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chapyl
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# Posted: 12 May 2004 20:24
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The two biggest newspaper here both give great reviews of Ruslana and 'Wild Dances'.

Aftonbladet (biggest newspaper) writes:
Ukraine is a serious threat (to Sweden)...
If she only comes to the final fiery Ruslana can
win the whole contest with this dramatic
shownumber. (4 points of 5)

Expressen (second largest newspaper) writes:
My favourite tonight is Ukraine. This odd
schlager-country (schlager is like a Swedish word
for the music common in Eurovision) sends a
popgirl who actually can go all the way.
It's possible that Ukraine's 'Wild Dance'
may need an extra listening but it's also
what it gets. (5 points of 5)

chapyl
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# Posted: 12 May 2004 20:34
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More text from Expressen:


After a mystic intro the absolute popsong of the evening
follows. It has several sharp tunes, is elevating and speedy á la Shaikira and Sertab and... excuse me... but Ruslana is a sex bomb.

:)

vitoos
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# Posted: 12 May 2004 20:53 - Edited by: Admin
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chapyl
I hope that the colours of the winner country will be blue and yellow!!!
I beleive you have the same expectations:))

And of couse, colours of our flags are not the only common things thing between our countries:))

Vitaliy, member of Ruslana's team (from Istanbul)

ilona
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# Posted: 13 May 2004 12:01
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Aftonbladet today:

"Next year is it Kiev vi are going to. So we should start finding out what flights are operating there"

I really hope it will be so.
We are proud of you, Ruslana and your team.

The Ukrainians in Sweden

Calandra
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# Posted: 13 May 2004 14:04
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I normally do not post on these kind of things, but for some reason today I just had to.
You see, I am an American living here way up north in Sweden. I have lived here in this country for almost 5 years, and this is my 4th Eurovision. Most of my Swedish friends will tell you that I am a bit crazy about the Eurovision thing...
"Ok Calandra, don't you think you are taking it a little to far" - Said one friend
"I am really tired of hearing all those songs!! Play something else other than Eurovision music! I know all the songs and it is because YOU play them all the time" - One roomate
"I will be glad when it is Sunday.. so I do not have to hear this anymore" - another roomate

Anyway... my point is this. I live here in a country where the Eurovision is a pretty serious contest (I am sure that those of you that live here can agree). All the time it is "Lena PH this.." and "Lena PH that.."
While I the lone American amongst my friends is saying "Ruslana this.." and "Ruslana that" (To the point that I have been doing all the dishes this week to bribe my roomates to vote for Ruslana)
So the final comes on last night. I am there on the sofa. It was myself, a friend from Finland, and 3 Swedish girls (although one has a father from Serbia). We are watching the contest... and when song 11 comes on there is total silence...
Everyone stares at the television set with their eyes glued to the screen... When the song is over, a Swedish friend of mine turns to me and sighs...
"Looks like we found out who is going to beat Lena PH on Saturday"
Everyone nodded silently.
Now you have to understand.. this is a country where they think no one can beat them in the ESC... for them to admit that someone is better than Finland, Norway, Iceland or Denmark is a pretty big deal.. for them to admit that someone is better than a SWEDISH act is HUGE.
30 seconds later.. a ring on my doorbell... another Swedish friend runs breathlessly down the hallway to the sofa..
"Did I miss Ruslana?" she exclaims..
We all nod our heads.
"Damn! Damn! Damn!" she yells while sitting down.

A minute after Ukraine was said to be in the final... my text messages start to come in on my mobile:
"You were so right! I voted for her!"
"Are you happy now?"

And this morning my inbox was full with the same thing on-line.

We have a game we like to play when we watch the ESC.. each person picks a country, and whenever their country (more than one can have the same country) is mentioned, or the song is played, or they get points on the score board we take a drink (I live in a city filled with students.. what can I say?)

Anyway... Ruslana is my pick.. and even some of the Swedish people who will be here on Saturday also...

So I say this... I am planing to drink a lot more than the people who have picked Lena PH :)

Ruslana... from an American girl who grew up on the other side of the world, thank you for teaching me about your culture and your country and making me interested in it. It is one of the many things that we as Americans were cheated out of when we were educuated.

YOU ROCK!!!

chapyl
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# Posted: 13 May 2004 21:25
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You are so right about Swedes Calandra :-)
We always think we have the best song, I'm also very much so most years but not this year.
Maybe that's because of Eurovision's biggest success - ABBA - comes from Sweden ;-)

I wouldn't mind Sweden winning for the 5th time but I think Ukraine deserve it since they have the best song this year. I would even feel a bit disappointed if Sweden wins this year I think and if Ukraine comes 2nd :-(

Well... I hope and think that Ukraine wins the contest on Saturday.

It was a fantastic performance yesterday. I noticed that Ruslana lost her breath sometimes... not so strange because of that energy in the song and the wild dances ;-)
Many here complained about bad sound in several of the songs but I didn't notice that when Ukraine performed (?)

Bohdan
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# Posted: 13 May 2004 21:30
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Go Ruslana:)

chapyl
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# Posted: 13 May 2004 23:17
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Vitaliy:

Yes it's great with our flags :)
We also share the yellow fields and the blue sky :)
Here's what our former prime minister Carl Bildt (Conservative Party) said when visiting Ukraine a few months ago.

