After speculations, rumors and wild guesses the Eurovision movie finally reached us via Netflix streaming services. And let us be frank, the film is better than I thought it would be. But as a film about Eurovision… No not really, it is a classic love story with Eurovision as the back drop. It could have been the same story but with Idol, or America got talent as the venue, but they made a choice and went for Eurovision.
If I were Icelandic I might not be so positive to how my country is put forward as a step behind the rest of Europe but I guess we still can joke about Icelandic white citizens even if it is on the edge of being an insult.
So how much is Eurovision in this story? Not much really, as a fan you can find so many wrongs that it’s not worth to go into it, cause you are not supposed to see the film as an attempt to raise the worlds awareness of The Eurovision Song Contest, but a few things that is funny… Sweden compete with a rap song, won’t happen in many years to come. The few full time songs on the Soundtrack is actually not bad, what I wish for is that the songs they only recorded as 1:30 minute snippets had been given a full length version on the Soundtrack, and the best “Eurovision” moment in the film is the Medley with many Eurovision artists doing a sing a long during the Russian delegations party. Those minutes are actually a fiesta for Eurovision fans, and very welled played.
Salvador Sobrals cameo is also a nice touch as well as the part of the Russian singer Alexander Lemtov (played by Dan Stevens), a role where you kind of wait for him to be a East State bad guy and end up in not being that at all. The part is there to show the finger to the Russian LGBT laws, but very very much “under the cover” to not upset mother Russia.
So, what to finally say? If you are a huge Eurovision fan expecting a Eurovision extravaganza, you will be disappointed, if you sit down to watch a rom com in a musical environment you will enjoy the movie.
If you buy the Soundtrack, it will make you go crazy that a few songs only are max 2 minutes long, but the final ballad will make you smile every time you hear it – and I will not be surprised if the real Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will put some of the songs in the shows interval acts.
As said before, working from home is both better and more effective but only when the technical side of things work.
Today I had some trouble with the connections so tasks added up and it ended a bit stressful, but still… Compere to sit in an open space office working from home is way better. It might be different if your working place provides you with your own office and a door to close.
Apart from that not much happen today, no need to go out and do any shopping so its been a complete day without pants. Or at least nothing else than sweatpants.
2018 in June I posted this link and now its finally time, the Will Ferrell movie on Eurovision will be on Netflix in June 2020. A single with Will Ferrell & My Marianne (Molly Sandén) been released, “Volcano Man”, unfortunately its not long enough, only just under 2 minutes but it fits into the Eurovision concept. It actually sounds just like the Norwegian entry to Eurovision in 2019 by Keiino, “Spirit in the sky”.
At the moment the funniest thing ever is to remind the fans whom liked Keiino a lot in 2019 about the fact that the two songs remind of each other. As you know Keiino won the televote in 2019 but did not receive enough jury points to win. And the fans of “Spirit in the sky” still going on about this in social media. “The real winner of Eurovision”, “Norway was robbed” etc. The same guys (yes it is most guys) for some reason hate Will Ferrels song, so to make them really upset it is so much fun to talk about how alike the songs are… Try it…
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
Not a country usually on my radar so there are not many of their entries making my private playlists.
“Carry me in your dreams” Kejsi Tola
“Its all about you” Juliana Pasha
“The image of you” Anjeza Shahini
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 Life” Xandee
“Love kills” Roberto Bellarosa
Oh, my old love in Eurovision, France. Still going strong and has a stream of lovely songs throughout the years.
“J’ai Cherché” Amir
“L’oiseau et l’enfant” Marie Myriam
“Il faut du temps” Sandrine Francois
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.
“Dschinghis Khan” Dschinghis Khan
“Telegram” Silver Convention
“Frauen regieren die welt” Roger Cicero
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.
“Cross your heart” Tina Reynolds
“Why me” Linda Martin
“In your eyes” Niamh Kavanagh
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.
“No degree of separation” Francesca Michielin
“I Treni de Tozeur” Alice e Battiato
“Grande amore” Il Volo
Sadly forgotten in the Eurovision history, but finally won 2017, and well deserved.
“Amar pelos dois” Salvador Sobral
“Danca comigo” Sabrina
“Um grande, grande amor” Jose Cid
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.
“Bandido” Azucar Moreno
“Quien maneja mi barca” Remedios Amaya
“Dile que la quiero” David Civera
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.
