Saturday, December 31, 2011

ESC top-250 2011

Listen in escradio the countdown to the number one. The poll is voted in collaboration with 12.points.tv, BlogIlkar, escradio, Belgovision.com, OGAE.nl, Infe Network, Eurovisionfanclub.gr, and Songfestivalweblog. This post will be updated until the countdown is done and the new year has come! Congratulations Zeljko and good luck in Baku 2012!

1. Serbia & Montenegro 2004: Željko Joksimović & Ad Hoc Orchestra - Lane moje
2. Norway 2009: Alexander Rybak - Fairytale
3. Greece 2005: Elena Paparizou - My Number One
4. Germany 2010: Lena - Satellite
5. Sweden 2011: Eric Saade - Popular
6. Poland 1994: Edyta Górniak - To nie ja!
7. Iceland 2009: Yohanna - Is It True?
8. Serbia 2010: Milan Stanković - Ovo je Balkan
9. Croatia 1998: Danijela - Neka mi ne svane
10. Turkey 2003: Sertab Erener - Everyway That I Can
11. Spain 1995: Anabel Conde - Vuelve conmigo
12. Serbia 2007: Marija Šerifović - Molitva
13. Sweden 1974: Abba - Waterloo
14. Sweden 2008: Charlotte Perrelli - Hero
15. Israel 1998: Dana International - Diva
16. Ukraine 2008: Ani Lorak - Shady Lady
17. Norway 1995: Secret Garden - Nocturne
18. Portugal 2008: Vânia Fernandes - Senhora do mar (Negras águas)
19. Bosnia & Hercegovina 2006: Hari Mata Hari - Lejla
20. Poland 1997: Anna Maria Jopek - Ale jestem
21. France 2009: Patricia Kaas - Et s'il fallait le faire
22. Israel 2005: Shiri Maimon - Hasheket Shenish'ar
23. Luxembourg 1973: Anne-Marie David - Tu te reconnaîtras
24. Estonia 2009: Urban Symphony - Rändajad
25. United Kingdom 1997: Katrina & The Waves - Love Shine a Light
26. Greece 2001: Antique Die for You
27. the Netherlands 1998: Edsilia - Hemel en aarde
28. Greece 2008: Kalomira - Secret Combination
29. Turkey 1997: Şebnem Paker & Grup Etnic - Dinle
30. Malta 2005: Chiara - Angel
31. Armenia 2008: Sirusho - Qélé, Qélé
32. Ireland 1987: Johnny Logan - Hold Me Now
33. Hungary 2011: Kati Wolf - What About My Dreams?
34. Germany 2011: Lena - Taken by a Stranger
35. Sweden 2006: Carola - Invincible
36. Belgium 2010: Tom Dice - Me and My Guitar
37. Finland 2006: Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah
38. Ireland 2011: Jedward - Lipstick
39. Spain 1973: Mocedades - Eres tú
40. France 1977: Marie Myriam - L'oiseau et l'enfant
41. Denmark 2000: Olsen Brothers - Fly on the Wings of Love
42. Norway 2008: Maria Haukaas Storeng - Hold On Be Strong
43. Luxembourg 1972: Vicky Leandros - Après toi
44. Azerbaijan 2011: Ell and Nikki - Running Scared
45. Italy 1984: Alice & Franco Battiato - I treni di Tozeur
46. Iceland 2008: Euroband - This Is My Life
47. Ukraine 2004: Ruslana - Wild Dances
48. Azerbaijan 2010: Safura - Drip Drop
49. Germany 1975: Joy Fleming - Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein
50. Russia 2008: Dima Bilan - Believe
51. Israel 1990: Rita Kleinstein - Shara Barkhovot
52. Estonia 2011: Getter Jaani - Rockefeller Street
53. Russia 2006: Dima Bilan - Never Let You Go
54. Denmark 1963: Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann - Dansevise
55. Slovenia 2011: Maja Keuc - No One
56. Italy 2011: Raphael Gualazzi - Madness of Love
57. France 2001: Natasha St-Pier - Je n'ai que mon âme
58. Ukraine 2007: Verka Serduchka - Dancing Lasha Tumbai
59. Italy 1997: Jalisse - Fiumi di parole
60. France 1991: Amina - Le Dernier qui a parlé...
61. Romania 2010: Paula Seling and Ovi - Playing with Fire
62. Denmark 2011: A Friend in London - New Tomorrow
63. Italy 1964: Gigliola Cinquetti - Non ho l'età
64. Switzerland 1988: Céline Dion - Ne partez pas sans moi
65. Croatia 1999: Doris Dragović - Marija Magdalena
66. Italy 1992: Mia Martini - Rapsodia
67. Sweden 1999: Charlotte Nilsson - Take Me to Your Heaven
68. the Netherlands 1993: Ruth Jacott - Vrede
69. Israel 2010: Harel Skaat - Milim
70. Azerbaijan 2009: AySel and Arash - Always
71. Italy 1974: Gigliola Cinquetti - Si
72. United Kingdom 2011: Blue - I Can
73. Belgium 2003: Urban Trad - Sanomi
74. Greece 2004: Sakis Rouvas - Shake It
75. Iceland 2010: Hera Björk - Je ne sais quoi
76. Norway 1996: Elisabeth Andreassen - I evighet
77. Monaco 1971: Séverine - Un banc, un arbre, une rue
78. Serbia 2008: Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugić - Oro
79. Luxembourg 1965: France Gall - Poupée de cire, poupée de son
80. Turkey 2010: maNga - We Could Be the Same
81. Belgium 2006: Kate Ryan - Je t'adore
82. Slovakia 2010: Kristina - Horehronie
83. Israel 1991: Duo Datz - Kan
84. Turkey 2009: Hadise - Düm Tek Tek
85. Bosnia & Hercegovina 2011: Dino Merlin - Love in Rewind
86. Greece 2010: Giorgos Alkaios and Friends - OPA!
87. Ireland 1996: Eimear Quinn - The Voice
88. Albania 2010: Juliana Pasha - It's All About You
89. Israel 1979: Gali Atari and Milk and Honey - Hallelujah
90. Sweden 1998: Jill Johnson - Kärleken är
91. Norway 2011: Stella Mwangi - Haba Haba
92. Cyprus 2007: Evridiki - Comme ci, comme ça
93. Greece 2006: Anna Vissi - Everything
94. Israel 2011: Dana International - Ding Dong
95. Georgia 2007: Sopho - Visionary Dream
96. Bosnia & Hercegovina 2009: Regina - Bistra voda
97. Sweden 2004: Lena Philipsson - It Hurts
98. Israel 1983: Ofra Haza - Hi
99. Sweden 1991: Carola - Fångad av en stormvind
100. Slovenia 1995: Darja Švajger - Prisluhni mi
101. Germany 1982: Nicole - Ein bißchen Frieden
102. Italy 1987: Umberto Tozzi & Raf - Gente di mare
103. Romania 2006: Mihai Trăistariu - Tornero
104. Albania 2008: Olta Boka - Zemrën e lamë peng
105. Serbia 2011: Nina - Čaroban
106. Sweden 1984: Herreys - Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley
107. Finland 2011: Paradise Oskar - Da Da Dam
108. Finland 1985: Sonja Lumme - Eläköön elämä
109. Sweden 2009: Malena Ernman - La voix
110. Switzerland 1981: Paola - Cinéma
111. Portugal 1991: Dulce Pontes - Lusitana paixão
112. Denmark 2010: Chanée and N'evergreen - In a Moment Like This
113. Norway 1988: Karoline Krüger - For vår jord
114. France 2010: Jessy Matador - Allez Ola Olé
115. Ireland 1993: Niamh Kavanagh - In Your Eyes
116. Denmark 1989: Birthe Kjær - Vi maler byen rød
117. Slovenia 2007: Alenka Gotar - Cvet z juga
118. Belgium 1986: Sandra Kim - J'aime la vie
119. Hungary 1994: Friderika Bayer - Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet?
120. Luxembourg 1983: Corinne Hermès - Si la vie est cadeau
121. France 2011: Amaury Vassili - Sognu
122. Russia 2007: Serebro - Song №1
123. Albania 2009: Kejsi Tola - Carry Me in Your Dreams
124. Belarus 2007: Dmitry Koldun - Work Your Magic
