Eurovision wash-up 3: sideburns, mohawks and buffed chests

Sideburns are back! An otherwise very dapper Marco Mengoni belts it out at Eurovision.

Sideburns are back! An otherwise very dapper Marco Mengoni belts it out at Eurovision.

Italy’s Marco Mengoni came a respectable seventh at the Eurovision song contest, getting the top vote of 12 points  from three countries – Albania, Spain and Switzerland – and the second vote of 10 points from Austria, Macedonia and France, for his song  L’essenziale. Perhaps the Italians were hoping for a better result, because apparently he is all the rage in Italy at the moment. Unusually for this contest, he didn’t use any gimmicks or back-up dancers (a maximum of six people are allowed on stage for each entry), but just let his own voice do the talking. I didn’t think much of his song on first listening – it’s earnest – but it has grown on me, and his voice brings out the richness and melody of the Italian language. I am curious to hear more of his work. Here is the video of his grand final performance…

http://www.eurovision.tv/page/multimedia/videos?id=87153

The lyrics are here and the English translation from the Eurovision website is underneath.

Sostengono gli eroi  .. .se il gioco si fa duro … è da giocare … Beati loro poi  … se scambiano le offese con il bene … Succede anche a noi   … di far la guerra e ambire poi alla pace … e nel silenzio mio  … annullo ogni tuo singolo dolore … Per apprezzare quello che … non ho saputo scegliere
(Heroes say … when the game gets tough … it’s time to play … bless them when, though … they mistake offences for good acts … Happens to us too … To make war and then long for peace … And then in my silence … I annihilate your every single pain … And now I appreciate …What I wasn’t able to choose).
Mentre il mondo cade a pezzi … io compongo nuovi spazi … e desideri che … appartengono anche a te … che da sempre sei per me … l’essenziale
(As the world falls into pieces … I craft new spaces and needs … That belong to you too … You, whom I believe to be the essential)
Non accetteró … un altro errore di valutazione … l’amore è in grado di … celarsi dietro amabili parole … che ho pronunciato prima che … fossero vuote e stupide
(I won’t accept another … Wrong decision … Love can hide behind loving words … That I uttered before … they turned empty and vain).
Mentre il mondo cade a pezzi … io compongo nuovi spazi … e desideri che … appartengono anche a te … Mentre il mondo cade a pezzi … mi allontano dagli eccessi …e dalle cattive abitudini … tornerò all’origine … torno a te che sei per me … l’essenziale
(As the world falls into pieces … I craft new spaces and needs … That belong to you too … As the world falls into pieces … I move away from excesses … And bad habits … To go back to the origins … Going back to you … You, whom I believe to be the essential).
L’amore non segue le logiche … Ti toglie il respiro e la sete … Mentre il mondo cade a pezzi … mi allontano dagli eccessi … e dalle cattive abitudini … tornerò all’origine … torno a te che sei per me … l’essenziale
(Love won’t abide any rules … It takes your breath away … and quenches your thirst … As the world falls into pieces … I move away from excesses … And bad habits … To go back to the origins … Going back to you … You, whom I believe to be the essential).

The Italians gave their top mark of 12 points to Denmark and their second vote of 10 points went to Malta.

And the most scruffy contestants are ... ByeAlex (in the beanie) and his amazing guitarist.

It’s Goldilocks! ByeAlex’s brilliant guitarist shows off his mane.

My sentimental favourite, Hungary’s ByeAlex, came a respectable 10th and got the top vote from the German nation, and the number 2 votes from both the Swiss and the Finns. If Marco Mengione had the most prominent sideburns on stage at Eurovision, the most notorious hairstyle among the male contestants belonged to ByeAlex’s guitarist (according to some websites his name is Dániel Kővár but I don’t know that for sure). He had an elegantly coiffeured mohawk of almost epic proportions. The way his head bobbed up and down as he strummed his guitar while seated on a stool was most entertaining, and his energy offset the static shyness of Mr ByeAlex himself. But let’s not just talk about his hair, let’s admire his guitar work too … to hold a song together in a massive auditorium with just an acoustic guitar is quite some feat. Check out the performance here… (the back-up singer is great too, she’s really lovely, I hope they tour Australia one day).

http://www.eurovision.tv/page/multimedia/videos?id=87123

Azerbaijan's Farid Mammadov got the most number one votes in the Eurovision contest - I wonder why!

Azerbaijan’s Farid Mammadov got the most number one votes in the Eurovision contest – I wonder why! (But can anyone remember his song?)

Wrapping up the contest from a Romance language point of view (and let’s face it, there is only so much Eurovision one can take, haha), Moldova’s Alione Moon came 11th and Romania’s Cezar came 13th. (See this posting for more information on them and the former’s lyrics in Romanian and English). Romania gave Moldova its top vote and Azerbaijan its second vote. Moldova gave its top vote to eastern neighbour Ukraine and its second vote to western neighbour Romania, which also got a second vote from Greece.  Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest won the competition, getting 281 points to runner-up Azerbaijan’s 234, but this was due more to the fact that all 39 nations barring San Marino (and Denmark itself, no country can award itself) voted to give it some points – just eight countries made it their number one choice. In contrast, Azerbaijan’s Farid Mammadov was the top pick of 10 countries, but got no points at all from nine countries. He had great backing up from an athletic dancer trapped in a glass cage. Check it out here…

http://www.eurovision.tv/page/multimedia/videos?id=87113

2 thoughts on “Eurovision wash-up 3: sideburns, mohawks and buffed chests

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