Etikettarkiv: 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

With chalk on asphalt

Either some parents will get a chocking inoice to pay for the cleaning of their kids practicing their artistic side, or this is the premonition of digging up my street and make my life hell for a long time. Noise and excavated street and side walks. Or the city of Paris actually finally found out where I live and will now offer me a house with a moa, so I am safe. And no, I do not have exaggerated image of my own importance to the world 2021.

But let us go back in time, today, 12 years ago the site Gylleneskor.se (re named Poplight before it died) invited that years Eurovision artists to Stockholm and I was interviewing the ones signed by Warner.

Unlikely 29th of April 2021, this was a sunny & extremely hot day, so running around in Stockholm between venues, resulted in a really shiny face (shiny a nice way to say I sweated like a waterfall).

So welcome to a walk down Memory lane:

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:

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

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