Nine Years Of Twitter Madness

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I was recently reminded by Twitter, that it’s been nine years, since I signed up. I still remember where I was and who I was with and it was one of the best ideas ever. I had just started uni and on the first day, I met a wonderful girl, who became a wonderful friend. After a couple of weeks, we decided that we need something that distracts us a little during boring classes, so we entered the Twitter world. I think my first username was “InLovewithNY” which didn’t last very long because I wanted to sound like a celebrity. Cause Twitter is what makes you famous, right?! I even looked for pictures that looked like they could’ve been taken by the papparazzi. I mean, could I be any more pathetic?! It’s hilarious.

So obviously, I didn’t become famous, yet. I never even had a viral tweet. So sad. The fact that after 9 years, I’ve only made it to 1.3k followers clearly shows that I did something very wrong. And I did. For many years, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing on this social media platform. How do I gain followers? How do I meet people? How can I make this work? I don’t really remember when I really started blogging and using Twitter to promote myself, but can you imagine how much bigger I could be, if only I had known how it works? I would totally be Zoella.

Twitter San Francisco

So, what did I learn from Twitter?

1. Interact with people
I literally thought I was so cool that people would just read my stuff and be like “Yeah, she cool!” And I was so happy when I reached 100 followers. I mean, huge achievement, right? A few years ago, I finally discovered something called Twitter chats and I met so many great people through that. Also, the connection to other bloggers is super important and fun. The support is amazing and I’ve had so many great conversations with these people. Unfortunately, most of my Twitter-friends don’t live in Germany, but I still hope to meet some of them in real-life, someday.

2. Promote your blog posts
Did you know that when you properly promote your posts, some nice people will retweet you and help you get more readers? I didn’t for a super long time, so my numbers are ridiculously low, considering all the years I’ve been posting stuff online. It’s really helpful and I used to do it pretty regularly, once I found out. However, it is a lot of work and ever since I started working full-time, I’ve been pretty much slacking off in the online world. And I had an app that worked great for me, but now it doesn’t anymore, so that’s that. If anyone has recommendations for apps that schedule tweets, please let me know.

3. Follow people and be active
Don’t just wait for the people to follow you. See who has an interesting biography, shares the same interest as you etc. and follow them. Strike up a conversation and maybe make an online friend. And also share other people’s things, answer questions, participate in games, polls, giveaways, because it does make a huge difference. I should get back to doing more of all of this myself, but it does cost some time, that I don’t always have. I’m also lazy. But I was really happy when I reached 1k and I still am. Now, if this would only work on Instagram, but that’s a different story.

Twitter

All of that being said, I never regretted being on this app, because it has given me so much, which sounds weird, but it is what it is. So many wonderful conversations, tweets that really cracked me up, finding interesting articles written by even more interesting people, and yeah, even being able to communicate with your favorite celebrities (if they answer) makes this my number one. Just to be able to write  anything that comes to my mind? Love it. And no, a journal isn’t the same because on Twitter, chances are, you’ll find someone, who thinks or feels exactly the way you do.

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Mixtape #22 – More and More 90s

If there is one genre that gets me going, it’s 90s music, and there is nothing I can do about it. It was an important part of my childhood and I miss almost everything from that time. Gladly, I feel like music from this era has been re-incorporated into our lives a lot more, over the past few years. A blast from the past is cool and just works because a lot of people have important memories connected to these songs. You can definitely find me on the dancefloor, whenever Spice Girls or Backstreet Boys are blasting from the speakers. Therefore, I just had to put together another list with some of my favorite 90s tunes. One just wasn’t enough.