125. Iceland 1999: Selma - All Out of Luck
126. Sweden 1983: Carola Häggkvist - Främling
127. Portugal 1969: Simone de Oliveira - Desfolhada portuguesa
128. Norway 2010: Didrik Solli-Tangen - My Heart Is Yours
129. Finland 2010: Kuunkuiskaajat - Työlki ellää
130. Poland 2011: Magdalena Tul - Jestem
131. San Marino 2008: Miodio - Complice
132. Albania 2004: Anjeza Shahini - The Image of You
133. Yugoslavia 1990: Tajči - Hajde da ludujemo
134. Sweden 1989: Tommy Nilsson - En dag
135. Greece 2011: Loukas Giorkas feat. Stereo Mike - Watch My Dance
136. UnitedKingdom 1996: Gina G - Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit
137. Romania 2011: Hotel FM - Change
138. United Kingdom 1976: Brotherhood of Man - Save Your Kisses for Me
139. France 1969: Frida Boccara - Un jour, un enfant
140. Italy 1989: Anna Oxa & Fausto Leali - Avrei voluto
141. Ukraine 2011: Mika Newton - Angel
142. Norway 1998: Lars Fredriksen - Alltid sommer
143. Spain 1989: Nina - Nacida para amar
144. Moldova 2010: SunStroke Project and Olia Tira - Run Away
145. Estonia 1996: Maarja-Liis Ilus & Ivo Linna - Kaelakee hääl
146. Spain 1990: Azúcar Moreno - Bandido
147. Greece 1991: Sophia Vossou - I Anixi
148. Spain 2003: Beth - Dime
149. Malta 2002: Ira Losco - 7th Wonder
150. Ukraine 2010: Alyosha - Sweet People
151. Armenia 2011: Emmy - Boom Boom
152. Russia 2011: Alexey Vorobyov - Get You
153. Turkey 2004: Athena - For Real
154. Spain 1991: Sergio Dalma - Bailar pegados
155. Morocco 1980: Samira Bensaïd - Bitaqat Khub
156. Russia 2010: Peter Nalitch and Friends - Lost and Forgotten
157. United Kingdom 1998: Imaani - Where Are You?
158. Italy 1990: Toto Cutugno - Insieme: 1992
159. the Netherlands 1975: Teach-In - Ding-A-Dong
160. Norway 1985: Bobbysocks! - La det swinge
161. United Kingdom 1981: Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up
162. Sweden 1995: Jan Johansen - Se på mig
163. United Kingdom 2000: Nicki French - Don't Play That Song Again
164. Sweden 1996: One More Time - Den vilda
165. Italy 1958: Domenico Modugno - Nel blu dipinto di blu
166. Malta 1998: Chiara - The One That I Love
167. Bulgaria 2011: Poli Genova - Na inat
168. Greece 1992: Cleopatra - Olou Tou Kosmou I Elpida
169. Spain 2011: Lucía Pérez - Que me quiten lo bailao
170. Germany 1980: Katja Ebstein - Theater
171. Romania 2005: Luminiţa Anghel and Sistem - Let Me Try
172. Spain 2010: Daniel Diges - Algo pequeñito
173. Finland 1977: Monica Aspelund - Lapponia
174. France 2002: Sandrine François - Il faut du temps (je me battrai pour ça)
175. Ireland 1980: Johnny Logan - What's Another Year
176. Hungary 2008: Csézy - Candlelight
177. France 1990: Joëlle Ursull - White and Black Blues
178. Poland 2008: Isis Gee - For Life
179. Belarus 2011: Anastasia Vinnikova - I Love Belarus
180. Slovenia 2001: Nuša Derenda - Energy
181. Cyprus 1995: Alexandros Panayi - Sti Fotia
182. Israel 2008: Boaz Ma'uda - The Fire in Your Eyes
183. Turkey 2008: Mor ve Ötesi - Deli
184. Bosnia & Hercegovina 2008: Laka - Pokušaj
185. the Netherlands 1969: Lenny Kuhr - De troubadour
186. Denmark 1979: Tommy Seebach - Disco Tango
187. Finland 2007: Hanna - Leave Me Alone
188. Serbia & Montenegro 2005: No Name - Zauvijek moja
189. Iceland 2007: Eiríkur Hauksson - Valentine Lost
190. Greece 2009: Sakis Rouvas - This Is Our Night
191. Armenia 2009: Inga and Anush - Jan Jan
192. Bosnia & Hercegovina 2007: Maria - Rijeka bez imena
193. Italy 1991: Peppino di Capri - Comme è ddoce 'o mare
194. Ukraine 2006: Tina Karol - Show Me Your Love
195. Switzerland 2011: Anna Rossinelli - In Love for a While
196. Denmark 1995: Aud Wilken - Fra Mols til Skagen
197. Estonia 2000: Ines - Once in a Lifetime
198. Greece 1995: Elina Konstantopoulou - Pia Prosefhi
199. Spain 2007: D'NASH - I Love You Mi Vida
200. United Kingdom 2009: Jade Ewen - It's My Time
201. the Netherlands 1980: Maggie MacNeal - Amsterdam
202. Austria 2011: Nadine Beiler - The Secret Is Love
203. Portugal 1996: Lúcia Moniz - O meu coração não tem cor
204. Turkey 2007: Kenan Doğulu - Shake It Up Şekerim
205. Georgia 2010: Sofia Nizharadze - Shine
206. Norway 1993: Silje Vige - Alle mine tankar
207. Latvia 2000: Brainstorm - My Star
208. Cyprus 2004: Lisa Andreas - Stronger Every Minute
209. UnitedKingdom 1994: Frances Ruffelle - We Will Be Free (Lonely Symphony)
210. France 1968: Isabelle Aubret - La source
211. Belgium 2004: Xandee - 1 Life
212. Poland 2003: Ich Troje - Keine Grenzen-Żadnych granic
213. the Netherlands 1990: Maywood - Ik wil alles met je delen
214. Germany 1979: Dschinghis Khan - Dschinghis Khan
215. Russia 2009: Anastasiya Prikhodko - Mamo
216. France 2000: Sofia Mestari - On aura le ciel
217. Ireland 1997: Marc Roberts - Mysterious Woman
218. Germany 1981: Lena Valaitis - Johnny Blue
219. Turkey 1996: Şebnem Paker - Beşinci Mevsim
220. Switzerland 1956: Lys Assia - Refrain
221. Ireland 1994: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan - Rock 'n' Roll Kids
222. Switzerland 2008: Paolo Meneguzzi - Era stupendo
223. Israel 1978: Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta - A-Ba-Ni-Bi
224. Georgia 2011: Eldrine - One More Day
225. Albania 2011: Aurela Gaçe - Feel the Passion
226. Portugal 2009: Flor-de-Lis - Todas as ruas do amor
227. Slovenia 2008: Rebeka Dremelj - Vrag naj vzame
228. Spain 1969: Salomé - Vivo cantando
229. Sweden 2010: Anna Bergendahl - This Is My Life
230. Moldova 2011: Zdob şi Zdub - So Lucky
231. Switzerland 2005: Vanilla Ninja - Cool Vibes
232. Croatia 2010: Feminnem - Lako je sve
233. Armenia 2010: Eva Rivas - Apricot Stone
234. Macedonia 2004: Toše Proeski - Life
235. Cyprus 2011: Christos Mylordos - San aggelos s'agapisa
236. Bulgaria 2007: Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov - Water
237. Macedonia 2002: Karolina Gočeva - It depends on us
238. Greece 2007: Sarbel - Yassou Maria
239. Denmark 2009: Niels Brinck - Believe Again
240. Croatia 1995: Magazin & Lidija - Nostalgija
241. Cyprus 1997: Hara & Andreas Konstantinou - Mana Mou
242. Russia 1997: Alla Pugacheva - Primadonna
243. Ireland 2010: Niamh Kavanagh - It's for You
244. Iceland 2006: Silvia Night - Congratulations
245. Norway 1994: Elisabeth Andreassen and Jan Werner Danielsen - Duett
246. Azerbaijan 2008: Elnur and Samir - Day After Day
247. Iceland 2003: Birgitta Haukdal - Open Your Heart
248. France 1994: Nina Morato - Je suis un vrai garçon
249. Iceland 1992: Heart 2 Heart - Nei eða já
250. Denmark 1993: Tommy Seebach Band - Under stjernerne på himlen

