Thursday, June 10, 2010

Eurovision

Europa har en årlig konkurrence kaldes "Eurovision". Hvert år sender lande deres nr.1 sanger til Eurovision for at prøve at vinde og bliver navnt "Den bedste i Europa"! Jeg syntes at Eurovison var ligesom "American Idol" eller Danmarks X Factor men efter 2 år, har jeg bestemt at DET ER IKKE.

Europe has an annual competition called "Eurovision". Each year countries send their best singers to Eurovision in order to try and win and be named "The BEST IN EUROPE"! I thought that Eurovision was like American Idol or like Denmark's singing competition, X Factor, but after 2 years of watching it, I have decided that it DEFINITELY IS NOT!

Min ven Geoff fortalte mig at de fleste udlændinge kan ikke lide Eurovision til at begynde med..... Og han har det ret!

My friend, Geoff, told me that most foreigners don't like Eurovision at first..... And he is right!
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Dette års vinde var fra Tyskland...Herre og damer-- DEN BEDSTE SANGER i EUROPA...Du laver din egen mening.....
This year's winner was from Germany...Ladies and Gents--the BEST SINGER in EUROPE....you form your own opinions.....

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Mine personlige observationer om Eurovision:
My personal observations about Eurovision:

1. Jeg har brug for at finde en "Eurovision fest" for at deltage i næste år fordi jeg er bange for at Mads og jeg var de eneste mennesker i hele Danmark som gik ikke på en Eurovision fest!

1. I need to find a "Eurovision watch party" that we can go to next year because I am afraid that Mads and I were the only people in the whole country who did not go to a watch party!
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2. Mange lande sender nogen (eller gruppe) som jeg kunne forestille at lytte til på radioen. Mange andre lande sender nogen som jeg kunne kun forestille at se som "søndag eftermiddags underholdning til plejehjem".

2. Many countries send a singer (or group) that I could actually imagine listening to on the radio. Many other countries send a singer (or a group) that I could only imagine as the "Sunday afternoon entertainment as the nursing home".

Såsom Serbia / Such as Serbia
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3. Mange deltagelse synger på engelsk (som jeg tror de SKULLE siden de prøver at repræsenter hele Europa!) mens andre synger på deres modersprog og de lyder mærkeligt!

3. Many participants sing in English (which I think they SHOULD since they are trying to win and represent the entire continent!) while others sing in their own native language and sound rather strange!

Såsom Grækland / Such as Greece:
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4. Eurovision har deltagelse fra land som ikke er i Europa.. men jeg ved ikke hvorfor!
4. Eurovision has participants from countries not even in Europe...but I don't know why!

Såsom Israel / Such as Israel:
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5. Danmark havde en forbløffende sanger de sidste 2 år som ikke vandt men jeg vil gerne lytte til begge to på radioen eller køber deres CD!

5. Denmark had amazing acts the last 2 years who did not win, but they are both singers that I would definitely like to hear on the radio or buy their CD!

2009- BRINK fra Danmark / Brink from Denmark
2010- Chanee´& N'Evergreen fra Danmark / Chanee´& N'Evergreen from Denmark

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Jeg tænker på hvad min ven Geoff har fortalt mig og har besluttet at Eurovision er lidt ligesom OPERA .... Måske man kan aldrig lide det men efter man har boet i Europa i få år, lærer man at værdsætte det..... Spørg mig i 2015. :-)

I have been thinking about what my friend Geoff has told me about Eurovision and have decided that it is a little like OPERA....Maybe you will never like it, but after you have lived in Europe for a few years, you learn to appreciate it.... Ask me in 2015. :-)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

For et par år siden SKULLE alle synge på deres eget sprog, hvilket de små sprog syntes var uretfærdigt. Så blev det til at deltagerne MÅTTE lave en sprogversionering.
Franskmænd og tyskere vil naturligvis aldrig gå med til at anerkende engelsk som det eneste fællessprog.
Og gør det nu så meget man ikke forstår de banale tekster? Jeg mindes at Israel vandt med hvad jeg husker som Abalibi-abalibuuuu.
mvh Majbrit

PiNG aka Patti said...

