Friday, February 23, 2018

SAN MARINO: LISTEN TO THE FINAL VERSIONS OF THE SONGS

 
San Marino has published the final versions of the songs competing to represent the tiny nation in the Eurovision song contest 2018 in Lisbon. Recorded in studio and produced instead of the live acoustic ones we have heard so far.
Meanwhile the voting procedure seems to change every other day so I'm not even going to keep up anymore. The rules might be changed before I have time to post this anyways, so let's see what's the deal next week. If it even matters in the end. And Irol dropped out of Who we are it being too pop and not fitting into his hip hop genre. Yawn. 

Jenifer Brening - Until the morning light
Giovanni Montalbano - Per quello che mi dai
Franklin Calleja - Stay
Sebastian Schmidt - Stay
Judah Gavra - Stay
Camilla North - Yo no soy tu chica
Tinashe Makura - Free yourself
Sara de Blue - Out of the twilight
Jessika Muscat feat. Jenifer Brening - Who we are
Irol feat. Sebastian Schmidt - Sorry
Emma Sandström - Diamonds






NETHERLANDS: WAYLON PRESENTS HIS SONGS ONE BY ONE

 
Waylon of The Common Linnets (Eurovision 2014 runner ups) fame was internally chosen for the Netherlands already last year. Now the time has come to present his songs. Or actually the song is already chosen but he will tease us all the next week by presenting five songs from his new album The world can wait, but we don't get to know which one is The Song until we have heard all of them. The first one tonight was Back together, listen to it here

26.2 Outlaw in Em
27.2 The world can wait
28.2 That's how she goes
1.3 Thanks but no thanks

Thursday, February 22, 2018

GERMANY: MICHAEL SCHULTE WALKS ALONE TO EUROVISION

 
Tonight it was Germany's time to choose their entry and the winner is You let me walk alone by Michael Schulte, and Germany joins the countries sending something more acoustic and real instead of bubblegum Swedish pop. Less fireworks and more feelings, people!
1. Michael Schulte - You let me walk alone (12 + 12 + 12) 36
2. Xavier Darcy - Jonah (8 + 10 + 7) 25
3. Ryk - You and I (10 + 8 + 5) 23
4. Ivy Quainoo - House on fire (7 + 7 + 8) 22
5. voXXclun - I mog Di so (6 + 5 + 10) 21
6. Natia Todua - My own way (5 + 6 + 6) 17
                 (voting: Eurovision panel + International jury + televote)

FINLAND: SAARA AALTO RELEASES QUEENS - HER THIRD EUROVISION ENTRY

 
Here they now are. The three entries by Saara Aalto for Eurovision song contest 2018 for Finland. What can I say? Not much there to say. Queens is plain bad, Monsters is okeyish and Domino is my favorite out of these three. Not that it is great. And she keeps pushing the LBGT theme in all videos, that aren't so great either. Monsters would have been cool and ground breaking. In 1995. 


ARMENIA: DEPI EVRATESIL SEMIFINAL TWO TONIGHT

After the surprising first semifinal tonight Armenia has its second one of Depi Evratesil, and it will be interesting to see what happens. Kicking Tamar Kaprelian out thanks to her weak vocals and poor staging proves a name and fan wankness means nothing to Armenians. Again a lot of goodies with decent songs. With the exception of the joke that is Puerto Rico. I have a feeling it will be a total disaster on stage vocally and everyway possible. Then we have a again something totally un-Armenian like AlternatiV, Mariam and Amaliya. And quite a few songs that sound good on studio version but have a risk of being disasters live (or real goodies) depending on vocals and singer's presence on stage. And of course there's one nonsense foreign 13 in a dozen product: You and I. Why this wasn't in the UK selection instead? 
My clear favorite in this semi and in Armenia's selection in general is Sevak Khanagyan. Period. 

             Maria's Secret - Escape
 Arman Mesropyan - What You Hide
              Kamil Show - Puerto Rico
           Suren Poghosyan - The Voice
            AlternatiV - Stare at Me
       Amaliya Margaryan - Waiting for the Sun
            TyoM - Follow the Ocean
                Sevak Khanagyan - Qami
                Mariam Petrosyan - Fade
Asmik Shiroyan - You and I

