Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ESC 2017 REVIEW - RUSSIA (00): JULIA SAMOYLOVA - FLAME IS BURNING

Pictured Russia's national flowe camomille
In light of today's events I can as well publish this Russian review that was ment to be published in coming days along with the other  country reviews.  I haven't modified the text in any way, this is how it was ment to be published sometime next week. Originally this was my number 42....

Russia chose internally Julia Samoylova with Flame is burning ending speculation whether they will participate at all. But the decision to send a singer in a wheelchair was met with disbelief and outrage abroad as it was seen as an attempt to stop booing and critizism. Then came the news Ukraine might ban her as she has performed in the annexed Crimea in 2015.... Headlines guaranteed and the political soap opera goes on.... And poor Julia in the middle of it all victimized. As that's the overal impression I get. 

Julia (27) was born in Republic of Komi and started losing the function of her legs after an unsuccesful poliomyelitis vaccination it seems. At 13 she was diagnosed with spinal amiotrofiya. She's been in wheelchair since childhood and has been getting treatment and operations in Finland lately to better her conditon. She started performing for oil workers in her hometown, later founded a band TerraNova where she sung alternative heavy music (!!!) and studied psychology. She has also taken part in many conpetitions since childhood winning some along the way. In 2013 she took part in the Russian X Factor in Alla Pugatsova's team and finished runner up. 

The song is written by Leonid Gutkin, Netta Nimrodi and Arie Burstein and it's an inspirational ballad of sorts.Very sugary and filled with clichés though, in lyrics and in arrangement. The recording of Julia's voice is also rather irritating with the very broken English. Politics and the fact this is Russia aside, and the wheelchair and all that should make me be more tender with this song... I just don't like it. This leaves me cold in all its standardism, this one is plain bad. The melody is kinda beautiful but heard a million times before, the standard arrangement works but one can't but wonder if Russia is deliberately sending this mediocre nonsense? And is poor Julia only used as a vehicle for who knows what plans they have?  1/10 from me. 


RUSSIA: UKRAINE BANS JULIA SAMOYLOVA

Several new agencies are reporting today that Ukraine’s security service has banned Russia’s contestant from this year’s Eurovision song contest because she performed in Crimea. Samoylova has toured in Russia-annexed Crimea without entering it by going through the border with the Ukrainian mainland. Under Ukrainian law, that allows authorities to block her entry into Ukraine.
Ukrainian Security Service spokeswoman Olena Gitlanska said that the service has banned Samoylova from the country for three years “on the basis of information received about her violation of Ukrainian law”.
Therefor she won't be able to participate in the Eurovision song contest in Kyiv in May. What about Armenian Artsvik?
Russia calls the decision "cynical and unhuman". What about their decision to send her in the first place? Pure provocation. They also promise to boycott the future contests if the organizers don't stand up for the singer. Is that a promise? :-)

UPDATE: EBU has just confirmed the news too.  Can we just now move on and forget Russia exists?

SAN MARINO: THE MAKING OF SPIRIT OF THE NIGHT

Have you wondered how the magic was done in a few days short of the deadline for submitting the entries for the Eurovision song contest 2017 in Kyiv? Here's a Making of the Sammarinese entry featuring the backstage and insight to the project featuring comments from Valentina, Jimmie and others. Enjoy!
And here's the final result:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SAN MARINO: LIA FIORIO AND GIGI RESTIVO MAKE EUROVISION HISTORY

The Sammarinese commentators Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo are making history this year by becoming the ones who have commentated the Eurovision song contest in Italian the most times beating all the Italian commentators and the legendary Swiss one, Giovanni Bertini, who did it 21 times from 1961 to 1983. Lia and Gigi has done it 24 times after this year's season is over, or rather all three nights the eight year's San Marino has taken part.
And as an icing on the cake they will be also this year's spokespersons for the tiny nation!