Mixtape 90s music

01. Captain Hollywood Project – More and More
02. Vengaboys – Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!
03. The Kelly Family – Fell In Love With An Alien
04. Culture Beat – Mr. Vain
05. Real 2 Real – I Like To Move It
06. TLC – Red Light Special
07. Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
08. Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are
09. B*Witched – Blame It On The Weatherman
10. Caught In The Act – Love Is Everywhere
11. No Doubt – Just A Girl
12. Captain Jack – Captain Jack
13. Britney Spears – … Baby One More Time
14. Sinéad O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
15. Take That – Never Forget
16. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
17. La Bouche – be My Lover
18. Blümchen – Boomerang
19. Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
20. N*Sync – Here We Go
21. S Club 7 – Bring It All Back
22. Hanson – Mmmbop
23. Los Del Rio – Macarena
24. 20 Fingers – Short Dick Man
25. Two Unlimited – No Limit
26. Prince Ital Joe Feat. Marky Mark – United
27. Whigfield – Saturday Night
28. Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins – It’s Like That
29. Haddaway – What Is Love
30. Corona – The Rhythm Of The Night

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Goodbye June 2018

Goodbye June,

and hello July. Can you believe that half a year is already over? And boy, what a busy month this was. I am definitely not used to having plans, all the time. I need so much time for myself, it’s insane. I was out and about every weekend and I also had two weeks off from work, which were also packed with plans. But since I didn’t travel anywhere, which I’m still a bit sad about, I couldn’t just do nothing. As much as I love the thought, I don’t have that much time to waste.

I spent a lot of time on the road, but it was definitely worth it. When my mom was still in the clinic, I visited her and we enjoyed the beautiful weather together. The poor woman even visited an old castle with me, crutches in hand and all. But she’s a tough cookie, so we did not just sit around doing nothing. The city Bernkastel-Kues is really beautiful, with lots of old architecture, which of course I had to take a million pictures of. We also went on a boat tour and a sightseeing bus tour. The weather was amazing, as it has been for most of June, and some quality time together never hurts.

My two weeks off started with a weekend full of laughter. I went to the zoo with two of my besties and what can I say – it was absolutely wonderful. When you know people for a million years, it’s just the best. And I always go to the zoo with these two, so it was just perfect. So much laughing, talking, catching up – almost makes me wish, I was still in school, where I can see my friends everyday. So that was fun. And the Sunday after, we wanted to do canoeing with the whole group, but one girl got sick, so we ended up having a nice breakfast, instead. Two days of getting up super early, but it was so worth it. There is seriously no better time than with my girls.

For the first time ever, my god son spent a whole weekend at my place and it was fun, but definitely reminded me of why I just don’t want kids. I mean, I’m just not cut out for it and I have zero patience for everyone older that like three. I took him to an amusement park, where everything was appropriate for his age and what happened? He can’t wait to go on the roller coaster, but then realizes, after only one ride, that he’s too scared and it’s not for him. Minimum age started at FOUR. He’s SEVEN and a half. Imagine my disappointment. Lesson learned. But we got along well. I also took him to see miniature trains, made him all kinds of junk food and whatever else you do with kids.

After that, spent some days at my grandma’s house and I love how insanely happy it makes her, when I’m there. And she just does everything for me, so I was definitely able to chill. Another fun thing was going shopping at Primark, which I do like once a year. I went absolutely nuts and just bought whatever I felt like buying. Not many clothes though, cause I looked horrible in everything. But good thing they had enough Disney stuff I don’t need that I could buy. Took it all home.

I also went to a wedding, which was nice. Although I have to admit that I’m a bit over them, cause I’m never ever just a guest. This time it was singing and taking pictures. So much stress. But otherwise fun. And it’s nice to get a little dolled up, once in a while. The highlight of the month was a day with my best friend, though. I went to Mainz and we did basically everything I wanted. I got to eat some of my favorite food, we went to a Disney exhibition, she made a real effort to take cute pictures of me and we really just laughed all day long. Definitely my favorite day of the month.

At this point, I would also love to tell you how much I enjoyed watching the World Cup, but I rather not. What the hell Germany??? But since it happened to so many great teams, I guess it’s ok. Pretty disappointing, but nothing that can be done about it. The best team should win and we were so far away from that, it’s ridiculous. So I’ll tell you that aside from having a blast, I also did things like deep-clean my whole room, get my car fixed, some doctor’s appointments. Super interesting, I know. But overall, I jut had a really great month.