Ask how many angels of luck have a choice every now and then

Four Turkish Eurovision stars in today's special videopost. Sertab Erener is back with new material and Bir Çaresi Bulunur Elbet is the lead single. Kenan Doğulu's summer hit was Şans Meleğim while Ajda Pekkan's another single of her latest success album is Arada Sırada and there are various remixes as well, like thisHadise released Aşk Kaç Beden Giyer earlier this year.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Voice of Finland started tonight - with a familiar voice!

The voice of Finland started tonight and the four couches Lauri Tähkä, Paula Koivuniemi, Elastinen and Michael Monroe (of Hanoi Rocks fame) started picking up their artists. Tähkä and Elastinen got already two, Michael 3 and Paula still no one as the ones she wanted chose another coach instead. Some very good voices indeed and amongst them all of sudden Karoliina Kallio! Yes, the voice of Waldo's People and she's been to Euroviisut a couple of times solo as well. She already participated in Idols 2005 but didn't go further than semifinals.  No doubt a great voice that has not taken her solo efferts to stars yet. Maybe Elastinen can change all that?
And what is Waldo doing? He has his cloathes store in my nearest mall where you can see him quite often behind the cashier :-)
Here are the singers who were picked up tonight:
Lauri Mikkola, Karoliina Kallio, Selja Felin, Toni Eurasto, Krista Sigfrieds, Mikko Herranen

Lena Philipsson lives tomorrow

Lena Philipsson has been one of the artists in this season's Så mycket bättre where artists cover each other's songs in a reality show. And Lena has delivered a real gem with Laleh's Live tomorrow. Other songs she did were Tomas Ledin's Sensuella Isabella and Eva Dahlgren's Jag klär mig naken, just to name a few.
How about Lena's songs? Tomas Ledin did Dansa i neon, Laleh did På gatan där jag bor, Mikael Wiehe Om igen, Eva Dahlgren Standing in my rain, E-Type Kärleken är evig and Timbuktu Det gör ont. Here's Laleh's original. Which is equally great!

