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Post by Danger Whale on Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:56 am

What national finals are you looking forwards to during this Eurovision season?

Do you have a favorite one that you like watching?
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Re: National Finals

Post by *Alex on Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:47 am

I think this year I've finally gotten over my whole "wah National Finals break my heart the song I want to go through never wins wah wah wah" phase and this year I'm determined to watch as many as possible.

I'm probably most pumped about MelFest cause this'll be my first year where I intend to follow all the rounds of it. I'm also excited for the Belarussian NF as soon as we hear of their confirmation. Really glad Russia's NF is in December... I'll be back with more countries I'm looking forward to watch as soon as more countries confirm. When's the deadline for that?
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Post by NeonNocturnal on Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:08 am

Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Estonia.
Those are the NF's I'll probably watch Smile
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Post by Danger Whale on Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:20 am

*Alex wrote:I think this year I've finally gotten over my whole "wah National Finals break my heart the song I want to go through never wins wah wah wah" phase and this year I'm determined to watch as many as possible.

I'm probably most pumped about MelFest cause this'll be my first year where I intend to follow all the rounds of it. I'm also excited for the Belarussian NF as soon as we hear of their confirmation. Really glad Russia's NF is in December... I'll be back with more countries I'm looking forward to watch as soon as more countries confirm. When's the deadline for that?
I would always watch MF, but it gets tiring having the stream constantly rebuffer (hurray for living in the US). I now have to watch it the day after.

I'm pretty jazzed for Eesti Laul, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, and the German selection.
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Post by pinkchiffon on Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:33 am

Obviously Russia and Belarus, since we're probably going to get news about them soonest.

Lithuania was the first one I watched a couple of years ago. I'm going to watch theirs (or at least keep track of what is qualifying and how, so I can be either reassured or resigned) from the quarterfinals onward. So you don't have to. Wink 

I watched Albania for the first time last year, and it was interminable and anticlimactic, but I thought they had a few artists with great potential in their selection. I'll turn it off after all the entries have been performed and wait for news with cautious optimism this time.

Germany and Finland could be fun. Let's just hope they have more triumphant outcomes than this year. I actually missed some of the biggest "fan favorites" (most notably MF and Eesti Laul) because I was so burnt out on NFs in the same way Alex describes, but I'm going to similarly steel myself to watch as many as possible and see if it holds up in reality.
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Post by NeonNocturnal on Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:42 am

MF was really rubbish. Dansk Melod Grand Prix was a sly old dog! I watched it last week and was shocked at how good it was and how little people talked about it.

The German final is amazing, regardless of the esc result! Melodifestivalen was a huge dump of disappointment and ridiculous results. Eddie Razaz not being in the final... Robin winning...
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Re: National Finals

Post by Danger Whale on Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:53 am

MF was a train wreck and it was a pain to watch (aside from the buffering).
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Post by *Alex on Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:56 am

I think the thing with DMGP was because it was so early and because Denmark is a generally unassuming country in the contest it went under the radar. I quite liked the three presenter ladies but I tuned in right around the end when they chose the song.
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Post by Danger Whale on Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:04 am

The staging was really nice. Hell, I love all of their staging throughout the years (2010-present).
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Re: National Finals

Post by CaledonianBlues on Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:04 pm

I love watching the Icelandic NF. They're generally efficient and concise with it, no waffling on for hours.

Does anyone else like watching the NFs for the exposure to the languages?
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Post by iiva on Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:04 am

The last few years I've only properly watched Melodifestivalen. It's such a brilliant show and super funny too. They show it on Finnish television so buffering is not a thing. >Very Happy I quite enjoy the language and the artists. And the jokes. I just love Sweden okay.

As for our own little (okay maybe not so little...) Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, I'm not a big fan. Most of the entries are usually bad/unsuitable for ESC and the show is boring. But maybe I feel this way because a) Mello is perfect and b) I want our entry to be perfect so that we win again. If you watch UMK and don't understand Finnish, don't worry. You're not missing anything grand.