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. Buy things you don’t need but that make you really happy. Spend time with your loved ones. Laugh uncontrollably. Put yourself first. Give your room, house or wherever you live a good cleaning. Cook your favorite meal and really enjoy eating it. Have a movie night. Make somebody smile.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Lovely life
vacation time  trips to the zoo  spending time with my grandma  when you catch people stalking you  sunshine  pretty architecture  getting money from your tax return unexpected presents  going nuts at Primark  all things Disney  The World Cup  Chrissy Teigen compliments crying from laughter breakfast with friends a good Pad Thai a good clean of your place hanging around in your towel, doing nothing great take-out food Vapiano spending time with my besties buying stuff you don’t really need quality time with my god son Hello Fresh being 9 years on Twitter getting dolled up fun weddings a pretty scenery for pictures candy subscription box

Movies I loved watching
Everything, Everything
Paper Towns
Pocahontas

Interesting articles and videos
Ten of the most memorable David LaChapelle moments // 49 Bilder, die niemand versteht, der nicht in Deutschland aufgewachsen ist // Instagram Tips For Bloggers – From Instagram Themselves

My June posts
Goodbye May // Things To Do During Your Staycation

My June Instagrams
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Things To Do During Your Staycation

I have to be honest. A staycation wasn’t what I had imagined for my two weeks off from work, but it is what it is. Ideally, I would now be lying by the pool somewhere in Italy, or explore a beautiful city, I haven’t been before. Unfortunately, this didn’t quite work out. The problem is that most of the time, I don’t have anyone to travel with and I definitely thought about going by myself, but it’s ridiculous how expensive it is. You totally get punished for being single. And no, I don’t want to get a bed in some hostel with ten strangers. That’s just not my thing.

So I decided to stay home. I could have just relaxed and done nothing for two weeks, which is often what I opt for, but for once, I made plans for almost everyday. It’s crazy how fast a vacation always goes by, no matter what you do, but I’m making the most of it. So I’m sharing things you can do during a staycation, in case you need some tips for yours.

Bernkastel-Kues Burg Landshut

1. Go on a special shopping spree and treat yourself
As a teenager, shopping was the greatest thing in the world. Nowadays, I hate it. It’s exhausting and I feel terrible in dressing rooms with awful lighting. Those do not motivate me to buy anything new to wear. But once a year, I go to Primark. I have to drive for 1,5 hours, so I don’t do that very often. I love doing this during a vacation because I can go on a weekday, which leaves the store a lot less full. This year, I went absolutely nuts and bought three bags full of stuff I don’t need and it made me truly happy. Now, I’ can go back to online shopping. It’s important to treat yourself, so go and see what your favorite stores have to offer.

2. Spend lots of time with friends and family
Time shared with others is usually the best. Even though I didn’t have anyone to travel with, it doesn’t mean I don’t have people I can have a good time with. When I have some time off, I especially try to meet with people I don’t see too often. This time, my god son spent a whole weekend at my place and we did lots of fun activities and I always try to do something special for him. I also visit my grandma and stay with her for a bit, even though she doesn’t have wi-fi. But it makes her happier than anything else. In general, family is pretty high on my agenda. But also fun dates with friends. Ideally, you and one of your besties are on leave at the same time.

Landesmuseum Mainz Disney

3. Pursue your hobbies
Sometimes, it’s really hard for me to fit my hobbies into my daily schedule. So when you have some extra time, it’s nice to get back into it. I love scrapbooking but instead of just having all the things out and do a page or two everyday, I don’t and pretty much leave it for vacation time. I also have more time for writing, photography, I can do a puzzle or whatever else I like. All the things you can’t really manage during any regular week – now is the time.