Misija Evrovizija - the Slovenian mission

The lenghty Slovenian mission to find their entrant for Baku 2012 has come to a point that only 3 acts remain in the race. There will be one more elimination (January 8, 2012) before the two finalists will battle it out in February 12,  2012.
It all started back in October 2, 2011 whith the first elimination round when Janja Kobale, Sylvo, Tamara Goricanec and Biba & Bibitas were out. A week later Z-Lajf, Leaparfume, Sara Spelec and Dominik Vodopivec were out. And then Alex Volasko, Adrijana Lorber, Nina Bauman and Klemen Mramor. Alino Juhart, Tanja Srednik, Me 4 and Maks Verderber followed the following week. Aljosa Kreber, Maja Zaloznik, Sarah Senica, Barbara Vauda, Klemen Orter, Sara Jagric, Nastka Gabor and David Matici were out in the last two rounds of this preselection.
The qualified singers continued and in every heat and one was voted out every week and Gasper Rifelj was the first to go followed by Nadja Irgolic, Brina Vidie, Flora Ema Lotric and Manuela Brecko leaving us with all female cast with a very few names: Nika Zorjan, Nika & Eva Prusnik and Eva Boto.

First newcomers for Sanremo 2012 chosen

Two acts have made their way to the Sanremo 2012 newcomers selection already through AreaSanremo. This year it's two bands, Bidiel and Io ho sempre voglia. They will be joined by six other acts that will be selected thourgh Facebook's SanremoSocial page and auditions. You can listen the hopefuls here and the voting starts next weeks. The voting requires a registration and you can vote once a day for your favourite. The most voted will get the chance to go for the live auditions in Rome in January.
It's good to keep in mind Raphael Gualazzi won the newcomers selection in 2011 and went to Eurovision for Italy with known results.

Marco Mengoni back in Sanremo's list. And Eurovision?

The guessing and wishing and rumours for Sanremo 2012 artists continues but we still have to wait some ten days to know for sure who's in, who's out. Eugenio Finardi has confirmed himself he's there and several others have publicly said they have sent in a song for the selection committee. One of them seems to be Paola & Chiara. But the big last minute news in Marco Mengoni is back in the list. And there are voices he is already set to go for Baku 2012 for Italy. The same rumour was strong last year but as the one was selected from Sanremo... Let's see if it will happen this time?
Anyways the "sure names" list includes Marco Mengoni, Samuele Bersani, Emma, Annalisa, Noemi, Eugenio Finardi, Nek, Francesco Renga and Nina Zilli who was out like Mengoni at some point but is now back in?
Then the talk about L'Aura, Paola Turci, Simona Molinari, Dolcenera, Paola & Chiara, Syria, Raf, Mariella Nava and Morgan gives them quite certain as well.
The other hopefuls include reality stars like Loredana, Pierdavide Carone and previous winners in search of a relaunch Marco Carta and Valerio Scanu. And the evergreens Toto Cutugno, Fiordaliso, Marcella Bella and Fausto Leali always ready and willing for the Sanremo stage, and the list continues with previous winners Matia Bazar, Lola Ponce, Alexia and Alice whose participation has been given certain by fans since she postboned the release of her new album with songs written by Tiziano Ferro and Franco Battiato amongst others. And further Pacifico, Marlene Kuntz, Silvia Salemi, Sal Da Vinci... Only 14 will make the cut and usually the Sanremo line up includes all generations so let's see....

New Year with Franco Battiato in Rimini

If you are in Rimini in Italy you are in for a real treat: Franco Battiato will give a free concert in Piazzale Fellini! He's been touring Italy this fall with his Patriots tour and the set is to include some real classics like Up patriots to arms, La cura, Centro di gravità permanente, L'era del cinghiale bianco, E ti vengo a cercare, La stagione dell'amore, Cuccurucuccu, No time no space, Voglio vederti danzare, L'oceano di silenzio and I treni Tozeur.
Besides that he has just released his fourth opera Telesio.

Rona Nishliu for Albania!

Rona Nishliu from Kosovo didn't let down and performed very well again her song Suus and won hands down the Albanian ticket to Baku 2012. She was also my main favourite and my other favourites finished 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th and shared last so... I got the top-3 at least right. Rona won also the award for the best interpretation - was there ever any doubt about that? The show was nicely old fashioned in Sanremo style and if yesterday night they performed again winning songs from the past tonight we had the winner from 2003 to 2010 on stage (except Luis Eljji) singing a medley of their winning entries they brought to Eurovision.

Rona Nishliu - Suus 77
Elton Deda - Kristal 55
Saimir Braho - Ajër 50
Samanta Karavello - Zgjomë një tjetër ëndërr 47
Altin Goci - Kthehem prapë 38
Kamela - Mbi Yje 25
Endri&Stefi - Prifti Iluzion 25
Dr. Flori - Personale 21
Iris Hoxha - Pa Ty 19
Bojken Lako & Breza - Të Zakonshëm 18
Mariza Ikonomi - Më Lër të të dua 13
Toni Mehmetaj - Ëndërra e parë 10
Xhensila Myrtezaj - Lulet mbledh për hënën 8
Marjeta Billo - Vlen sa një jetë 0
Hercina Matmuja - Aty ku më le 0
Gerta Mahmutaj - Pyete Zemrën 0
Bashkim Alibali - Këngën time merre vehtë 0
Frederik Ndoci - Oh..Jeta ime 0
Elhaida Dani - Mijëra vjet 0
Rudina Delia - Më Kërko 0

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dima Bilan Vs Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder of Lost and Vampire Diaries fame stars in the new Dima Bilan and Yulia Krulova video for Blind love. Who gets Yulia in the end? Does Ian beat the hell out of Dima? Watch yourself....