'And it is a very particular pleasure to come here under the colours of the blue and the yellow flag.
The flag of Ukraine. The famously fertile yellow soil. And the clear blue sky these days.
The flag of Europe. The sky of blue aspirations and hope. And the yellow starts of initiative and peoples and nations coming together.
And ? by some sort of coincidence ? the flag of Sweden. The cross from the sun on the blue sky. That?s what the legends are telling us.

Read more about his visit in Ukraine at:
www.bildt.net (in English)

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ilona:

Yes I saw that news in Aftonbladet.
Well... it's not that hard to fly to Kyiv I think ;)
I saw in my local paper that you can fly from my
home town Norrköping to Kyiv 9 times a year
because a travel agency has 'Viking - tours in Ukraine'
going by boat visiting several cities by the Dnepr river (?).

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Another thing... if Ukraine wins... which city is the best to have the contest. I think Lvov and Odessa seems so beautiful but maybe the capital Kyiv has the best arenas for such contest.

Calandra
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# Posted: 14 May 2004 00:53
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You are so right about Swedes Calandra :-)
We always think we have the best song, I'm also very much so most years but not this year.
Maybe that's because of Eurovision's biggest success - ABBA - comes from Sweden ;-)

I wouldn't mind Sweden winning for the 5th time but I think Ukraine deserve it since they have the best song this year. I would even feel a bit disappointed if Sweden wins this year I think and if Ukraine comes 2nd :-(


Hehehe... must come from living here for 5 years! :) Mind you.. I am all for the pride thing, but I think that there are many songs who are better than Lena PH in the final.
Of course probably in every country they are saying their song is the best and is going to win, but I wonder if perhaps the journalism is a little more impartial in other places than here.
It took A LOT for Aftonbladet to admit that maybe Ruslana would win.. but STILL had to say "I think Lena PH has the best song in the contest this year"
I would ALMOST say that... if she would have stuck to the Swedish version.. something was very lost in the translation there! Seeing someone jump around like she does and saying "it hurts it hurts" hmmm... not much of a show there....
I think out of all the presentations Ruslana's was by and far the best on Wednesday. 1. She just said no to pink which was refreshing 2. She put on a show 3. You can see she enjoys what she is doing, it's not just like "Ok I am going to stand here and move back and forth a little"

JustVlad
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# Posted: 14 May 2004 01:22
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Calandra
I'd like to thank you! You look so honest! I'm really glad to see someone abroad on this forum. And as for you and your friends, they are to be proud of Lena PH, she is one of the best!
Also thank you for your voting and kind sencire words in Ukraine's adress
Best regards and gud luck Sweden on 15 May

Calandra
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# Posted: 14 May 2004 01:34
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Calandra
I'd like to thank you! You look so honest! I'm really glad to see someone abroad on this forum. And as for you and your friends, they are to be proud of Lena PH, she is one of the best!
Also thank you for your voting and kind sencire words in Ukraine's adress
Best regards and gud luck Sweden on 15 May


Thank you! That was very sweet of you to say :) Hmmm.. Lena PH well, honestly I did not want her to win in Sweden.. (I liked Petra Nielson's Tango! Tango!) but of course she is a great artist as well. I admire anyone who can do things I cannot.. and one of those is singing!

It was my pleasure... I think you come from a great country and have earned the right to win! :)

ilona
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# Posted: 14 May 2004 12:25
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chapyl

Yes, I know there are plenty of regular flyghts to Kyjiv from Stockholm and I'm not happy about Aftonbladet's irony. But in swedich media Ukraine is always discribed as a country God has forgotten :(

chapyl
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# Posted: 14 May 2004 13:52
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ilona:

Well... I don't think the Swedish media is like that.
Journalists from tabloid magazines (like Aftonbladet and Expressen) use to have a 'hard' language in general ;-)

What I have seen in Sweden for a few years is an interest in Ukraine. Many politicians have visited Ukraine and there seems to be an increase in travelling between the countries.
There are also news about Ukraine in news-programmes on TV now and then.

I think Ukraine could be a big tourist country when people get to know all the beautiful cities of Ukraine. Odessa and Lvov (or is it Lviv) looks so beautiful. Kyiv also looks great.
Now Bulgaria is a popular tourist country for Swedes but in a couple of years I think Ukraine will be very popular.


But Ilona, about regular flights from Stockholm to Kyiv:
I tried to do a search about that and could mostly only find flights from Stockholm to Riga and then Riga-Kyiv. It would be great to fly Stockholm-Kyiv.


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Calandra:

My favourite in Swedish national contest wasn't Lena PH either.
I hoped that After Dark (men dressed like women ;) ) would win with their song 'La Dolce Vita'. I loved the song, the performance, the rhytm and everything with that song.


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ilona
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# Posted: 14 May 2004 14:52
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chapyl

well, I'm glad you think so. I'm also glad you like Lviv, my and Ruslana's home city :)

There is a direct flight with Aerosvit from Stockholm and with Austrian and LOT but thru Wien and Warsaw

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