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Armenia Pulls Out From Eurovision Contest 2012  
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27342 posts, RR: 60
Posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

Armenia has pulled out of the annual Eurovision song contest due to a dispute with Azerbaijan over a border dispute.

Armenia Pulls Out From Eurovision Contest in Arch-Foe Azerbaijan

Armenia withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest, the world’s most-watched singing competition, that’s scheduled to be held in May in Baku, the capital of arch- foe Azerbaijan, the organizers said.
“Despite the efforts of the European Broadcasting Union and the host broadcaster to ensure a smooth participation for the Armenian delegation in this year’s contest, circumstances beyond our control led to this unfortunate decision,” Jan Ola Sand, the executive supervisor of the competition, said on the official Eurovision website today.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-0...ontest-in-arch-foe-azerbaijan.html

Shame they couldnt put differences aside for this event .

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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1339 times:

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Armenia has pulled out of the annual Eurovision song contest

For one dreadful moment I thought you were going to say that they couldn't face up to the competition from Britain's entrant - Engelbert Humperdinck!   


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12973 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1332 times:

BREAKING NEWS: In retaliation, Azerbaijan has announced their entry into the Eurovision song contest will be "Don't Cry for Me, Armenia!"

Seriously, now, must politics enter into everything? Can't we just have a nice song contest?



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User currently offlineU2380 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2010, 325 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1318 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 2):
Seriously, now, must politics enter into everything? Can't we just have a nice song contest?

Yeah, Eurovision is anything but a song contest. It's a thinly veiled political 'battle'.


User currently offlinelhr380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1308 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 2):

It's one of the most politically driven things round. The uk VoiceOver guy who talks while the show is on here always jokes about it.


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12973 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

Quoting U2380 (Reply 3):
Yeah, Eurovision is anything but a song contest. It's a thinly veiled political 'battle'.

Complete with subterfuge and presumably big money changing hands too...



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3016 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1288 times:

A bit sad, but Eurovision is nothing more than a political battle- not surprising to see Armenia pull out.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27342 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1277 times:

There is always some kind of controversy. The only one I can remember related to this kind of issue is when Morocco wanted to show Adverts on its national network when the Israeli song was on . This broke EBU rules so they pulled out.

User currently offlineoldeuropean From Germany, joined May 2005, 2091 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1245 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 5):
Complete with subterfuge and presumably big money changing hands too...

... and 95% very bad music.   



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User currently offlineAesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 6963 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1230 times:

I wouldn't call it political per se, people just vote for the countries they're close to culturally, whatever the quality of the music.

Now, corruption is another problem, not particularly political either.



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User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 981 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1119 times:

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 4):
The uk VoiceOver guy who talks while the show is on here always jokes about it.

Surely Sir Terry Wogan has godlike status in terms of Eurovision in the UK?   In Australia it's shown with our commentary team then repeated with Sir Terry's.

A little surprised that political ill feeling doesn't openly raise its head more often at Eurovision....


User currently offlinelewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3679 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1112 times:

Greece should have also pulled out in my opinion. Unnecessary for a country that is broke to even spend one cent on Eurovision.

User currently offlinemercure1 From French Polynesia, joined Jul 2008, 1729 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1107 times:

I am amazed Eurovision is still followed.

Seems like such a waste of an event so simply wave a flag.

Never understood it,


User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1143 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1101 times:

Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 10):
Surely Sir Terry Wogan has godlike status in terms of Eurovision in the UK? In Australia it's shown with our commentary team then repeated with Sir Terry's.

Indeed he did, but alas, Sir Terry got fed up and stopped, to be replaced by Graham Norton. I've yet to watch the show since he took over, but if anyone's holding an airliners.net Eurovision party...

Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 10):
A little surprised that political ill feeling doesn't openly raise its head more often at Eurovision....

Well... apart from this song, which got Georgia disqualified from the contest a few years ago on the grounds of political content. Can you spot it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV1_s73fI-U

...and it fulfils this brief too:

Quoting oldeuropean (Reply 8):
... and 95% very bad music.



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User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 981 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1095 times:

Quoting IH8BY (Reply 13):
Indeed he did, but alas, Sir Terry got fed up and stopped, to be replaced by Graham Norton.

I hadn't quite caught up with this. Graham is probably the right choice for a Sir Terry replacement though - catty but not as nasty as, say, Julian Clary has become. Our Aussie commentary team (Julia Zemiro and ????) are pretty good though, with the right combination of Eurovision fandom and piss-take.

Subtle work by that Georgian act   They've had some good entries in the past, their 2007 (Sopho) one being the most recent Eurovision song I've purchased.


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