“Ne partez pas sand moi” Celine Dion
“Mikado” Simone Drexel
“Era stupendo” Paolo Meneguzzi
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”.
“I see a star” Mouth and Macneal
“Ding dinge dong” Teach In
“De eerste keer” Franklin Brown and Maxine
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.
“Ooh Aah Just a little bit” Gina G
“Where are you” Imaani
“Cry Baby” Jemini
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:
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.
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.
“we got love” Jessica Mauboy
“Tonight again” Guy Sebastian
“Sound of silence” Dami Im
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.
“Marija Magdalena” Doris Dragovich
“Neka mi ne svane” Danijela
“Nostalgia” Magazin and Lidija
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…
“Stronger every minute” Lisa Andreas
“Mana mou” Hara and Andreas Konstantinou
“Anthropos ki ego” Evridiki
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.
“I would die for you” Antique
“Miazoume” Takis Biniaris
“Mathema Solfege” Pascalis, Robert, Mariana and Bessy
“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.
“Diva” Dana International
“Natati la halay” Poogy
“Halleluja” Gali Atari and Milk and honey
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.
“The one that I love” Chiara
“Desire” Claudette Pace
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.
“Life” Tose Proeski
“Fred da se razdeni” Esma and Lozano
“100% te ljubam” XXL
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.
“Crisakide” Valentina Monetta
“Say Na Na Na” Serhat
“The social network song” Valentina Monetta
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?
“Shoe” Marko Kon and Milaan
“Nije Ljubav stvar” Zeljko Joksimovic
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.
“Heavy weather” Rebeka Dremelj
“Energy” Nusa Derenda
“Cvet z juga” Alenka Gotar
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.
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
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 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.
“Disco Tango” Tommy Seebach
“New tomorrow” A friend in London
“Vi maler byen röd” Birthe Kjaer
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.
“Kaelakee hääl” Maarja Liis Ilus and Ivo Linna
“Verona” Koit Toome and Laura
“Goodbye to yesterday” Elina Born and Stig Rästa
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.
“Bye Bye Baby” CatCat
“Anna rakkaudelle tilaisuus” Seija Simola
“Fantasiaa” Amii Aspelund
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.
“Minn hinsti dans” Paul Oscar
“All out of luck” Selma
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.
“What for?” Aisha
“I wanna” Marie N
“Cake to bake” Aarzemnieki
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.
“Little by little” Laura and the lovers
“On fire” The Roop (2020 entry)
“What happened to your love” Linas and Simona
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.
“Hold on be strong” Maria Haukaas Storeng
“Lenge leve livet” Dollie de luxe
“Alle mine tankar” Silje Vige
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.
“If I were sorry” Frans
“Det gör ont” Lena Philipsson
“Take me to your heaven” Charlotte Perrelli
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.
So this week was supposed to be the best week of the year, the Eurovision week 2020, but as you all know by now the competition is cancelled and the songs selected must be replaced to next years competition. IF there will be a Eurovision Song Contest then. We know that Rotterdam will only host Eurovision 2021 IF a vaccine is developed by then. So who knows… 2019 might be the last ESC as we know it.
But now, fu** Corona and let the site be about the Eurovision all week long. I will not talk about this years songs until later during the week but with the start today step back in time and look at each countries most played Eurovision entries. It’s not a most played world wide, only my own playlists and today I will start the with the countries no longer taking part. Withdrawn from the contest or the country do not exist enymore.
Today Serbia and Montenegro both compete as their own countries, but they started out as a joint project in 2004 and in 2005 the split. The most played song among two years entries from Serbia Montenegro is “Zauvjek moja” by NoName in 2005.
In 2020 Montenegro is one of many countries who no longer taking part cause of the TV station can’t afford it. But they have been in the contest a few times since the split from Serbia in 2005. Looking at the most played entries from Montenegro the top is:
“Space” Slavko Kalezic
“Just get out of my life” Andrea Demirovic
“Moj Svijet” Sergej Cetkovic
In 1980 Morocco entered the Eurovision Song Contest for the first and only attempt. A young Samira Ben Said sane the song “Bitakat hob”, the French version “Les infants de l´amitie”. And the Eurovision world keep on wishing for Morocco to come back as one of the more open Arabic countries with ties to Europe.
