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  1. Alex says

    Err actually she won cause the song is amazing, d*ck! I assume youre to ignorant to have ever heard of Kate Bush. God I cant stand Americans sometimes.

  2. Bobsyouruncle says

    Alex: I love me some Kate Bush, but Loreen can’t hold a candle to her. I’m surprised by the comparison, honestly. Perhaps some of her earlier singles are different, but I don’t get much Kate Bush from this song (though the outfit definitely seems like something Kate would wear).

  3. Matt26 says

    It was the best song. (ESC is camp and politics in voting.)
    Handsome guys performing from Estonia Ott Lepland (good voice and song), Germany Roman Lob (good song), Norway Tooji.

  4. Frank says

    Not only is Loreen a great singer, but she is also an amazing human being–the only contestant to meet with human rights activists in the totalitarian state of Azerbaijan. She has talent, charisma and integrity! She is also a strong supporter of gay rights!

  5. Rovex says

    I found the ESC this year rather amusing given all the anti-gay stuff associated with it. The male host was one hell of a flamer.

  6. ratbastard says

    The ESC is a joke. Cheesy music and rabid nationalism [gee, I thought only Americans were nationalistic; at least that’s what most ‘Euro’ progressives’ always whine.

    @Alex,

    I’m very familiar with Kate Bush.

  7. Leroy Laflamme says

    Wake up on the wrong side of the bed, ALEX? First in line, and grumpy, rude, anti-social, potty mouthed & jingoistic with it too. And for an Americanhater, your command of the English language is decidely iffy. You might want to have someone check your copy before you hit Post. And just one more thing – the f*ck’s Kate Bush got to do with this?

  8. Ginbuck (@Ginbuck1) says

    She brought the right combination of performance, voice, and material. I really like watching her. There were a few other entertaining acts. I thought the singer from Spain had a good, interesting voice. Some were easy on the eyes like the lead singer from Belarus and the German singer. This year’s ESC was entertaining.

  9. Max says

    Every year I say I’m not watching this thing again, and every year I watch it again. Lol. Congratulations, Loreen (and Sweden).

  10. Joseph Singer says

    Why this contest was even held in Azerbaijan is a mystery to me. They have a dismal human rights record. They don’t cotton to homasecshuls either.

  11. Rovex says

    It was held in Azerbaijan because they won it last year. Th REAL issue is why they are in a European contest, they arent in Europe.

    Ratbastard.. Not all of Europe is nationalistic, its mainly the eastern block nations that are, as far as i can see most shouldnt even be in the contest.

  12. says

    IMHO Loreen was hideous and the song sucks.

    Serbia was much better.

    Lots of my friends liked babushki, but I didn’t get them either — even though I’ve sung with actual authentic Russian choirs.

  13. ger says

    I still can’t figure out what Kate Bush has to do with this forgettable song – perhaps its because I’m Canadian?

  14. Aki says

    I’m just glad it was Sweden that won and not Russia. I know that in ESC vocals aren’t everything, but as a singer babushki were terrible. I’m sad that Italy, Spain, Iceland, and Bosnia & Herzegovina didn’t place higher than they did. Very good entries.

  15. Solomon says

    This weekend guy is really grating my nerves today. I like his tenacity and the amount of stories he’s putting on the blog but he seems to be just word vomitting his mind all over the stories and ruining the carefully crafted journalism Towle wants. Not to mention the numerous numerous spelling mistakes (MDMA =/=MDNA, George Willis =/= George Willig, etc. etc.)

    Quality over quantity, sir. Please. I would think I was reading queerty (shudder).

  16. Solomon says

    This weekend guy is really grating my nerves today. I like his tenacity and the amount of stories he’s putting on the blog but he seems to be just word vomitting his mind all over the stories and ruining the carefully crafted journalism Towle wants. Not to mention the numerous numerous spelling mistakes (MDMA =/=MDNA, George Willis =/= George Willig, etc. etc.)

    Quality over quantity, sir. Please. I would think I was reading queerty (shudder).

  17. ElCid says

    @ Alex:
    The ignorant is you my friend. THIS IS NOTHING LIKE KATE BUSH. Go Back to School you fool.
    Besides, pardon me guys, but that girl WAS NOT SINGING LIVE.

  18. ElCid says

    @ Alex:
    Musically, the song is AWFUL. The voice is nice. What she was wearing and her dancing have a slight resemblance to Kate Bush. Lyrically, singing style, and quality regarding, Kate would slap you in the face for this comparison. You must be “The man with the child in his eyes”, right?

  19. Brandon K. Thorp says

    Dear Solomon:

    Thanks for reading. Sorry for grating on your nerves. You know, Andy makes lots of typos, too. And like Andy, I’m quite grateful when somebody points them out. With blogging, very often the fingers move more quickly than the eyes o brain. It’s the nature of the idiom, and I’m probably an unusually bad offender — I’m typically a very slow writer, very keen on rewrites and rewrites of rewrites and so on. I’m sure there are lots of mistakes which, if I’d noticed them, would have made me blush. I know for a fact I’ve tossed up a lot of phrases so awkwardly constructed that they shame me for weeks. Please forgive me.

    Anyway — as far as this story goes, don’t you think the ninja question was appropriate? I mean, Loreen lady appears to be fighting invisible ninjas. I can’t think of what else she might be doing.

    – BKT

  20. Max says

    “Th REAL issue is why they are in a European contest, they arent in Europe.”

    Rovex, it’s not an issue at all. All countries in the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are eligible to participate in Eurovision. Look it up on Wikipedia.

  21. Toto says

    While I would say that, yes this song doesnt sound like Kate Bush, her style and performance channeled her.

  22. Solomon says

    @BKT Also I think it’s clear to me that her dance was a capoeira-inspired interpretive dance. I enjoyed it I think. I’m not sure if I enjoyed it because I was anticipating ninjas though.

  23. moocowe says

    @elcid, it may not have sounded like it to you but she was definitely singing live. It’s a fundamental rule of the contest that all vocals are live and all vocalists are present on stage.

    If her vocals were pre-recorded we would have heard about it by now and European Broadcasting Union would deciding some sort of sanction against SVT (Swedish Broadcaster) for breaching the rules of the contest.

  24. Duff says

    @Elcid she was singing live, everyone sings live it’s part of the rules and she actually choked on a faux-snow flake during the viewing that the juries see.

    And the song and performance is good, it’s just hard for some people to understand the artistic character of it…

  25. ElCid says

    @ Moocowe and Duff,
    Thanks guys for clarify it for me. :)
    Although mu comments regarding ALEX (the first poster) still hold.

  26. Harrison says

    Anyone who is new to Loreen should head to YouTube immediately and listen to her other two singles. The most recent is called “Sober” and the first one is called “My Heart is Refusing Me,” which was in the running to represent Sweden at Eurovision 2011 but did not make it.

    She was also a contestant on Swedish Idol back in 2004. Wowsers!

  27. Andreas says

    I thought this song was OK. I voted for Ukraine, and also liked the songs from Moldova and France.

    Loreen won because her song had performed well in some European charts, thus increasing her popularity. This year’s contest was so much better than last year’s.

    The songs were much better.

  28. Monrob says

    Sadly, the only thing this video shows is that there is a lack of talent all over the world.