Etikettarkiv: Eurovision Song Contest 2020

The Final 2020 Eurovision Blog Post

Just a quick look at this years entries and my favorites. Feel welcome

The PDF can be downloaded.

And for 2021 let us see if we can get the supergroup sing for San Marino maybe?

Eurovision Supergroup in ESC 2019 from Tel Aviv

And the Swedish audience voted on Thursday on what entry Sweden would have given their 12 points, this is the result

Sveriges 12a on SVT in May 2020 Iceland won.

Last most played eurovision blog

So now its time to finalize this week of most played blogging, as you know the entries in 2020 Eurovision comes from:

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

Albania

Not a country usually on my radar so there are not many of their entries making my private playlists.

  1. “Carry me in your dreams” Kejsi Tola
  2. “Its all about you” Juliana Pasha
  3. “The image of you” Anjeza Shahini
Kejsi Tola “Carry me in your dreams

Belgium

Up and down like a roller coaster, and often when they have really good entries they end up on the wrong side of the score board. No one votes even if the song is good. Belgium is a mystery that way.

  1. “EuroVision” Telex
  2. “1 Life” Xandee
  3. “Love kills” Roberto Bellarosa
Telex “Euro-Vision”

France

Oh, my old love in Eurovision, France. Still going strong and has a stream of lovely songs throughout the years.

  1. “J’ai Cherché” Amir
  2. “L’oiseau et l’enfant” Marie Myriam
  3. “Il faut du temps” Sandrine Francois
Amir “J´ai cherchez”

Germany

Big in Germany, a phrase in the music world that is looked upon a bit like someone look at Mona Lisa, famous but isn’t it more than that. But in Eurovision they have some good times.

  1. “Dschinghis Khan” Dschinghis Khan
  2. “Telegram” Silver Convention
  3. “Frauen regieren die welt” Roger Cicero
Dschinghis Khan “Dschinghis Khan” “Gengis Khan” “Dingis Khan”

Ireland

Still the Kingdom of Eurovision with their wins in the 90s, kind of they won all of the 90s, but not often on my top 10 in Eurovision.

  1. “Cross your heart” Tina Reynolds
  2. “Why me” Linda Martin
  3. “In your eyes” Niamh Kavanagh
Tina Reynolds “Cross your heart”

Italy

Wow, it is amazing that Italy don’t win every year. Yer after year they present amazing songs climbing the charts outside Italy and many of the artists actually become famous in Europe after the contest.

  1. “No degree of separation” Francesca Michielin
  2. “I Treni de Tozeur” Alice e Battiato
  3. “Grande amore” Il Volo

Portugal

Sadly forgotten in the Eurovision history, but finally won 2017, and well deserved.

  1. “Amar pelos dois” Salvador Sobral
  2. “Danca comigo” Sabrina
  3. “Um grande, grande amor” Jose Cid
Salvador Sobral “Amar pelos dois”

Spain

From Portugal to their neighbors Spain, also a country sadly forgotten today. But so many fantastic entries coming from Spain. At their best when they sound 100% Spanish.

  1. “Bandido” Azucar Moreno
  2. “Quien maneja mi barca” Remedios Amaya
  3. “Dile que la quiero” David Civera
Azúcar Moreno “Bandido”

Switzerland

Not a favorite country for me in Eurovision, and their 2020 entry will be heavily discussed in tomorrows blog post on the 2020 contest entries. But they have had their good times as well.

  1. “Ne partez pas sand moi” Celine Dion
  2. “Mikado” Simone Drexel
  3. “Era stupendo” Paolo Meneguzzi
Celine Dion “Ne partez pas sans moi”

The Netherlands

It feels like Netherlands and Sweden had a lot of the same vibes in the Eurovision in the 80s and 90s, a kind of Swedish Schlager over many of their entries (or if you are Dutch the opposite). But they did not manage to win until 2019 with one of the more , for me, uninteresting winners in Eurovision, “Arcade”.

