Kategoriarkiv: Eurovision Song Contest

May

So it start, or kick off… The Eurovision Stage looks amazing on pictures.

And the rehearsals have started and as always, since some years back fans go wild. I still remember the good old days when the first time you actually had a chance to see the performances was on the night of the competition.

This years big war is between Malta and Cyprus. Cyprus announced their song very early, and was the fan favorite until Malta (last to announce their song) announced Destiny’s song. Since then a Cyprus group and a Malta group formed and attack, not each other but the singers. In what media would call toxic way if it was about politics, race, gender etc. And it exploded this weekend when Maltas first rehearsal took place and Destiny (who is a big girl) entered the stage in a short pink dress. Oh Lord Eurovision Internet was set on fire. That is todays Eurovision world. We have gone from a “Agree to disagree” contest to a contest where a country is trashed for everything between their politics, refugee situation to how they can afford to host the contest if they win (coming from Cypriot fans its actually funny). And all based on a pink dress at a Eurovision Song Contest rehearsal.

But, one step at the time, the contest is next week and I can’t get into it too much cause of work issues – read: Conferences, work shops and international meetings.

Enjoy this week. For me planned to be 3 days, 1 National Holiday and a bank holiday off… But all is up to me manage to do 5 days work in 3 and be ready for the Conference on Wednesday this week.

With kind regards

Björn

The ESC CD arrived

So, with the arrival of the official Eurovision CD my “real” ESC season takes off, even if the streams and mp3s been available for long, in some cases since December 2020 (Albanias selection).

And later this week the rehearsals start in Rotterdam, something to discuss at a later stage when I as always need to write something about the new ESC fans contra the old school.

But at least something to look forward to in these times when the world do it’s best to test my patience.

Another good thing is that we, the enormous body kind, finally got mannequins more fit for the normal human being and not only for models and vegans.

mannequin in the UK

Actually something I support. Not only for the obvious reasons but it might also give a hint to people that even if it is 100% OK to dress as you want maybe, sometimes, you should not…

And remember, all clothes look good on skinny people so to actually see a mannequin like this gives a fair image on what different body types actually looks good wearing. So now we also hope for some with longer legs, shorter upper bodies etc etc.

Have a nice day and never forget that Bill Gates is single now, on the market Boys and Girls.

Björn

Finally we have enough songs

The Eurovision year always start slow, with Albania making their selection in December then its kind of nothing, nothing and more nothing. But now we start to see a line up with enough songs to start to listen through them.

And it will be many changes, songs will be added and others will sneak up on the top while some will turn out to be fun for a short amount of time. But on the app My Eurovision Scoreboard my list for now is:

ESC 2021

Picture from ESC

So it will be a Eurovision in 2021. The ESC team have worked on different scenarios and the fan base went crazy since a lot of them think this could have been done for this year instead of cancel the contest 2020.

But it is a bit disturbing to find they prepare for a lockdown scenario in May 2021, like no opening up from Covid ever will happen. I mean at one point, even if it is a disturbing thought, we must open up with or without Covid.

With that we come to the chaos is France, or mainly Marseille. They are not at least happy about the lockdown there and I guess since we are in France it will be protests this weekend.

I also think the new rules for Paris is not well thought through, cause they make no sense to people on the street, and not very well presented. To close bars, Cafès and Restaurant at 22h00 and “force” people to go home and have the parties in a closed space instead of outdoors is actually as stupid as it sounds.

Close inside spaces but let people sit outside (as it was in the last weeks of the close down), safer for sure than 20 pax in a Paris studio.

The group with the best lobbyists seems to be Sport. Cause the most important thing for many governments at the moment is to make sport events go on, so 1000 drunk football fans is not a risk for the spread of Covid. And not only football, the more money it is in the sport the easier it is for them to continue with their activities. Golf, Tennis, Hockey, Basket etc.

I also like to make a note to the Mayor of Paris, she is not happy to close Restaurants and Bars at 22h00, sit outside a cafè is all of a sudden a “Way of French lifestyle”. Like she completely forgotten her support to ban heaters outside bars, Cafès and Restaurants so people can’t sit outside from late October to early May. If they don’t want to catch a cold virus…

So this is our life the upcoming months.

Björn

Surprise, Surprise

Browsing might sometimes surprise you. I looked at single covers of Dschinghis Khan today and all of a sudden:

A song I never heard with them. “Give me a sign” Hate when this happens, especially in the time of digital music, if its not out there you can’t find it.

So until then, some of the better songs from D.K.

Björn

A lot of music now

Not only a release from a friend of mine, Marc de Saint Vincent (see yesterdays post) from nowhere have Sonias albums from 1991 and 1993 been released on digital platforms. It’s amazing.

Sonia, might be most known from her PWL days, but she also released two not so famous albums, “Sonia” 1991 have it on vinyl and the album following her Eurovision Song Contest participation in 1993, an album on CD never released in Sweden.

Sonia was the first PWL artist in the Eurovision, followed in 2000 by the wonderful Nicki French.

So just months before Sonias new album, the first in a long time, her two albums not released on a digital platform until now is released. It’s a good time to be alive.

Take care

Björn

The Will Ferrell Eurovision movie soon here

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…

Note: Only work on Eurovision / Keiino fans 🙂

Björn

“Volcano man” Will Ferrell and My Marianne (Molly Sandén)

Will Ferrell

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