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

SERBIA: SANJA ILIC & BALKANIKA FOR EUROVISION 2018

 
The favorite came and conquered both televoters and jury. Sanja Ilic (66) is no stranger to Eurovision having participated in the Yogoslavian national finals already in the 1970's and his song Hallo, hallo represented Yogoslavia back in 1982. 
But Balkanika is something else. He started Balkanika in 2000 with young talented local musicians playing traditional instruments and the group has been evolving and developing ever since. The group today has 10 members including two female vocalists with etno sound and one male vocalist with rock sound. They have also toured the world already.....
Oh, after Greece this! Eurovision is getting back to what it should be <3 p="">
Sanja Ilić & Balkanika "Nova deca"     12 12 24
Saška Janks "Pesma za tebe"    10 10 20
Dušan Svilar "Pod krošnjom bagrema" 8 7 15
Lord "Samo nek se okreće" 6 6 12
Biber & DJ Niko Bravo "Svatovi"  7 5 12
Ivan Kurtić "Ni sunca ni meseca" 2 8 10
Boris Režak "Vila" 5 4 9
Danijel Pavlović "Ruža sudbine" 4 2 6
Rambo Amadeus & Beti Đorđević "Nema te" 1 3 4
Maja Nikolić "Zemlja čuda" 3 0 3
Koktel Balkan "Zato" 0 1 1
evdahBABY "Hajde da igramo sada" 0 0 0
Srđan & Emil "Bar da znam" 0 0 0
Lana & Aldo "Jača od svih" 0 0 0
Igor Lazarević "Beži od mene" 0 0 0
BASS "Umoran" 0 0 0
Osmi Vazduh & Friends "Probudi se" 0 0 0
                                                                         ( televote   juryvote   total)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

GERMANY: LISTEN TO UNSER LIED FUR LISSABON LIED SONGS

 
The German songs are out, and Germany joins the countries that are offering something else but Swedish oriented pop. Rather acoustic offerings, and certainly a bit different. And then there's voXXclub. I think I go for Ivy....Maybe. 

voXXclub - I mog di so
Xavier Darcy - Jonah
Michael Schulte - You let me walk alone
Ryk - You and I
Ivy Quainoo - House on fire
Natia Todua - My own way






SERBIA: BEOVIZIJA 2018 FINAL TONIGHT

Tonight is Serbia's turn to choose for Eurovision song contest 2018. They have restarted the national final Beovizija format that last time took place in 2009.  These 17 songs have been chosen among the 75 submissions.
My favorites are in random order Biber & DJ Niko Bravo, Danijel, Dusan, Igor, Ivan, Lord and Sanja, but we can't forget Maja, eeven if her song, written by Vladimir Graic, is a bit disappointing but Maja is Maja. 


SevdahBABY - Hajde da igramo sada
Rambo Amadeus & Beti Đorđević - Nema te
Maja Nikolić - Zemlja čuda
Srđan & Emil - Bar da znam
Ivan Kurtić - Ni sunca ni meseca
Sanja Ilić & Balkanika - Nova deca
Koktel Balkan - Zato
Boris Režak - Vila
Lana & Aldo - Jača od svih
Dušan Svilar - Pod krošnjom bagrema
Igor Lazarević - Beži od mene
Saška Janks - Pesma za tebe
Lord - Samo nek se okreće
Danijel Pavlović - Ruža sudbine
BASS - Umoran
Osmi vazduh i drugari - Probudi se
Biber & DJ Niko Bravo - Jutros (Svatovi)

Monday, February 19, 2018

PORTUGAL: LISTEN TO FESTIVAL DA CANCAO SEMIFINAL TWO SNIPPETS

 
Portugal's first Festival da Canção seemifinal went by, and today we got news about the mistake in the voting changing the final line up (read more here) but it's time to look ahead to next weekend and here are the snippets of the second semifinal songs. The overal feeling is this one has a bit more modern sounds that the first one, still being purely Portuguese. Even super favorite Diogo Piçarra goes for the slow Portuguese ballad, at least judging the snippets instead of something more uptempo and modern. Besides him I'm curiously waiting for Lili, Paris and Onis in this semi...
The two non Portuguese language songs are also both in this one and feel totally out of place and useless as they aren't any good. 

Maria Inês Paris – Bandeira Azul
Dora Fidalgo – Arco-Iris
Cláudia Pascoal – O Jardim
David Pessoa – Amor Veloz
Susana Travassos – Mensageira
Rita Ruivo – Anda Daí
Paulo Flores, Minnie & Rhayra – Patati Patata
Sequin – All Over Again
Peter Serrado – Sunset
Tamin – Capicua
Daniela Onís – P’ra La do Rio
Diogo Piçarra – Canção do Fim

ROMANIA: HERE ARE THE FINALISTS AND THE STORY SO FAR

 
Romania is having a long national selection this year: five semifinals before the Selecția Națională final. Top-3 from every semi will qualified for the final thanks to a jury vote. There will be only televote in the final, too. MIHAI made it to final again. My faves at this point are Eduard Santha and Vyros followed by Alexia & Matei and Jukebox feat Bella Santiago, but none of the songs this year stands out, nor make me go La la la...... The final is next Sunday. 

Here are the finalists:

Alexia & Matei - Walking on Water 
Echoes - Mirror 
Eduard Santha - Me som romales 
MIHAI - Heaven 
Rafael & Friends - We Are One 
Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago - Auzi cum bate 
VYROS - La la la 
Erminio Sinni & Tiziana Camelin - All the Love Away 
Xandra - Try 
Claudia Andas - The One 
Dora Găitanovici - Fără tine
The Humans - Goodbye
Teodora Dinu - Fly


Check out all the semifinal results below:


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