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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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 13 Series Finale Summary + Review

“The end of a magical adventure…”

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(Look over there! Is it a bird? Is it a plane?)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Mordred and Arthur meet on the battleground for Camelot. Mordred doesn’t hesitate to use magic, and Arthur is sent reeling from his former friend.

Both men want to win this battle, but only one can survive.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 12 Summary + Review

“Surprise attacks”

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(Giving Morgana styling tips are not well received)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, finally Morgana has Mordred as an ally, and knows the identity of her fated nemesis, Emrys. She launches a plan to relieve Merlin of his magic, and bring her army to Camelot.

The magical showdown is about to begin.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 11 Summary + Review

“Run and hide in the name of love”

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(She totally looks like one of those evil, brutal Saxons.)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, the Knights of Camelot hunt a group of Saxons. One of the members is attempting to get away, and Mordred is quick to chase after them. It turns out to be his childhood love, Kara, who he lets slip away.

The only witness to his actions is Merlin, who is watching with the belief that Mordred may show his true side any day now.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 10 Summary + Review

“Things get tortured a lot”

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(Merlin is imagining a fair magical lady, walking through the woods)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Merlin finds a magical token in the forest. Suspicious of its origins, and wondering why anyone would leave a powerful artifact in the middle of nowhere, he decides to investigate.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 9 Summary + Review

“Why, hello there stranger…”

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(“I wasn’t sneaking around. This is… how I walk.”)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Gwen is falling under suspicion when she decides to wander through Camelot at odd hours. The truth of her nature comes to light when she is spotted meeting Morgana, by Arthur and Merlin who had followed her.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 8 Summary + Review

“Merlin… is out at the tavern…”

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(“My sister is inside a well, in the middle of forest, far, far away…”)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, a young boy caught by Guinevere is wandering the streets of Camelot late at night. Daegal has come to find Merlin, who he believes can save his sister. He claims to be of a druid nature, and Merlin quickly gathers his wits and supplies for a trip with this stranger.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 7 Summary + Review

“Who killed Arthur?”

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(Arthur vows to fall unconscious as many times until the end of the series)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Arthur faces an assassination attempt while being out with Gwen on their anniversary. The strap of his horse’s girdle has been cut, and only someone who has access to the king’s stables could do this….

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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