Category Archives: Eurovision

What’s Rocked My World in the Past 48 hours…

Firstly, the subdued breakup of t.A.T.u. was officially announced on their blog. Out of the ashes came two new projects, neither connected, but both potentially exciting.

What to say… there’s still a lot left unfinished, and the fans have been assured closure, but I’m skeptical as to whether the majority of what’s been promised will surface in the coming months. It may be a good year before we hear an official announcement regarding their films release. What would I like to see? How about a lifetime honour that’s not from MTV Russia: let them perform during the Eurovision halftime-show in Moscow (I know it’s hardly the Superbowl, but I don’t know what else to call that typically boring part when you’re supposed to start televoting). Apparently the spot’s already been taken by a Cirque du Soleil performance, but I think that harks back to my earlier statement of this interval being typically boring. Aqua got to perform in the 2001 Contest shortly before their breakup, it should only be fair as one of Russia’s most profitable exports they grant them this honour! Now, whether or not t.A.T.u. would actually accept it, is another question.

Secondly, Amanda Bynes has a new comedy Pilot in the works! “Canned” sees Amanda take on the role of newly-unemployed Sarabeth, adjusting the life outside the workplace along with her other friends after being exploited by their boss. What I’d like to see? The report says the character’s a naïve midwesterner – so how about letting Amanda show off her versatility and give her a little accent!

If you don’t know me, I’m what you would call an Amanda Bynes fanatic. I used to run the only British website about her and have been a fan since 2001. She’s lately had somewhat of a career dry-spot, but rather than bitching about it, I’ve appreciated seeing her taking time off and evaluating things in her life (let’s just brush over those several months she spent with Paris Hilton’s future husband). She’s working on a new script with Andy Fickman, the director of her most successful lead-role film “She’s The Man”, and a new fashion line. But this is exciting, getting back to what she does best! The ABC Productions Pilot should start taping next month, and I’m pretty sure those things are open to a live audience, so no doubt I’ll have more news on this project as it develops.


#1 Dance Song!

Question: What do you get if you take Lady GaGa’s current worldwide chart-topping single, Just Dance, and mix it with a two-year-old, should-have-won-Eurovision entry from Russia?

Lady GaGa vs. Serebro - #1 Dance Song
Lady GaGa vs. Serebro – #1 Dance Song

There’re two versions available to download, the first has Colby’s rap in the middle, whilst the second is a tiny bit longer and has Lady GaGa’s rap in the middle. I know it’s already at the top of the charts, but it wouldn’t hurt to support Lady GaGa’s world domination and buy the song if you’re one of the 7 people who haven’t already! And despite being two-years-old, Serebro’s debut song is still as catchy as it was back when you first might have heard it along with me, being performed in Helsinki! As such, you can also buy it from iTunes, and loads of other places.

Googlebator 3000: Maximum Results Guaranteed!

You know how it is: it’s late at night… you’re feeling somewhat amorous… your hands begin to wander… and before you know it… you’re googling your own name! Yes, now you know my dirty secret – don’t act like you’ve never done it! Sometimes I just like to see if I was mentioned anywhere without my knowledge. As you know I like to make mash ups and unleash them upon the unsuspecting world, mostly to mediocre success, but sometimes I find them mentioned in the weirdest of places (NME magazine’s website, played on a Belgium, and a French radio station to name a few places).

Well, during tonight’s googlebatory session I discovered my newest mash up (t.A.T.u vs. Bronski Beats) was included in a weekly podcast, recorded last December, called Ramdom Thoughts. I’m not sure how popular it is, but the Facebook page has 91 fans so I take that as a big compliment, to not only be included amongst the likes of some amazing talent like Divide & Kreate, Norwegian Recycling and Hi-Brid (who is ultimately responsible for my Bronski Beat mash up, given that I’d never really heard the song before his mash up of it with Klaxons), but paid the compliment, “How can you make that song better – tomsbrain certainly did!”

I’m sorry, I’m done gushing, but I just want to put it out their and say I am grateful. All this Internet stuff, you never really get an accurate measurement of how well received your work is, so it’s nice to actually hear some feedback! In terms of my next Mash Up, unless anything jumps out it at me (I’m really into Shiny Toy Guns and Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head at the moment), It’ll be back to my ol’ faithful t.A.T.u gals and an attempt at mashing their biggest hit, All The Things She Said… so not a job I’m taking lightly! Speaking of never knowing where my name ends up, if anyone with contacts at the BBC is reading this, can you please book t.A.T.u to appear/perform in this misguided attempt at getting us out of the bottom places in Eurovision thing on a Saturday nights with Graham Norton and Andrew Lloyd-Webber. I know they’re in LA at the moment, but you’ve got 5 weeks to make it happen.

The all important list of British entrants hoping to get through and represent United Kingdom in this years Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki were announced this week. And I bet you’re all just dying to know what my opinion is of them (I must warn you that the following reviews are lined with so much sarcasm that you may begin to feel nauseous)!

I was immediately thrilled to read Scooch had reformed to take part… but my joy soon turned to laughter when I heard there pitch. Flying the Flag (For You) is about as retro-ninties-gay-pop as it gets; they haven’t learnt one thing from their quick demise over 6 years ago and a part of me thinks they were cryogenically frozen back then and thawed out a little too late, completely missing the MySpace Music revolution and pulling faces of confusion when the words “Take That Reunion” were mentioned.

Brian Harvey, the only one from East/E 17 that you can remember, hasn’t changed one bit either; still trying to sound like R. Kelly and still doing a crap job of it. He’s entering Making Your Mind Up with a song called I Can, but from me it’s a “Please Don’t”.

Not satisfied with the success of her Barbara Streisand cover, Liz McClarnon tries her hand at Euro-glory with a particularly depressing song called (Don’t it Make You) Happy… what do you think, Liz ‘I-wrote-this-song-myself’ McClarnon?

Some French chick called Cyndi (or Cindy, for those of you with dislexya) has actually come up with a song that screams “last place”… in Making Your Mind Up. However if this were given the chance to go through it would probably give us our highest final position since Jessica Garlick. Shame about the face though, she looks like a German dominatrix version of Shelley from Coronation Street!

Rounding off with what I think is our best shot from this sorry bunch of “artists” are another blast from the past, Big Brovaz, whose song Big Bro Thang is great because it’s exactly like all their old songs, only now everyone is actually into listening to all that sort of music.

And that’s it… unless I’ve manged to overlook someone whose song would be so vile that I would immediately repress the memory of ever listening to it… Nope, that’s all!