Devine Calling

by jennine on May 25, 2008

If you’re not European, chances are you’ve never seen Eurovision. It’s kind of like the Olympics of pop music, really bad pop music. It’s notoriously campy and filled with Eurotrash blondes and tons of make-up. Ordinarily I’d say catching a song on there that’s halfway good is unusual, but last night was an exception. France’s candidate, Sebasian Tellier sang Devine, and I must say, it was the best song I’ve heard in a while. I instantly loved it. Luckily Rocky bought the album today, Sexuality. The entire album is consistently good. Enough words, you have to check out the video.


And here’s Sebastian Tellier’s rehearsal for the performance last night

(sadly, he didn’t win)

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the_kitten May 25, 2008 at 12:57 pm

I must say that the contest is probably very campy and ridiculous, but to parts there are bands or artists participating who really put an effort into their music, they have not gone out shooting out bad music on purpose. At least from Germany I think have been a few bands that really honestly aim at what one could call good, serious music, such as Sportfreunde Stiller or Mia… hmm, but then again there have been absolute comedians, like the one with the Nussecke - what’s his name? Maybe ask Rocky about it.


jennine May 25, 2008 at 1:02 pm

oh dear..

that was guildo horn?



Chic Looks May 25, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Eurovision is always a great laugh, it gets worse every year…haha


Leah May 25, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Haha! Eurovision always makes me laugh. It gets funnier because loads of people here in the UK, become hopeful for our entry and it does even worse than the year before!


EJ May 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Great minds and all that, eh? I think I may have to check Tellier’s album out then (last year in my drunken state I bought the Eurovision album… yikes!)


lopi May 26, 2008 at 2:57 am

Hey, I watched the Eurovision too this year, with friends on a terrace barbecuing and drinking cheap wine, and it was great fun! We came 3rd (I am Greek), but the fun part isn’t whether you get a good position, but all the hilarious acts and costumes. And, you’re right, the french song is great and the video is so smart! I’ll look for his album too.


jennine May 26, 2008 at 3:01 am

ha! the EUROVISION album??? that’s flippin awesome…

oh yes… we had a barbecue and watched it outside (until the rain started)


missmilki May 26, 2008 at 3:04 am

When I was little the Eurovision was a big night. I used to go over to my friends house and we’d watch it together. it was very exciting, especially when Ireland got ‘douze points’. The early 90s was a great time for Ireland and the Eurovision…we used to win fairly regularly and then there was the whole Riverdance phenomenen. Aaaw…those were the days… late nights, custard creams and the eurovision! :) Its just gone downhill since then. Didn’t even watch it this year…Ireland didn’t make the finals. Don’t know if we really expected to…it was an in joke that noone else got. :(
Oh well, they can never take my memories of the good ole days! :)


susie_bubble May 26, 2008 at 7:45 am

I was surprised at how much Tellier sounded like Jarvis Cocker…a good thing…but I didn’t expect it do well…. that Russian winner was attrocious


Allure May 26, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Most of the time is pure comedy. I pitty those who take the contest seriously and try to do good music because Eurovision won’t take them anywhere.


jennine May 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm

oh dear! what about ABBA!?!

1974 baby…


Anastasia May 26, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Yes, france’s entry was great and totally sounded like a french Pulp!!

Now in Australia, we get it televised here too!! And it is generally advertised as the crap, joke, song contest in Europe, comedians come out of the woodwork for a chance to host it whilst we also get Terry Wogan’s witty comparing.
But this year my English boyfriend (well educated in the history of Eurovision?!?!)pointed out to me how rediculously political the whole thing is and then went and demonstrated by predicting who would vote for who then suprised me by getting 90% of the votes RIGHT!! I was amazed!!!
It wouldnt have made any difference if the entries were terrible, each country seemed to know who they were voting for before anyone even mentioned the acts. (no wonder the quality of act is such a joke)
Rumour has it Terry Wogan is going to give up the compare roll soon because of this very issue!

By the way… both France and Bolivia (that clothesline/knitting bride thing had me from the second it started!) were the best this year.


July Stars May 27, 2008 at 7:03 am

I’ve been listening to the Sebastien Tellier album for a while now, it’s incredible. I LOVE IT.
Saw him at the Scala in London not long ago, great show …


minisushi May 29, 2008 at 1:12 am

I’m glad english people like his music too. He’s verrrrryyyy funny, If you can, go and see him in concert it’s hilarious and super nice!


Claire/lolaisbeauty May 29, 2008 at 6:16 am

Eurovision was even more hilarious than ever! I spent the whole night texting things like: “Now I know who stole my ice skating outfit” and “nul points” then when Sebastian Tellier came on I couldn’t believe it!


Hanne May 29, 2008 at 8:34 pm

My whole family is in love with this song. It’s become sort of a running joke. We have no idea what he’s singing, but na-na-na-na-na Iiii can always be used as a subsitute.


Korka May 30, 2008 at 6:58 am

Eurovision is huge in Iceland. We say we watch it as a joke, but sometimes I think we are all secretly in love with it.


jennine May 30, 2008 at 7:43 am

minisushi! as soon as he comes to frankfurt, i’m seeing him.

lol claire, i was up to the same thing.

oh my gosh hanne, i think we have the same family. it’s been playing in the house for a week!

kokra.. i’m secretly in love with it too.


Aja June 2, 2008 at 10:05 pm

I miss Eurovision. There’s a certain bit of ridiculousness to it that is truly lovable. I remember living in London, flipping through the tv, watching it and thinking “this is awful, but I’m drawn to it” and then going to Amsterdam the next day and talking to my friend about it, who had the same thoughts. Big love for Monsieur Tellier, he is an awesome musician. France chose well. . .


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