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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eurovision 2008 - Douze points...
Well here we go again with another jamboree of euro hopefulls all getting together just to show how far apart we really were in the first place!! Nevertheless,within the cocktail of 43 songs are the usual belting anthemic tracks brought to you again this year courtesy of Charlotte Perelli from Sweden ( a hot fave to take the euro crown for a second time) alongside a dance...
Published on 5 May 2008 by Mr. R. L. Davies

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5.0 out of 5 stars Eurovision 2008 - Douze points..., 5 May 2008
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Mr. R. L. Davies (Leicester,UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Eurovision Song Contest: Belgrade 2008 (Audio CD)
Well here we go again with another jamboree of euro hopefulls all getting together just to show how far apart we really were in the first place!! Nevertheless,within the cocktail of 43 songs are the usual belting anthemic tracks brought to you again this year courtesy of Charlotte Perelli from Sweden ( a hot fave to take the euro crown for a second time) alongside a dance tune from Iceland which has all the hallmarks of a surefire summer euro hit in nightclubs from Dublin to Dubrovnic.Other high points this year include Switzerland with a fabulous slow anthemic intro which builds into a crowd pleasing thumper of a tune, Armenia with its drum banging conteporary dance tune with more than a whiff of the east to help it catch those all important eastern block votes and Andorras "steps" like song which should at least bring 12 points from Spain to ensure it keeps out of the 0 point category!!
The contest has its usual quota of hunky guys brought to you this year from Russia,Israel and Denmark and its share of sexy girls from Ukraine,Poland and the chicks from Germany.
From the sublime to the ridiculous this years contest does not disapoint on any level ( check out Ireland, Belgium,Bosnia and France in the "annual" strange category) but as we all know anything can happen on the night and i'm sure it will!!
This is a great compelation cd that really is worth a purchase,go on... you know you want to!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars some great some good and one real turkey, 27 May 2008
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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a 2cd collection of all the songs from the 2008 eurovision song contest. 43 entries in total. a chanceto hear all the songs again. and these are worth listening to if you're a serious fan of the contest because on occasion a song can lose something in the performance and it comes over better on cd.

dics one contains:

andorra: a great song that alas didnt get to the final
albania: a decent song and a good singer
armenia: feisty up tempo stuff and very catchy
azerbaijan: a nice tune but you can barely hear the words
bosnia & herzegovenia: a song that had a very daft performance but without that it's quite good
belgium: a pleasant little number
bulgaria: funky music but not much of a song
belarus: decent pop music but nothing special
switzerland: a superb song that alas didnt reach the final
cyprus: pleasant but not memorable
czech republic: decent pop
germany: nice but a bit low key
denmark: over performed but a good pleasant song
estonia: a rather unfunny comedy one that makes no sense if you don't speak the language
spain: a catchy little ditty. you'll either like it or hate it
finland: good hard rock
france: pleasant but a bit unmemorable
united kingdom: not bad but nothing special
georgia: a nice song but it never quite grabs
greece: excellent catchy song
croatia: nice music although the rap section gets in the way

disc two:

hungary: pleasant but not desperately memorable ballad
ireland: this is the turkey! dreadfully unfunny attempt at humour
israel: good song and good singer
iceland: excellent rock music and very well sung
lithuania: amazingly strong singer. good tune
latvia: a fun shanty you'll either love or hate. I loved it.
moldova: nice but doesnt quite work
montenegro: okay song but nothing special
macedonia: a song that grows on you after a few listens
malta: lively stuff but the lyrics can barely be heard
netherlands: great singer good song
norway: same as above
poland: good song but not the strongest of singers
portugal: operatic stuff and powerful at points
romania: a nice duet for a good ballad
serbia: a good ballad
russia: a good song and an excellent singer. the contest winner
sweden: superb singer but a good rather than great song
slovenia: catchy tune and great singer. another that unfortunately didnt make the final
san marino: a decent tune but it doesnt stick in the mind
turkey: excellent rock
ukraine: strong song and brilliant singer

