||[ Monday, 31 May 10 | 11:47 ]
Ruben has told me several times that he is not a Eurofan. Nevertheless he seemed interested enough to watch all three hours of the Eurovision Song Contest with me on Saturday night. We watched on TVE1 (“La Primera”). I was hoping for a simulcast on TVE HD in 1080i, but no such luck.
Spain’s song was number two of the list of twenty-five entrants. In the middle of Spain’s performance, there was an unscheduled appearance of someone running across the stage wearing a Barretina, a traditional Catalan hat that is used as a symbol of Catalan identity. (I have a barretina that I wear at Xmas time.) Ruben said this person has appeared before at other large events and thinks that the person is from his home town of Sabadell. At the end of the program, Spain was allowed to repeat its performance, this time without a crasher.
As for voting, it was predictable. As you probably know, Germany won the contest. Ruben wasn’t impressed and preferred Belgium’s entry. Spain didn’t do all that well. It only received a “first” from Portugal, which is unsurprising. Too bad Andorra wasn’t voting as well. France usually gives a few points to the Spanish entry, but not this year. I was a bit disappointed that so many entrants sung in English and not in their native tongue. Curiously the UK ended up close to the bottom. This has been the case for several years.