Posted May 30, 2010 By David Kolle
Germany won the contest in Oslo with the punchy pop ballad Satellite sung by Lena Meyer-Landrut, the second German to win the extravagant talent contest in its 55-year history.
“I’m so happy and so thankful and so grateful and I never thought that we could do this,” the 19-year-old, who just finished her final exams, said on Saturday.
Dark red lips trembling with emotion, the singer told the show’s hosts she did not feel strong enough to lift her trophy.
“Thank you. This is so absolutely awesome and I feel like just, this is not real,” she said, a German flag in her hands.
Germany last won the contest in 1982 and as this year’s winner, will host the show next year.
Organisers said more than 120 million viewers across 39 European countries, but also as far afield as Myanmar, Australia and New Zealand, tuned in to the contest, one of the world’s most watched events.
The show took place without any major incidents, but one of the 16,000 fans who had packed Oslo’s Telenor Arena to watch the contest live managed to slip through security and onto the stage during Spain’s performance.
Some in Spain identified the intruder as Jaume Marquet Cot, better known as “Jimmy Jump”, a real estate agent from the separatist-minded region of Catalonia, known for pitch invasions of several major sporting events.
They accused him of trying to ruin Daniel Diges’ chances of winning Eurovision with Algo Pequenito.
A total of 25 countries were competing in the final for the winner’s prize, selected by specialist juries and by viewers voting by phone or text message in the 39 countries that took part in the contest.
Turkey, Romania, Denmark and Azerbaijan respectively came in to take the other top spots behind Germany.
Posted May 29, 2010 By David Kolle
A Lady Gaga show has ended in tears after the singer broke down during a performance.
Gaga broke down on stage Thursday May 27, 2010, during an emotional tribute to her sick grandfather.
The ‘Paparazzi’ singer – who was performing the first show of her second UK ‘Monster Ball Tour’ in Nottingham, England – dedicated her performance of ‘Brown Eyes’ to her ill relative and had to wipe tears from her eyes during the song.
She told the audience: ‘If we all sing loud enough, maybe he can hear us!’
Although she was clearly upset, the flamboyant pop star continued her dramatic concert which has an enormous stage production.
The 24-year-old singer has previously described her stage show as “ostentatious and over-the-top”.
She said: “For the next version of the ‘Monster Ball’, I’m throwing out the stage. My team thinks I’m completely psychotic. But I don’t f***ing care what they think.
“Just to give you an idea, the stage is about four times the size of the first one and conceptually, it’s completely different. One thing that has been lost over the past 10-15 years, in pop music, is the idea of showbiz. And this is definitely bringing it back.’
Source: via undercover.com.au
Posted May 28, 2010 By David Kolle
Back in October of last year, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band committed the old Giants Stadium to the mercy of the wrecking ball with an epic farewell party. Eight months later, it’s only fitting that Bon Jovi, the Garden State’s second most-famous sons, were on hand to christen the New Meadowlands Stadium, delivering a two-hour-plus hit parade for 55,000 fans.
“New Meadowlands Stadium: I like, I like, I like,” frontman Jon Bon Jovi said as he greeted fans in his new back yard. He was right: the new arena is far superior to the old one. The seats are comfier, the lines are shorter and, as the band began their set, the PA system sounded infinitely crisper than the previous one, which frequently reduced most performers to a blaring, messy noise. However, Bon Jovi did run into one snafu when the sound gave out completely about 45 minutes in to the set. And while the band seemed oblivious to the deafening silence heard through the rest of the stadium, fans rallied quickly to show their support, turning the group’s 1984 breakthrough hit “Runaway” into a jubilant sing-along.
Once the PA recovered, Bon Jovi unleashed a string of their most well-known songs, including an electric medley of “Bad Medicine” and a cover of the Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues.” The band then toned things down a bit with a semi-acoustic set. After Jovi and keyboardist David Bryan walked to the front-lip of the walkway, the group ran through a reverential take on Leonard Cohen’s gorgeous ballad “Hallelujah.” Stripped down versions of “Something For The Pain” and “Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night” also added to the campfire spirit. But then Bon Jovi unleashed one final dose of anthemic, stadium rock: a firework-studded “Keep The Faith” and raucous, show-closing versions of “Wanted Dead Or Alive” and “Livin’ On A Prayer.” Fans greeted these classics with euphoria — and you could tell from Jovi’s beaming smile that he never gets tired of witnessing it.
“Blood on Blood”
“We Weren’t Born to Follow”
“You Give Love a Bad Name”
“Whole Lotta Leavin’”
“Born to Be My Baby”
“Raise Your Hands”
“When We Were Beautiful”
“We Got It Going On”
“Bad Medicine/Roadhouse Blues”
“It’s My Life”
“Love’s the Only Rule”
“Lay Your Hands on Me”
“I’ll Be There For You”
“Something for the Pain”
“Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night”
“Have a Nice Day”
“Work for the Working Man”
“Who Says You Can’t Go Home”
“Keep the Faith”
“Wanted Dead or Alive”
“Living on a Prayer”