The Countdown – February 2012

31 01 2012

Welcome to the new edition of The Countdown – February 2012
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This month our location is the Shenandoah National Park in the hills of Virginia, an hour’s drive outside Washington DC, the US capital. The park is a beautiful place, and it has a comparatively large number of ways to enjoy it, from the Skyline Drive, one of the most scenic road trips in the world, to camping, to hiking (which includes part of the Appalachian trail) to fishing.

The real reason that this park is our location this month however, is its connection to this month’s slogan:

Won’t be stopped!

More on that in a moment; lets take a look at the music.
Number of contestants: 57

:Poland: Abel Korzeniowski – Duchess of Windsor – PL
:UK: Alice Gold – Wondrous Place – UK
:Lebanon: Bader Nana – The Plague – LB
:New Zealand: Batucada Sound Machine – Traigo mi sonido – NZ
:USA: Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – I’ll Take Care Of You – US
:Uruguay: Campo – Tu lugar – UY
:Czech: Čankišou – Faÿt – CZ
:Netherlands: Chef’Special – My Night Off – NL
:China: Chen Hui Lin – Bao xi – CN
:Venezuela: Chino y Nacho – El poeta – VE
:Algeria: ContrasT – Ya denya – DZ
:Montenegro: Danijel Alibabić – Ratnik – ME
:Argentina: Deborah De Corral – Todo el oro – AR
:Denmark: DJ Aligator feat. Al Agami – Trash The Club – DK
:Portugal: Doismileoito – Quinta-feira – PT
:India: Eccentric Pendulum – Mathematicians of Ambient Waters – IN
:Mexico: Elis Paprika y Los Black Pilgrims – Animal – MX
:France: Émilie Simon – Mon chevalier – FR
:Macedonia: Eye Cue & Lea – Ne zaboravaj – MK
:Hungary: Fábián Juli & Zoohacker – Like a Child – HU
:Turkey: Funda Lena – Evelallah – TR
:Norway: Gabrielle – Bordet – NO
:Israel: Geva Alon – I Wonder If She’s Fine – IL
:Cyprus: Giorgos Papadopoulos – Ola Sto Kokkino – CY
:Serbia: Goran Bregović – Elo Hi (Canto Nero) – RS
:Russia: Grisha Urgant – Dantes – RU
:Finland: Iconcrash – Stockholm – FI
:Azerbaijan: Ilhama feat. DJ Ogb – Bei mir bist du scheen – AZ
:Peru: Kendall – Nuevas historias – PE
:Australia: Kylie Minogue – Finer Feelings – AU
:Spain: La Oreja de Van Gogh – Cometas por el cielo – ES
:Latvia: Labvēlīgais Tips – 250 – LV
:Costa Rica: Los Problemas – Volar alto – CR
:Croatia: Lotus – Naš svijet – HR
:Vietnam: Lưu Hương Giang feat. Cường 7 & Suboi – Đừng ngoảnh lại – VT
:Chile: Madvanna – Quieres oir – CL
:Brazil: Michel Teló – If I Catch You – BR
:Indonesia: Mocca – Good Morning Song – ID
:Slovenia: Nika Zorjan – Čas za nas – SI
:Switzerland: No Future – Henrietta – CH
:Germany: Northern Lite – We Are – DE
:Iceland: Ólafur Arnalds – Near Light – IS
:Bulgaria: Poli Genova – 1,2,3 – BG
:Lithuania: Rasabasa – Colours – LT
:Sweden: Robert Pettersson feat. Helena Josefsson – My Own Worst Enemy – SE
:Canada: Samantha Savage Smith – The Score – CA
:Belgium: Selah Sue – On the Run – BE
:Colombia: Shakira – Antes de las Seis – CO
:Italy: Simona Molinari – La verità – IT
:Estonia: Smilers – 33 – EE
:Austria: Susana Sawoff – Blow Up Our Love – AT
:Romania: VAMA – Copilul care aleargă către mare – RO
:Greece: Velvet Fire – Apisteuta poly – GR
:Dominican: Vic Picardo – Constant – DO
:Ireland: Westlife – Flying Without Wings – IE
:Malaysia: Yuna – Come As You Are – MY
:Ukraine: Zapaska – Ya radiyu sam – UA

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This month’s hero who links our location with our theme, is Roy Sullivan, a park ranger who worked at Shenandoah for some decades in the early history of the park. Things did not always go well for Roy. He is now known for the fact that he was (medically confirmed) struck by lightning no fewer than seven times during his work for the park service. While some of this is likely due to the hazards of working outdoors, unfortunately for Roy, he was also once struck driving a truck, and once inside the ranger cabin. The outside environment could not stop Roy however, and likewise The Countdown will not be stopped, as long as we are determined to continue!

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The deadline to vote in The Countdown February 2012 edition and to send your songs for The Countdown March 2012 is on the 26th (that is a Sunday) at 11.00 PM/23.00 (UTC/GMT)

An online countdown clock showing this month’s deadline may be found:

This month, please send votes and songs to Marco, at in the usual way.




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