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Saturday, 13 May, 2000, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
Waxing lyrical for Europe
Stefan Raab
Glitzy German Stefan Raab dazzles in rehersals
From their Diggi-loo, Diggi-leys to their Boom Bang a Bangs, songsmiths hoping for Eurovision glory craft their lyrics with an eye on vaulting the continent's language barriers.

Many choose to write in English while others feel more eloquent in their native tongue.

But whatever the language, the style of the Eurovision Song Contest work is unique and unmistakable.


Norway entrants
Norway search for their Popsicle
BBC News Online has peeked at this year's lyrics and gleaned a few classic lines from Saturday's extravaganza.

As ever, a handful of entries decided that cheesy and catchy is the winning formula.

The Israeli song Happy, by Ping Pong, raised a few eyebrows on its home territory by declaring "Ani rotza, ani rotza melafefon" - "I want, I want a cucumber" - shortly followed by expressions of desire for "a new boyfriend from Damascus".

Norway's entry, My Heart Goes Boom, contained the immortal line: "I lost my heart and my Popsicle."



Ireland's Eamonn Toal gets emotional
And Stefan Raab for Germany had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek when he encouraged us to ask: "What do you have there/ Does he have a bald head there or does he have hair there?"

Other entries were of a more philosophical bent. "Celebrate the new Millennium of love/ Where our footprints leave a harvest for the children," sang Ireland's Eamonn Toal.

And Belgian Nathalie Sorce mused: "Under the wrath of Time, in a rage for 2,000 years/ What is left standing is not us."

But the majority of the songs were classic Eurovision love ditties, with sentiments including: "I feel like a little wave in the sea/ Turned blue 'cause of love" (Switzerland), "There ain't no regrets" (Estonia) and "Boy I was made only for you" (Iceland).

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