Arrived in Lisbon for Eurovision in the delegation of Moldova Philip carefree laughter, jokes Yes rhymes reacted to the news from Russia about hysterics insulted-outraged public, bloodthirsty require now deprive brilliant in all senses of the singer the title of people’s artist of the Russian Federation for the “abusive-alcoholic-freaky” video about the blue mood. Outraged was even Sergei Shnurov, accusing the king of pop — how would it print to reformulate? — aping (“ninny” my role”).

photo: Artur Gasparyan

No, the man wasn’t laughing directly at the contorted face of the so-called “public”, just all kind of showed him how deeply we… that is — spit on the distant rat race… He was in a very good mood. First staged in Lisbon, a magnificent celebration of his birthday at a fine dining restaurant on the romantic shores of the ocean, inviting numerous guests to be seated at tables with dainty meats: “It’s an expensive place, not fast food, Yes, I’m rich bitch!” . And said: “I am a rich bitch”. And the next day in no less elated emotionally saying at a press conference about how his international-Greek “dream Team” (DreamTeam) is going to once again storm the Eurosong contest — this time with a daring pseudobalistes “havingyou” My Lucky Day performed by the trio DoReDos.

In General, wanted to spit the king of pop on “disturbed the public”, which has encroached on its reign in the dance halls since the days of “pink jackets”, and now even more so — after handing Himself last fall the whole of the order of Merit this “actor-singer” under the servile reward song about how there “in the Crimea, OUR Crimea”, it turns out, a couple decided to “show the world level,” wrote Franco Dragone, etc., etc… who is the favorite singer of the Main, was marked with all the child… So suck it, “insulting the public”. Th want, then turn back… This is not Kirill Serebrennikov…

But “Eurovision”, which, in principle, the blue-violet before anyone out there in rush abandon painted the king of pop, obviously missed an enfant terrible. They mutually each other missed. And all forgive each other. “Eurovision” Kirkorov has forgiven cries about “cowboy office” (scam-affair, if you try approximately translated into English), where his “feet will be no more” — when they Lazarev stole the victory. Forgiven is very generous, I must say. Less offensive since the attack Performed was punished, sometimes, lifelong deprivation of accreditation at the competition.

And Kirkorov, it turns out, is also forgiven Eurovision for the same. He, of course, in a sense, not lucky, arrived with Ukraine (2008) — won by Russia, came from Russia (in 2016) — Ukraine has won… you never know. And all torn. Now here’s the…

After Kirkorov pulled in Lisbon and other characters from mother Russia, who also raved triumph of Jamala and “stolen” their victory in Stockholm, launching a contest of curses and threats of lifelong boycott. “Life” lasted only last year, when, in fact, no one was going to let them in Kiev, and now, they say, “Oh, it was a nervous breakdown.” Well, just not adults, and capricious unconscious children. No principles, no honor, no dignity… Stupidity, cynicism and hypocrisy…

Although in a personal case of Fics — more slozhnopostanovochnaya. There is still in addition to sincere passion (the atmosphere of “Eurovision”, as a drug, sucks) is quite understandable, practical and still the same cynical calculation, not only a talented artist, but a skilled producer and savvy businessman. And where do you think it was, all those banquets in “neostrada”?

We can only guess what cost of suffering to the budget of Moldova (polianna, as we remember, a billion dollars thieving oligarchs) is an entertaining kirkorovs-Greek agropredpriyatie. Because it’s not some kind of private idea “dream Team”, and almost a government blessed by the local President, who, as people in this little country, got it into his head that this pop Royal patronage would bring them victory on “Eurovision” and will help him in the upcoming autumn elections to crush all opponents and Pro-European orientation… that’s the mixing of music and politics with the cherry on the cake in the form of Kirkorov.


Birthday Kirkorov began the “Eurovision”. DoReDos, Alexander Rybak and specially flown Sergey Lazarev congratulated “europarama”. Photo: instagram / doredos_official

Important inspiring thing remains last year’s success of the Moldavian trio Sunstroke Project in Kiev with armor-piercing hit Hey Mamma, when the guys made an incredible cast of the outsiders in the beginning of the process the top three finalists. This was the result of a successful connection to the musical material and stage plays, which gave an impressive multiplier effect. Bookmakers and skeptics then missed badly.