4. Plan activities and little day trips to fun places
No matter if the weather is good or not, there is so much you can do. Since I have a car, I can drive wherever I want to and Germany certainly has a lot to offer. Visit a zoo or an amusement park, go canoeing with your friends, play mini-golf, listen to good music at a festival, go climbing, visit a new city or one you already know and really love or whatever comes to your mind. I could just go on and on with this list.

5. Clean and declutter
I admit, this doesn’t sound like the most fun thing to do, but since I know how great you feel afterward, go for it. I still live at home but have a pretty big room with lots and lots of stuff in it. Furthermore, I have more stuff in the basement and it’s often just a huge mess. Deep cleaning my room usually takes me like two days (breaks and procrastination included) and I just don’t really have the time or nerve to do this during a work week. And boy can decluttering work wonders. It may not sound fun, but it actually is cause you find things you forgot about and get rid of things you really don’t need.

6. Go outside
Well, this is pretty rich coming from me, but it’s the thought that counts, right?! I’m definitely not the most outdoorsy person, which doesn’t mean that I don’t know about all the great things in front of my door. I guess the problem is where I live. In my super small village, you can go for a walk and that’s it. I would definitely be outside much more, if I was living in a city, but oh well. I could also go hiking, lie by a lake, ride a bike, but none of it really is for me, although I should really work on my tan. But if you love being outdoors no matter where, go for it.

7. Just chill
No matter how many plans you have, taking time for yourself is super important. When I have two weeks off from work, ideally, I return to the office relaxed and full of energy. That doesn’t always work but at least I try. I’m someone who needs a lot of me-time, and over the past few months, I didn’t have much of it. Idiot me got too motivated though, and hardly put in chill days. But I’ve already changed some plans because after only a week, I was super exhausted and that’s just not what a vacation should be about. Always make sure to put in a chill day, where you sleep a lot, maybe binge-watch a new TV show, read a good book, put on a facemask or whatever else makes you happy.

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Goodbye May 2018

Goodbye May,

and hello June. Can anyone believe that half of the year is almost over? That’s just crazy. But what I am really sad about is that it’s not May anymore, cause all those holiday’s were amazing. Extra free days are the best. Especially, cause last month was still pretty stressful and I can’t put into words how over all of this I am. I love my family, but I just really want everything back to normal cause, I hate being this tired and busy. I have two weeks off this month and I’m planning on only doing things for myself, no matter what! Man, I really need to move out!

There was a lot going on in May and aside from feeling sorry for myself, I managed to squeeze in a few fun things. I was invited to one of my besties wedding and it was nice, but damn did I feel lonely. But she had her prefect day and I was happy to be a part of it. And any excuse for buying a new dress is good. I actually bought another one cause there is a wedding this month, as well. I mean, I don’t want to look the same in all the wedding pictures, so I really had no choice.

I had a nice brunch with my girls, I went to see the musical “Tanz der Vampire” which was good, but not even close to my favorites. I had a movie date and watched “I feel pretty” GO Amy Shumer and I especially loved being in an escape room. You do feel a bit stupid for all the clues you miss, but it’s so much fun. And eventually, we did make it out in time. We had a little help, but we definitely did a good job.

Sunset

I also had my grandma’s dog for a bit and I really loved hanging out with him. I definitely didn’t feel alone, but I really do not want to have a pet. Animals are super cute and all, but that’s just not going to happen. I don’t have the time or the nerve for it. But for a week or two, I’ll perfectly take care of yours. He’s a real cutie, though.

The other highlights of my month revolve around my TV addiction. It was time for the Eurovision Song Contest again and yeah, I know it’s cheesy and all, but so much fun. And of course there was the royal wedding. If you didn’t watch Harry and Meghan get married, are you even living right?! It was so beautiful and I hope they’ll be forever happy, cause they’re so cute together. I was a bit disappointed by her dress though, but every bride should wear whatever she wants. And honestly, she’d look good in a potato sack. I’m really not for marriage, but I sure as hell love weddings. And of course I got all hyped up about Meghan and started watching “Suits”. Surprise, I’m hooked. And not to forget “13 Reasons Why” was craaazyyy, but it’s so important and so good.

