Thursday, January 22, 2009


(Not) In the words of Scripture, it is time to put aside non-camp things. With a mere four months to go until the next Eurovision Song Contest, the first contestants are being announced and even a tune or two being released.

The big news thus far is that Sakis Rouvas is back! Sakis (3rd in 2004 and host of 2006's show) will represent Greece once more. He is sure to be the early favourite in betting - esp after Dima's 'Lazarus with a quadruple bypass' of a song won last year.

Four other nations have announced their acts, with the songs they will perform to be decided later on. They are:
Azerbaijan (sending: AySel Aysel Teymurzadeh), Israel (Mira Awad - the first Arab-Israeli singer to represent Israel and Noa Achinoam Nini), Netherlands (De Toppers - who are old enough to know better) and Switzerland (the Britpop stlyings of Lovebugs)

Only four countries have unleashed their songs onto the unsuspecting public.
Albania - As usual, the Albanian nationals were first cab off the rank (in December) and were won by Kejsi Tola with 'Më merr në ëndërr' (Take me into your Dreams). Turkey was not far behind, announcing Belgian-born Hadise Hadise Açıkgöz would represent them with 'Düm Tek Tek' (Boom Bang Bang - relax Lulu, it sounds totally different!).

Belarus are offering David Cassidy look-a-like Petr Elfimov with 'Eyes That Never Lie' and Bosnia-Herzegovina are sending U2 wannabes Regina with 'Bistra voda' (Clear water).