The next product has long been plastic conveyor production karkonoski “dream Team” highbrow journalism the audience on the sidelines of the competition, too, initially reacted with skepticism, calling My Lucky Day “is the weakest song from Moldova in recent years.” However, after the first rehearsal arrogant smirk was replaced by many gambling with applause and cheerful smiles. Energy of artists and Groovy room-humoresque-style sitcom devised and delivered highly experienced Director Fokas Evangelinos, melted the ice of sarcasm many critics. At a press conference Kirkorov and his company have almost cradled…

For bookmakers, these delights, in contrast to Sunstroke Project so far, however, has not made due impression, and forecasts for Moldova are still not so radiant as their room and the inspiration. In General, we wait-with…

We must also not forget that Azerbaijan (with the singer Aisel), and partly Belarus (the Ukrainian pop starlets Alekseev’s) this year also resorted to the services of DreamTеаm, so to worry about the hole in the personal budget of the king of pop for a luxurious Banquet on the shores of the oceans is absolutely not worth… Like, actually, and for possible failure of the sample in 2005 in Kiev, where spent the ambitious Angelica, or rather her husband, sausage king Nicholas, the millions turned to dust directly into the semifinals. Then who produced the king of pop and his Greeks saved, however, from the dreaded “semibalki” rassweiler Agurbash marital status: Philip was the husband of Alla Pugacheva… But now at court. Also a no, but a security certificate…


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First rehearsal of Yulia Samoilova, a year gets to “Eurovision”, was waiting with curiosity. Back in Kiev last year, where the Ambassador of Russia were not allowed because of the “Crimean dossier”, fans of secret signs and conspiracy plagued the Norwegian Jon Ola sand, the chief of competition, tricky question: if he believes that next year (i.e. now) Russia win? Mr. sand did not immediately understand even the logic of the question. And the logic was simple: miss Ukraine contest 2015 and win in 2016, Russia missed the contest 2017 so, does this mean that she will win in 2018 if I come? Bit confused in this train of thought, he was off then, of course, vague answer: “we’ll See”.

Russia is ahead of time pompously announced that “automatic” Eurovision extends the mandate issued last year, Ms. Samoilova, because the actress fell “a victim of inhumanity,” and Julia, this is the first time in the history of the competition there was an unprecedented time handicap, like no one ever. It is a year, knowing that I would go to Lisbon, was able to hone skills, skills, skills. But to perfect what was…

The main attribute of her failed mission in the Ukraine — a wheelchair that was supposed to disarm “uncontrolled Russophobia” in Kiev, in Lisbon, has already lost a painful actuality. Needed other accents, and they had somewhere to take.

New song clip I Won’t Break by the sum of all factors, circumstances and backgrounds initially caused a lively interest among the curious public and entered the top ten on the views on the official channel of “Eurovision” almost immediately after the premiere in March. However, the same bookmakers were, in contrast to the stories Lazarev, not too impressed with the material presented and the quality of the performance: predictions for “eurology” Russia is stuck in the distant twenties.

So I was really waiting for the first rehearsal to finally see and hear the subject of loud eurosondagem and expectations. Pool of journalists at the competition ruthless enough and critical to the participants, to keep anyone and anything, if something goes wrong. Absolutely deafening Homeric laughter, for example, was met in the press center of the room Belarus Forever with Nikita Alekseev (Alekseev). Flashy kitsch of vulgar clichés with rose petals, Cupid, dancer, ruthless arrow-flower, hurt piercing her palm, the singer, and torn up the terrible wounds the back, where the bloody flesh symbolize all those red roses… Sort of romantic-physiological sado-masochism, mixed with the exaggerated acting frantically dancing ballerina and fake suffering from “Pierrot” could not, of course, leave no one indifferent. Alekseev just made reporters all day! However, no matter how much they bellow, the main stay of the judges ‘ scores and viewers, which in the first case, to predict, and the second solid mystery…

Room Samoilova, which left no hint of a wheelchair, now draped under the glowing rainbow colors of the rock, on top of which protrudes the head of the singer, and it symbolizes the unity with nature and a celebration of life, also made the witnesses a certain impression. What they seem to themselves not yet able to formulate precisely. Cautiously contemplate what they saw and heard. Backing vocal support gives strength and confidence and remain for the whole year timid and uncertain singing soloist of the ballet Alla Duhova create a mood, and it all looks stunning if not, then it is “evrovideo”.

