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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 2, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    I painted my toenails for you

    Fiona McCann

    The lengths this young woman has gone to – one worries about how irked she’ll be if her violence of feeling is not returned. The object of her amorous affection is responsible for her new light blue underwear after all. Well, that’s love for you, Lena style. And it stole the show at the Eurovision, as well as the crown. So is this a sign that the faded glory of this annual contest is returning to its former bright and shininess again? Can Lena save us from the eternal euro-ballad? Did the people of Europe get it right in picking this as the evening’s winner?

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    • Alison says:

      Not so crazy about the song but at least it’s reasonably original – in a Eurovision context anyway. You’re right that the eternal euro-ballad has had its day. I think the best song almost always winds, gimmicks or not. Niamh did her absolute best with the material she had – she couldn’t have put any more feeling intot he song than she did. What a pro! But the song just wasn’t good enough. The standard was particularly high this year and there were at least 6 songs, and possibly more, that would have been deserving winners.

    • Kynos says:

      If someone were to say now they’d pull out their toenails for me that’d be love

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