So that’s it for the month. May was not bad, the weather was pretty good, I did some fun things and the rest will hopefully all fall into place, soon. I just can’t wait for my two weeks off from work because I really need it and I will hopefully fill them with great memories. I got some things planned that I’m looking forward to. So fingers crossed that everything will just be fab.

Buy a new dress. Turn up the music in your car really loud and sing your heart out. Take a day all for yourself. Find a new favorite TV show and binge it. Go for a walk. Grab some ice cream and enjoy a hopefully sunny and great month of June.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Balloons in the sky

Lovely life
the royal wedding Eurovision Song Contest musicals escape rooms summer music having a doggy around Suits great movie soundtracks dresses with pockets weddings lots of holiday’s listening to rain David Beckham still being the hottest guy on the block brunch with friends 13 Reasons Why season 2 Disney Store deliveries parking in the teacher’s parking of your old school giving a class Tinder entertainment shower + fresh pj’s + fresh sheets a good Bratwurst Mustangs (cars) Chinese buffet girl time going for walks cute postcards roasted veggies ice cream bell peppers filled with ground beef

Songs I love
RuPaul – Sissy That Walk
Alvaro Soler – La Cintura
Wincent Weiss – An Wunder

Movies I loved watching
The Greatest Showman
I Feel Pretty
The Kissing Booth

My May posts
Goodbye April // Eurovision Song Contest 2018 // Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

My May Instagrams
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Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

As a huge Disney fan, I find it important to honor the cartoon character that started it all. The wonderful Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios. While most people think that Mickey first appeared in the short film “Steamboat Willie”, which was one of the first sound cartoons, the mouse actually made it’s first appearance in a short called “Plane Crazy” on May 15th in 1928. Therefore, today we celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse, the mouse that started it all. Happy  Birthday, Mickey. Thank you for all the wonderful memories you gave generation after generation.

When I was a baby, I lived in the States for the first time and my parents bought a ginormous mouse that we had for a million years. Maybe it’s still in the attic, although the red pants went missing, years ago. And I also had a little one and I guess, this was all the start of my Disney obsession. Just seeing traces of the mouse ears makes me smile and of course it’s an absolute must to buy some when you’re at Disneyland.

I love Mickey. I love Minnie. I love the whole “Mickey & Friends” characters because they’re really unique and funny. I mean, have you been to Toontown? It’s one of my absolute favorite parts at Disneyland. And the houses are just all adorable and I can really imagine each character living there. Because let’s be honest, they’re real, right?!

So who knows if the wonderful world of Disney would be the same today, if it wasn’t for the mouse.

“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”

– Walt Disney, Disneyland; October 27, 1954

Therefore, I want to point out my favorite memories, places, things and everything else that has to do with it. I know that my life certainly wouldn’t be the same without it and it’s a huge part of why I’m never really going to grow up. And why should I? Everything that Disney has given the world is meaningful to me. And yes, I have looked deep into the subject, and it didn’t change anything, no matter how much there is to criticize. I’m not a fool, I just won’t let anything or anyone take this happiness away from me. So here are some random things about me and my Disney life and I’m happy about all of it.

The first Disney movie I’ve watched was “The Beauty and the Beast” because my uncle recorded it on a VHS for me and until today, it’s my favorite Disney movie.

The first time I went to Disneyland, I was probably seven years old. My family and I were on holiday in San Diego and my dad and grandma took me and my brother there.

20 years later, I went back to Disneyland California and it was as fun as I remembered it.

Disneyland Paris is prettier, though.

My room will always look a little like Disneyland and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I have more than 50 stuffed Disney characters in my room. They’re all animals because I don’t like the human characters as plushies.

I either want to be Belle or Pocahontas. What a difference, right?!

I cry every time I watch Mulan.

