Eurovision 2012 Azerbaijan . . . and they lived happily ever after
EuroVisionist-ը խոստացել էր, որ Եվրատեսիլ 2012-ի մասին մեր վերջնական եզրակացությունը կլինի և’ հայերեն, և’ անգլերեն: Մեր հայերեն գնահատականն արդեն պատրաստ է: Այնուամենայնիվ, հասկանում ենք, որ կան շատերը, ովքեր դժվարանում են կարդալ հայերեն, այդ իսկ պատճառով էլ գնահատականը ձեզ ենք ներկայացնում նաև անգլերեն:
Well, Eurovision 2012 is already in the past. Now, as the passions come down, the winner’s name is known and the competition is over, it’s time to fairly judge the most well-known and popular contest of 2012.
We’d better leave out the part about the means Azerbaijan used to win Eurovision 2011 and pass immediately to the sensational Chrystal Hall. It’s no secret that the main aim of organizing Eurovision in Azerbaijan was to amaze the world and improve the county’s PR. The first step of the mission was the construction of the enormous and impressive complex.
It was built . . . and it was impressive . .. but what happened behind the walls of this building, so gorgeous from outside. Let’s talk about the people, who were forcibly moved out from there own houses, or maybe we should talk about the design of the Chrystal Hall, the architects of which are the Europeans? And this was only on of the camouflages of the host country.
Now let’s pass on to the stage. We can’t deny, it was really splendid, and was probably one of the mots luxurious stages of recent years. The lighting effects and the huge screen were absolutely fantastic. But let’s not forget the fact that it wasn’t the talent of the host country, but of EBU. So, they can’t brag about the stage either.
The only smartest move the Azeri organizers made was choosing the anchors. It was smart because they didn’t play along the ones at the drawing ceremony, the once with, how to put this gently, broken English. There are some serious doubts that if the presidential son-in-law could at least learn the speech by heart, he would become the anchor of the Contest.
And now we go on to the most scandalous part, the postcards. Why don’t we recall postcards from past years? Let’s go back to Moscow, Russia. That year’s postcards were about the symbols of the participating countries, its significant buildings, all of which came together on a girl’s head.
Eurovision 2008 Belgrade, Serbia. The postcards were pretty different, but each one of them contained the flag of the participating country.
Eurovsion 2011, Dusseldorf, Germany. Each postcard presents the places of interest around Germany, but all postcards started and ended with the heart-shaped flag of the country.
My point is that postcards almost always were directly connected to the countries and their symbols, except this year’s Eurovision.
This year they were all designed to advertise Azerbaijan, its “culture” and they dropped no hint of the participating countries. The word “culture” is not accidentally in brackets in the previous sentence. That very culture in reality and historically belongs to other countries. We think all Armenians had the impression that day that our neighbors were sending us through their postcards.
Azeris not only confidently presented Azerbaijan as a country of culture, history, power and sun, but also enthusiastically presented Armenian, Greek, Georgian, and Persian cultural heritage as their own. The postcards continuously repeated the same scenes, probably because of their shortage. Particularly, all postcards contained the three highest buildings in Baku- their only pride. Besides, they repeatedly showed the scene with a note: “horses of Karabakh.“ Certainly, it was no accident and probably meant to make Armenians angry.
The postcard before the Azeri entry, which featured “Karabakh” with big letters was intentional as well. It must be an unfortunate attempt of self-realization. Armenian and Persian carpets are presented as their own. So, it can be easily said, that instead of displaying the Azeri culture, this year’s Eurovision presented Armenian and many other cultures. The reason must be the fact that Azerbaijan doesn’t have its own culture and traditions.
Anyway, Azerbaijan reassured Europe that it’s an unestablished country, with no freedom of speech, culture and ideas. Thus, it’s a big issue whether it was an advantage or a disadvantage for Azerbaijan to host Eurovision 2012, as they eventually revealed their real face.
We spent too much time and space discussing Azerbaijan. It’s time to move on to the Contest in general and to other participating countries. This year’s Eurovision showed that the its quality has undoubtedly gone up, as there were many countries worth the victory. This could be a sign that Eurovision may re-establish its previous status and quality. Many countries didn’t use effects-full and jingly shows and put the main stress on the song and the singer. Romantic, sad and simple songs dominated this year. The countries kept their styles throughout their entries. Such countries were Greece, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, Estonia was a pleasant surprise, it was one of our favorites too.
The founding countries of Eurovision has the strongest entries as well. Each of them was a candidate for the winner.
Just as bookmakers predicted, the winner of Eurovision 2012 was Loreen with the song “Euphoria,” representing Sweden. Repeating the story of Alexander Rybak, everyone knew the winner right from the beginning. What else can be said, a worthy victory, a perfect entry, a fine song and a professional singer. We are glad that Eurovision goes back to Europe because it’s a European contest. Armenia will definitely be in the list of Eurovision 2013 participating countries.
So, Stockholm, welcome the Armenians next year!!!
Here are the results of Eurovision 2012:
1. Sweden- 372
2. Russia — 259
3. Serbia — 214
4. Azerbaijan — 150
5. Albania — 146
6. Estonia — 120
7. Turkey — 112
8. Germany — 110
9. Italy — 101
10. Spain — 97
11. Moldova — 81
12. Romania — 71
13. F.Y.R. Macedonia — 71
14. Lithuania — 70
15. Ukraine — 65
16. Cyprus — 65
17. Greece — 64
18. Bosnia and Herzegovina — 55
19. Iceland — 46
20. Ireland — 46
21. Malta — 41
22. France — 21
23. Denmark — 21
24. Hungary — 19
25. United Kingdom — 12
26. Norway — 7
Կարծում ենք` արդեն իսկ բավականին շատ ժամանակ ու տեղ զբաղեցրինք բադրջանցիների, ուփս, ադրբեջանցիների մասին խոսելով, ինչին ընդհանրապես արժանի չեն: