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Eurovision hits Vienna

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Vienna: home of Mozart, waltzing and exceedingly good cake. Oh, and for one week only the Eurovision Song Contest!

For anybody who hasn't heard of it, this is a singing competition like no other. Every year, the countries in Europe (and recently some others like Russia and Australia) send their best, and sometimes weirdest, singers to compete against each other for the title of best song and the honour of hosting the competition the following year.  The winner is chosen by a panel of judges and the public's votes from all around the world.

Last year's winners were Austria, with “Rise like a Phoenix” by Conchita Wurst.

So, that means all the glitz and glamour (and madness) is coming to the city where I live and I can't wait! I'll have to be honest though, when I chose Vienna for the second half of my year abroad, the upcoming contest was only really a small speck in the back of my mind. I mean, watching the performances on TV is fun and there is always guaranteed to be that one crazy band, but normally I end up falling asleep before the end of the show, mainly because the UK never get any points so I know they're not going to win!

But this year, I won’t be watching it from behind a TV screen …

I'm going to be there in person! Well, for one of the semi-finals at least (the tickets for the show you see on TV sold out and were very expensive!). As well as seeing it in real life, I’m going to soak up the atmosphere by heading down to the Eurovision Village in the city centre.  It's going to be a week long party, with stalls from each of the countries taking part and lots of activities to get involved in … and no doubt some crazy fans! I'm also secretly hoping to catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two.

All of this leads up to the big day on the 23rd of May, when the final show will take place (the one you see on TV). 

So even though I´m not a huge Eurovision fan, this year it's kind of hard not to be swept up in all the fun!  I just hope that the UK won't be too embarrassing this year, especially when I´m in a crowd full of Austrians with the British flag painted on my face.

Discussion

Did you know about the Eurovision Song Contest? Would you ever travel to a different country to see it?

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iva10 11 June, 2015 - 11:58

Yes I now about the Evrovision because I 'we been watching it since I was a kid. I was wrealy hoping that Sweden wins. And they did because they had a good song. Great Britain was also good but I thought it was a little boring.

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Ken 21 May, 2015 - 06:28

Actually I didn't know such an exciting entertainment was going on! Did you know Asiavision??

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HannaMarin 22 May, 2015 - 18:11

I didn't know about it, but I just googled it. And I think it's similar to our Eurovision in some way.
It's nice thatwe get to know others cultures on British Council - this information is actually really fascinating for me! :D

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HannaMarin 24 May, 2015 - 18:48

You're welcome! :D
It wasn't a big deal - it's fun geting to know others cultures. :)

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Harabeli Supersweet 20 May, 2015 - 11:03

I love Euroviion and every year I'm so excited to watch it. Yes, I would travel to watch it if I had the chance. It's my dream to watch it live someday, becuase I know it would be beyond amazing!
This year Albania, my country is represented by a really good singer and surveys say that we have pretty good chances to win. So, maybe I'll watch it live next year, if Eurovision comes here in Tirana.

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Lavender 20 May, 2015 - 02:50

Yeah I know this contest. I heard it in the news. I hope this year UK will send Ellie Goulding to attend. I like her and her songs so much.

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Lavender 28 May, 2015 - 15:23

Hi Hanna. I'm not a huge fan of Eurovision because the competition doesn't broadcast in my country. So I don't know which channel to watch it live. The TV news brought some information when it came to final. I know the winner this year comes from Sweden. I watched his performance on Youtube and I must say it was impressive how he sang with his 'dancers'.

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HannaMarin 29 May, 2015 - 08:28

Hi Lavendre,
After all (Eurovision isn't really near you, you can't watch it on TV) you actually are huge fan of Eurovision (for me). ;)
I was also fascinated with his ˝dancers˝. I also love Slovenia's, Serbaia's and UK's song. Well I think all songs in grand final were amazing and I fancy a lot of them. I was just searching on Youtube and I found whole videos form First and Second Semi - Final ad laso Grand Final, so if Youtube doesn't have I don't know what kind of problems (sometimes whan I want to watch something, it says that this thing can't be watch in my country), you can watch it! :D

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HannaMarin 22 May, 2015 - 18:19

So you're not really a huge fan of Eurovision? (hope this doesn't sound rude - english isn't my first language, so I don't know). Song for your country was choosen some time ago.
I think your song is great - "retro" in some way and it should be high on this year's Eurovision scale. :D

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Ken 31 May, 2015 - 09:18

Hi HannaMarin, I listen to the right music to be listening at any given time! :-) I don't know much about rock or pop music but I like it anyway!