Tonight: Albanian final

The four day Festivali i Këngës comes to an end tonight when the 20 songs that made it through the semifinals will battle out to take the 5oth trophy and as a bonus a trip to Baku 2012. Very interesting line up I must say from rap to rock, pop and of course many ballads with ethnic flavour. It is hard to predict what the Albanians will go for and it is good to keep in mind usually the winning song will be completely reworked for Eurovision: cut to 3 minutes, changed into English and re-arranged so much sometimes it's hard to recognize the song anymore. But all this works to make it easier on the ear to most Europeans as Albanian language may not be amongst the easiest to digest (mind you, I like the sound of it even if the melody often gets lost with it...)
This blogger's favourites in general include Rona Nishliu who gave the most outstanding performance with some vocal acrobatics in the semifinal. The song isn't easy and may turn into a disaster if the performance isn't perfect, and I doubt common televoters all over Europe would give it their votes but Albania could be proud of their entry. Gerta Mahmutaj has a greatly old fashioned pop song that could turn into something great for Baku. Altin Goci is also playing the retro card with his 70's style pop song but this time instead of strings in Gerta's song we have horns. Elton Deda seems to be the main favourite and his Italian style pop-rock song is quite nice indeed. Easy to remember (even in Albanese) and professionally performed. Dr.Fiori raps with nice strings and if Albania would like to try something new this could be the one. The chorus sounds almost Italian and reminds me of those Italian pop-rappers. If they want to choose a power ballad instead then Kamela Islamaj could be the one.  Last but not least there's Saimir Braho with his hypnotic song that takes time to build but if you cut it into 3 minutes...  I guess we can't rule out Frederik Ndoci either. Good solid song. Pre-contest favourite Samanta Karavello didn't quite convince me but then there's still Endri & Stefi with a song that could be sung by Umberto Tozzi and Enrico Ruggeri in Sanremo in the 1990's... Mariza Ikonomi is a huge disappointment this year ... Anyways, late tonight we will know! Watch the show on line here from 20.30 CET.

* Bojken Lako & Sam – Te zakonshem (B. Lako)
* Saimir Braho –
Ajer (I. Dangellia / I. Kurti & S. Braho)
* Marjeta Billo –
Vlen sa nje jete (K. Qafoku / A. Duka)
* Hercina Matmuja –
Aty ku me le (Sh. Kushta / A. Tufa)
* Xhensila Myrtezaj –
Lulet mbledh per henen (G. Lako / P. Papingji)
* Toni Mehmetaj –
Endrra e pare (E. Zhulali / A. Doçi)
* Iris Hoxha –
Pa ty .. asnje sekond (E. Rrapi / L. Shqiponja)
* Gerta Mahmutaj –
Pyete Zemren (F. Shehu / R. Radi)
* Bashkim Alibali –
Kengen time merr vehte (B. Alibali / J. Papingji)
* Altin Goci –
Kthehem prap (A. Goci / K. Shehu)
* Elton Deda –
Kristal (E. Deda / S. Marsi)
* Endri dhe Stefi Prifti –
Mbi çdo iluzion (V. Prodani / T. Flloko)
* Rona Nishliu –
Suus (F. Boshnjaku / R. Nishliu)
* Kamela Islamaj –
Mbi yje (A. Male / I. Sojli)
* Frederik Ndoci –
Oh.. jeta ime (L. Agolli / F. Ndoci)
* Mariza Ikonomi –
Me ler te te dua (S. Marsi / J. Papingji)
* Elhaida Dani –
Mijra vjet (E. Sina / S. Marsi)
* Rudina Delia –
Me kerko (L. Zhegu / R. Delia)
* Samanta Karavello –
Zgjome nje tjeter enderr (G. Myftaraj / P. Laço)
* Dr. Flori –
Personale (Dr. Flori)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

RAI: Eurovision is public service

The Eurovision song contest is concidered a public service in Italy and in RAI all of sudden, just like the Sanremo festival, cultural programmes (art, opera and such) and sporting events. In other words broadcasting this event is funded by the TV licence and the viewing figures shouldn't pay such a big role at all. What has caused this change of heart in the offices of RAI is anyone's guess. This is at least in the contract of the broadcaster for the season 2010-2012, after that who knows?
One might add that the price of the TV licence in Italy for 2012 goes up 1,50 euros to 112 euros (while in Finland in 2013 it will be changed to a tax to be paid by everyone depending on earnings - whether you have a TV or not. Just to compare, for 2012 in Finland you pay 252,25 euros)

Festivali i Këngës celebrates 50 tonight in Albania

Festivali i Këngës has its 50th edition running these days in Albania and after two semifinals where we picked up the 20 finalists for tomorrow night's final, tonight it's all about the past glory and previous winners taking the stage again to perform their winning entries (if possible). As it is about the past the most recent entries are cut out to make room for those older ones. Namely these:

1. Femija i pare (1962)
2. Flake e bore (1963)
3. Te dua o det (1965)
4. Valsi i lumturise (1966)
5. Keputa nje gjethe dafine (1968)
6. Dhutate per ditelindjen (1969)
7. Mesnate (1970)
8. Kenga e nenes (1971)
9. Kur vjen pranvera (1972)
10. Vec nje here troket (1973)
11. Vajzat e fshatit tim (1974)
12. Rrjedhe ne kenge e ligjerime (1981)
13. Vajze moj, lule moj (1983)
14. Ne moshen e rinise (1984)
15. Dy gezime ne nje dite (1986)
16. Nuk e harroj (1987)
17. E duam lumturine (1988)
18. Toka e diellit (1989)
19. Askush s`do ta besoje (1990)
20. Jon (1991)
21. Pesha e fatit (1992)
22. Te sotmen jeto (1994)
23. Pyes lotin (1996)
24. Fati yne shprese dhe marrezi (1997)
25. S`jam tribu (1999)
26. Ante i tokes time (2000)


As every night you can watch the show here starting at 20.30 CET.

I miss St. Tropez. Tharos and Alitheia, broken.

Time to check out once again some more or less new songs and videos by Eurovision artists that you can also listen on EFR12 here.
First of all return of Kate Ryan with Broken off her worthcoming album. She was once again rumoured to be the one for Belgium in Baku 2012 but no, she isn't it. Maybe one day? Igor Cukrov has released Fali mi, yet another great track from one of this blogger's favourite voices.
Bulgarian creature Aziz has released St. Tropez in his true style.
Last but not least Mixalis Hatzigiannis has released a video for his latest Tharos i alitheia and continues his success stroy with great songs.