  1. “I see a star” Mouth and Macneal
  2. “Ding dinge dong” Teach In
  3. “De eerste keer” Franklin Brown and Maxine
Mouth & Macneal “I see a star”

United Kingdom

One of the biggest music markets in the world and still not able to score better in Eurovision, UK is a sad story lately and it seems like whatever path they take its a fail. A it unfair really cause they often better then their placing.

  1. “Ooh Aah Just a little bit” Gina G
  2. “Where are you” Imaani
  3. “Cry Baby” Jemini
Gina G “Just a little bit” “Ooh Aah Just a little bit”

So, that was the most played songs from each country in the Eurovision Song Contest history, all to try to keep some Eurovision feeling in 2020 when the Eurovision Song Contest been cancelled caused by the Corona Pandemic.

Tomorrow I will discuss my ranking of the 2020 entries and wrap this Eurovision week up on Sunday with my personal points on the development of Eurovision. Whats good and what can EBU change to make it more interesting for me. Not everyone will agree but as said, it’s my own opinions.

The former blog post on the most played can be found:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Take care

Björn

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

We look at the former Eastern block

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

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.

  1. “Anytime” Hayko
  2. “Apricot stone” Eva Rivas
  3. “Qele Qele” Sirusho
Hayko “Anytime you need”

Azerbaijan

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.

  1. “Always” Arash & AySel
  2. “Miracle” Samra
  3. “Hour of the wolf” Elnur Huseynov
Arash and AySel “Always”

Belarus

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…

  1. “Cheescake” Teo
  2. “I love Belarus” Anastasiya Vinnikova
  3. “Love me tonight” Angelica Agurbash
Teo “Cheescake”

Bulgaria

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.

  1. “If love was a crime” Poli Genova
  2. “Angel sin ti” Miro
  3. “Voda” Elitsa and Stoyan
Poli Genova “If love was a crime”

Czech Republic

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.

  1. “Have some fun” Tereza Kerndlova
  2. “My turn” Martina Barta
  3. “Mala dama” Kabat
Tereza Kerndlova “Have some fun”

Georgia

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.

  1. “Keep the faith” Tamara Gachechiladrze
  2. “Peace will come” Diana Gurtskaya
  3. “Take me as I am” Tornike Kipiani (2020 entry)
“Keep the faith” Tamara Gachechiladrze

Moldova

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.

  1. “Loca” Arsenium and Natalia Gordienko
  2. “Wild soul” Cristina Scarlat
  3. “My lucky day” DoReDos
“Loca” Arsenium and Natalia Gordienko

Poland

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

  1. “Color of your love” Michal Szpak
  2. “Follow my heart” Ich Troje
  3. “My Slowianie” Donatan and Cleo
“Color of your love” Michal Szpak

Romania

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?

  1. “Playing with fire” Ovi and Paula Seling
  2. “Miracle” Ovi and Paula Seling
  3. “Yodel it” Ilinca and Alex Florea
“Playing with fire” Ovi and Paula Seling

Russia

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.

  1. “You are the only one” Sergey Lazarev
  2. “A million voices” Polina Gagarina
  3. “Song No 1” Serebro
“You are the only one” Sergey Lazarev

Ukraine

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?

  1. “Dancing lasha tumbai” Verka Serduchka
  2. “Under the ladder” Melovin
  3. “Be mz guest” Gaitana
“Dancing lasha tumbai” Verka Serduchka

So that was the third blog post presenting the most played Eurovision entries. The two first can be found HERE 1 and HERE 2

Björn

2nd day of fake Eurovision week

The following countries was supposed to compete this year.

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 as promised today we work through the most played entries from the Nordic countries and the Baltic countries.

Denmark

Denmark is one of the countries in the modern contest that send songs you usually can hear they are from Denmark, but over all there best years was the 80s and 90s. So what songs have been on my playlist the last years.

