One of the rules at the Eurovision Song Contest is that the performers have to sing live, only the background music is play-back. I have tried to verify this.
A few days ago I found the videoclip of Lena's show at the dress rehearsal, one day before the ESC-final in Oslo 2010. I opened a second browser and listened to the 2 clips simoultaneously (one begins at 46. second, the other 3 seconds later). What a nice game! What a surprise! These are the only 3 minutes in Lena's career, that she did not fail on stage during a live-performance, and they are completely identical.
(Compare: Her performance a few days before Oslo in a small German SKL-show)
Ok, this is no proof, but it is a wonder. All the out-of-tune-notes, the whoopies and yeah-yeahs, the breathing and laughing – completely identical. In Germany they will make the fans believe, that only these 3 minutes at the final are really important for success. Now I understand.
As I do not want to be deceived, and as I am interested in good musicians and in true music I prefer another strategy. I am looking for examples of live-shows before the contest on youtube & Co. , and this year I found a lot of very good musicians for instance from the Netherland, form Italy, Russia, Albania, Moldavia, Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia, Austria and so on and so on...
A great exception of the rule with the semi-live-show will be Witloof Bay from Belgium, because they will perform 100% live: What you hear is what you get: 5 singers and 1 beatboxer.