Noa sings Naples and Israel

Noa has released this year two cover albums. First Israeli Songbook, a collection of most loved Hebrew songs performed with Gil Dor and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. She pays tribute to the songs that have inspired her and Israeli people the past 50 years, and critics claim this album is one of the finest she has ever recorded and this blogger agrees. But she has also turned back to Italy - remember fantastic La vita é bella? - with a collection of Napoletan songs, Noapoles - Noa sings Napoli performed with Gil Dor and The Solis String Quartet. Already back in 2005 she released with Gil an album Napoli-Tel Aviv performing the songs in Hebrew but this time she goes with the original versions and the result is fantastic. And she has had success in Italy the past 20 years already. Highly recommended if you like that kind of music.
She's currently touring Israel with the Israeli Songbook concerts. Listen here, here, and here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tonight: Festivali i Këngës - Second semifinal in Albania

Tonight the search for the 50th Festivali i Këngës winner and Albania's next Eurovision entry continues. Again 14 songs and artists trying to reach the top-10 to proceed to the final on Thursday night, amongst them previous winner Frederik Ndoçi and other familiar names like Mariza Ikonomi.
The unlucky ones to be kicked out last night were Claudio La Regina, Evans Rama, Entela Zhula and Orinda Huta and this blogger agrees. In general the standard of the songs is pretty high this year, well done Albania!

Toni Mehmetaj - Ëndrra e parë
Dr. Flori - Personale
Kamela Islamaj - Mbi yjeF
rederik Ndoçi - Oh..jeta ime
Marsida Sarai - Eja më merr
Bojken Lako - Të zakonshëm
Sindi Berisha - Braktisur
Mariza Ikonomi - Më ler të të dua
Kujtim Prodani - Digjem
Iris Hoxha - Pa ty
Saimir Braho - Përjetësi
Goldi Halili - Rroj për dashurinë
Xhensila Myrtzaj - Lulet mbledh për hënën
Elhaida Dani - Mijra vjet

Monday, December 26, 2011

#1 in Finland this week: Chisu - Kohtalon oma

Chisu's second single Kohtalon oma of tripleplatinum selling album Kun valaistun finally makes it to #1 after 9 weeks in top-20, 6 of them in top-3.  Previous #1 of hers, Sabotage is still at #8, after 17 weeks! Her album sits firmly at #2 beaten only by Nightwish.

Tonight: Festivali i Këngës - First semifinal in Albania

Albania starts its search for the Eurovision song contest 2012 in Baku with historic Festivali i Këngës, that has reached the number 50. Therefor the festival will last one extra night, where the previous winners will join in and sing their entries one more time. But more about that later. Tonight on stage we have the first 14 names, including pre-contest favourites Samanta, Eldon Deda  and Italian Claudio La Regina. There will be a jury as well.

The fun starts 20.30 CET here.

Gerta Mahmutaj - Pyete zemrën
Entela Zhula - Ndjehem Bosh
Bashkim Alibali - Këngën time merr vehtë
Samanta Karavello - Zgjomë një tjetër ëndërr
Endri dhe Stefi Prifti - Iluzion
Rona Nishliu - Suus
Rudina Delia - Më kërko
Marjeta Billo - Vlen sa një jetë
Claudio La Regina - Kur të pasha
Hercina Matmuja - Aty ku më le
Orinda Huta - Dorëzohem
Altin Goci - Kthehem prap
Elton Deda - Kristal
Evans Rama - Ti nuk mundesh


Sanremo 2012: Eugenio Finardi is in!

The artists and songs are officially announced only on January 10, 2012 but Eugenio Finardi has revealed he will be in Sanremo 2012 with song E tu lo chiami Dio. Finardi has been around since 1973 when his first single Spacey Stacey was released. His half American as his mother is an American opera singer. He has released 26 albums so far and written also to other singers. His songs include Dolce ItaliaLe ragazze di Osaka (cover by Alice), Amore diverso and Musica ribelle (cover by Luca Carboni) and he has recorded also many duets. This blogger found this great songwriter by Alice's cover. Nice to have him in Sanremo for the third time. He was there in 1985 with Vorrei svegliarti and in 1999 with Amami Lara.

Two more qualifies in Azerbaijan

The lenghty selection process in Eurovision 2012 host country goes on and the past two weeks we have to more qualifiers. The third qualifier was Hayyam Mustafazadeh who did Molitva, Ti moya melodiya and Azerbaycan. This blogger might add he is not amongst my favourites. Neither the next one seems very convincing at this stage, namely the fourth qualifier Fagan Safarov who belten out Fairytale, Ya sxoju s uma and Nebo na ladoni

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

Een Plesierige Kerfeest, عيد ميلاد مجيد, Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah, Շնորհավոր Սուրբ Ծնունդ: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand, Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun, Zorionak eta Urte Berri On, Vesele Vanoce, Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat, Tchestita Koleda, Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo, Bon Nadal, Feliz Navidad, 聖誕快樂 ,圣诞快乐 , Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth, Mitho Makosi Kesikansi, Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce, Glædelig Jul, Zalig Kerstfeast, Merry Christmas, З Калядамі , Gajan Kristnaskon, Ruumsaid juulup, Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad, Hyvää joulua, Zalig Kerstfeest, Joyeux Noël, Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!, Froehliche Weihnachten, En frehlicher Grischtdaag, Καλά Χριστούγεννα , חג מולד שמח , Shub Naya Baras, Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket, Gledileg Jol, Selamat Hari Natal, Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah, Nodlaig mhaith chugnat, Buon Natale, メリークリスマス , Sung Tan Chuk Ha, Natale hilare, Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus, Linksmu Kaledu, Sreken Bozhik, LL Milied Lt-tajje, Nollick ghennal, God Jul, Boze Narodzenie, کریسمس مبارک, Boas Festas, Sarbatori vesele, С Рождеством , Hristos se rodi, Sretan Bozic, Vesele vianoce, Buorrit Juovllat, Nollaig chridheil huibh, Vesele Vianoce, Vesele Bozicne, Feliz Navidad, God Jul, Maligayamg Pasko, สุขสันต์วันคริสมาสต์ , Noeliniz, Srozhdestvom Kristovym, 메리 크리스마스 , צייַט גריטינגז

Finnish Christmas songs: Sylvian joululaulu - Karita Mattila

We started this series with a metal version of this song and here's the classic one by Karita Mattila. To add information on song it actually was written in Sicily, talking about an emigration bird and it's longing in a cage - a metaphora for Finland under the Russian rule those times. A song that makes me cry everytime. Period. But you folks, have a very merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Finnish Christmas songs: Joulumaa - Katri Helena

