Etikettarkiv: Russia

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

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

Сергей Лазарев

Finally confirmed then. Sergey will sing for Russia in Tel Aviv and hopefully return to Eurovision with a smash hit.

Let us see, the last time a Russian star returned to the Eurovision for a second try was Dima Bilan and the managed to fail to win with a really good song and win with an OK song. Sergey needs more than a OK song and hopefully the team behind him understands it must be as good as last but not to similar.

In any case, I look forward to hear what he will present and in the meantime listen to his albums on spotify or download them.

Björn

Back from St Petersburg

From Russia with love

So, back from St Petersburg in Russia and not from a vacation trip, just work so not much of a chance to experience the city. In any case I’ve been there before… But then it was Leningrad.

I hope to be able to go back cause St Petersburg is an amazing city, so beautiful in the city center (I suppose the suburbs will give a different and similar picture as all other amazing cities in Europe)

So enjoy some of the pictures in the gallery

Björn