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Víctor Hondal


11/Sep at 13:16


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Three semifinals and a national final proposed

Andorra will participate at Eurovision 2009

Andorran broadcaster RTVA have finally decided that the country will take part in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest 2009, to be held in Moscow. A selection process consisting of three semifinals and a final may be the system chosen by RTVA to select Andorra's sixth entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Earlier this month, Andorran public broadcaster RTVA held a press conference to present their new season programme schedule and RTVA officials announced that Andorra will participate at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Moscow, Russia.

This time, it will be the broadcaster itself who will be in charge of the Eurovision 2009 project. A new formula was tested for the 2008 contest, when a deal with a private musical company was sealed, which created high expectation but did not manage to bring a good result to Andorra.

For the entry selection, a selection procedure has been proposed. The Andorran singer and song would be selected from a national final consisting of three semifinals and a grand final. A mixture of jury vote and televote would be used.

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Max Raspail [36649]
Sat 13 Sep 2008 16:37:03

@ Jonny
Yes, I know that I've got a special own taste... ;)
I really disliked Sonia - everybody said "ooh, she brought such an energy on stage" - really? did she? I thought that this was a boring disco-blah blah-song and she was singing it quite ordinarily in my opinion...
But we finally agree on the Netherlands - Ruth Jacott makes my second place, too.... ;)

Stockholm calling [44413]
Sat 13 Sep 2008 14:08:15

lol. :)
"To nie ja" is the best Polish entry imo. It's my 3rd favourite in 1994 after The UK and Ireland. (I think the lyrics add to the Irish song.)

Mina Carnation [51405]
Sat 13 Sep 2008 10:55:14

it's way too soon to call Russia and Ukraine 'the new Uk and Ireland'..for one thing, neither one of them has won twice yet..LOL

Besides, Russia has been in the esc for 12 years..5 of those years they were below the Top 10. Ukraine, in their 6years of participation they were below the Top 10 twice.

Ireland had only been out of the top 10..... 4 times in 32 years (jury years) for the was outside the top 10...only ONCE IN 40 YEARS! Pretty amazing, isn't it? And that one time they were 11th.

So, we can't compare them to Russia and Ukraine..maybe 20 years later..LOL

Jonny K [46883]
Sat 13 Sep 2008 09:43:37

***I mean "Poland should have won in 1994" . . not 2004 like I wrote lmao! Poland definitely shouldn't have won in 2004!! :D

Jonny K [46883]
Sat 13 Sep 2008 09:41:42

Stockholm - I'm not sure whether the UK should have won 1994, although that reminds me, I was watching the 1994 opening the other day, and Terrys words were "our representative is Frances Ruffelles, and in the very unlikely even she doesn't get 12 points from everybody . . !"
And although the Ukraine and Russia may not the new UK/Ireland in songs, they certainly are in results I think.

Max - Oooh Niamh Kavanagh not in your top 10!! :P She's my 3rd favourite from 1993, my joint first favourites are the Netherlands and the UK, although I still think Niamh deserved her victory :) And as for their 1994 song, to me its just a bit drab, it doesn't really build to anything and it isn't very impressive. Don't get me wrong I think its a nice song, but not a winner for me ;) Poland should have won in 2004 :D

Max Raspail [36649]
Sat 13 Sep 2008 00:35:31

@ Stockholm calling
Thumbs up for Lady Alpine Blue ;)...

Max Raspail [36649]
Sat 13 Sep 2008 00:34:08

Hooray, Andorra!!! ;)

@ Jonny K
I disagree - completely ;). In my opinion, the Irish victory of 1994 was totally deserved - finally a good song which made it...
In 1992, Linda Martin gets a 7th place from me, Italy with Mia Martini and Rapsodia should have won in my opinion... and in Millstreet, Niamh Kavanagh was far away from joining my Top10 - my personal winner was the sweet Norwegian girl Silje Vige with her beautiful Alle Mine Tankar...

shukru dinçkaya [45173]
Sat 13 Sep 2008 00:17:47

i believe one day they get final ... they are really doing good song ..speacially last 2 years .. andorra dont leave eurovision ...just think the belarus and bulgaria 2007 the got final :) u will do it...kisses from turkey

Stockholm calling [44413]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 23:38:36

I agree about Ireland 1992 & 1993 and The UK 1996. I like the Irish entry in 1994 too though Frances Ruffelle should have won imo.
To me Russia and Ukraine aren't the new Ireland/UK. The only Russian song I really liked was "Lady Alpine Blue". As for Ukraine I thought "Wild dances" was OK.

Jonny K [46883]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 23:08:07

Yeah basically mina, Ukraine, Russia are the new UK & Ireland, like it said in that article not that long ago! :D

And as for the UK & Ireland deserving their high positions, well it depends on the year. There are some years where we didn't deserve our high positions, some where we did. Personally I dont think Ireland should have won in 1994, but they really deserved it in 1992 & 1993 :D Equally I dont think the UK deserved so many constant high positions some years, but there are years where we should have done better, eg 1996 :D It not only depends on the songs we sent, but also the quality of the songs around us. And part of the reason why we did so well constantly well is because alot of the songs back then, were of low standard.

Stockholm calling [44413]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 22:17:19

I disagree with people who say that The UK and Ireland used to get high points because they sang in English. I think their entries were very good. In 1990-1998 I have Ireland in my top 2 5 times and The UK 6 times :)
As for Belgium I can't understand why they came last in 1993. "Iemand als jij" was one of my favourites that year.