Maybe this season I'll watch more NF's provided I have time. Could be entertaining.
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Post by bondjure on Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:29 am

I actually never watched a NF yet. I heard all the entries in Eesti Laul but never ended up watching it. I wish some countries that do internal would do a NF, mainly just Georgia because Georgian music is amazing. I've heard the German NF is really good so I might watch that.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me to keep an eye on? I doubt I could watch them all but I would gladly appreciate any help choosing which ones to watch. Smile
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Re: National Finals

Post by CaledonianBlues on Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:55 am

bondjure wrote:I actually never watched a NF yet. I heard all the entries in Eesti Laul but never ended up watching it. I wish some countries that do internal would do a NF, mainly just Georgia because Georgian music is amazing. I've heard the German NF is really good so I might watch that.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me to keep an eye on? I doubt I could watch them all but I would gladly appreciate any help choosing which ones to watch. Smile
Melodifestivalen (Sweden) is a good shout. I *think* it's regarded as the best production out of all the NFs. The Swedes take it seriously. Wink Another good one is Denmark.
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Re: National Finals

Post by NeonNocturnal on Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:49 am

I think the ones to watch will be;
-Sweden, if you want to see an NF done right and how good they can become, this is your go to place. Plus it's arguably the biggest show on Swedish TV.
-Germany, the current delegation is extremely enthusiastic and everyone has their eye on them, I believe given the right ideas and funding, Germany could surpass Sweden in terms of NF quality. They're trying things out so it's an interesting thing to see the rise of a delegation.
- Denmark, simply because they're hosts and most Nordic NF's are great in quality. The fact DR said they wanted to win again is very ballsy and will be interesting to see if they keep their promise.
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Re: National Finals

Post by Kimyasimya on Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:32 am

I only managed to catch a few minutes of the end of Sanremo this year. This year I think I'll commit myself to Sanremo and Melodifestivalen, but I want to catch a lot more. Are there any good ones from the Balkans/Southern Europe?
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Re: National Finals

Post by maddog on Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:33 am

NeonNocturnal wrote:Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Estonia.
Those are the NF's I'll probably watch Smile
These are the ones I look forward to. I will watch ALL the national finals. (and hopefully be at melfest)

Unpopular opinion: I like the Maltese NF.
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Post by bondjure on Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:04 am

CaledonianBlues wrote:
bondjure wrote:I actually never watched a NF yet. I heard all the entries in Eesti Laul but never ended up watching it. I wish some countries that do internal would do a NF, mainly just Georgia because Georgian music is amazing. I've heard the German NF is really good so I might watch that.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me to keep an eye on? I doubt I could watch them all but I would gladly appreciate any help choosing which ones to watch. Smile
Melodifestivalen (Sweden) is a good shout. I *think* it's regarded as the best production out of all the NFs. The Swedes take it seriously. Wink Another good one is Denmark.
Thanks, I would like to see who Denmark sends! I'll watch Melodifestivalen since it's so big. Thanks again!
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Post by pinkchiffon on Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:08 am

Kimyasimya wrote:I only managed to catch a few minutes of the end of Sanremo this year. This year I think I'll commit myself to Sanremo and Melodifestivalen, but I want to catch a lot more. Are there any good ones from the Balkans/Southern Europe?
I know some people watch Serbia, and there's a rumor that Bulgaria will have one. I'd be interested in Slovenia if they bring theirs back.
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Post by renoncer aux batailles on Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:48 am

CaledonianBlues wrote:I love watching the Icelandic NF. They're generally efficient and concise with it, no waffling on for hours.