My first movie at a German theatre was “Aladdin.” In an American theatre “The Lion King.”

I stood in line at Disneyland to get my picture taken with a Disney Princess. I hoped for Belle, I got Aurora. What a disappointment.

Mom took me to Disneyland Paris after graduating from school at age 20. It was one of the best trips ever. She even helped me chase down characters to get a picture.

When I was an au pair, I constantly played the Disney Music channel on iTunes and sang to my little baby girl, all day, everyday.

When the music of the broadway musical “The Lion King” started playing, I started crying.

I mainly sleep in Disney clothing.

I once added an extra day of uni to my schedule, because there was a Disney seminar and I couldn’t not go. I would’ve gone any time of the week.

Walk of Fame Mickey Mouse

My BA-thesis, two papers and a presentation for uni were about Disney.

As a baby, I had swimming pants with baby Minnie and Mickey on them and I still have them.

As a kid, I had this little recording machine and the one song I sang a million and one times was “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas. I probably still have a tape somewhere.

I’m not willing to spend like 100 Euros on clothes without properly thinking about it, but let me walk into a Disney Store and I’ll pay whatever they say without batting an eyelid.

When I lived in San Francisco, I loved that there was a Disney Store and I went there a lot. So when I had to leave the city, I made sure to go one last time and properly say goodbye. I even uttered the word. I didn’t kiss the window.

The older I got, the worse my Disney obsession got.

My goal is to have all the Disney movies on DVD, especially the classics. I’m close, but I still have to work on it.

I have a new Disney backpack and it’s the cutest thing ever. I use it all the time, when I don’t have to carry around really heavy things, and it makes me smile, every time I see it.

I don’t know most Disney songs in my mother tongue German, because I always watched the movies in English.

I would love to be a Disney Princess at one of the parks for a day, but I’m sure that the kids would annoy me after only a few minutes, so more than 24 hours is not an option.

I’ve never been on Splash Mountain.

When I buy gifts for kids, I often buy Disney stuff, even if the parents are not much into it. A proper education can’t start early enough.

I’m absolutely addicted to the Disney Emoji game. It’s the main reason now, why I’m often running late or go to bed, too late. I just absolutely love it. Currently working on hitting level 200.

At Disneyland Paris, I bought a pair of little hand blown glass slippers and I broke one of them, which is actually pretty fitting, since I have one left, like in the fairytale.

I was on a school trip in Tuscany and in Florence, I wanted to go shopping, but the stores sucked. Then I saw people with bags from the Disney Store. I followed them, asked them and after what felt like forever, found the store. I was so happy.

To be continued . . .

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Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Eurovision 2018

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Yesterday, it was that time of year again: The Eurovision Song Contest finale happened and brought to the stage Europe’s cheesiest acts. Although this time, it wasn’t bad and cheesy, at all. There was not one performance that made me want to cut off my ears or scratch out my eyes. I was positively surprised and love that it was a lot more about the music, because it’s one of the most important things in my life and I do prefer good quality.

So as every year, I sat on my bed with my notebook, my phone to tweet along and a score sheet (I admit, I only had it like halfway through the show, cause my laptop was OF COURSE updating.) and judged every single performance. I didn’t know any of the songs beforehand. Not even the one from my own country. I just like being surprised and unbiased.

I didn’t give out 12 points on my sheet because for some reason, I never do. I’m hardly ever so enthusiastic about a performance that I think there is nothing better, but my top 3 all had double digits. Spain, Germany and Lithuania were my absolute favorites which certainly shows that I’m into a certain type of music. All three songs were very emotional, gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes. Obviously, I was a huge fan of Portugal last year, cause it just fits right in with my kind of music. I want to be touched. I want to really feel it, even if I don’t understand a word. I want to be taken on a journey into somebody else’s soul, cause that’s what music really is for me.