but that's just my opinion. if you want a record of the contest to cherish, then this will do the job
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5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR EUROVISION, 6 May 2014
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This review is from: Eurovision Song Contest: Belgrade 2008 (Audio CD)
We really enjoyed this year, hosted by Serbia. Not sure the winner Believe (from Russia) was the best song, as Israel's entry Boaz singing "The Fire in Your Eyes" was very strong, but there were many good songs that year. From pirates to peaceniks, from romance to the ridiculous, Eurovision 2008 had it all. Our other favourites included Romania, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Germany, and Estonia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars broken case, 14 Feb 2014
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there was no issue with the CDs but the case was recieved with a crack on the cover and a broken 'hinge'
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 26 Dec 2013
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for any eurovision song contest fan this is a must have, the celebration of the coming together of the worlds music
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good., 2 Jan 2013
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Any surprise. You can keep it as a file of the event.
Nothing new for the followers of the contest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm not usually a Eurovision Fan..., 13 May 2008
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Katrina-UK (Stockport, Cheshire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Eurovision Song Contest: Belgrade 2008 (Audio CD)
Because lets be honest, a lot of the artists/bands that have appeared (especially in recent years) are usually, whats the word..oh yes, rubbish! Well its nearly Eurovision time again and the same goes for this year. There are some pretty good tunes, and there's some very bad Eurotrash!

There are a lot of dance tracks this year which will be played throughout European clubs in the summer. The funny award goes to Iceland (have you seen the video?!) Then there's the real Eurotrash catagory, like Estonia's entry for example.

The kids will be voting for Latvia (you've got to admit the chorus is catchy - a bit 'Flogging Molly' style.) However the stand out track for me is Serbia's entry 'Oro' by Jelena Tomasevic feat. Bora Dugic, which I could listen to again and again.

The major disappointment comes in the form of the British Entry - Andy Abraham. I usually love the style of music he chooses to sing, even owning one of his albums. However his Eurovision entry does nothing for me, it is nothing new. So once again, Britain has no chance of winning Eurovision. Not just because of politics (which plays a massive part), but because it continues to choose rubbish songs.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The annual musical lucky dip...as entertaining as ever, 17 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Eurovision Song Contest: Belgrade 2008 (Audio CD)
The artists and songs of the 2008 Eurovison Song Contest were totally overshadowed by the voting. Growing dissatisfaction at biases in its voting system had seen the resurgent Eurovision sailing into dangerous waters for some years. In Belgrade it truly hit the rocks. The show's centre of gravity had been shifting relentlessly eastwards since 1993 when Yugoslavia split into its separate entities. As the years rolled on more and more ex-communist states joined the party. By 2008 Eastern countries had started to outnumber the 'old Eurovision Europe' of the West. The debut of Azerbaijan, stretching the concept of 'European' to breaking point for many, completed this eastwards expansion and meant all non-Asian ex-Soviet Union states were now present and correct.

The introduction of televoting ca. 1997 set the scene for when the scales would really tip in favour of the newcomers; the mass movement over the next decade of millions of Eastern European migrant workers into Western Europe sealed it. Once there they dutifully televoted en masse for their homelands, totally skewing the competition's voting climax. So widespread and predictable had this become that by the time of the Belgrade show it was possible to accurately predict much of the scoreboard before a single note had been sung. Austria stayed away in protest (again) despite the show's organisers grudgingly tinkering with the voting system in the two semi finals. But they left the main show unreconstructed... with disastrous results. As was widely predicted Russia, with the help of Russian immigrants resident in countries once part of the old USSR, won with a weak song, one that flopped badly outside of Mother Russia.

Russia sent its biggest star in Dima Bilan but his appeal was noticably weaker in the West (and word leaked out that he had also scored far less well with the back up juries who chose Ukraine as their winner). Despite widespread derision across Western Europe at the unfairness in the voting Eurovision bosses were (temporarily at least) adamant that no overhaul of the system was needed. But Bilan's win turned out to be the final nail in the coffin of televoting and within months a new system was announced; the next contest in 2009 would be decided by a mix of televoting and juries of music professionals.

