TV: Eurovision 2014 Live Commentary

“Eurovision! Eurovision! Eurovision! Are you ready?!”

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20:00

Eurovision begins.

20:02

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Featuring a short video by Emily, the previous winner. Showing different ways of travelling to the Eurovision set.

20:04

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Dancing with the competing flags.

20:07

Introduction of all the eurovision entrants.

20:11

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Introduction of the hosts. More than 18 million people are watching this show, including those outside Europe.

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TV: “Children of the Universe” Molly Smitten-Downes Official Video

“As I am awakened with fire in my bones”

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(“Yes, I am fabulous!”)

Rather excitingly, the official video for Molly Smitten-Downes entry into Eurovision 2014 has been uploaded in the past few days. The video, available on her official youtube channel, shows Molly amongst her band lounging around on plush furniture and standing in front of flowers.

The official video has clearer audio than the studio version that was uploaded earlier in the year. The song is actually pretty good, and even incredible considering this is a UK entry. Personally, I didn’t need any more reasons to love Molly’s creation, but the luxurious official video does help.

However, as good as the song is, it all depends on the actual night. Eurovision semi-finals will take place on the 6th and 8th of May, and the UK has automatic entry into the finals, taking place on 10th of May 2014.

See the video below:

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Musings: Avoiding Britain’s Got Talent

“Change channels”

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(Dancing for a YES)

I don’t usually publicly announce that I’m boycotting, or avoiding things, because usually I change my mind and have to explain why I reverted. However, in this case, I will explain why I have been avoiding Britain’s Got Talent for the past couple of years, and why after seeing a snatch of it now, I’m glad I don’t keep up with it anymore.

Britain’s Got Talent is a big feature of Saturday evenings, and is watched by millions of people all over the country. Yet, it’s the judges, not the acts, that are putting on the biggest show.

I thought it was about finding an entertaining act for the Queen? Or even, something worth £250,000?! Wasn’t that the point? Surely the judges can get past the their huge egos, of which no-one’s is bigger than Simon Cowell‘s.

When dance group Cartel auditioned in tonight’s show, one of the members was being judges far more harshly based on his looks and age. Jamie, pictured above on the far left, is in his late 20’s, and his teammates are in their teens. Simon see a terrible error in letting an older dancer perform with younger ones.

Does Jamie‘s age affect his performance? Not at all. He is as slick and proficient at dancing as any of those other performers, but was singled out because he is older. Apart from being incredibly rude, this is being ageist. Do I have to watch Simon’s opinions rule over television? Absolutely not, I will change the channel.

Hopefully in the future, there will be an end to over-produced audition-based shows, with egoistic judges, and auditions with sob-stories. My fingers are crossed for a fresh wave of entertainment, on new platforms.

See Cartel’s audition below:

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TV: Eurovision 2014 UK Entry “Children of the Universe” Molly Smitten-Downes

“Power to the people”

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The UK entry for Eurovision 2014 was shown a few days ago. The BBC version is the most publicised, featuring Molly Smitten-Downes singing a live version of her song “Children of the Universe”.

Described as cool and contemporary, Molly brings a different and modern style to the UK entry for Eurovision. Think 2010 winner Lena and her song “Satelitte“, but with an actual British accent. Molly stomps across the stage, reaches achingly beautiful notes with her voice, and oozes casualness with her henna tattoos.

Last year, Bonnie Tyler represented the UK. and although her fanbase was prominent in the audience, the song didn’t do well in the UK charts or in the competition. Bonnie Tyler crooned “Believe in Me“, and reached 19th place, scoring a mere 23 points.

Although British citizens like to scoff at Eurovion, and the “political voting” between countries, there is always that spark of hope that the UK will place in the Top 10 in the competition. I personally think that Molly Smitten-Downes offers the best chance of getting a high ranking (and dare I say, even winning) since Blue with “I Can“, back in 2011.

Eurovision Finals will be broadcast on the 10th of May 2014, following Semi-Finals on the 6th and 8th of May 2014. As one of the major countries backing the competition, the UK has an automatic entry into the Finals.

I will be aiming to do a live commentary on the competition.

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Book: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games Trilogy Book 3) Review

“And so it ends… Finally!”

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Dystopia, Action, Age: YA+

Released: 1st December 2011 (UK version)

Warning! This review may contain spoilers for the first and second book! Although I will avoid going into details.

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Those people that have read my review of Catching Fire will know that I rated it very, very low. The reason was that the books had no direction, it lacked magnitude, it lacked power, it lacked structure, and most of all: IT LACKED A POINT.

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Currently Reading: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games Trilogy Book 3)

“Mockingbird + Jabberjay = Mockingjay!”

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Dystopia, Action, Age: YA+

Released: 1st December 2011 (UK version)

I’ve been reading this series quickly, however, I feel like they are just easy books to read.

Obviously, it’s main target audience is teenagers, that’s probably why there are no “big words”. Mockingjay continues on from the first  and second book.

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Book: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Trilogy Book 2) Review

“It’s almost a crime how easy these books are!”

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Dystopia, Action, Age: YA+

Released: 1st December 2011 (UK version)

Once again, I have managed to read this book in just a couple of days.

You should know that this is the second book of The Hunger Games and this review may contain spoilers, although I do my very best to avoid details.

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You may remember from my previous review that the first Hunger Games book doesn’t end correctly, and instead is so inconclusive that you almost HAVE TO buy the second book. Well, I did, and the story really does continue on from the exact spot that the first book left off.

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Currently Reading: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Trilogy Book 2)

“Volume 2, volume 2..”

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Dystopia, Action, Age: YA+

Released: 1st December 2011 (UK version)

Just started reading this. The first book was a very light read and I manged to finish it in just three days. I’m assuming this is more of the same, so shouldn’t take too long.

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Purchased: Catching Fire and Mockingjay (The Hunger Games Trilogy Books 2 & 3)

“Could resist, but decided not to..”

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Dystopia, Action, Age: YA+

Released: 1st December 2011 (UK version)

Okay, so I recently finished The Hunger Games, and I wasn’t going to buy the book until much later, however, I spotted them, and I just thought “Why not?”

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Book: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games Trilogy Book 1) Review

“Possibly the quickest read ever!”

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Dystopia, Action, Age: YA+

Released: 1st December 2011 (UK version)

So.. it was only a couple of days ago that I posted about reading the Hunger Games and now, I’m proud to say that I have in fact completed it, and it’s sort of restored my faith in “the hype” a little.

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