Alexander Rybak, 2009 winner, from aardling.com
The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the entertainment highlights of the year for me, although I abstain from getting too tied up with the block voting that’s more or less taken away the competition part of it. What Eurovision is still great for is the names.
A mad fiddler by the name Alexander Rybak from Norway won it in 2009, and ever since I’ve had a name crush on Rybak, and let’s not forget the genius, and mostly gibberish lyrics that was Ukraine’s entry two years before, from Verka Seduchka – and for those who do click and watch his entry, he came 2nd. It’s that kind of competition.
But onto Eurovision 2011, which came with some interesting names, both in the semis and final:
Alexey (Russia) – Known as Alex Sparrow in the International Market.
Aske ‘A Friend in London’ (Denmark)
Axel ‘Paradise Oskar’ (Finland)
Verka Seduchka, 2nd Place in 2007, from culch.ie
Duncan ‘Blue’ (United Kingdom)
Edward ‘Jedward’ (Ireland)
Eldar ‘Ell and Nikki’ (Azerbaijan)
Eric Khaled (Sweden)
Esben ‘A Friend in London’ (Denmark)
Katalin ‘Kati’ (Hungary)
John ‘Jedward’ (Ireland)
Nina, representing Serbia, from zimbio.com
Mihai ‘Zdob shi Zdub’ (Moldova)
Nigar ‘Ell and Nikki’ (Azerbaijan)
Danica ‘Nina’ (Serbia)
Raffaele ‘Raphael’ (Italy)
Roman ‘Zdob shi Zdub’ (Moldova)
Sebastian ‘A Friend in London’ (Denmark)
Simon ‘Blue’ (United Kingdom)
Jedward, representing Ireland, from eurovisionmania.net
Sophio ‘Eldrine’ (Georgia)
Valeriu ‘Zdob shi Zdub’ (Moldova)
As for elsewhere, I discovered this week that an aquantaince of mine, called Mollie, has two sisters: Maisie and Maude.
My sister Sophie, known to most as Dopey, announced this week that she wants to be called Jaguar, I take comfort from the fact she didn’t say Audi or Renault. She’s also recently aquired the new Jacqueline Wilson book, Lily Alone, which features siblings Lily, Bliss, Baxter and Pixie.
The last note-worthy name spot of the week comes in the form of a champion Irish surfer: Easkey Britton. Her younger sister is called Becky-Finn.