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Do you think the orchestra should return to Eurovision?


View Poll Results: Should the orchestra be brought back to Eurovision?
Yes 23 47.92%
No 25 52.08%
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Old 27-10-2012, 17:18
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Just thought I'd start a thread to see what you all think. I know it's not likely to happen any time soon, but personally I quite mourn the loss of a live orchestra at the contest.

I think that although a live orchestra might not necessarily work for all songs, there are several times when I think a live orchestra has completely transformed a track for the better. Here's a couple of examples:

United Kingdom 1997: Love Shine a Light
Original: Although it's still a great track compare this version to how it sounds with the orchestra on the night, it adds so much to the song (particularly from 1:38 onwards)
With orchestra

Sweden 2008: Hero
Original: Another great track, and one of my favourite entries, but have a listen to this alternative performance with an orchestra and how much better it sounds!
With orchestra

Would love to hear what you all think!
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Old 27-10-2012, 17:28
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I think it should be optional.

The contest has moved on now to warrant all countries having to use it (an orchestra would be useless when presented with a song such as Euphoria or La La Love from this year) but it should be there as an option for countries that have a song that would benefit from it.
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Old 27-10-2012, 17:46
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Orchestras really make uptempos sound horrendously dated.
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Old 27-10-2012, 17:48
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Hero does sound better with the orchestra but as Saturn said it sounds a little dated though.
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Old 27-10-2012, 18:23
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Orchestras really make uptempos sound horrendously dated.
I was thinking that esp with Hero. Charlotte seemed to really be enjoying it a lot more though
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Old 27-10-2012, 18:28
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Orchestras really make uptempos sound horrendously dated.
It does a little I agree. Perhaps a mixture of orchestra/backing would work better? Live instruments just seem to give the performance more energy somehow!
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Old 27-10-2012, 19:05
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Absolutely not.

The orchestra is terribly outdated for a show like Eurovision. The contest only started to become revitalised again when the orchestra was dropped.

It just doesn't fit in with the TV production and 21st century Eurovision.
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Old 27-10-2012, 19:59
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I'm in the no camp. Although I enjoy watching old performances and can see some songs absolutely sounded better with the orchestra, music has moved on and the orchestra would make the contest seem dated.

I'm really used to the versions from the contests in the 80s with the orchestras and when I discover the recorded version they often sound far more of their time. Orchestras buggered up anything that sounded modern. Even our own Bardo and Sweet Dreams sounded so old fashioned compared to their audio versions.
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Old 27-10-2012, 20:56
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Allowing some form of live instruments would be nice, even if it isn't a full orchestra. However, considering the production teams behind the last few contests have struggled to get the sound mix right just for the vocals, I dread to think how badly they would screw up the mix for a whole band!
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Old 27-10-2012, 21:02
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Even though the purist in me says "bring back the orchestra!" I think I'll say overall no - for every Love Shine A Light, there's a Greek Anixi, check out the fabulous Italian sax solo on this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...FhgimdN0#t=71s
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Old 27-10-2012, 21:43
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No I don't think so. It wouldn't really work these days. I couldn't imagine songs like Euphoria with a live orchestra. I've nothing against them using backing tracks as long as they sing live.
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Old 27-10-2012, 21:58
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Hero does sound better with the orchestra but as Saturn said it sounds a little dated though.
Not entirely due to the orchestra.
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Old 27-10-2012, 22:55
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While I agree it probably wouldn't work for some songs, I do like the energy a live orchestra can bring to a performane, hence why they use one on Strictly. I also think it's an advtantage The Voice has over the X Factor, which only seemed to use one on big band week.
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Old 30-12-2012, 17:28
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It would be great in alternate years so we can get the best of both worlds.. This year's Albanian National Final showed what could be done.. It was a revelation... Can see it growing in status to rival the San Remo song contest.. which also has a live orchestra..
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Old 30-12-2012, 17:31
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Really can't imagine the campness of eurovision going with an orchestra. I voted yes by accident.
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Old 22-01-2013, 13:50
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Seems to be a mixture of opinions on this really- by an "orchestra" I don't necessarily mean something like a symphony orchestra, more along the lines of the bands used in Strictly and the Voice, as someone else mentioned. I don't think they really date the songs at all.
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