Either some parents will get a chocking inoice to pay for the cleaning of their kids practicing their artistic side, or this is the premonition of digging up my street and make my life hell for a long time. Noise and excavated street and side walks. Or the city of Paris actually finally found out where I live and will now offer me a house with a moa, so I am safe. And no, I do not have exaggerated image of my own importance to the world 2021.
But let us go back in time, today, 12 years ago the site Gylleneskor.se (re named Poplight before it died) invited that years Eurovision artists to Stockholm and I was interviewing the ones signed by Warner.
Unlikely 29th of April 2021, this was a sunny & extremely hot day, so running around in Stockholm between venues, resulted in a really shiny face (shiny a nice way to say I sweated like a waterfall).
In the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 (the cancelled year) the following countries planned to participate: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Ukraine and United Kingdom.
I will go on with the most played songs as done Monday and Tuesday this week. Just to keep some of the Eurovision spirit alive, today the former eastern block minus Balkan.
Armenia is one of the countries with the worst track record in Eurovision according to me and the entries I actually listen too at home. But still they manage to qualify for the finals most years. I explain it with the diaspora.
“Apricot stone” Eva Rivas
“Qele Qele” Sirusho
Feel brave today and put Azerbaijan and Armenia together, something we won’t see IRL. Azerbaijan have a much better track record with me than Armenia. They have presented a long line of really good entries.
“Always” Arash & AySel
“Hour of the wolf” Elnur Huseynov
A new country for Sweden since Belarus nowadays is Belarus also in Swedish. The old name Vitryssland is gone and we are supposed to say Belarus. The boomers geography knowledge is again at risk. And my top three most played list from Belarus is…
“I love Belarus” Anastasiya Vinnikova
“Love me tonight” Angelica Agurbash
Even as a Eurovision Fan I forget that Bulgaria actually participate in the Contest and must think a long time to actually remember any of their songs. But they are there and I obviously listen to their entries at least a few times every year.
“If love was a crime” Poli Genova
“Angel sin ti” Miro
“Voda” Elitsa and Stoyan
Another country with maybe not the best track record in Eurovision, but at least they still in the game, not something you can say for their neighbors Slovakia, so kudos.
“Have some fun” Tereza Kerndlova
“My turn” Martina Barta
“Mala dama” Kabat
One of the more exciting countries in Eurovision, every year I think that I have to go there and see this amazing country cause it looks so nice in their postcards. Together with Slovenia I think the tourism industry in Georgia benefit a lot from Eurovision and the postcards they view before the entries in the broadcast.
“Keep the faith” Tamara Gachechiladrze
“Peace will come” Diana Gurtskaya
“Take me as I am” Tornike Kipiani (2020 entry)
High hights or the lowest scores on my list you find Moldova. They either send an amazing song or something I do not understand at all and Europe reacts in the opposite way (usually), when I don’t get it they end up high, with some exceptions.
“Loca” Arsenium and Natalia Gordienko
“Wild soul” Cristina Scarlat
“My lucky day” DoReDos
Not much to say about Poland in the Eurovision really. Never extremely bad but unfortunately never really really good either if we don’t count their entry in 2016, Michal Szpak
“Color of your love” Michal Szpak
“Follow my heart” Ich Troje
“My Slowianie” Donatan and Cleo
Another country with mainly sending either good entries or really bad once. And for many years subscribed on 8 10 12s from Spain! How many Romanians live in Spain?
“Playing with fire” Ovi and Paula Seling
“Miracle” Ovi and Paula Seling
“Yodel it” Ilinca and Alex Florea
The most bowed at country in Eurovision history during the voting. But for some strange reason the Eurovision fans don’t express their political views when Sergey represent Russia. Let me guess that 75% of the Eurovision fans find him to yummie to upset…And then all of a sudden the Russian LGBTq politic is forgotten.
“You are the only one” Sergey Lazarev
“A million voices” Polina Gagarina
“Song No 1” Serebro
Ukraine have managed to present two of the worst winners in Eurovision history according to me. None of them really good and the last time they won is for me a huge mystery still. The first time I at least could understand that people would fall for the show and vote, but the second time?
“Dancing lasha tumbai” Verka Serduchka
“Under the ladder” Melovin
“Be mz guest” Gaitana
So that was the third blog post presenting the most played Eurovision entries. The two first can be found HERE 1 and HERE 2
It took a while from the announcement that France won’t have a selection in 2020 (a bad idea if you ask me) and go back to an internal selection and find a song for the singer of their choice Tom Leeb.
I will write abut the French entry in sections, and first of all the singer Tom Leeb. There is actually nothing wrong with Tom Leeb, he is for sure not a Pavarotti but in the crowd of male solo artists, popular today, his voice turns out to be above so many of them. And no one can call him ugly or out of shape which is proven by Google and that three questions about Tom Leeb turn out on top: “Is Tom Leeb married”, “Is Tom Leeb gay” and “Is Tom Leeb married”. Queries usually used for good looking singers. So let’s agree he is not a bad choice for Eurovision.
The song, “The best in me”, what can you say? A formula A1 for a Eurovision ballad from 2015 and forward. Nothing wrong with it but please… We have heard this so many times in Eurovision and to get televotes France need a really special show in Rotterdam otherwise the result will be as for Sweden lately. Jury points and tele voting nada. And mentioning Sweden we get to the next block, “Why not use French song writers”?
Note that the original was in English and penned by the Swedes G:son, Boström and Lundvik and to French it up they decided to add some lines in French and Tom Leeb, Amir Haddad and Lea Ivanne been added to the mix. Seriously 3 people to add 10 lines of French? And with Amir in the mix why don’t look for a song written by him and Nazim instead of using the same Swedes whom fertilize Eurovision with songs every year. With the result that everything sound the same and ends up in a sea of music mainly made to be heard on radio for 12 months and then forgotten.
I hope, deep in my soul, that France for once take notice of Eurovision and people get a bit upset. The French language Academy, if not go Yellow west angry, at least point out that this years song is not French enough and French composers get together and write about all the fact that there are French composers out there.
It won’t happen cause Eurovision is till look on as a strange thing in France, something that the two last years selections almost started to chance. So to go back to internal selection is a pity.
So where will France end up on May? As said the song isn’t bad but since we heard it before, over and over, it actually will depend on other things.
How many songs will composed by the same composers in the same style
How many ballads will be in the “Grand finale” in May
So now, before all countries made their selections, I don’t think Paris will host Eurovision in 2021.
Note that I guess Malta, Cyprus, Austria, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Russia, UK, Ireland and Estonia most likely will enter with songs written by Swedish composers, and at least 50% of them by G:son.
Sometimes small, very small news just makes you happy and restore some of the doubts you have on the current situation in the world. But it is a fact, the mainly Moslim republic of Azerbaijan confirmed they will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 hosted in Israel.
A lot might happen before May 2019 and I don’t see Azerbaijan as a very religious country but it is the fact. Hope people, hope!