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Monday, April 21, 2008

If You’re Not Reading Line Out…

posted by on April 21 at 9:11 AM

…you’re missing out on Griet Verlinde’s completely comprehensive, completely hysterical coverage of Eurovision. What the hell is Eurovision? Griet’s first post explains it all for you. And yesterday’s post not only included this little bit of recent European history…

Montenegro split back in 2006. When a boyband from Montenegro won the national preselection (over a “qualitatively better” Serbian song) rumours of tactical nationalistic voting arose. Serbia & Montenegro then withdrew from the contest, only to split a month later. Not-Eurovision-Queens would claim that the withdrawal was one of the effects of the growing Serbian and Montenegrin nationalism, but they’re wrong. Obviously.

…but this unforgettable performance:

You can follow Griet’s Eurovision coverage here.

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Seriously, dude, if you thinj that's interesting, you really need to get a life.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | April 21, 2008 9:27 AM

Oh yeah? Well try to forget this......

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 21, 2008 9:33 AM

i'm is awesome. at times its like the biggest car crash that you can't look away from. best trick to watch it though is to be drunk.

Posted by Jiberish | April 21, 2008 9:33 AM

Israel is dull this year, last year was better in a bad Gogol Bordello sort of way. But this coverage makes me very happy, as now I have an outlet for my Eurovision fascination that doesn't include boring all my friends. Huzzah!

Posted by Abby | April 21, 2008 9:35 AM

Thanks a lot Dan, as if I didn't have enough things to distract me from doing my work now I'm addicted to Eurovision. There should be a warning on these things, like "warning, viewing bad Eurovision videos may be habit forming"

When am I going to find the time to hoard wheat and rice??????

Posted by PopTart | April 21, 2008 9:44 AM

I educated my coworkers and our interns about Eurovision last summer when I forced them all to watch the drag queen runner up. I love that song.

Posted by Michigan Matt | April 21, 2008 9:52 AM

I think it's the best thing ever. The sample of this year's entries leave a bit to be desired so far, but I assume they'll pick up in the next installment.

Posted by Fnarf | April 21, 2008 9:54 AM

For the full Eurovision experience, you need Terry Wogan providing his inimitable sarcastic coverage for the UK broadcast. Hilarious. Eurovision is brilliant.

Posted by Gabriel | April 21, 2008 9:58 AM

Dude! And some of yous posters have the gall to dis American Idol? Really? That vid was American Idol material all the way, fer sure...

Posted by KeeKee | April 21, 2008 9:59 AM

@7: Fnarf, have you seen Azerbaijan yet? Now that is a classic Eurovision entry. And some of the novelty entries are pretty entertaining (Latvia has pirates, who are clearly the new vampires).

@9: That vid is a bit American Idol, but most of them are much, much better. You have to go watch Ukraine. Actually, the Ukraine from a few years ago that won is also pretty awesome, a Europop version of Xena, Warrior Princess...

Posted by Abby | April 21, 2008 10:14 AM

I don't like Line Out. In fact, I get downright perturbed whenever I click on it by accident.

Posted by DJ Pissing on Cop Cars | April 21, 2008 10:18 AM

WoW! Zlad is the bomb! The "Anti-Pope" video is great too.

But that Israeli guy still sucks a bag o' dicks!

Posted by KeeKee | April 21, 2008 10:21 AM

Dan, Schmader, anyone at Stranger HQ...

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE arrange a Eurovision watching party!

Posted by MoTown | April 21, 2008 11:50 AM

I wholeheartedly concur with MoTown. It streams on the Internet! Someone with a cable that can connect a computer to a projector should be able to show it.

Posted by Abby | April 21, 2008 12:27 PM

Eurovision is probably one of my favorite things. It really is a train wreck...though some of the entries are actually okay, a lot of them are just so bad it's fun.

Also, there's a drinking game for it if anyone's interested...the one I remember was a bit more UK-centric, but whatever.

Posted by Emma | April 21, 2008 6:46 PM

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