Eurovision 2018

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Man, it’s so exciting when all the results slowly come in. And Israel won. I can live with that because for a second, I was sure it was going to be Austria and he just wasn’t that good. Netta is super cute and her message couldn’t be more right for this time and age. And it was a proper Eurovision performance. I’m really happy about a great fourth place for Germany, though. We we’re so good this year and it’s nice to see that Europe agreed. But why the hell didn’t Spain get more love? They were adorable.

Overall, it was a good show, although the opening and half time show were not really spectacular. But OMG, Kenzi from Navy CIS LA was one of the hosts. Love her! Anyway, here is what I thought about every performance and I would absolutely like to hear your personal thoughts.

01. Ukraine: Mélovin – Under The Ladder
I liked the vampire touch but it really didn’t go with the song. I want something mystical to go with that, but the music was more on the lame side. Sorry not sorry.

Eurovision 2018

02. Spain: Alfred & Amaia – Tu Canción
These two sweethearts were my absolute favorite. It only took me like five seconds to have goosebumps and I just wanted to hug them. I couldn’t understand one word, but I felt every single one and for me, that’s what music is about. It went straight to my heart.

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03. Slovenia: Lea Sirk – Hvala, ne
Her attitude was amazing. You go girl! The dancers were super hot, some part of the song like the bridge were really good but the supposed-to-be-rap part not so much. And the whole bouncy beat really put me off. Her involvement of the crowd was brave and a nice change, though.

Eurovison 2018

04. Lithuania: Ieva Zasimauskaitè – When We’re Old
This was also in my top three but didn’t do all too well. I thought she was adorable and the song also gave me goosebumps. The whole performance was so not spectacular, which worked really well. So simple, so beautiful. She has a unique voice, the background images were lovely and her giggles toward the end, when her actual husband stepped onto the bridge, were so cute.

Eurovision 2018

05. Austria: Cesár Sampson – Nobody But You
Highly overrated! I mean sure, it wasn’t terrible. I could see him singing with a great gospel choir but not as a solo artist on a huge stage like this. And what the hell were that shirt and his pants? Satin? Latex? I thought it was all pretty boring and emotionless. He wanted to be the “cool guy” of the show, but I really wasn’t feeling it.

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06. Estonia: Elina Nechayeva – La Forza
She deserved points just for wearing a dress that weighs eight kilo. It looked amazing though and I know that a lot of us want that for the next party. Can anyone lend me 65.000 Euros and an entourage to help me move around? I really like good opera singing and her high notes were truly amazing. She also looked great. That make-up was on point.

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07. Norway: Alexander Rybak – That’s How You Write A Song
He’s still a likeable guy but I wasn’t a huge fan when he won with “Fairytale” and I will never be one. He’s a damn good violin player but the dancing and everything was not really authentic. It was kind of cute and fun but that’s about it. In the end, I guess the question is though: Does he know how to write a song?! Just sayin…

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08. Portugal: Cláudia Pascoral – O Jardim
Her black dress went great with her pink hair. Unfortunately, it didn’t get me, at all. And her earrings looked like black pieces of plastic she fished out of the trash.

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09. United Kingdom: SuRie – Storm
It started of good with the crown really chiming in, but I was not a fan. I honestly didn’t think she was good enough. However, when some idiot entered the stage and took away her microphone, she handled it like a pro and deserves major props for that. But the song and all was highly disappointing. The UK can do much, much better. Can you please bring BLUE back? Thank you!

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10. Serbia: Sanja Ilic & Balkanika – Nova Deca
I really thought I’d love this for like the first few seconds. The sounds of the flute and drums were beautiful, but then it just all went really wrong. The harmonies sounded awful, those electronic beauts fully killed the vibe and the performance was terribly boring. This was actually the act I liked the least.

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11. Germany: Michael Schulte – You Let Me Walk Alone
I am not one of these people, who just support their own country because honestly, if it’s not good, it’s not good, and I’m all about the music. But this year, we were damn good. I was super touched by his song, especially because it’s about his father, who passed away. It was touching, authentic and just really beautiful and even a win would’ve been absolutely deserved. I had tears in my eyes.