  1. “Disco Tango” Tommy Seebach
  2. “New tomorrow” A friend in London
  3. “Vi maler byen röd” Birthe Kjaer
Tommy Seebach “Disco Tango”

Estonia

So, from Denmark we leave for Estonia who entered the Eurovision with two really good songs their first two years and from then it is ups and downs from one of the countries I visited the most, beautiful Tallinn.

  1. “Kaelakee hääl” Maarja Liis Ilus and Ivo Linna
  2. “Verona” Koit Toome and Laura
  3. “Goodbye to yesterday” Elina Born and Stig Rästa
“Kaelakee hääl” Marja Liis Ilus and Ivo Linna

Finland

Poor Finland, the record until their win was not the best in Eurovision, but they have had so many good songs both sent to Eurovision and in their own selection. 2020 not an exception. They had “Cicciolina” Erika Vikman in their selection and it did not win. The strange thing that ever happened, anywhere.

  1. “Bye Bye Baby” CatCat
  2. “Anna rakkaudelle tilaisuus” Seija Simola
  3. “Fantasiaa” Amii Aspelund
CatCat “Bye Bye Baby”

Iceland

Iceland have never been a huge favorite for me in Eurovision, but they have some really good songs as well and it’s one of the countries worth a win, and it might have happened this year since Iceland was a huge favorite of winning.

  1. “Minn hinsti dans” Paul Oscar
  2. “Heaven” Jonsi
  3. “All out of luck” Selma
Paul Oscar “Minn hinsti dans”

Latvia

Another of the three Baltic once in the Eurovision Song Contest, like Estonia with a win but at least Latvia won with a good song (even if it might not have aged well), something we never can blame Estonias win to be.

  1. “What for?” Aisha
  2. “I wanna” Marie N
  3. “Cake to bake” Aarzemnieki
Aisha “What for?”

Lithuania

Last of the Baltic countries is Lithuania, also a huge favorite to win 2020… Yes, the cancelled one. Lithuania is the only Baltic country still waiting for their first win. So this might have been their chance. But let us forget it for a while and check out the most played Lithuanian entries.

  1. “Little by little” Laura and the lovers
  2. “On fire” The Roop (2020 entry)
  3. “What happened to your love” Linas and Simona
Laura and the lovers “Little by little”

Norway

As a Swede I can say it… Our nice neighbours, we give them points and they give us points, thank you, mange talk! Also a lot of great songs coming from Norway, just show the three most played once. But it is the deal.

  1. “Hold on be strong” Maria Haukaas Storeng
  2. “Lenge leve livet” Dollie de luxe
  3. “Alle mine tankar” Silje Vige
Maria Haukaas Storeng “Hold on be strong”

Sverige Sweden Suéde

Let’s go then, the three most played Swedish entries. It’s not often Sweden ends up sending my selection number one so the Swedish final entries actually not often played that much. But here they are.

  1. “If I were sorry” Frans
  2. “Det gör ont” Lena Philipsson
  3. “Take me to your heaven” Charlotte Perrelli
Frans “If I were sorry”

So that was the final one today, more most played tomorrow and remember this is the most played songs, not necessarily the same as the best once.

Björn

Things to do

First sorry for not being able to post every day, but not much happens in life during this time of stay at home. Weekends turned into a “do I really need to get out of the couch to get food, water, coffee etc…

The only positive thing with weekends now is that my back finally get some days of rest, I will get back to this later on during the week.

But one thing to do if you are a Eurovision fan… As you all know EBU decided to cancel, not postpone.. cancel 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, so we fans kind of woke up in a parallel universe with a Eurovision to love and hate. But EBU also, in their website, launched a series of home concerts.

Eurovision artists sing their entry and one cover decided by the ESC fans, from their home. The first eposide can be steamed from the website and the second will take place on the 10th of April.

It is actually not a bad idea and so fun to see how different artists do this. Some use back track and sing, some really make their own versions and some go all in Eurovision.

