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Dana - "All Kinds of Everything"

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All Kinds of Everything reminds me of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein song.

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Sailboats and fishermen, things of the sea... no offense but when I think of fishermen and things of the sea, I think "roll up the car window, the air stinks". Nevertheless, 18 year old unknown Dana won for Ireland in 1970 - making Ireland's success that year the first of seven times they would win the following years. There's no denying the lovely sentiment in this song, a bit different from the 2011 entry. Since both Jedward and Dana have been in the Eurovision news lately, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit this song and see if it still holds up.

Here's the result of the 12points jury: did it remind us of douze points all around?

Song/Lyrics - 10/12
The sentiments of the song really fit into the hippy dippy popular music of the era - everything flowery and rainbows and la la la. So it was a given that it would probably be of interest to all the voting juries. The lyrics really capture something fun and pleasant, and doesn't everyone have times when they compare their new found love to beautiful things? Even a cynic like me can't help but melt the ice around my heart when listening to a song like this.

Performance - 12/12
Amazingly composed and confident for someone so young. It's rare that someone is sitting down for the entirety of their Eurovision entry, unless they are at a piano, but this time it works very well. I bet Dana broke a few million hearts when she appeared on TV for the first time across Europe.

Choreography (including Arm-ography and Hair-ography) - 8/12
Considering Dana doesn't have much room to move, there are some dramatic Eurovision arm-ography moves included - arms up, and arms down - plus a combined clutching-your-heart and hands-in-prayer move. Classic!

Key Change Effectiveness - 8/12
Love when this happens - the key goes up when one long note is held.

Camp Factor - 6/12
Dana doesn't have much by way of camp going on, she probably had no idea what the concept of camp was in 1970. However, the broadcast around her yields some real gems. Close up on Dana while a mysterious Eurovision 1970 artwork appears behinds her, two malnourished pine trees placed to the left and right of her as part of the set, and my favourite bit comes at 2.36, when a far shot reveals a panicked cameraman pulling his rig back quickly, and a bunch of people walking around by the orchestra. What was going on during the contest that people weren't in their seats?  Strange.


TOTAL: 44/60.  If you liked this, check out where the song was most influenced by with this video below:

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