semi-finals

Kalomira of Greece presumably took inspiration from a football match

Faux Shakira! It’s Gissela of Andora

Sham on Ireland again!!

Another faux Shakira! Kalomira of Greece

Tereza Kerndlova of Czech Republic. We’ll look that good in hotpants one day, but we probs won’t go on Eurovision


More Eurovision:

Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Final Top 5 (videos)

Dima Bilan — The winner of THE 2008 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST (Photos)


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