Well, I can tell you that Ole and I weren't watching. Ole won't watch. He did, however, say I was welcome to watch 'in the other room'.

Annarella said...

Det er netop de mange sprog, kostumer og underlige sange, som gør Eurovision helt specielt.

Mange lande er stolte over deres sangkultur og viser den stolt frem. Gælder det kun om at vinde altid? Eller er det værd at fejre forskelligheden i Europa, og have plads til det hele?

Hvis alle klædte sig ens, sang engelske tekster på vesteuropæiske melodier ville det da være pænt kedeligt!


Forestil dig hvor sjovt det ville være hvis der var en lignende konkurrence i USA, hvor de foreskellige stater stiller op med deres lokale bud på en god sang.

Ville alle synge med samme accent og klæde sig ens for at være populære? Ville alle synge den samme type sange, som flest kan lide? Eller vil de netop dyrke forskelligheden og vise deres rødder og kultur med stolthed? Hvad tror du?

Jeg er temmelig sikker på at Texas ville stille op klædt ud som cowboys, og stolt synge country med tyk sydstatsaccent. (Oppe nordpå er det næsten lige så underligt og komisk som Serbiens Eurovison bidrag.)
De ville sikkert dyste mod en grungesang fra Seattle, ukulelemusik på hawaiiansk, Gangsta rap og West Coast hip hop osv.. Og Canada vil ligesom Israel snige sig med i konkurrencen (på samme måde som de er med i Major League Baseball) og alle vil grine hjerteligt hver gang de synger f.eks. ordet "out" på grund af deres udtale. Kan du se det for dig? :-)

Stilforvirring? Ja. Underligt? Ja. Festligt? Helt sikkert!

Jesper said...

Kelli, funny to hear about your Eurovision experience...I have actually never been to a Eurovision party before. This being said....thought the winnder song was awful!!! The danish one was pretty good...were Abba-like!

Anonymous said...

ha ha, yeah eurovision is surely an acquired taste, not exactly my cup of tea either, but I do like it as an event of bringing different cultures together, and then of course the voting part itself; as I think you have realised, the voting system has got nothing to do with professional judgement, but is entirely a reflection of tastes among the general population (the ones interested in the event anyway) in the countries participating.



Given the fact that so many countries, so many different cultures do participate at the different levels of this competition, I have to say I was a tiny bit bemused by your comment on "...most foreigners don't like Eurovision at first...". Who are these 'foreigners' that don't like this competition loaded with...well 'foreigners' as disparate as performers from e.g. Azerbaijan, Iceland, and Israel? (Perhaps a US-centrism on European being kind of one solid identity? - ah, sorry).



Personally I was a little bit saddened when they changed the rules about singing in your native tongue to allowing everybody to do it in english, it kind of lost whatever charm it possesed.



I think you got it wrong about it being a matter of "representing the entire continent". It's not so much a matter of representation (as if the Euro-winner would go on to compete at the next (global?) level) as it is a fun friendly way for nations with quite different and unique cultures to compete in a way designed to bring them closer together. The idea sprung from a war-torn Europe, you see, but is not exclusive to the european continent (e.g. both Morocco and Israel have participated).


Anyhow, thanks for YOUR take on the Eurovision contest.


Regards
Jens

Mads and Kelli said...

Hi Jens and thanks for your input. Just one clarification--when Geoff said that about foreigners, he meant folks like himself and me...foreigners living in DK. That we just do not "get" Eurovision like "the natives" do...

As an "outsider", it just seems sooo cheesy to me, but again, like I said, ask me in a few years when I have a few more years under my belt. Who knows, I might learn to appreciate it or even like it...
crazier things have happened!