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HannaMarin 1 June, 2015 - 14:13

Interesting ansver! :D What kind of music is listened in your country? (Is it treditional, pop, modern etc. ?)

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Ken 5 June, 2015 - 10:30

I think J-pop is listened in my country and young idol groups who perform dancing rather than singing are caught by teenagers across Asia. Enka (ballad) is also popular among seniors!Do you know any of them??

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HannaMarin 6 June, 2015 - 14:12

Hi! I don't know J-pop or anything else. But last year I was listening Nu'est and my Boyfriend. :)

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Ken 7 June, 2015 - 00:45

Nu'est and my Boyfriend? What kind of music is it like, HannaMarin?? Sounds like it's a European pop song for teenagers...?!

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HannaMarin 8 June, 2015 - 17:23

Well actually Nu'est is boy band from South Korea it's K-pop group and so is group Boyfriend. :D This are groups that I know from Asia.
I think that the same music as in USA is listened here in Europa. Mostly this is pop, rap, techno etc. Some popular singers are: Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Iggy Azaela, Nicki Minnaj, David Gueetta (DJ), Eminem...
But in Slovenia and especially others north countries (Balkans) is also listened so called Balkan music like Severina, Neda Ukraden, Jelena Rozga etc. The songs are temperamental and maybe a little like Spanish music. But music videos for them are sometimes (in my opinion) inappropriate.
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Ken 9 June, 2015 - 15:47

Phew…., you know music from A to Z!! Thank you for the information! Next time I'd love to hear you sing! ♫

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HannaMarin 11 June, 2015 - 15:59

Well I know mostli pop songs and other most-listened on yt. But there is still a lot of music I don't know ;) And I absolutley love music! :D ♬♬

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HannaMarin 19 May, 2015 - 18:43

I'm actulally quite a huge fan of Eurovision. Probably because my country always compet in it. I'm really excited about it even if my country never get's many points. And this is the thing that's annoying me - even if country have good music and singers, it cant win, because others countrys give their's votes mainly to neighbours. We are small country so we never get many points. I think that's a pitty and that they should watch on quality of song and performance.

This year Eurovision is in my neighbour country, but even though i won't go. It's because I have to studi for school and I can't really come in Vienna - I don't know how to drive etc. But mainly it's because (as mentioned before) tickets aren't really cheap,

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mabregvadze 20 May, 2015 - 10:46

Hi HannaMarin, I think your country's(slovenia's) everovision song is really great and Maraaya will be successful.In my opinion if country has special singer, he/she necessarily successed.Don't worry about it,it's only competition.ツツツ

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HannaMarin 22 May, 2015 - 18:05

Hi mabregvadze! :)
I'm glad you like the song! I like it too (obviously). And Maraaya was successful! Now I hope It'll be also successful in Grand Final and my "theory" about neighbours won't come true. But I still think no mather how good singer is (I'm not pesimistic, because I always believe in our's representors, but we just can't do it in the top 10).
But as you said it's competition and it's made for having fun, be joyful and happy. :D

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mabregvadze 23 May, 2015 - 10:39

Hi HannaMarin,I think you have watched eurovision 1 semi-final 1, on 19th may.there was contestant from my country(Georgia).she is Nina Sublatti.she has the greatest song called ,,Warrior".And did you like her performance??It's interesting what do you think about Nina's song.We(Georgians) hope and believe that Georgia will achieve success in Grand Final. :) ;)

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HannaMarin 23 May, 2015 - 14:46

Hi! :D
I actually didn't watch it (I had to loearn for school), but I already watched her performance on yt. I think the song is one of the best this year - because I love energetic music and for me there is too much balads on Eurovision. I think her voice is also pretty good and strong. Although I didn't enjoy her performance a lot. For me the scene was too dark and her make - up could be less black. But I think it was all necessary for this song (athmosphere etc.) and I think the song and performer definitley got atantion from watchers.