Mina Carnation [51405]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 21:48:22

I didn't imply that Ireland or the Uk didn't deserve to be high...I don't think in that way, I've never thought 'hmmmmm something strange is going on, why is/was that country top 5 all the time' or 'why did that country win? let me think of all the possible scenarios that prove they didn't win fairly (lol)'...ok, except Estonia 2001, I admit I did find that strange point was that if someone wants to find reasons to complain...they will.
And a Belgian could easily say 'hold on a minute....why was Belgium from 1990 to 2000 SIX times under the 15th position? were our songs that bad and Ireland's (Uk's, Sweden's etc) that good?' Belgium in those 10 (most of which jury) years was always under the top 10 and just one time in the top 6.
Just like now with the semi's they say 'are our songs that bad and Russia's (Ukraine's, Greece's, Serbia's etc) that good?'.
Same with Portugal, Netherlands and so on.

Stockholm calling [44413]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 19:17:25


From 1990 to 1998 Ireland won 4 times ;)

Jonny K [46883]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 17:52:06

And as for now, if Greece, Serbia, Russia, Ukraine & Turkey win another few times, possibly in a row, then we can start getting angry, but for now whats the problem? Imo they won with very good songs and they deserved it.
I think the problem is people automatically (especially westerners, well 99% westerners) turn against a song slightly if its eastern and it gets a good result, and thats predjudiced. Why can't people just accept that eastern countries deserved their victories?? I bet if Belgium had won with 'Believe' people would be over the moon, but because it was Russia people dont like it, I just wish people here would grow up and be happy for the eastern countries that do well! :P

Jonny K [46883]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 17:47:47

Mina is right. Although it is worth pointing out that there were fewer countries in the 90's and Ireland & the UK did consistently send good songs, their positions were still a bit high :S I still can't understand how Ireland won in 1994 & 1996, its beyond me.

Fri 12 Sep 2008 17:27:11

Andorra is just always neutral,in voting in songs,iam always for more and more countries,but small countries started to be boring with their internal selection,no promo tours and similar :(

Mina Carnation [51405]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 16:35:06

I should add that 3 out of those 6 times, Ireland had won. Imagine if that happened with Greece, Turkey or Russia..ohhhhhhhh the horror :P

And to continue.
From 1990 to 1998
The Uk was in the top 5 4 times.
Sweden was in the top 5 3 times.
Spain was in the top 5 3 times.

So, what's the difference? There were always countries that did better than others. Belgium and Portugal were never in the top 5 during 1990-1998 and the Netherlands was in the top 5 only once in those 8 years.

Let's explain that, why don't we? :P

Mina Carnation [51405]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 16:22:56

Serbia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Greece each won once... but besides their win they have been occupying the top-5 as well for the past 7 à 8 do you explain that?

Victories apart..from 2000 to 2008:

Greece was in the top 5 3 times.
Turkey was in the top 5 2 times.
Serbia was in the top 5 2004.
Ukraine was in the top 5 2 times.
Russia was in the top 5 4 times.

A country being twice or 3 or 4 times in the top 5 in 8 year's time isn't anything new in Eurovision.

For example...from 1990 to 1998 Ireland was in the top 5 6 do YOU explain that?

Muireanne Bulens [45898]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 14:29:52

Indeed, Finland was one of the usual suspects. Also, Serbia, Russia, Turkey, Greece, have won sooooo many times...yes, yes, usual suspects

Finland was a surprise. And ok Serbia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Greece each won once... but besides their win they have been occupying the top-5 as well for the past 7 à 8 years... how do you explain that?

Mina Carnation [51405]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 13:47:19

with this system of two semis it's possible for every country to reach the final...... but we all know that in the final a usual suspect will win

Indeed, Finland was one of the usual suspects. Also, Serbia, Russia, Turkey, Greece, have won sooooo many times...yes, yes, usual suspects :P

Kevin Knight [36876]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 13:37:20

i really wanna see a small country thats never been in the final before in it in 09 (Andorra, San Marino or Monaco if they cam e back) they need to send a great song, and a singer who can perform it well.)

Fri 12 Sep 2008 11:01:01

Merci Pau! Bona sort als espanyols també! Espero que 2009 sigui l'any de l'Andorra!

Good luck to Spain also. I hope that 2009 will be Andorra's year!

Akis GREECE ............ [38131]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 08:21:39

with this system of two semis it's possible for every country to reach the final...... but we all know that in the final a usual suspect will win....

drusus 1 [10652]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 02:57:00

Great, I hope they send something good like 2007 and not just a weak schlager or something like this year.

PS : Estonia and Lithuania should take part too IMO, if even Andorra does....

Pau PV [37672]
Fri 12 Sep 2008 02:46:31

I'm happy that Andorra will stay in Eurovision despite it is almost impossible to qualify. But hey! Portugal did it this year! Good luck in Moscow!

M'alegre que Andorra romanda a Eurovisió tot i que és quasi impossible que s'hi classifique, però Portugal ho va fer l'any passat. Bona sort a Moscou andorrans!

Chwarae Teg [25827]
Thu 11 Sep 2008 20:38:27

The very best of luck to you, Andorra - but, oh boy, are you ever going to need it under the current voting system.

Great to have you represented and competing in 2009 all the same.

I hope they enter a rock song like 07. It was so damn great! :) A scandal it was left out in the semi. With today's system, it would be in the final.

Didn't like their song this year...tedious. Dull, schlager crap. Like a 1987 MF reject.

The idea of semis / final seems good. more music, more fun, more entertainment. I guess they have a small enough population to involve almost anyone who is into muci...! :)

I hope they go for Els pets. A kind of indie / brit pop band. They are just perfect...something which would be god for ESC!

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