SAN MARINO: EBU OPENS TO VOTING CHANGES

Alessandro Capicchioni, Sammarinese hesd of delegation, tells eurofestivalnews EBU's Executive Supervisor has apologized how they have handled the proposed voting changes by San Marino (or rather not considering them at all). He says EBU and SMRTV are now talking and when both sides know what the other one thinks and expects some solution will be found in the end. The talks will continue in Kyiv and EBU has provised to consult and inform SMRTV for eventual changes in the future. 
San Marino also candidated itself for the Reference group to look after the other small nations but as we know the three big ones were revoted in for another period. San Marino would have also stressed the economical side of the contest. The big countries and broadcasters manage but the small ones struggle and in the recent years the absenses have been caused just because of the economical problems. Small stations close while the big ones just adjust and make some cuts and survive......
Capicchioni doesn't want to reveal too much about his opinions on the other songs this year but he thinks Italy has all it takes to win: it's joyful, entertaining without being trash. And most of all universal. 

EUROVISION 2017: A VINYL BOX TO BE RELEASED

After several Sanremo artists, including Francesco Gabbani, released their entries as old good 7" limited edition vinyl single, the Eurovision song contest 2017 will be released on a limited edition, numbered box sets! 
For the first time in history of the Eurovision Song Contest, we are presenting a Limited Collector’s Edition ESC 2017 Vinyl Box Set! 
The box set gives you the chance to dive into the music and the artists from the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Here you get hours of entertainment, and for the first time ever you get the chance to listen to the Eurovision songs on your record player as all 43 songs come on 24-bit vinyl of the highest quality. If you prefer CD or download, that’s included too. The set also gives you the possibility to read all about the 43 artists, and dwell on gorgeous photos, while you flip through the beautiful coffee table book. Sounds cool, ha? Get it here. 
Also the Bluray makes a return along with the usual CD and DVD, poster but the annual guide book seems to be missing!? Has it been sacrificied for the coffee table book in the vinyl box?

FRANCE: ALMA AND AMIR HAVE AN ACOUSTIC REQUIEM

It's no secret last year's French participant Amir - who brought France back to success after an eternity - and this year's Alma are friends and have been working together since forever. Time will tell if she will better Amir's 6th place. And now they deliver us a lovely acoustic version of this year's entry Requiem. S'il vous plait.....

Monday, March 20, 2017

EUROVISION 2017: QUITE A FEW COMEBACKS BESIDES VALENTINA MONETTA

Eurovision bubble is something many artists tend to return, or at least try. This year again in various national finals we have several previous participants trying again, including winners. But the sad fact is that usually the comebacks aren't so succesful. Previous winners in recent years from Dana International to Niamh Kavanagh and Charlotte Perrelli have tried and failed. But sometimes it works, like Poli Genova last year. In May we will know how it will go for these lucky ones who are back at it:

Omar Naber from Slovenia returns to Eurovision, and even to Kyiv where he represented his country for the first time in 2005. Back then he failed to make the final placing 12th in the semifinal.

Koit Toome and Laura from Estonia have both represented their country separately in the past. Koit placed 12th in 1998 and Laura as a member of Suntribe also did Kyiv 2005 but the girlband failed to make the final placing only 20th in the semifinal.

Moldova's Sunstroke Project did Eurovision 2010 with Olia Tira narrowly making the through from the semifinal and finishing 22nd in the final. Now the Epic sax guy & co are back with mamma instead.

Then we have Georgia's Tako who already was supposed to do Eurovision 2009 with Stephan & 3G and We don't wanna Put in, the song that never made it all the way to Moscow for obvious reasons. Now she's back as solo and is not disqualified nor withdrawn.

Besides them we have various backing singers stepping to the spotlight this year, like Israel's Imri and Serbia's Tijana.
And then we have Valentina Monetta returning for the 4th time after 2012, 2013 and 2014. She has done better every time she participated so this time she needs to make the final again and place better than 24th to keep up with the trend :-) 

But besides these lucky (or let's see if they are "lucky" after the final in May...) ones we have a long list of names that tred and failed.