At the moment I'm listening to Eurovision songs and I wonder what do you think about Serbia and ofcourse Slovenia? :D I think serbia's singer has incredible and powerful voice. wow!
And do you play any instrument or sing? I played piano for 6 years in music school and I stil do smoetimes and I'm singing in 2 choirs. Sadly I have never study solo singing. Any way I'm still dreaming abouth it. :)

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mabregvadze 24 May, 2015 - 12:59

Hi again☺,In my opinion serbia's singer was so lovely and lyrics was great,but there were more amazing songs,including Belgium and Estonia❤❤(their perfomance was special like Slovenia's).finaly I think Maraaya has different voice,that's why I like her song.✿✿
Unfortunately Hanna Marin I don't play any instrument,but I love so much listening to music and I'm part of the biggest fan family.I'm D i r e c t i o n e r and It make me happy.Do you know about One Direction?? And have you ever listen to their songs?? ☺ (You should know I like smiles)☺

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HannaMarin 24 May, 2015 - 18:46

Hi!
I like serbia because of her stron voice. :P I haven't really had others favourite songs (ell and Slovenia ofcourse).

I absolutley know 1D but I'm not huge fan. I had listened to theirs songs in the past but now I don't any more (maybe because their's songs aren't on top music list on yt - I always listen to it). And what is actually happening with them - one of them just got out of the band!

Smiles're totally OK, they're great. I also do them sometimes, but I don't know how to do smiles as yours. :D

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mabregvadze 25 May, 2015 - 12:39

Hanna Marin you 're so lovely.1D's song "no control" was(few days ago)N1 on Billboard.★★You 're correct Zayn Malik left band,but everything is going well.They're ready to continue their tour(It's the biggest) in the world.✌✌
You're interested in how I do smilies.It's so simple.Just googled "smiley symbols" ☺ and there you can find them.then copy smilies and paste here. I'm glad, if I can help you to do something.♥♥
Hanna Marin how old are you??I'm 14. ツ

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HannaMarin 25 May, 2015 - 16:13

You're so lovely too. And I think your English is really good - I couldn't speak it so good when I was 14!
How long do you learn English? And I'm also interested in your school system (how does it goes - kindergarden, primary school, secondary school etc. subjects, tests..). =D

I just listened to "No control" and I think it's the knid of song that 1D usually does - pop with some beats. I'm not such huge fan because of this style of music - it's quite the same all the time and as I said in previous messages, I like more powerful songs (with beats, but I don't like metal - the sound is too strong for me).
At the moment my favourite song is Bad Blood from Taylor Swift, I also like Iggi Azaela, Selena Gomez (a bit), Ariana Grande, Cher Lloyd.

Wow it's simple with smileis! (✿◠‿◠)

I'm 17. ☀

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mabregvadze 26 May, 2015 - 14:54

Thank you to commendation.I can say that my English teacher is the best(I think so). ♥♥The best way to learn English (better than in typical school) is that be participant of International projects.For example I worked with Jewish children for 2 months.the name of the project was "Anna Frank's Diary".It was so interesting. Have you ever work for international projects??
I say "there is no music,there is no life".music is part of my life. ♫ ♫ I listen to Taylor swift and Ariana Grande like you,also Ed Sheeran(Ed's songs are really amazing).
I want to say you're the best epal in the world(to me).I never acquaint person(via internet) like you.I'd like to meet you somewhere. ♥♥ ☺

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HannaMarin 29 May, 2015 - 08:11

Sory becouse I didn't answer sooner, but I was ill.

International porjects sound great. I don't think that we have something like that here. What do you do on this projects? What are they like? I have read the book Anna Frank's Diary (which I believe you were working on at international project) and I also have watched the play.

