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Australia’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

May 4, 2016

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Betcha thought Australia were just going to be a one-off 2015 joke eh?  I certainly did.  I suppose the modern attitude is “Europe is as European does” or “You’re as European as you Feel”.  This has troubling normative implications.  With geographical diversity comes an erosion of cultural diversity, perhaps, and a more identikit vision of the European “brand”.

You’d sort of hope they make it through the semi-finals at least – just as a tribute to the long haul flight they’ve experienced.  Everyone else can fly relatively short hops to get to Stockholm.  If they don’t make it through – then could they at least have some of their Quantas fair refunded?

 

Is it worth pointing out that “Sound of Silence” is already the title of a rather memorable song?  Worth it do you think?

This is very much Eurovision by numbers though.  The first verse is sung very quietly and the chorus is very very loud.  The video involves pointless costume changes and a half naked man who loops and whirls a version of interpretive dance while being ignored by the singer.  It’s like a great many other offerings in other words.

The words of the song are so vague, so fully invested and hermetically sealed in vaguery, that they fail to really enjoy any point of contact with the sensory universe.  Then I looked up the words in French – and they sound much better – as song lyrics often will.

Épuisé, lassé, de mes yeux sombres
Je cherche ton amour dans un monde virtuel
Des symphonies de rêves, de moments forts
S’enchainent dans cette vie en accéléré
Mais baby tu n’es plus là avec moi
Et toujours j’appelle j’appelle
J’appelle j’appelle parce que

Mon cœur s’éveille maintenant au son du silence
Et il bat au son du silence
Et il bat au son du silence
Mon cœur s’éveille maintenant au son du silence
Et il bat au son du silence
Et il bat au son du silence

Il est dur de briser le mur de la folie
C’est insensé tu n’es plus là
Un tsunami de larmes se déverse
Personne ne peut m’empêcher de sombrer
Parce ce que baby tu n’es plus là
Et toujours j’appelle j’appelle
J’appelle j’appelle parce que

Mon cœur s’éveille maintenant au son du silence
Et il bat au son du silence
Et il bat au son du silence
Mon cœur s’éveille maintenant au son du silence
Et il bat au son du silence
Et il bat au son du silence

Je me sais plus fort, je me sais capable
Je sais que c’est dans ma tête
Mais toujours j’appelle j’appelle
J’appelle, j’appelle

Mon cœur s’éveille maintenant au son du silence
Et il bat au son du silence
Et il bat au son du silence
Mon cœur s’éveille maintenant au son du silence
Et il bat au son du silence
Et il bat au son du silence

I say it’s not too late, Dami Im.  You were born in South Korea and you live in Brisbane – but Austria has shown us the way.  You don’t have to be a Francophone to sing in French.  Do you want to stand out?  Make an impact before your horrible flight back home?  Translate I say! Translate and sing in French.

 

If, in the meantime,  you want to watch an implausible love story involving a sex worker from Vilnius – try Lithuania’s entry…

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/05/03/lithuanias-2016-eurovision-entry/

Here, by the way – is Macedonia’s offering…

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/former-yugoslav-republic-of-macedonias-2016-eurovision-entry/

Meanwhile, Ireland’s entry – Nicky Byrne out of Westlife – is sort of all growed up.

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/irelands-2016-eurovision-entry/

Here’s Serbia, in case you were wondering…

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/serbias-2016-eurovision-entry/

Then again there’s Ivan from Belarus, who may or may not be dancing naked with wolves…

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/belarus-2016-eurovision-entry/

In the meantime, here is Israel:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/israels-2016-eurovision-entry/

You might prefer this GameofThronesy offering from Switzerland

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/switzerlands-2016-eurovision-entry/

Here, on the other hand, is Poland.

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/polands-2016-eurovision-entry/

And here’s cheery Latvia,

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/latvias-2016-eurovision-entry/

Someone else who doesn’t look cross at all is Malta’s representative  –

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/maltas-2016-eurovision-entry/

Meanwhile, I found Bosnia and Herzegovina somewhat intriguing this year – see below…

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/bosnia-and-herzegovinas-2016-eurovision-entry/

More interesting than Montenegro, anyhow

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/montenegros-2016-eurovision-entry/

Far, far more conventional is Azerbaijan

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/azerbaijans-2016-eurovision-entry/

More chillingly, here is Estonia

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/estonias-2016-eurovision-entry/

But here, by way of some (but not much) relief is Cyprus

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/cyprus-2016-eurovision-entry/

On a lighter note, see the Czech Republic’s offering…

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/the-czech-republics-2016-eurovision-entry/

And Russia…
https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/russias-2016-eurovision-entry/

San Marino – folks…

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/san-marinos-2016-eurovision-entry/

Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/the-netherlands2016-eurovision-entry/

And Croatia

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/croatias-2016-eurovision-entry/

And Hungary

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/hungarys-2016-eurovision-entry/

And Moldova

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/moldovas-2016-eurovision-entry/

And Greece

Greece’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

And Finland

Finland’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Austria by the way…

Austria’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Armenia

Armenia’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

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