So if you have nothing to do, go to Eurovision Home Concert, and follow this initiative

First episode Ryan O’Shaughnessy (well done on his backyard with friends, and he boy can dance), Rasmussen (go all in as a Pub entertainer and do it well), Tamara Todevska (really nice to make both her own entry and her cover to her own) and Slavko Kalzic (won’t dissapoint anyone if you remember him from Eurovision, camp in the best positive way).

Björn

ESC 2020 Cancelled

I thought I would blog about how I sit at home and work, live and sleep caused by Corona but as you can see from the headline Corona also impact other things. For a majority of you all Eurovision is more or less unknown or something you might watch if you have nothing else to do on the nights of semifinals and the final. So this news is not a big thing and make perfect sense.

For me who watch the Eurovision, more or less, as the meaning to live this is HUGE…

I was 100% sure EBU would postpone the contest until August or September, or change the place of venue from a huge arena to a smaller one and broadcast without an audience, but to cancel never hit my mind really.

So this is a chock, something I don’t like at all and not only for me and all the Eurovision fans but also for the performers who now won’t be able to have their 3 minutes of fame. And I hope most of them will have a chance to return 2021 even if the song must change. I guess for all countries with internal selections this won’t be a problem. Both Spain and Ukraine have already announced that their artists will be in Eurovision 2021 (if they want).

But it is another thing for countries with a selection, I will get back to this in my blog posts the upcoming days.

In the meantime I will use the evenings, during this lock down in France, to watch old contests and actually use this time under Corona lock down to update my Eurovision Section on this website. With nothing else to do as long as we have to stay home it’s a golden opportunity.

But for now… I’m frankly pissed over the decision to cancel it completely. Now we just hope that Azerbaijan and Slovenia will release their songs on iTunes so at least all songs will be up for purchase. I think the rest already is there if only not all revamped version.

So, Corona, you finally knocked me down.

Björn

So now it´s over for 2020

And at last we have a winner, congratulations to The Mamas and their song “Move” who will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. Not a huge disappointment, the song is good and the Mamas are a group of really talented girls so well done.

At the end the main thing for me was to not send Dotter so for this I am happy even if neither Hanna Ferm of Robin Bengtsson won (not expected them too).

But the big news in the Eurovision world is that Finland did not send Erika Vikman and her fantastic “Cicciolina” to Eurovision. A decision even more strange when you have seen her stage show from UMK the Finnish selection, also taking place yesterday. I feel sorry for the guy who won cause his song is actually not that bad but the Eurovision world, the fans, almost already booked our tickets to Helsinki 2021 since Erika Vikman already won the Eurovision, and now she not even passed to the Contest in May.

Denmark, also hosting their selection yesterday picked a good song, actually already on my playlist but in Copenhagen they decided to hold their finals without any audience caused by the Corona virus. Imagen a complete concert venue and no one in the audience, must have felt strange for the singers.

The same, by the way, watching the final Biathlon races in 2020, no audience gives a strange feeling to the races.

Another thing, I don’t know if its worth mention but is it sane to have a jury group aged 3 – 9 years old? Like in the Swedish Eurovision selection? 3? really?

Now life turn normal again until the Eurovision Week in May (if the almighty Corona want the Eurovision to take place).

Björn

The Mamas “Move” Swedens entry to the Eurovision 2020

Erika Vikmans number at the Finnish selection, kitsch and perfect.

Finals tonight

Let me start with the important thing tonight. It’s not to pick a Swedish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, it is what Finland decide to send in their contest tonight.

If Erika Vikman ends up not going to Rotterdam I think Finland made their worse eurovision decision ever. Enough said about Finland.

Let me now take you through the final line up in Sweden for the last time. First to my non Swedish followers, the show start 20h00 tonight and you can watch it on SVTPlay by clicking HERE. Note that the streamed version start 20h01 / 20h02 so don’t panic. And why should you watch it? Cause this is the largest music show in Sweden with a lot of music and at the end the thrilling voting, international jury and finally the televotes. It is worth the time if you like pop music and a good show.

