Etikettarkiv: Cyprus

Third most played blog post

So back to the 2020 countries: 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.

And okay I will focus on the once in bold before I wrap this blog series up and end it on Saturday with the 2020 Eurovision, the Eurovision the EBU cancelled.

Australia

As always when Eurovision is on the agenda outside the fan world the question “why is Australia allowed at Eurovision Song Contest, it’s not Europe” The same for Israel. So now I answer this once this year, The Eurovision is not Europe, to enter the contest you need to be a member of the EBU, a Broadcasting Union. So all the EBU members can enter the Eurovision Song Contest and one of them is Australia.

Australia is not old in Contest and a perfect example that in my most played list it’s not necessarily the best song that turns out to be most played.

  1. “we got love” Jessica Mauboy
  2. “Tonight again” Guy Sebastian
  3. “Sound of silence” Dami Im
Jessica Mauboy “We got love”

Croatia

Croatia rules the Eurovision in the 80s and 90s, entry after entry, from good to best and then from 2000 they have not kept this level every year. Yes the above is my taste only, it never happened IRL.

  1. “Marija Magdalena” Doris Dragovich
  2. “Neka mi ne svane” Danijela
  3. “Nostalgia” Magazin and Lidija
Doris Dragovish “Marija Magdalena”

Cyprus

Another country not at their best later years, and the last three once even going totally generic and presented mass produced dance shit going from often really good ethnic songs. It’s a pity…

  1. “Stronger every minute” Lisa Andreas
  2. “Mana mou” Hara and Andreas Konstantinou
  3. “Anthropos ki ego” Evridiki
Lisa Andreas “Stronger every minute”

Greece

Greece is one of the countries throwing themselves between different genres, so never know what they will send, pop, rock, ethnic or American ballads… Actually fun, not always good, but fun.

  1. “I would die for you” Antique
  2. “Miazoume” Takis Biniaris
  3. “Mathema Solfege” Pascalis, Robert, Mariana and Bessy
Antique “I would die for you”

Israel

“Why is Israel in the Eurovision, it’s not Europe” – see Australia above. Israel is one of the power countries in Eurovision, often go to the finals and have also managed to win with one of the worst songs in history ever entered the Eurovision, Netta with “Toy”. I was so sure the juries would have stopped Netta from winning, cause that year they for sure did not secure the quality of music. The reason why the juries are there.

  1. “Diva” Dana International
  2. “Natati la halay” Poogy
  3. “Halleluja” Gali Atari and Milk and honey
Dana International “Diva”

Malta

Ah my lovely Malta, a country I have a special relation too since the first time I put my feet on the rocky grounds of this island nation. In Eurovision they struggle and want to win so bad we all can feel it. It looks, in discussions on line, that Malta is one of the countries that might have had a chance 2020, but we all know what happened with 2020.

  1. “Tomorrow” Gianluca
  2. “The one that I love” Chiara
  3. “Desire” Claudette Pace
Gianluca “Tomorrow”

North Macedonia

Another country I find it hard to fast come up with a song title when asked but also a country I often rule for in Eurovision. They have a good track record looking at my taste only.

  1. “Life” Tose Proeski
  2. “Fred da se razdeni” Esma and Lozano
  3. “100% te ljubam” XXL
Tose Proeski “Life”

San Marino

A European micro state not giving up as many of the others, Kudos San Marino, kudos. The smaller nations is needed in Eurovision and they often enters with fun songs. And believe me, San Marino have had their share of strange songs and I find it lovely.

  1. “Crisakide” Valentina Monetta
  2. “Say Na Na Na” Serhat
  3. “The social network song” Valentina Monetta
Valentina Monetta “Crisalide”

Serbia

Again a country managed to win with a shit song in original (but the dance remix is actually very good). But they throw in Balkan ballad after Balkan ballad into the Eurovision Song Contest and most of them is boring way beyond what we I can stand. But it works, the other former Yugoslav countries keep them up and the 12s rain over them from the Balkan countries. Let us say that why do the Eurovision fans put exchange of 12s between Cyprus and Greece down but not often react on the exchange of votes in the Balkans?

  1. “Caroban” Nina
  2. “Shoe” Marko Kon and Milaan
  3. “Nije Ljubav stvar” Zeljko Joksimovic
Nina “Caroban”

Slovenia

One of the ex Yugoslav countries I actually like more in Eurovision, they have tried everything from really serious to Opera and not often send something really bad. I hope they will get it 100% right soon. Slovenia is one country I really want to see win soon.

  1. “Heavy weather” Rebeka Dremelj
  2. “Energy” Nusa Derenda
  3. “Cvet z juga” Alenka Gotar
Rebeka Dremelj “Heavy weather”

So that was todays blog post on my most played Eurovision songs and I will wrap it up tomorrow with the Big 5 and some other not yet featured in this blog series.

Björn

France Eurovision 2020

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
  • The “show”
  • 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.

Björn