For me music is part of my life too. It helps me relax and power - whan I must lear for school a lot I do breaks between studying and listen to the music (and of course dance in my room). ;)

Thanks!!! (✿◠‿◠) 'm so happy! You made my day! :D YOu're too the best epal inthe world! I didn't expected to meet anyone and have converstations here!

I'd also like to meet you one day! If you come around Europa and Slovenia, let me know. ;) And if I ever be in Georgia I'll let you know! ;DDD ♥♥

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mabregvadze 1 June, 2015 - 12:04

I'm sorry too,because I was in my village for 4 days.That's why I didn't reply on your comment.
Yes, I have read "Anne Frank's Diary".We do exercises from this book.for exsample student have to write letter to Anne,like old friend. It's so interesting.Work on this project was hard,but result was really suprising.
You know I love traveling and I'd like to visit Europe and your country Slovenia.I think It will be amazing to see sights in Slovenia.
I send to you lots of kisses from my beautiful country(Georgia).❤ ❤ ❤

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HannaMarin 6 June, 2015 - 13:52

It's OK. Now I'm responding really late because we had (and still have) a lot of work in school - three more exams and then I'm done for this school year :D And yesterday I was on a sellpover to my friend. IT was so much fun. Do you have sleepovers? :)
We also do some similar exercises from books. And we're writting letters or short essays in English.
I also like travelling quite a lot. Where have been you trevelling yet? I have been in Italy, Chroatia and England. I was also driving throught Germany, France and Austria. And about sights in Slovenia: we have everithiny: sea, mountains, valleys...
I send a lot of kisses back from hot (29°C) and sunny Slovenia. ❤ ❤ ❤ :DD

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mabregvadze 6 June, 2015 - 19:08

Honestly,I never have sleepover,but I often sleep late night(about at 1AM) for school tests.
Yesterday,me with my schoolmathes won in competition and the prize is go to eco camps for 3 days.they're in national parks and I am looking forward to go there and have fun with my schoolmathes,including my sister.Have you ever camped??And have you got brother or sister??(I have both2 ,I'm older than them and love Nino and Gio so much).
And I have seen sight in Georgia and never go to abroad,but I'd like travel to England,France,Germany and Italy like you. I have request to you... I don't know your real name.I want know only your name to say in my letters to you.
I wish, your success at university(of course if you want to go there)and think that you will be the best.
You don't know how impatient wait your lettets.
Lots of love from Mari❤ ❤ ❤

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HannaMarin 8 June, 2015 - 17:45

Congratulations! :D
I have never camped, but I'd like to. I'm planing to go camping with my friends on the seaside when I'm older.
I'm also the oldest and I have two sisters and a brother.
Well I'm not really comfortable with puting my name on the Internet, so I hope you'll understand that i won't tell you (it's nothing personal, I promise ;DD ). But i can tell you the name I want to be - Kelly. ;)

I want to go to university. I'm still thinking where to go - I have 2years to decide - so 2 more years in gymnasium. What about you do you want to go at university? What do you want to become when you'll be older? Do you have any plans? :D

Lots of love from Kelly too ❤ ❤ ❤

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mabregvadze 9 June, 2015 - 16:20

Hi Kelly,you should know I'm not offended that you didn't tell me your real name(It's part of internet rules).But I did It and I don't regret It.
Well,I want to be lawyer.And of course I'm going to go to university.You know every students'dream is study abroad.I'm one of them.I want go to Oxford or Cambridge(both are in England).And I hope this dream will come true.Do you want to go to university abroad??
As you said I didn't expected to meet anyone and have converstations here!Thanks for everything,because you were honest during whole conversation.Love ya.
As coordinator Jonathan said here isn't space for more comments.So Kelly,I decided to continue our conversation here,(in this blog) like new comment.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ I'm looking forward to get your comment soon. ❤ ❤ ❤

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Jonathan - Coor... 9 June, 2015 - 05:03

Hi! The comment window is getting quite narrow now so please start a new comment to continue your conversation. Thanks! And well done HannaMarin for deciding not to put your personal details on the internet. That's a very smart thing to do :)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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