"Guilty Pleasure" failed to qualify for the final after being eliminated in the first semi-final on 10 May 2022.
"Casanova" is a song by Spanish singer Gisela. It was chosen to represent Andorra in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. It is sung in English, although it features one line in Catalan. It was written by Jordi Cubino, famous in the 1980s as one of Spain's top singers David Lyme.
It competed in the first semi-final on May 20, 2008. As bookies predicted, it failed to get through to the final, placing 16th of 19 entries with 22 points. Although it failed to make it to the final, it still managed success on the music charts reaching #2 in Spain. It was also chosen as a favourite by the British commentator Caroline Flack.
"Vodka" was the song that represented Malta at Eurovision Song Contest 2008, in Belgrade, Serbia. It was sung by Gozitan singer Morena.The authors of the song, Gerard James Borg (lyrics) and Philip Vella (music) have had songs in Eurovision five times (2000, 2002, 2004, 2007 & 2008). "Vodka" won the Malta Song for Europe 2008 with total 78 points (49 votes from the jury and 16,979 from the public). The jury gave the same (not maximal) number of points to two other songs, but public sympathies were on the side of "Vodka" to beat the runner-up by a wide margin. The song speaks of a spy in Gorky Park in Moscow, "in a danger zone" where everywhere is "pitch dark". She is being chased because she deciphered the code which everyone wants so badly, and the word is "Vodka".
"Vodka" is sung in English, but starts with the word Na Zdarovye, a supposedly Russian word for "Cheers!" toast. The song sparkled comments that it was crafted to attract Eastern Europeans' votes, but the authors denied the accusations saying that the song was not even intended to enter the competition. The song title is a source of numerous puns in newspaper titles, but Morena in her interview says she does not like vodka and in fact rarely drinks alcohol.
In the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, "Vodka" was sung in the 2nd semifinal on Thursday 22 May 2008, where it received 38 points and placed 14th in the semifinal, with Malta failing to qualify for the final for the second time.
"Je t'adore" ("I Adore You") was the Belgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, performed in English (with only the title in French) by Kate Ryan. It was the seventh song which was performed in this Contest and the 999th by counting all songs which have ever performed on Eurovision Song Contest. "Je t'adore" was released in 2006 as the lead single from Ryan's third studio album Alive (2006).
The song was performed in the semi-final, as Belgium had not qualified for the final at the 2006 Contest. On the night, it was performed seventh, following Albania's Luiz Ejlli with "Zjarr e ftohtë" and preceding Ireland's Brian Kennedy with "Every Song Is a Cry for Love". At the close of voting, it had received 69 points, with a maximum of 8 points given by Malta, placing 12th in the 23-strong field and missing the final - thus ensuring that Belgium would have to qualify through the semi-final at their next appearance.
The song itself is a love song in a disco style, with Ryan expressing her love and occasionally lapsing into French to sing "je t'adore".
The performance was notable on the night for the neon-tubed microphone stands that Ryan variously sang and danced with, each being moved around by the backing dancers. Pre-Contest publicity had credited Ryan with a strong song, however this was not borne out in voting. As a small consolation, the presenter charged with announcing the Belgian votes on the night of the final held up a cardboard sign with the words "We Love Kate Ryan" on it - prompting derisive comments from Terry Wogan, who during the contest said the song sounded like "Shut that door" instead of "Je t'adore".
However, I know you're smiling and you won't get that tune out of your head for ages (whether you want to or not)! Utter madness and the reason we love Eurovision!
Congratulations (often known by its Icelandic title of Til hamingju Ísland, which translates to English as "Congratulations Iceland") was the Icelandic entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, performed in English by Silvía Night.
Composed by Þorvaldur Bjarni Þorvaldsson and with lyrics written by the fictional character singing it, the song generated considerable controversy at the Contest. The lyrics are essentially in praise of the wisdom of the Icelandic voters in selecting Silvía to represent them in the first place. She sings, for example, "So congratulations, I have arrived/I'm Silvia Night and I'm shining so bright/Eurovision nation, your dream's coming true/You've been waiting and waiting for me to save you", thus contending that the other entries of that year are things to be saved from. Silvía's song, on the other hand, is described as being "hot, okay, really not too gay". The Icelandic original continued this theme further, with one line running "Congratulations Iceland, that I was born here". Silvía also sings "Let's meet next year in Iceland", a reference to the Contest tradition of hosting rights going to the previous year's winner.
The controversy came, however, with the line "The vote is in, I'll fu**ing win", a contravention of the Contest's policy on expletives (although a previous French entry had contained an obscenity in French, this was the first occasion on which an English-language one was to be heard). Contest executive supervisor Svante Stockselius formally informed the Icelandic delegation that the lyrics as written were in violation of the rules, however Silvía claimed at her press conferences that she would "fu**ing say what I fu**ing want". Interestingly, one set of lyrics published online featured the line "they say I win", prior to the formal objection being lodged.
Over the course of the rehearsals, Silvía continued to perform the lyrics as originally written. Her second dress rehearsal also featured abuse of the floor manager, whom she called a "fu**ing retard". According to the BBC commentator at the semi-final, this last remark was misheard by some as "fu**ing Greek", a slight on Athens, where the Contest was being held. Thus, when the song was eventually performed in the semi-final, it was greeted with jeers from much of the audience.
In the event, the lyrics were changed to "The vote is in, I'll freaking win", however the official CD of the Contest entries had already been pressed with the original lyrics.
Commentary both before and after Sylvía's performance stressed the fact that she was a television character, rather than a real person. Her entire appearance, therefore, was in fact something of a joke at the expense of the Contest - something Silvía herself picked up on when arguing at a press conference that people intending to enter the Contest as a joke should not do so.
As Iceland had not qualified for the final at the 2005 Contest, the song was performed in the semi-final. Here, it was performed twenty-third (following Bosnia and Herzegovina's Hari Mata Hari with Lejla). At the close of voting, it had received 62 points, placing 13th in a field of 23 - failing to qualify for the final and thus ensuring that Iceland's next Contest appearance would be in the semi-final.