Does anyone else like watching the NFs for the exposure to the languages?
The Icelandic one is waaaaay up there with my favourites, because there always seems to be lots of good quality songs. Although the fact that they're all in Icelandic is a huge plus for me too. Brilliant language, so it is.
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Re: National Finals

Post by Kimyasimya on Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:35 am

pinkchiffon wrote:
Kimyasimya wrote:I only managed to catch a few minutes of the end of Sanremo this year. This year I think I'll commit myself to Sanremo and Melodifestivalen, but I want to catch a lot more. Are there any good ones from the Balkans/Southern Europe?
I know some people watch Serbia, and there's a rumor that Bulgaria will have one. I'd be interested in Slovenia if they bring theirs back.
I'd be interested in catching a bit of Serbia's NF, I often enjoy their entries.
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Post by Danger Whale on Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:34 am

renoncer aux batailles wrote:
CaledonianBlues wrote:I love watching the Icelandic NF. They're generally efficient and concise with it, no waffling on for hours.

Does anyone else like watching the NFs for the exposure to the languages?
The Icelandic one is waaaaay up there with my favourites, because there always seems to be lots of good quality songs. Although the fact that they're all in Icelandic is a huge plus for me too. Brilliant language, so it is.
The Icelandic NF is another good one to watch. I can't believe I forgot that one.
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Post by *Alex on Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:59 am

Kimyasimya wrote:I only managed to catch a few minutes of the end of Sanremo this year. This year I think I'll commit myself to Sanremo and Melodifestivalen, but I want to catch a lot more. Are there any good ones from the Balkans/Southern Europe?
we live in the same city you really don't have a choice in the matter with respect to MelFest sorry bout it Razz

I'd say Beovizija (Serbia's NF), but that may just be my gigantic bias. Hopefully FYROM will have Tijana performing a few songs for the public to vote. I've heard the Albanian one's a drag.

pinkchiffon wrote:
Kimyasimya wrote:I only managed to catch a few minutes of the end of Sanremo this year. This year I think I'll commit myself to Sanremo and Melodifestivalen, but I want to catch a lot more. Are there any good ones from the Balkans/Southern Europe?
I know some people watch Serbia, and there's a rumor that Bulgaria will have one. I'd be interested in Slovenia if they bring theirs back.
I seriously doubt Slovenia's even coming back this year but we'll see.
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Post by Kimyasimya on Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:12 pm

*Alex wrote:
Kimyasimya wrote:I only managed to catch a few minutes of the end of Sanremo this year. This year I think I'll commit myself to Sanremo and Melodifestivalen, but I want to catch a lot more. Are there any good ones from the Balkans/Southern Europe?
we live in the same city you really don't have a choice in the matter with respect to MelFest sorry bout it Razz
Don't worry, I look forward to MF Very Happy- I'll be holding you to it (and preferably Sanremo too, but with Italy I've found that you really just never know)
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Post by *Alex on Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:17 pm

Kimyasimya wrote:
*Alex wrote:
Kimyasimya wrote:I only managed to catch a few minutes of the end of Sanremo this year. This year I think I'll commit myself to Sanremo and Melodifestivalen, but I want to catch a lot more. Are there any good ones from the Balkans/Southern Europe?
we live in the same city you really don't have a choice in the matter with respect to MelFest sorry bout it Razz
Don't worry, I look forward to MF Very Happy- I'll be holding you to it (and preferably Sanremo too, but with Italy I've found that you really just never know)
Sanremo's a big week long debacle we're best off just watching the last two shows, cause Italy may pick from the Newcomers section or they'll go for someone better known, and if it's someone I recognize and like I will probably cry from happiness.
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Post by Kimyasimya on Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:24 pm

*Alex wrote:Sanremo's a big week long debacle we're best off just watching the last two shows, cause Italy may pick from the Newcomers section or they'll go for someone better known, and if it's someone I recognize and like I will probably cry from happiness.
I figured as much... but, sadly, I desperately need to practise my Italian and stay in touch with at least some Italian music/culture... I'd be disappointed if I missed it.

Also I never really thought much of countries like Estonia or Iceland or Malta but they're pretty serious contenders and have a serious following, and I think I might tune in to one of their NFs to see what they're about.
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