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.
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
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.
Time for a new update on some of the Eurovision Countries I have soft spot for, Malta. The small island nation in the Mediterranean whom more or less would give up their independence to win the Eurovision Song Contest, so it seems. And among all the countries participating Malta is still in the line to take home that first victory.
I had hoped for Malta to make changes in their National selection, and they did it this year but for me in the wrong direction. My hopes was to have a National final with maybe 10 or maximum 12 songs with experienced performers. Cause even if Malta is a small Nation so much musical talent lives on the Islands of Malta and Gozo (Don’t know if any on Comino but my gut feeling say no). But its still a fact that it is a small country and a national final with 20 – 30 songs in the line up is not necessary. A lot of songs through they years most likely been seen as collateral damage by the Broadcaster TVM.
But instead of go for a few experienced performers and a few high quality songs penned by the song writing elite Malta decided to go another way, in the same direction as many other of the participating countries and pick their 2019 participant in a talent show and then “mail order” a song which most likely will be penned by a group of Swedes (nothing say it will but seriously… ).
Michela Pace might be the most talented girl on earth and have the back up of a strong song but she spring from a talent show not giving the Maltese public much of a chance to say yes or no to the entry. Another strange twist from Malta a few years ago was when Ira Losco took the victory in the National Selection (more for being Ira than for a great song) and the winning song was switched to another one before the Eurovision Song Contest. A strange decision and very unlike Malta.
Overall I am not a fan of any country using “X got talent”, “The Voice” or “Idol” as a way to pick the performer to represent a country. I know it is hard to believe today but the Eurovision is still a music competition so even if the idea is strange even to me it make more sense to first pick a song and appoint a performer later or even a 100% internal selection process.
Enough, below you find the so far most played Maltese entries at my home, source iTunes play count. Note that most played is not necessarily the same as the best songs but why play songs you don’t like so it is almost the same.
2013 Gianluca “Tomorrow”
1998 Chiara “The one that I love”
2000 Claudette Pace “Desire”
2006 Fabrizio Faniello “I do (World studio radio mix)
I actually don’t know what to say… The original was more beautiful perhaps but at the same time the suggested new Azure Window is kind of amazing (if it can keep surface as shiny as on the picture). I am actually happy that I’m not the one to decide on this building.
An exhibit hall in 5 floors where the “Window” once was? It is both a crazy and ugly idea at the same time as it looks great and will attract visitors. 50% of me say “Hell yes go for it” and the other 50% tells me “no for heavens sake don’t put that monster up” – It will be interesting to see what Malta decides upon.
But to call the construction “The heart of Malta”? The heart of Malta will never be made out of steel and cold as ice, the Maltese heart is big, warm and welcoming so if built… Rethink the name
For you who not know anything about Gozo and the Azure Window Google it and look at the original natural window.
After a bit over one month as the proud owner of a website, and yes I still work on many of the pages. At this time I feel it was a huge mistake to add pages for Eurovision and Melodifestivalen. Feels a bit like placing a toddler in Sahara and say “Build a sand castle”… But I will manage and then most likely get a new bright idea and need to change it all…
But look at my visitors! Swedes in top not a huge surprise, but USA, China, Canada and South Korea? Not likely to google me or not even Eurovision, and if so I’m not likely to be at the top of the search.
Countries I miss among my top ten visitors, Malta and Norway, my friends there obviously either enjoying the sun or are out on “tur”.
In any case, my little place in cyberspace have around 20 visits a day, not much I know but seriously it is more people than family members so good there. But during Eurovision week I reached around 250 visits a day so we have some potential here.
Have a nice day my friends, family and unknown visitors from around the world.
Eurovision 2018 Final, a more open year than ever and it might be really close for the trophy. And I also think we will see a range of differences in voting figures as well as a difference between the jury votes and the tele votes.
I visualize this blog post with a TBT pic even if its Saturday, so maybe we can call it TBS…
The reason why Stockholm hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000 were the surprise victory by Charlotte Nilsson (now Charlotte Perrelli) taking us to her heaven. “Take me to your heaven” (the original version “Tusen och en natt”) in 1999.
The next year a friend of mine Mr Gerard James Borg in Malta won the selection in Malta together with Mr Phillip Vella and the singer Claudette Pace. All together this open a door to work backstage as the Maltese delegation guide at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000.
Change in the Eurovision mentality
Stockholm 2000, for me, will be the starting point for how the Eurovision developed up until today. Even if Israel in 1999 gave us a show and the track of the contest went from kind of strict to the party we see today the 2000 Eurovision made it a party with a focus on a fun script for the hosts and the beginning of a more party like green room.
The contest 2000 gave more than 2000 memories and a wonderful spring in Stockholm. It rained and was really cold up until the performers started to arrive and the sun and wonderful weather stayed until the delegations transfer bus left Arlanda Airport. From this week I still in contact with then new friends now friends with whom I shared something impossible to share again in the same way. All Eurovisions most likely create the same feeling for the once participating in the Contest, as a part of their country delegation or working with the planning and hosting.
With those words I share with you a few photos from the Eurovision Week in Stockholm 2000.