Todays line up:

Victor Crone “Troubled waters” Victor sang for Estonia in Eurovision last year and this is his second entry in the Swedish selection. The song is a Country, Avicii rip off performed with Victors Crones typical “I am a real boy” style, he is so boyish masculine on stage that you can’t do anything else than smile. At the same time as a friend of mine said “All that charm might hide a massmurderer”. I do not have a lot of mean things to say about the song, it’s a modern dance song and with a remix it will fly over the dance floors in Europe this summer. But it’s not a winner in my book.

Paul Rey “Talking in my sleep” Hard to take this entry in, is it good or is it just big pharmas new sleeping pill? I like it on a Monday and can’t stand it the next and end up liking it again on Wednesday. But for sure it is the same feeling seeing the act or just listen to it at home. Might get jury votes but I am not as sure the televoters will go all in and vote for him tonight.

The Mamas “Move” Last years backup singers for Sweden, The Mamas, comes back with their own act. Something anyone following Melodifestivalen guessed already as soon as they performed together with John Lundvik in last years semifinals. “Move” is not as Gospel as the Swedish entry last year, but this is good and the Mamas can sing, no doubt about it. This entry is hard to place, cause at the end they can end up on top based on charm and enthusiasm. But I hope they end up top 5 but not win, cause I want them back with something better in the gospel style next year.

Mohombi “winners” Yes I know I sound like a broken record, but for heavens sake Mohombi, give up Melodifestivalen and go to the French TV station and sing for France. You are a star in France, so why try this hopeless task to win in Sweden? It is his second year in Melodifestivalen and this years entry is nothing else than a ok pop tune. And this year he can’t boost his final votes with a leaked dick pic, cause that was done 2019, so he need to bring his everything to the scene to win. Hight points from the French jury is expected but nothing more.

Hanna Ferm “Brave” Swedens own “Look I am a fan of Eastern European female singers in Eurovision” girl, Hanna Ferm. She bought it all from former singers from Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Russia, Poland etc. Not necessary bad or ugly, but the main word here is plastic. But if she relax more on stage and not doing her choreography like a robot tonight it will look great. Her voice is, even if music Sweden tells us she is the new pop Maria Callas, just OK Britney pop girl, but the song is one of my favorites tonight. I love the beginning with the backup singers I love the ending with its Ladidadi da. I am sold on this. With some more East European juries tonight it might have been a slam dunk but she face only one eastern jury. Might be tough.

Mendez feat. Alvaro Estrella “Vamos Amigos” Good for Mendez and Alvaro, to bring something else than English language wise. It is happy Spanish rap, Latin rhythm a la Suède and really enjoyable. Not a winner even if Sweden loves “our” Mendez. Guess more televotes than jury votes. I just wish they skip to talk about Alvaros baby, growing in the belly of one of the dancers, it’s not giving you votes it just sound desperate to bring it up. OK, that’s mine thought about it.

Dotter “Bulletproof” This years hate object in Melodifestivalen, and I only speak for me. As you know my take on this contest is to make it exciting you need a song you really like and one you hate fighting in the top during the voting. Dotter will for sure bring the “hate” part into it. The song, for me is crap, it has nothing, a normal typical Swedish radio hit you hear without listen to it. She looks like she is trying to not fall from a invisible horse saddle, and the hair thing… No no no, it’s not even close to sexy, even get me thing of more horses. But she is a favorite to win tonight, she even a favorite to win Eurovision if she pass tonight. It’s 100% insane. And as always, it feels better when a hate song wins and you kind of can make any sense on why people like it, but here I can’t understand. I was so sure she would end up 7 in her semifinal so I never gave the song a second glance back then. This will be brutal.