At the press conference questions to Julia was quite correct. The most “incorrect”, perhaps from the Polish journalist: “What’s it like to sing in a language that you don’t understand?” Meant English lyrics. Julia didn’t hesitate and said that he understands every word sings, that is all makes sense. On the sidelines I overheard a conversation with two European colleagues, they discussed among themselves the Russian language — say, he’s so melodious, and it is unclear why Russia always puts songs in English. Do. Was the only example of — t.A.T.u. in Riga in 2003 with the hit “don’t trust, don’t be afraid”, and it went well! In General, the tricky question participants and their breeders in Russia.

The response of Julia in the attendant question about hope for victory was also quite balanced: “of Course, to be a winner and bring to my country Eurovision is nice. But I do not seek someone to compete just want to have fun, to enjoy this pleasure, to meet you all and to give people a piece of yourself…”

Journalists were interested in the impressions Samoilova from participation in the opening ceremony of the Sochi Paralympics, which was the singer’s first experience of playing at a large arena of thousands, and then, in her confession, the scene in Lisbon looks “small and cozy”.

If it does not interfere with politics, the theme of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, “overcome yourself” and “victory in spite of everything”, including in the context of Eurovision, it has always attracted and interested adequate attention. It was important not only to speculate on this.

Israeli Netta, which at the moment remains the favorite of the competition, very emotionally talked about how her insanely explosive and incendiary room Toy (“Toy”) is not only bodysuit exciting now all the theme of “harassment”, but allows it for “its size” to feel the freedom through dance rhythms, to understand that “everyone has a chance to your success and can achieve it.”

This simple idea was proved by last year’s winner Salvador Sobral thanks to whom Eurovision first arrived in Lisbon. But all experiences are due to heart surgery, to which the singer was then preparing, could not bring him such a brilliant victory, if he and song did not touch people in the soul and was so convincing, touching and incredibly distinctive.


Justified the hopes of the favourites of the competition of Netty (Israel)?

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After the first round of rehearsals the big picture forecasts and predictions on the outcome of this event has not undergone major changes, although there adjustments.

“Ahead of the rest” remains a charming, merry and Jolly doughnut Netta from Israel with his amusing “Toy”. Dramatically improved the position of hero of the Moscow “Eurovision-2009” Alexander Rybak has already been held in Norway from 22nd to second place and intention to crush the statistics, claiming that the shell twice a funnel is not falling. A lot of fuss about starlet from Czech Republic Mykolas Josef, whose fresh youth “bow” and modnenky song Lie Yo Me, in places, by the way, very reminiscent of last year’s Moldovan Hey Mamma, pubertal break girls ‘ hearts. Tight jib pounded in the list of potential winners is French with a playful pseudonym Madame Monsieur (Madame, Monsieur) and romantic shansonnoj (in the French sense) ballad of Mercy; Australian Jessica Mauboy with a sensual pop ballad We Got Love; Opera beauty Elena Nechaeva from Estonia with a symphonic-electronic La Forza, colorful Bulgarians Equinox with ethno-rock-ambient cloth Bones; the brutal Vikings from Denmark Rasmussen with epic rock a message to the Higher Ground; the Swede Benjamin Ingrosso, another object of girls ‘ affections…

Despite modest forecasts of bookmakers confidently looks after the first rehearsal Melovin from Ukraine with his flaming piano, energetic smash-hit Under The Ladder, with a convincing performance and stunning image of a romantic infernal villain. Predictions, however, in the history of Eurovision times not only justified, but not true. I used to off those who waited, and those who were waiting, like the Italian Francesco Gabbani last year, left the competition with nothing…