This is Katri Helena's self penned song from 1978 with lyrics by Junnu Vainio. This has also become a real classic over the years and has been covered by several artists. Translates to Land of Christmas (that we all will find inside of us, of course)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Finnish Christmas songs: Varpunen jouluaamuna - Suvi Teräsniska

This is a rel classic written by Zacharias Topelius as a poem in 1859. Otto Kotilainen composed this Christmas song versio of it in 1913. The song has been recorded by dozens of artists. This one's quite a recent version by Suvi Teräsniska. Translates to A sparrow in Christmas morning.
Suvi Teräsniska - Varpunen jouluaamuna

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Eurofest in Belarus cuts down to five

The semifinal in Belarus took part tonight and five acts qualified to the final on January 28, 2012.  Gunesh and Litesound both made it to the final once again, time will tell if one of them will finally make it? The other qualifiers are Alena Lanskaya, Victoria Aleshko and Uzari. This blogger doesn't bother much about the songs as they can and will change them for the final anyways.... most likely anyways.

UPDATED: Now with the videos. The lady ballads are all a bore me thinks. Uzari has some potential but clearly the best choice is Litesound. Not very original but cathy pop song indeed.

Diana Ross gets the Lifetime Achievement Grammy

Nothing to do with Eurovision or whatsoever but as Miss Ross is my ultimate Diva I take this spot to announce she will get the The Lifetime Achievement Award that honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. The award is determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. She celebrates 50 years in music business in 2012 and has sold over 100 million albums worldwide scoring 18 US number ones (12 as the Supremes and six solo)

In the 1960s Diana Ross led Motown act The Supremes, one of America's most successful vocal groups. In the 1970s, Ross began her solo career and had continued success with hits such as Love Hangover, Upside Down, I'm coming out and Missing You. She has received a number of accolades for her work, including a Golden Globe and Tony Award and has been a Kennedy Center Honors recipient. Ross recently toured the USA with her More Today Than Yesterday tour and will continue touring into 2012.

Finnish Christmas songs: Sydämeeni joulun teen - Vesa-Matti Loiri

This song was written by Kassu Halonen and Vexi Salmi for Vesa-Matti Loiri's Christmas album in 1988. It has become a real classic and has been recorded by many artists since. Traslates to I create Christmas inside my heart.
Vesa-Matti Loiri - Sydämeeni joulun teen

Pastora Soler for Spain!

Pastora who? That was my first reaction as I must admit I had never even heard of her. But this 33-year-old singer turns out to be a very interesting choice indeed. Very Spanish and hints of both Paloma San basilio and Azucar Moreno so it can't be but great. I hope she will have a huge ballad filled with passion for Baku and whatever the final result Spain can be proud of their entry.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sanremo goes Facebook - and we have the first scandal!

This year the Sanremo's newcomers selection will be done mostly by Facebook it seems as six artists will come that way (adding to two from SanremoLab or AreaSanremo or whatever it is called this year). SanremoSocial it is called and anyone under 28 can submit a song and then there will we live audition in Rome on 12.1.12. And that age has caused the scandal as many artists over 28 are complainging they cannot participate.
Anyways, there will be 14 Big and 8 newcomers and this year the festival will celebrate the Italian songs that have become evergreens all over the world and they will be performed by the Big in competition and foreign artists in duets so that promises to be great fun.
We will know the names of the Big on January 10 and four days later the newcomers. Gianni Morandi will also announce his co-hosts on January 10. Adriano Celentano has been confirmed as the first super guest. Watch the spot here.

Finnish Christmas songs: On hanget korkeat nietokset - Tikkurilan laulajat

Another classic from 1901 composed by Jean Sibelius to a poem by Vilkku Jouhalainen. This is also a kind of kick off song to Christmas. A bit hard to translate, something There are piles of snow but the repeating lines go when we have a Christmas and tell all sort of things what happens...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Big in Japan: Janne Hyöty and co.

Janne who I hear you ask? If I say he has written more Euroviisut entries than anyone else (except Lasse Mårtensson or did Janne pass him already this time with Jessica Wolff's Better? Someone correct me?). He has tried since 2004 with songs like A little crazy and Cider hill, just to name a couple. His song Birth by KAT-TUN, a Japanese boyband topped the Japanese charts last week. But hey, he wasn't the first Finn to achieve that: just two weeks earlier Samuli Laiho wrote the Sexy Zone's number one single, With you. Both songs have been co-written by Japanese Daichi. But there are still more Finnish songwriters with success in Asia right now. In Taiwan Rainie Yang had a number one album this fall in South Korea and one of the songs is written by Jussi Nikula, Jaakko JS16 Salovaara and Popparazzis. In Taiwan Super Junior boyband scored also a number one album recently and Be my girl from it was a #3 hit, written by Aku Rannila, Henry MGI Lanzi & co.
And we aware, all beforementioned authors are writing more songs for the Asian market waiting to be released....

Finnish Christmas songs: Kun joulu on - Tarja Turunen

This is composed by Otto Kotilainen and lyrics by Alpo Noponen and belongs to most every Christmas concert and has been recorded many times. Translates to When Christmas is here.

ESC Top-250 2011 - have you voted?

The biggest and best online voting for the best Eurovision songs in history is running here. You can vote until noon tomorrow so hurry up! Vote vote vote! I just did....

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Finnish Christmas songs: Joulupuu on rakennettu

Another classic Christmas song from school times. Translates to Christmas three has been decorated. Also this one composed by Mr Trad. and lyrics are apparently by T. Ilmari Haapalainen.

Eurovision is coming, move out!

BBC reports in May Azerbaijan will host the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time. But for hundreds of people who are being forced out of their homes to make way for a new concert hall being built in the capital Baku for the event, Eurovision is more about pain than pop. Read the whole story here
Pensioner Natalya Alibekov tells: Last week a group of people turned up at her door. They did not show any identification or official documents, but told her she had to be out by New Year's Eve. Otherwise, they said, she will be physically thrown out of her home.
"They said you can't stand up against the government, you have no rights and no house," she said.
"It's horrible. We are all sick with worry and none of us can sleep. The building work means the house is shaking. It's like an earthquake. And the cranes and trucks are operating right through the night so it's impossible to sleep at all." Despite freezing winter temperatures, the authorities have now cut off the electricity, gas and water.

