Column - Eurovision 2012's strangest entries including a social network song, singing grannies & Jedward's hair
Yes, it's finally here. Move over The Voice and Britain's Got Talent, it's time for an old school talent contest full of odd costumes, strange lyrics and thinly-veiled continental diplomacy. While there will be some who are more interested in the possibility of hearing Roy Hodgson's grasp of Norwegian in the EnglandEurovision parties and settling down to watch the contest at 8pm this Saturday (26 May) is the priority. By now you know all about the UK's entry with Engelbert Humperdinck (above), but here are a few of the more - well - interesting contenders hoping to make it to the 57th annual song contest's final.
Buranovskiye Babushki - Party For Everybody (Russia)
Currently outright favourites for the Eurovision crown, this group of Russian septuagenarians are very keen that "Everybody dance! Everybody dance!" yet barely manage it themselves during the performance of this jaunty number.
Pasha Parfeny - Lăutar (Moldova)
Looking like a youthful cross between Colin Farrell and Edward Norton dressed as a plummer, Moldovan Pasha Parfeny has a brilliantly-choreographed routine to boost his chances, not to mention some catchy brass-and-fiddle interplay.
Anri Jokhadze - I'm A Joker (Georgia)
Georgia's first-ever male entrant boasts a four-octave vocal range and bares a slight resemblance to Eddie Izzard - although perhaps that's just the lipstick. A joker, rocker, shocker, poker, talker, straight-walker, broker, evil-blocker, trouble-breaker, fortune-maker, care-taker and a womanizer are just a few of the things Anri Jokhadze claims to be in his stirring tune.
Jedward - Waterline (Ireland)
Despite representing Ireland in the 2011 contest, any hopes of palming Jedward off onto other countries for some respite were dashed when they appeared on Celebrity Big Brother not long after. Still, Ireland's eight place finish last year was their best in eight years, so these blond twins must have some decent support on the continent.
Valentina Monetta - The Social Network Song (Oh Oh - Uh - Oh Oh) (San Marino)
In a country of only 31,887 people, there's probably a limit to how many new friends you can meet without leaving the place. This might help explain the popularity of Valentina Monetta's The Social Network Song (Oh Oh - Uh - Oh Oh) in San Marino, which unfortunately came two years too late for inclusion on the soundtrack to David Fincher's film. Sadly, this entry didn't make it through to Saturday's final, despite containing the lyrics: "Do you wanna be more than just a friend?/Do you wanna play cyber sex again?/If you wanna come to my house/Then click me with your mouse."
Michael Holder @michaelholder
For more on this year's contest head to Eurovision.tv.
11:00 AM | 24/05/2012
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