Eurovision Song Contest 2017

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    mawnck Active Member

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    They have three transmitters. One's in Warrenton. Great station for listening to the Metro updates (which are "fish with bicycle useful" out here).

    If you ever get your mitts on an HD Radio, you should check out their HD-2 Channel on the DC transmitter (the one at 103.5). It's Sputnik Radio - a Russian propaganda station, essentially the radio version of RT.
     
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    WTOP does have some of the best Metro coverage out there. They just released some ridership WMATA showing that ridership was down 41% at my station for October-December of last year, when compared to the previous year. If you look at October alone (which was impacted by SafeTrack work for nearly the entire month), ridership dropped by more than 70%; and this is at the station that used to be the 2nd busiest in the entire system during rush hour. It's no wonder why they've begun to lay the PR groundwork for declaring bankruptcy in about a year (though they've been not-so-quietly staffing up for it for much longer)
    Metro ridership down 41 percent at 1 station | WTOP

    Anywho, about that Eurovision...
     
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    Oh yes, about that Eurovision. Every year some country or other pops in with a song that is like "REALLY guys? There are actually people in your country in positions of authority that think THIS is a good idea?" It's often San Marino (who, it must be said, haven't announced anything yet for 2017). But today, Croatia laid down the gauntlet.

    We go now to the Eurovision Apocalypse blog:

    EUROVISION APOCALYPSE: Croatia 2017 - Jacques Houdek - My Friend

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    If you heard the instrumental version that was kicking around a couple of days ago, the light and dark shades hinted that it was more akin to a duet than a single voiced event - and it is… with himself! Seriously! One second he's sugaring it out in a saccharine pop voice, the next belting it out in near operatic tenor. This kind of schtick is easy enough to pull off in the studio. But live? This could be one of the most fun packed car crash events in years. Or he might just pull it off and knock all our socks off. Somehow.

    <snip>

    Ooh, ooh, and then there's the Frozen bit. Yep, there's a couple of musical phrases within the chorus that sound, show shall we say this delicately, EXACTLY like the main hook to Let It Go.
     
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    Yikes! That reminds me of when I sing along to a duet in the car, and both voices are comically high and low; there's natural range is ignored in favor of the extremes

    And the Let It Go resemblance is uncanny
     
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    Wow. That was almost profoundly weird.

    All of the above, plus the scratchy "classical" runs in the middle. PLUS some dodgy English translations ("For the miracle/I'm talking of"). PLUS the spoken intro.

    Wow.
     
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    A palate cleanser, just now out from The Netherlands. Really nice country harmonies in search of a song:

     
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    I've never been into Eurovision... is everything in English?
     
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    The official languages are English and French, but it ends up being mostly English. And then each country has its own offscreen commentators. (The YouTube feed is commentator-free.)

    The songs can be in whatever language they want, but the majority end up at least partially in English, since other languages rarely win the contest. This year might be an exception, since Italy is the frontrunner, and they've already announced it's staying in Italian. Last year the Austrian song was in French for some reason ...
     

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