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Happy Hallowe’en, or is it just Eurovision Scaring You!

Happy Halloween from Eurovision Ireland. Photograph courtesy of arts-stew.com

Happy Halloween from Eurovision Ireland. Photograph courtesy of arts-stew.com

Hallowe’en and Eurovision. Does it scare you? Do you tremble on 31 October when you get a sinister knock at your door? Are you relieved when you find out it’s only the local kids going trick-or-treating? Or do you leave the door unanswered all night and hide behind the sofa or under the duvet?

Well fear not. Hallowe’en is a time for taking stock of the scary, just to prove that scary can be just a little bit fun instead. We at Eurovision Ireland are doing the same, and have dug out a few of those scary songs that turn out to be just plain funny, and those funny songs that turn out to be just plain scary.

The video above is one of our favourite singers to score a big fat zero. This is Jahn Teigen singing ‘Voodoo’ with his cohort Inger-Lise Rypdal/Gudny Aspaas back in 1976. Does Jahn’s outfit send shivers down your spine?

Next, Switzerland tried the supernatural theme with a ‘mature’ performer called DJ Bobo. His motif was vampires, and Swiss Television though it so scary that they didn’t even have a national final. Sadly, the voters of Europe seemed more scared off than scared witless, and he sadly languished in the semi-final. Here’s the official music video

Moving south, some performers seem to think that by dressing like someone from a spoof horror show (Think Mrs Munster) they can get votes. The lovely Amila Glamocak tried this little gimmick in 1996. Sure enough, she made the Saturday night final, but again didn’t impress the voters enough to bring succeed to her beloved Bosnia & Herzegovina.

This following video, while not scary-looking, may well bring lovers of a fine voice out in a cold sweat and a succession of sleepless nights. The poor girl tries ever so hard, but this is the stuff of lost national finals, that may deserve to be locked in a coffin and buried six feet under. Margarita scored 15 televotes.

Finally, the Germans have had a wide variety of styles in the finals throughout the years. Is this one scary, or just plane loony?

So if you’re truly scared this Hallowe’en, there’s no need to be alarmed. That sound of something going bump may just be some top funny performer trying to be scary.

 

Author/Editor John Stanton

Source : Eurovision Ireland

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