Well, what does it matter when Azerbaijan has to show Europe and the world a new great concert hall come May? They wanted Eurovision, they got it and now they will make most of it....

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sunlight, it makes us ! Life goes on, let me in....

Time to check some new and old videos from Eurovision artists, most of these on rotation in EFR12 as well - just click the player on right hand side!
Tom Dice has been dueting with two very different kind of artists this year. First providing vocals to DJ Antoine's Sunlight, then singing with Elisa Tovati in Il nous fait which is pretty fabulous and would have done wonders in Eurovision as well I'm sure.
Peter Jöback has released a new single off his latest "French album" and it's Släpp in mig while Kati Wolf comes with the English version of Vár a holnap, already presented here, titled Life goes on. She has also released a new album that includes both these versions as well as her Eurovision 2011 entry
What about my dreams in both versions.

Finnish Christmas songs: Joulukirkkoon - Sari & Mari Kaasinen

It's 5 o'clock, kids wake up! starts the song and tells how the preparations go before the folks are ready to go to the Christmas morning church. This one is also sung in most every concert and brings back a lot of preparations. This version I post here is not one of the most traditional ones though...

Friday, December 16, 2011

Poland withdraws

It seems Poland is withdrawing from Eurovision 2012 in Baku. They debuted with a bang back in 1994 when Edyta Gòrniak's To nie ja came second. Since then Poland has failed to make the top-10 with the exception of 2003 when Ich Troje's Keine Grenzen scored 7th place. The last seven editions Poland has made the final only once but even then Isis Gee's For life was only 23rd in the final. This blogger thinks Poland should have done a bit better most of the times as their songs have been better than their placements generally... like in 2004, 2010 and 2011 for example. Well, hopefully they will be back in 2013 again when they don't have to host some footballing event....

Chisu - Kohtalon oma

Chisu's second single Kohtalon oma off the album Kun valaistun - that has sold triple platinum by the way - charted already at #2 and now she has released a very funny video for it. And after the glamourous pics of her in Cosmopolitan we now see a totally different kind of Chisu.... The title translates to "taken by the destiny/faith" but the characters in the video seem to be taken by Chisu instead...

Finnish Christmas songs: No onkos tullut kesä - Jukka Kuoppamäki

This is written by infamous Mr Trad. Translates to Is it summer all of sudden as the lyrics tell how the candles shine and even the old feel young again and it's all jolly and nice.I remember this was a must at school's Christmas party every year.
No onkos tullut kesä - Jukka Kuoppamäki

725.000 hits! Thank you!

Another milestone, 725.000 hits since I added the counter. Thank you all for your continuing support! In other words, it's like if all the people of Winnipeg visited me at once! :-) One million gets closer and closer.....

Carola Gospel concert

Carola did a gospel tour in 1994 folloe´wing the release of her award winning gospel album My tribute in 1993. Now the concert is finally available in CD and DVD.  Twelve songs including classics like Oh, happy day and songs from her album like Save the children but also Främling, Mitt i ett äventyr and Fångad av en stormvind are included in a medley. Obviously all three get a nice gospel frosting. Here's Anybody here. There's no doubt gospel where this girl puts her heart to and belts the songs out like there's no tomorrow.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Maya Sar for Bosnia & Herzegovina

The Balcan region is early this year with their Eurovision artists and now Rambo Amadeus (Montenegro), Kaliopi (FYR Macedonia) and Zeljko Joksimovic (Serbia) get company from Maya Sar from Bosnia & Herzegovina. She's no stranger to Eurovision as she has been backing singer already twice, most recently this year with Dino Merlin. She has also toured with Toni Cetinski. She got her first solo hit with Nespretno all over Balcans and is yet to release her debut album.

Estonia reveals the goods - and it's very familiar stuff!

Estonian Tv has revealed the 20 semifinalists and the list includes a previous Eurovision winner, previous Eurovision represant, several names from the national finals the past few years and also several names for Estonian Idol. Even Rolf Roosalu is there, but this time as the author of POP Maniacs song who are rumoured to be some of Estonia's leading female singers so maybe we will have more familiar names in store? These songs were picked out of 159 entries by a professional jury.

Malcolm Lincoln - Bye
Teele Viira - City Nights
Janne Saar - Fight For Love
POP Maniacs - I Don't Know
Erasmus Rotterdamist - Kuu Pääle
Ott Lepland - Kuula
Liis Lemsalu - Made Up My Mind
Lenna - Mina Jään
Milky Whip - My Love
Traffic - NASA
Tenfold Rabbit - Oblivation
Cat Eye - Ride
Orelipoiss - Zombi
August Hunt - Tantsulõvi
Mimicry - The Destination
Soul Militia - The Future Is Now
Loss Paranoias - Valedetektor
Birgit Õigemeel - You're Not Alone
Soundclear - A Little Soldier
MIA - Bon Voyage

Finnish Christmas songs: Musta joulu - Nylon Beat

This is from 1999 when the Nylon Beat girls were hot, hot, hot. Later at least Antti Tuisku has covered the song that translates to Black Christmas, referring this time not to no-snow Christmas but the mood...

Kostas and Sergei heading for Eurovision 2012?

Totally unfounded rumours from Russia and Greece. While we wait that the rumour that Dima Bilan will try again we have the latest local X factor winner Sergey Savin listen as a possibility, especially as he is guided by primadonna herself, Alla Pugatcheva. Check him out here and here. And here's one more, a real video. Why he makes me think Italian X Factor winner Marco Mengoni? Is it the good madness both seem to posses?
On the other hand there's a rumour Russia might be having a national final after all...
Greece is a mess as well, as usual, it seems. Names come and go and a very welcome addition to the list right now is Kostas Martakis who already tried with Always and forever and should definately try again. His other goodies include Agapi mou, Anatropi, Fila me, Sex indigo and Η ΑΓΚΑΛΙΑ ΜΟΥ.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Finnish Christmas songs: En etsi valtaa, loistoa - Rajaton


This is a real classic. Zacharias Topelius wrote the poem (1887) and Jean Sibelius the music. This is the song that usually opens any Christmas concert in a church and the song's been recorded by dozens of artists. Translates to I don't seek power nor riches (just peace on earth)

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