It remains to be seen whether this change will cut the number of novelty/joke entries sent by countries desperate to make a protest/grab attention/get some points. Ireland's turkey puppet, Estonia's TV comics, Latvia's singing pirates and Spain's reggaeton Elvis look-alike may have made 2008 entertaining but lowered the overall quality of the show's line up. Otherwise Belgrade saw the traditional pick'n'mix of genres, including Scandinavian schlager pop, Bulgarian techno, Turkish alt rock, Greek taverna cabaret from Cyprus and the almost traditional heavy metal from Finland. However, first prize for irony must go to Georgia and the blind Russian woman singing its entry, a song called "Peace Will Come"; within three months Russia and Georgia were at war.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Contest Ever!, 10 Jan 2009
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D. Reimann (Adelaide, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Eurovision Song Contest: Belgrade 2008 (Audio CD)
Eurovision Song Contest 2008, which I think has been the best since the first one I watched which was the 2002 contest.

Here's an Australian review of the 2008 contest:

Semi Final 1:
Montenegro - an ok rock song.
Israel - great song, by a great singer.
Estonia - no way, how'd this become Estonia's Eurovision song? Someone tell me?
Moldova - smooth classic song.
San Marino - good try for first timers.
Belgium - great tune.
Azerbaijan - what the...? A little weird, but some people may like it.
Slovenia - great song.
Norway - nice song, another nice relaxing song.
Poland - singer had nice voice.
Ireland - a turkey?, and this was a favourite to win! (wasn't it?)
Andorra - great song, deserved better than its result.
Bosnia & Herzegovina - catchy song, didn't understand what they were saying!
Armenia - great song, great performance, 5 star song.
The Netherlands - a good song.
Finland - Trying to repeat Finland in 2006? For hard rock fans.
Romania - Was this a love song? Was a nice song.
Russia - Song was ok.
Greece - great catchy song. 5 Stars!

Semi Final 2:
Iceland - loved it. Great song. 5 Stars!
Sweden - great song. Rating of 5/5.
Turkey - boring rock song.
Ukraine - Great song. 5 star song!
Lithuania - Great voice.
Albania - good song.
Switzerland - Great song.
Czech Republic - good song. Could have been performed better.
Belarus - couldn't match Belarus 2007 entry.
Latvia - catchy song.
Croatia - too boring for my taste.
Bulgaria - took to long to start. Its a song contest not a dance contest.
Denmark - good catch song.
Georgia - nice song.
Hungary - was ok.
Malta - now this was a great song. Catchy song and tune.
Cyprus - Their worst song since 2002 in my opinion.
FYR Macedonia - catchy song.
Portugal - too slow.

Automatics:
UK - catchy song, not their best entry though.
Germany - deserved a better placing. Good song.
France - a bit weird.
Spain - ...and the country got to choose? was their anything better?
Serbia - the best out of the automatically qualified countries. What were they saying though?

Overall, the contest had it highs and lows, and can't wait to see whats in store for Europe and the world in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A real turkey, 9 Jun 2013
This review is from: Eurovision Song Contest: Belgrade 2008 (Audio CD)
As usual, it's difficult to rate a Eurovision album. Sure, there are some strong songs on this album, including those from Russia, Serbia, Sweden, the Ukraine and Norway. There are also some cult classics, such as Belgian Ishtar's entry "O Julissi", ostensibly sung in an imaginary language, which turns out to be suspiciously similar to garbled Slovak!

Unfortunately, there is also a lot of filler on this album. It includes what could be the worst Eurovision entry *ever* - and let's face it, the competition in this race for the bottom is pretty stiff! I'm referring (of course) to Ireland's talking doll Dustin the Turkey and his abominably bad "Irelande Douze Pointe". Sure, it's supposed to be parody, but...naaah. It was thankfully voted out already in the semi-finale. The trashie doll apparently ran for Irish president at some later point, but was voted down there, too. Otherwise, the so-called PIGS crisis might have become...well, interesting. Not to mention the Northern Ireland peace negotiations.

Overall, the Eurovision public gave most of the freak songs thumbs down this year, and I don't blame them. For some reason, Sweden's strong act "Hero" with Charlotte Perrelli was also dissed by the ESC faithful, despite a major promotion campaign during which Perrelli even visited Albania! People in Sweden still talk about Perrelli's fiasco, five years later. We still haven't gotten over it. It's a damn good song, OK? (Malta got it. Thank you.)

Due to the large amount of crazy static on this album (which includes 43 songs!), I only give it two stars. Good as cultural studies, perhaps.
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