Since I can share pretty much anything on this blog, I’d like to tie together my ESC existence here with another branch of the web, YouTube.
The Eurovision community on YT is somewhat vast but there are two main camps; those who make top 39s (or whatever number is appropriate) and custom Eurovision designs and there are those that hold fake contests. Sure there are others who post covers and lyrics, but they’re not as integrated. Anyhow, I mostly fall into the first group but the division between the two is shrinking quickly. So far, for 2013 and 2014, I’ve made about seven themes and five of them have turned into videos. This one, the most recent, is my favorite and actually some of my best designing ever, in my opinion.
If anything, I’m sure the Amandine connection will be appreciated. 😉
So remember that gap? Well, I’m bridging it. Just as a little bit of fun, I decided to try and enter Your Eurovision, which is probably the preeminent fan contest online. Somehow, I made it in and was able to play with Malta. I quickly chose this song to represent the country.
It works like the real contest, except that there’s no Big 5 and a random country is drawn to go straight to the final. Anyway, I was allocated to the, in my opinion, weaker second semi-final and drawn as the fifth song (not that any of this actually matters). To my shock, in the presence of TONS of throwaway pop songs and big ballads, I made it to the final, only the second time “Malta” had done so. In the final, I got a great draw, 19th, and I’m waiting with bated breath to see how well I’ll do.
The hot favorite, in my opinion, is Spain but I think that the United States (lol), Belgium, or the Netherlands could take it. My favorites are Belgium, Finland, and the Netherlands so at least I have a chance of being happy at the outcome.
Even though I’m happy with the contest and it’s been tons of fun, it has the unfortunate problem of attracting either Eurovision rip-offs or bland pop music. Examples of both are Austria and New Zealand, who shouldn’t be anywhere near the final, in my opinion. Still, normally something decent wins, except when Nikki (of Ell &… fame) won a few editions back with the song “Universe” from DMGP 2012. Now THAT was annoying and unfortunate. But who knows? Maybe by this time next week, fake Eurovision will be on its way to “Valetta.” It’s always better to be optimistic. :D.
UPDATE: The results have been tallied and here’s where I finished. http://wp.me/p3gxtS-44