Saturday, 26 March 2016

Hungary 2016 - Freddie - Pioneer (Live at the Igal Spa!)

The latest in our occasional serious of knuckle-gnawingly awkward PAs by Eurovision acts in the run up to the big show sees barrel-chested Freddie of the Hungarian parish perform his big hit to a swimming pool full of pensioners at a hot spa resort just south of Lake Balaton. Yes, you read that right. No smirking at the back, now...

One has to wonder how things like this happen. Was it already on his itinerary as a lesser-known local singer before his elevation to (temporary) national hero? Or did his over-active management think it was a great way to curry favour with the elderly of Europe? Either way, the poor lad looks like he just can't wait to get out of there, bless him.

But to his credit he gave it his all, even attempting to encourage an arms-in-the-air clapalong at one point - although he soon saw the error of his ways at the sight of the sagging bingo wings flapping about before him. Freddie, for possibly the most Spinal Tap moment of the year so far, we applaud you. You carried this off with some grace and humility. But what WERE you thinking when you agreed to this!


  1. For me, what really makes it work is how nicely the video is shot. The framing and the colours (pink bodies and the gloomy green building) with the highly symbolic rail slashing cross the middle of the image create quite an artistic composition.

  2. I know! That's what amazed me. Proper high def cameras, beautifully focused on a stock solid tripod. But why?