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French Fries Day 2013

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The Final Entries of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest

Sweden – “You” by Robin Stjernberg


It’s a nice pop tune, but I guess Sweden doesn’t really want to win two years in a row.

Spain – “Contigo Hasta El Final (With You All The Way)” by ESDM


At first it seems like Spain has gone traditional. I just wonder if the audience will still be with them by the time the song really kicks in.

Italy – “L’Essenziale” by Marco Mengoni


Wow, that’s some hair.

Germany – “Glorious” by Cascada


Germany is usually a strong competitor, despite most of Europe still hating them for that World War II business, and this year is no exception. It’s a great dance tune that would have won if it were from the Ukraine, but not Germany.

France – “L’enfer Et Moi (Hell and Me)” by Amandine Bourgeois


This is a great song, and per usual, it’s in French, but it’s much better than most years’ entries. It seems the French are in it to win it this year. I can’t wait to see what this looks like on stage. That will make or break it.

Along with the UK entry, “Believe in Me” by 1980s songstress Bonnie Tyler, the above finalists join Semi-Final winners Lithuania, Moldova, Finland, Belgium, Estonia, Belarus, Malta, Russia, Armenia, The Netherlands, Romania, Hungary, Denmark, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Greece, Ukraine, Norway, Georgia, and Ireland in the Grand Final tomorrow afternoon. Those of you in the States can watch it live here.

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More Eurovision 2013

The First Semi-Final was held tonight in Malmo, Sweden, and yielded the following Finalists: Moldova, Lithuania, Ireland, Estonia, Ukraine, Belarus, The Netherlands, Russia, Denmark, and Belgium.

Now, here are the last of the Second Semi-Finalists:

Israel – “Rak Bishvilo” by Moran Mazor


Another ballad? Really?

Latvia – “Here We Go” by PeR


Kind of a happy 1990s vibe here. I like when it finally kicks in.

Malta – “Tomorrow” by Gianluca


This could be a dark horse. It’s happy, catchy, and memorable, and most importantly in a contest that includes so many different cultures – inoffensive. I think we’ll see this one in the Finals.

Romania – “It’s My Life” by Cezar


This guy’s voice, wow. A novelty, and a possible Finalist.

San Marino – “Crisalide (Vola)” by Valentina Monetta


One wonders two things, how will it translate to the stage, and will the audience still be awake when it finally kicks in?

Switzerland – “You and Me” by Takasa


This is another favorite, I hope it’s a Finalist as well.

The second Semi-Final will take place on Thursday, the 16th of May.

Eurovision 2013: Norway

Norway – “I Feed You My Love” by Margaret Berger

That’s some dress, huh? This is my absolute favorite this year. I love this song, and there’s no justice if it doesn’t win.

The second Semi-Final will take place on the 16th of May.

Eurovision 2013: Five More from the Second Semi-Final

FYR Macedonia – “Pred Da Se Razdeni” by Esma & Lozano

Translated, it’s a song of hope (“If I Could Change the World”) and those kinds of things always do well in Eurovision. Plus it’s got a beat you can dance to, and seriously this one grows on me each time I hear it.

Georgia – “Waterfall” by Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani


I usually like Georgia’s entries, but this slow motion love ballad barely kept my attention for three minutes. Zzzzzzzz…

Greece – “Alcohol Is Free” by Koza Mostra, featuring Agathon Iakovidis

Greece usually hits the contest with an upbeat dance club number, but this year they went with something a bit different. What at first seems like a very traditional old country song turns fun and madcap very quickly. The title is “Alcohol Is Free,” you get the picture. I like this one a lot. It won’t win, but I hope it gets to the finals.

Hungary – “Kedvesem (Zoohacker Remix)” by ByeAlex


More catchy pop fun that grows on me with each listen, slowly becoming a favorite, but again, I don’t think it will win.

Iceland – “Eg A Lif” by Eythor Ingi


Yet another European lesson in just because you look metal, it doesn’t mean you are metal.

The second Semi-Final will take place on the 16th of May.

Eurovision 2013: The First Five of the Second Semi-Final

Albania – “Identitet” by Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko


I love the drums, and the music video, which I don’t know if they will be able to reproduce its energy and creativity on stage. Luckily it’s a catchy well done song. No idea what they’re saying, but I think this one will definitely get through to the finals.

Armenia – “Lonely Planet” by Dorians


Pretty song, and being pretty always gets you far in this contest. We’ll see.

Azerbaijan – “Hold Me” by Farid Mammadov


Azerbaijan is always a strong competitor, and this pretty boy power ballad is no exception. Not my favorite, but it has good odds.

Bulgaria – “Samo Shampioni (Only Champions)” by Elitsa Todorova, Stoyan Yankulov


These Eurovision veterans are back. Their previous “Water” remains one of my all time favorite songs from the ESC. Always great percussion, but I don’t think this is their best sadly.

Finland – “Marry Me” by Krista Siegfrids


Finland is another nation who always has a strong submission. This year they enter a more pop and dancey tune. The music video shows off Krista’s range and humor, but I wonder if that will come off on the stage. I’m kinda rooting for this one, but then again, I’m partial to Finland.

The second Semi-Final will take place on the 16th of May.

Free Comic Book Day 2013

Don’t forget, tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day 2013!

What is Free Comic Book Day? Shame on you for not already knowing, but if you don’t, the details are here.

If you would like a rundown of what’s going to be available, here’s the official preview video from the All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast crew:

And if you’re in the South Jersey/Philadelphia are, the place to be is All Things Fun! in West Berlin NJ, where there will also be games, sales, and a live appearance from Batman! All that and more, doors open at 11:00 AM sharp. Be there!

The All Things Fun! Vidcast FCBD Edition 2013

Superman came back from the dead, Captain America came back from the dead, Wolverine will come back from the dead once he dies, as rumored, later this year… and now, The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is back!

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast features co-hosts Ed Evans, Allison Eckel, and Glenn Walker, as they discuss the comic book related topics in every episode! You can see the show here or on All Things Fun!’s YouTube Channel.

It’s that time of year again, Free Comic Book Day, always the first Saturday in May, when comic shops the world over offer a plethora of comics for free, all introductory issues designed for readers old and new to get a glimpse into what the hobby is about and what it has to offer. At All Things Fun!, as always, there are events and sales galore, so come on out, get your free comics, and get in on the fun!

Discussion featured in this Free Comic Book Day Preview Episode includes: Cagematch draft, Free Comic Book Day 2013, Marvel’s Infinity, cartoons for kids of all ages, Plop!, Catfishtress, Spoon!, real authors, NFL Superpro, Ryan Reynolds’ bulge, Valiant, Grimm, ‘for kids,’ The Walking Dead, Captain Midnight!, Superman, Allison’s kids comics, steampunk in Oz, Absolution, Graphic India, Buck Rogers! and Damsels for the guys.

Be sure to check out the All Things Fun! website, and the newly revamped All Things Fun! Blogs, written by Allison and Glenn, featuring The Vidcast Drinking Game so you can play along at home, and watch ATF! on YouTube (don’t forget to subscribe to the channel while you’re there, and leave a comment or two on the Vidcast as well!).

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live at All Things Fun! – the South Jersey/Philadelphia area’s best comics, toys and gaming store, located on Route 73 in West Berlin, NJ. Come on down, check out the store, and say hi to Ed and Dina!

Don’t forget to visit us at Facebook!

And hope to see you all on Saturday, May 4th, Free Comic Book Day!

Eurovision 2013 – The Netherlands Two Ways

The Netherlands – “Birds” by Anouk


or the music video:

It’s sorta got a bit of a Laurie Anderson feel, doesn’t it?