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12. Albania: Eugent Bushpepa – Mall
When Eros Ramazzotti meets Prince this happens, but not on such a high level. Outfit and song were cool, it was an overall good performance, but it wasn’t anything I will remember.

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13. France: Madame Monsieur – Mercy
First off, I love their name and French is just such a beautiful language. But why the hell were they favorites? I had high hopes but was really disappointed. I thought it was so emotionless and the song annoyed me. I mean, they actually sing “My name is thank you” and I don’t get it.

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14. Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef – Lie To Me
The performance was something different but I liked it. The backpack was funny and of course the somersault at the end was cool. Apparently, it went wrong during rehearsals, so props for still doing it. The beat was fun, the singing good, the rapping not so much.

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15. Denmark: Rasmussen – Higher Ground
I like this whole viking thing and something mystical always gets me, but unfortunately, I didn’t think they were very good. It was a solid performance, nothing spectacular, so I will hardly remember it.

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16. Australia: Jessica Mauboy – We Got Love
Public Service Announcement: Australia isn’t even close to Europe! I will forever find this weird. The song was nice, the girl was pretty, but unfortunately, she was dressed in wrapping paper. Some proper background dancers and just a little more something would’ve been fitting.

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17. Finland: Saara Aalto – Monster
Man, she pulled off some really cool stunts and always kept singing, very well. Her vocals were on point. I’m just not a fan of those uninspiring electronic pop beats, even though I love electronic music. It’s almost never authentic or fitting.

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18. Bulgaria: Equinox – Bones
Doesn’t Equinox have something to do with sports? But that’s a different story. The group with fake Sia had some truly great vocals, at least individually. I’m not sure if I liked them all together. But they seemed really cool and all so different and I’m all for it. Also really loved the outfits.

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19. Moldova: DoReDoS – My Lucky Day
Finally, there was some real fun going on on stage. That wall with the optical illusions was amazing to look at. The song was quirky and fun and made me want to shake what my mamma gave me.

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20. Sweden: Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off
He thought he was the son of Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and The Weeknd. He was not. Not even close. He wanted too much and I was just annoyed by his voice and dance moves. I know that Sweden always get’s a lot of love, but often enough, I really don’t understand why when it comes to the ESC.

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21. Hungary: AWS – Viszlát Nyár
Well, I’m not big on heavy metal, but I have lots of respect for everyone who sings in their native language. And with the singer, someone finally used the whole really awesome stage. He was good, his band mates had trouble hitting the notes, though.

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22. Israel: Netta – Toy
Ok, it was fun. Not the greatest voice or song, but the message was an important one and I thought it was great that she was not an ESC-cliché singer. She was plus size, quirky, flashy and she was a true boss lady on that stage. It was fun and fitting for the contest. #I’mtakingmyPikachuhome

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23. Netherlands: Waylon – Outlaw In ‘Em
The singer was a part of The Common Linnets, which I absolutely loved and I generally enjoy that country guitar sound. But crumping dancers??? They were a bit irritating.

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24. Ireland: Ryan O’Shaughnessy – Together
The most upsetting thing about this performance is the fact that two guys holding hands is reason enough for countries to not broadcast it. It’s infuriating. The more important it is for this to be done and shown. There are not just heterosexual couples on this planet, so we shouldn’t just see boys and girls together. It was so great to hear the applause, when the two guys crossed the bridge. The song was really sweet, but I think the visual message sure was more important.

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25. Cyprus: Eleni Foureira – Fuego
Great body, great outfit, great hair. The song was ok, the voice was ok and this was the most typical ESC-performance of all. A pretty face with a little talent who can shake her booty. Sure, she was truly on fuego, but totally overrated.

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26. Italy: Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro – Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente
I honestly wish, I could’ve understood the message of the song. But to be honest, I was not fully paying attention, anymore. After 25 artists, I needed a little break and the performance wasn’t one to capture my full attention.

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