Robin Bengtsson “Take a chance” Another of my main favorites tonight is Robin “The hips” Bengtsson, or Robin “how far apart can I put my feet without falling over” Bengtsson. This number is so nice to watch, Robin come close to Ricky Martin sexy (and that is kind of the best result you can get. But it’s not a winner, and for sure not a Eurovision winner, but it is one of my choices tonight. Fantastic.

Mariette “Shout it out” Mariette usually sings my hate song in the finals, and I do hate it but she is so far away from having a chance to win tonight that it is not worth to spread the word around. There are not enough lesbians in Sweden to vote and put her on top, the song is so bad so my ears hurt and she even manage to more un-showered than ever. So, no risk of Mariette hysteria tonight. Calms me down.

Felix Sandman “Boys with emotions” This year Felix is back with a song with a message… Oh God… And the message is that it is OK to be a hipster and live as an so called “Latte daddy” at Söder (south) in Stockholm. As with Paul Rey it might get some jury votes but I don’t see him get televotes from any others than the girls who was young and his fan base when he was a younger performer and had his entourage of teen girls. And by the way, wimpy men are not sexy, at all. Even if I agree it’s OK to be one.

Anna Bergendahl “Kingdom come” Anna made me eat my right show last year when I had to convert from not like her at all to rule for her and her song “Ashes to ashes” in Melodifestivalen 2019. She turned everything upside down with that song and I had to admit it was an amazing song. So back this year with a song they call “Ashes to ashes” part II. It’s not a part II, even if it’s not bad it’s far from last years perfection. And here we can see what a great act do to a song today in Melodifestivalen and Eurovision. Cause without the dancers at the end of the song “Kingdom come” do nothing. Just listen to it don’t make you tingle anywhere, while the dancers on stage makes you tingle all over. Thats how you get points in Melodifestivalen. Fair in a music contest? Not really. But she might win tonight.

Anis Don Demina “Vem e som oss” You might think we are happy to have a Swedish song in the finals… We are, but since most of the lyrics are so called “Rinkebz Svenska” (Swedish spoken in the areas populated by a large amount of immigrants) I am not sure it is a real Swedish song. Not a problem but it is sad that not more songs in Swedish went through to the finals. Rumors also say he added English tonight for the International juries… He sailed up as a huge favorite ro win during the rehearsals yesterday when the audience voted. And he won, the winner in the exit poll usually win at the end so I was surprised. But no, I don’t believe it, can’t happen. Rap and this years most expensive outfit can’t buy you a ticket to Rotterdam, can it?

So, what do I want and what do I think about tonights show?

After the jury vote I guess the top 5 will be (in random order): Dotter, Anna Bergendahl, Felix Sandman, Paul Rey and The Mamas.

And the top 5 songs among the televoters: Dotter, Anna Bergendahl, Hanna Ferm, Robin Bengtsson and Mendez feat Alvaro Estrella.

So at the end I regrettably must say Sweden most likely will send Dotter or Anna Bergendahl to Rotterdam. And of those two I really hope it will be Anna.

But my list tonight is presented below and as always it might be a few changes, it’s always someone who change stuff during the finals so the song gets worse (most times) or better (it happens) but for now:

  1. Hanna Ferm “Brave”
  2. Robin Bengtsson “Take a chance”
  3. Mendez feat Alvaro Estrella “Vamos Amigos”
  4. The Mamas “Move”
  5. Anna Bergendahl “Kingdom Come”
  6. Victor Crone “Troubled waters”
  7. Mohombi “Winners”
  8. Paul Rey “Talking in my sleep”
  9. Anis Don Demina “Vem e som oss”
  10. Felix Sandman “Boys with emotions”
  11. Dotter “Bulletproof”
  12. Mariette “Shout it out”

And this year I won’t do updates on the website here, it will be done on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (links up to the left to Twitter and Instagram. If you send a following request please add that it is cause Eurovision so I know.

Have a nice evening, if possible I will review the show later tonight or tomorrow morning

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