5 Awesome Things from the Nashville Series Finale

May 29, 2016 0

The Exes and Autumn continue their tour following a two week break. Scarlett frets about reuniting with Gunnar, knowing she must declare her true feelings for him.1 He greets her backstage, saying he has something to discuss. Before he can say anything, she says she’s in love with him. Autumn waltzes in that very second and says, “Oh good, you’ve talked,” drapes her arm around Gunnar and says to Scarlett, “I really hope this isn’t gonna make things weird at all around here.” OOF. Rayna, Deacon and Daphne are in New York City for that fundraiser thingie in honor of [Read more…]

5 Awesome Things from Nashville – Scarlett Fakes Joy

May 25, 2016 0

Luke continues his anti-homophobia crusade but now critics wonder why his gay artist is keeping quiet. So Mr. Wheeler invites Will to appear in a joint radio interview. But then Luke gets called to Fort Benning after Colt is injured and an ambivalent Will must interview solo. Rayna and Deacon see a marriage counselor. Juliette and Noah shack up at her house (post hook-up) so they can see if they actually like each other. Avery and Layla look forward to a perfect night following their Bluebird show, but he’s too worried/jealous about Cadence/Juliette/Noah to really enjoy the moment. During Autumn [Read more…]

5 Awesome Things from Nashville: Tabloid Pics

May 18, 2016 0

A couple important notes… First, my apologies for missing the May 4th episode. I was traveling with a 4 year old and since maaaaybe five people are reading these recaps, it didn’t seem worth stressing over something I’m doing mainly for my own pleasure. Nevertheless, I don’t like half-assing anything and WOW, what an episode it was. Not being able to dish on Maddie’s shady emancipation hearing or Deacon’s tragic response — not to mention the Exes’ train wreck of a Rolling Stone interview — is something I surely regret. But that’s nothing compared to my sense of mourning ever [Read more…]

Eurovision 2016 Semi-Final 2 Wrapup: Who are the last 10 qualifiers?

May 12, 2016 0

Thursday featured 18 countries competing for the last 10 slots in Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final. Who made the cut? Another exciting Eurovision semi-final and another satisfying list of qualifiers came out of Thursday’s broadcast from Stockholm, Sweden. Like Tuesday, 18 countries competed for 10 slots. Unlike Tuesday, this one was chock full of challengers to Russia, Armenia, and Malta for the ultimate goal of winning this year’s Contest. Here are the 10 countries that qualified in the order they were announced: Latvia Georgia1 Bulgaria Australia Ukraine Serbia Poland Israel Lithuania Belgium Based on Thursday’s performances, this feels like the correct list of qualifiers. Switzerland, Ireland, and Denmark offered some fine but unremarkable renditions of their entries. Slovenia and Albania never had momentum, though the song from the former grew in popularity among the WEIO team. Norway’s Agnete offered a cookie cutter version of her national final performance, which offered nothing new to entice the viewer. FYR Macedonia had a particularly rough performance, ending with Kaliopi’s trademark scree — which doesn’t really fit with “Dona.” IVAN from Belarus appeared to have been overtaken by nerves during his performance, which underwhelmed. The rumors of his naked with wolves gameplan […]

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Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Second Semi-Final: Our Predictions

May 12, 2016 0

Our second Eurovision semi-final picks are in; will we do better than the first semi-final? Hoo boy, so we kinda tanked in our picks for the first Eurovision Song Contest semi-final, only getting 7 out of 10 right collectively (and not doing much better individually). Regardless, we here at telESCope shall persevere as we try our hand at predicting which of the 191 18 acts will advance from Thursday’s second semi-final. But first, let’s rehash Ryan’s methodology summary. Ben, Ryan, and I ranked the entries three times. The first ranking was just to get a sense of what we liked and what we didn’t once all the entries were selected, and this ranking did not factor into our final scores. It did help us gauge improvement and/or disappointment over time. For our second ranking in mid-April, we each compared each individual entry against the others in the field asking the question “which entry is more likely to qualify.” We used this same ranking process for our third ranking after watching all of last week’s rehearsal footage on the Eurovision YouTube channel. For balance and to incorporate some on-the-ground perspective, we also used the press center votes,2 the YouTube views of the official music videos, and the betting odds […]

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Eurovision 2016 Semi-final 1 Wrap-up: Who’s Going to the Grand Final?

May 10, 2016 0

The votes are in, and we have broken streaks to report! Which ten countries from today’s semi-final advanced to Saturday’s Grand Final? The 61st Eurovision Song Contest began today with the first semi-final, in which eighteen countries competed for ten spots in Saturday’s Grand Final. Last year’s winner, Måns Zelmerlöw, opened the show with a much more somber version of his winning song, Heroes, featuring a live cast of singing and dancing children in place of last year’s CGI army. After a few opening words and jokes from co-hosts Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede, the action started quickly. Thanks to votes from juries and viewers in the participating and designated countries,1 these are the ten that advanced to Saturday’s Grand Final: Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Hungary Malta Netherlands Russia In our prediction post from earlier this morning, we correctly predicted seven qualifiers. Our three mistakes were selecting Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, and Iceland over Austria, Cyprus, and Hungary. To be fair, Austria probably messed with a lot of predictions.2 Among WEIO writers, ZOË started out on the bubble and moved farther out of contention with each additional poll. Today, though, her performance was great. As for Iceland, I have no explanation for […]

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Eurovision Song Contest 2016 First Semi-Final: Our Predictions

May 10, 2016 0

Our first semi-final picks are in; let the Eurovision Song Contest begin! It’s here! It’s May! I am so excite! The Eurovision Song Contest’s first semi-final takes place today; eighteen countries will battle for just ten tickets to Saturday’s Grand Final. After months of reading, listening, and watching videos,1 it’s time to put these entries on the stage. Who will be left standing at the end? We’ve made our picks … But first, let’s talk for a moment about methodology. Ben, Mike, and I ranked the entries three times. The first ranking was just to get a sense of what we liked and what we didn’t once all the entries were selected, and this ranking did not factor into our final scores. It did help us gauge improvement and/or disappointment over time. For our second ranking in mid-April, we each compared each individual entry against the others in the field asking the question “which entry is more likely to qualify.” We used this same ranking process for our third ranking after watching all of last week’s rehearsal footage on the Eurovision YouTube channel. For balance and to incorporate some on-the-ground perspective, we also used the press center votes,2 the YouTube views of the official music videos, […]

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