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Belgium’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

May 11, 2016


Try to hear the intro to this song without spontaneously singing “Another One Bites The Dust”.  G’wan.  Try it.

“What’s the Pressure?” is not natural English usage.  “Under Pressure” makes sense of course,  as does “What Pressure?”  but “What’s the Pressure?” sounds like a question you’d ask if you wanted to know whether your gas oven could cook a medium sized turkey before a mid afternoon dinner time.

In fact this song is perfect example of why people should sing in their own languages

What’s the pressure?
You will grow
You will know in the end
This is fiction
It’s in your mind
So live your life the best

We (or rather I) have a saying at home:  “In this house we use adverbs!”   You don’t live your life “the best”, you live your life “well” thank you very much.  And there’s a difference between something being “in your mind” (the better phrase is “all in your mind” incidentally) and “fiction”.   In no sense is pressure “fiction”.



OK.  She sings well and she’s a nifty troop of dancers behind her.  Her youthful features exude a sense of touching innocence.  But her song does some serious violence to the English language.

As the song concludes, her latent linguistic criminal tendencies become more evident as she starts to spray this odd phrase on a big wall.  Vandalism.  A classic “gateway” crime.


For a more sinister “fairy tale” unheimlich – go Albania

You may (indeed should) prefer Georgia.

If you want something very mainstream – go Norway…

Or, if you favour a keening wail of historical pain and suffering – here’s Ukraine…

Most people will want something a bit more optimistic.  Like Denmark’s effort – see below…

Bulgaria could learn a lot about positive thinking from Søren.

If you’re keen on Balkan Country and Western Music, then you’ll like Slovenia’s entry…

Australia, bizarrely, are back…

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

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

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

Here’s Serbia, in case you were wondering…

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

In the meantime, here is Israel:

You might prefer this GameofThronesy offering from Switzerland

Here, on the other hand, is Poland.

And here’s cheery Latvia,

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

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

More interesting than Montenegro, anyhow

Far, far more conventional is Azerbaijan

More chillingly, here is Estonia

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

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

And Russia…

San Marino – folks…

Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…

And Croatia

And Hungary

And Moldova

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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