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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Eurovision 2008 Party! Let’s make it happen Seattle!

posted by on May 18 at 20:54 PM

For those of you just joining this conversation, our intrepid Stranger European Bureau reporter, Griet Verlinde, has just finished reviewing ALL 43 contestants in this years Eurovision Song Contest. You can read Griet’s great reviews with her years of insight and wit by going to this special Eurovision link.

Who will win? Will it be the Russian with the mullet? Will it be the sassy Grecian goddess with her bevy of gay guys shaking their booties behind her? Will it be the Pirates? Will Serbia take the title for the second year in a row? Or will a puppet of a squawking turkey from Ireland take it all?!?!?!

OMG! I can’t wait to find out!

The final is on Friday the 24th on BBC 1. Is there a bar in town that can get that on satellite? Is there one willing to host this? Will we be able to watch Terry Wogan in his amazing wig being cunning as ever as he introduces each act?

C’mon Seattle! Let’s party Eurovision-style!

The winner of ESC 2007: Serbia - “Moitva”

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If not a satellite, what about a computer connection? I know that they stream it live on the Internet, so perhaps that could work...

Posted by Abby | May 18, 2008 9:04 PM

Oh, fuck, I want to go to that, but I might have a conflict.

If I can get out of it, I can probably procure a computer projector, if you all can get a bar with a wireless connection.

Posted by Fnarf | May 18, 2008 9:36 PM

wouldn't y'all rather see it in honest to god satellite?

hows 'bout spitfire?

Posted by terry miller | May 18, 2008 9:48 PM

Spitfire has been great for election coverage. I've watched all of the MSNBC/CNN debates there since I cut my cable (fuck you, Broadstripe!) so I could see them going for this. Not sure if they have DirectTV or not though.

Posted by Westlake, son! | May 18, 2008 9:56 PM

I'm AMERICAN, not EUROICAN, so why the fuck should I give a fuck?

I enjoy our cultural and political wasteland, as well.

Posted by USA_USA_USA | May 18, 2008 11:14 PM

Well, there's definitely going to be at least one stream online, on the official web site. in past years, i know of the german broadcaster at least who put on their own stream - and if you're lucky, the bbc will broadcast theirs too - terry wogans comments are usually rather enjoyable.

Posted by Andreas | May 19, 2008 12:22 AM

when is irony gonna stop? i can't wait for people to start liking things they're attracted to again.

Posted by endtheirony | May 19, 2008 3:48 AM

Some of my friends showed me the video of 'Hero' which is a Swedish chic I think who likes like a cross between a vampy drag queen and Catwoman - my votes on her!

Posted by freshnycman | May 19, 2008 5:36 AM

I have been to several Eurovision parties at friends' places in Germany. It is a long drawn-out horror of a show, with interminable 'voting' sequences "Hello, this is Bucharest calling!...". The ills of modern society are laid bare, as everyone gangs up on the UK and Ireland, the Slavic countries vote for each other, the Germanic, Iberian & Scandinavian countries likewise, and the acts generally suck. But the booze and other intoxicants at the parties were not bad.

And remember the timezone difference, this will be starting sometime in mid/late-morning, Seattle time.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | May 19, 2008 8:03 AM

It starts at noon, Karlheinz. I've calculated it. (This is important.)

And 7, it's long stopped being an expression of irony...

Posted by Abby | May 19, 2008 8:53 AM

Oh MAN, the Eurovision Song Contest rocks my world. When describing the concept to folks that aren't familiar with it, I ask them to imagine what it would be like if performing cheesy pop songs were an Olympic event, with all the competitive nationalism ("France, you suck!") and sparkly glitter of professional ice skating (spangles! spangles! spangles!). Not only is it incredibly entertaining, but it's also educational since you learn a bit more about the lesser-known European countries ("wait, where's Slovenia again?"). At least, I tell myself it's educational. Kind of like how when I lived overseas, I told myself that watching lots of TV was a purely sociological exercise.

One small detail ... this coming Friday is the 23rd, not the 24th.

Posted by Kalakalot | May 19, 2008 11:04 AM

You do realize that SIFF and Folklife and Sasquatch and [more] starts on Friday too, right?

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 19, 2008 12:32 PM

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