One of the micro states in Europe entering the contest is Andorra. And I think that EBU must make some changes to ever get the small states back in the competition. But how I should change the contest is another upcoming blog post. The most played songs from Andorra is:
“Jugarem a estimar nos” Marta Roure
“Sense tu” Jenny
Been among the competing countries a long time now but jump in and out from the contest as it suits them. Withdraw with finances as the main reason. My most played entries from Bosnia Herzegovina:
“Putnici” Dina and Beatrice
“In the disco” Deen
“Ne brini” Mija Martina Barbaric
To find out that Yugoslavia no longer is in the Eurovision Song Contest cannot be a surprise to anyone in the world if you not been hidden under a rock for a lot of years now. But it is also a fact that as long as Yugoslavia entered as one country they thad a lot of really good songs in Eurovision. My most played list from former Yugoslavia is:
“Hade da ludujemo” Tajci
“Brazil” Baby Doll
“Halo Halo” Aska
One of the gigants in Eurovision until they withdrawn with constant gossip that they will return, so far with no truth behind them. The TV company in Luxembourg say it is cause if they win they won’t be able to afford to host the contest as it is today. I guess they will have more money behind them than many other countries like Moldova, San Marino or Malta for example. All of them will most likely put on a great show if they won, so I do not think this is the real reason. But yes, I want Luxembourg back.
“Poupee de cire, poupée de son” France Gall
“100% d’amour” Sophie Carle
“Parlez vous français?” Baccara
Monaco, also one of the small states in Eurovision history at least tried to come back on this side of the 2000, but withdraw again and it’s such a shame cause they entered with a lot of good music in the past as well as their entries when they came back to the Eurovision family. But just like for Andorra the new voting system is most likely the reason behind the decision to not enter again. And as said before, it will be discussed in a future blog post.
“Un banc, un arbre, une rue” Severine
“Toi, la musique et moi” Mary Christy
“Les jardins de Monaco” Caline et Olivier Toussaint
Slovakias history in Eurovision is a mystery to most of us. They jump in and out from the contest as they had no idea what to do. For all new countries I think they have to keep dedicated for at least 5 years before the audience “know” them. And I think 2010 was the year they finally gave up even if if they entered also in 2011. In 2010, with Kristina Pelakova they had a winner on their hands but then completely missed the mark with the staging when they finally entered the stage. But God I hope Slovakia will be back and stay for a few years before a final decision on “in” or “out”.
“Horehronie” Kristina Pelakove
“Nekonecna Piesen” Martin Durinda and Tublatanka
“I am still alive” TWiiNS
Hungary have also been out a few times but now seems to decide to stay out based on the Austrian winner Conchita Wurst. The TV company in Hungary (or the Government) withdrawn since drag queens and gays might destroy the kids in the country. Did not stop them to give Conchita 10 points when she won 2014. And from what I know the amount of dragqueens have not raised to an dangerous level in Budapest. My most played songs from Hungary is:
“Forogj vilag” NOX
“Dance with me” Adok Zoli
One of the most missed countries in the Eurovision is Turkey, and I do understand why cause they have over and over entered with amazing songs and still have a line of artists Europe want to see in the Eurovision. They withdraw with a mix of reason, one the same as Hungary and also they don’t like the new vote system even if I am sure it would benefit them more than destroy their chances. But here are the most played Turkis entries.
“Dum tek tek” Hadise
“Shake it up shekerim” Kenan Dogulu
“Petr oil” Ajda Pekkan
So this was the first blog post of the Eurovision celebration week here at bjornnordlund.com – Tomorrow we will look at the Nordic and Baltic countries.
Enjoy and let us build up the tension to Saturday when I look at this years cancelled Eurovision songs.
So, from tomorrow it is the Eurovision week 2020, without any Eurovision happening at the end of the week… And maybe not even 2021 if you read comments on the Internet and pull them together with Governmental decisions on Corona. It is obvious that the Netherlands won’t hos 2021 if no vaccine been created and who knows how the travel industry will look like if countries close their borders until the vaccine is there.
Read today that Morocco won’t allow any travels from France this summer. There did my plans to go to Agadir for X amount of weeks go out of the window.
But… Next week will be Eurovision connected blog posts only, not focused on this years songs but country by country in the history of the competition.
Yesterday I watched the 2000 competition, a very special year for me since I worked with the contest that year and watching it again not only brought back memories I also realized that 2000 was a really good year and that the show was one of the better once ever.