In Sweden we had two previous winners and two other participants taking part and hoping for the ticket to Kyiv. But both double winners of the past Roger Pontare (ESC 1994 and 2000) and Charlotte Perrelli (ESC 1999 winner and 2008) didn't survive the semifinals placing 5th and 7th. Finland's 2013 entrant Krista Siegfrids also came 7th or last in her semifinal and that was it. The previous winner and pre-contest favorite Loreen (ESC 2012) managed only access to second chance round and failed there to make it to the final.... Such a statement.
In Slovenia previous entrant Maja Keuc withdraw even before the semifinals and opted for other career moves..... Maybe a wise decision?

In Spain Javi Soleil of D'NASH from Helsinki 2007 Eurovision didn't make the cut and access even to the second round.

In Estonia among the participants were three previous winners. Ivo Linna (5th in ESC 1996) placed 6th, Elina Born (7th in ESC 2015) placed 12th and last, and Lenna Kuurmaa (from Sunstribe in ESC 2005) placed 10th, but as said before, two other previous winners did win it.

In Hungary András Kallay Saunders with his band (5th in ESC 2014) scored zero points in the national final and placed in the shared last place.

In Malta Richard Edwards of Firelight fame (23rd in ESC 2014)  managed only 13th.

In Italy's Sanremo festival Eurovision double veteran Al Bano  (7th both in 1976 and 1985) was knocked out before the final.

Lithuanian Sasha Song (23rd in ESC 2009) managed only to the semifinal stages. Even worse for Vilija who was kicked out after the first performance. She narrowly missed the final in ESC 2014 placing 11th in the semifinal.

In Norway Wig Wam's Åge Sten Nilsen (9th in ESC 2005) with his new band Ammunition finished 2nd in the national final. 

In Romania MIHAI in his zillionth attempt to get back to Eurovision lost to the yodelin couple clearly and stays home yet another year. 

EUROVISION 2017: FROM KRISTIAN TO VALENTINA - IT'S A VERY YOUNG CLASS OF ´17

This year the Eurovision song contest is a very young one what comes to participants ages. Bulgaria's Kristian Koslov is the youngest, and the very first Eurovision song contest artist born in the 2000's. He just turned 17 on March 15. But the oldest one isn't old at all: San Marino's Valentina Monetta just turned 42 on the March 1 and seems to be the oldest of them all proving the fact age is just a number! 
Divided in decades we have 2000's one, 1990's 22, 1980's 23 and 1970's two (Svala besides Valentina). *
The most populated years are 1991 (Levina, Lucie Jones, Demy, Imri, Alex and Navi band's Ksienija)* and Carola won Eurovision song contest in Rome....
... followed by 1989 (Hovig, Lindita, Julia, Dihaj, Jowst, Salvador)* with six each. Now no more existing Yogoslavia won the contest that year....
1995 comes next with five artists born .(Timebelle's Emanuel and Miruna, O'G3NE's Shelley and Amy, Anja) (*When writing this i I miss the dates of the guys in Triana Park, most of O. Torvals, Fusedmarc and Jimmie Wilson but it seems they are in their 30s anyways)

It's also a very even year what comes to division between female and male artists: 17 female soloists versus 14 male soloists. I wonder if it has ever been this even? Then we have 5 female/male duos, one female and one male trio, two trios with a female and two males, one male duo and two groups only. If we listen to the singing only it's 22 female voices versus 17 male voices plus 4 mixed duets.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

FINLAND: WATCH KRISTA SIEGFRIDS ALMOST UNPLUGGED ON TV

Krista Siegfrids stars in one episode of YLE's Swedish speaking part's series Almost unplugged, where the artists perform in an intimate setting at Alexander's Theater in Helsinki, and tell about their life and other things. She performs a lot of covers but also her Eurovision 2013 entry for Finland, Marry me - in a totally different version though - and her first Melodifestivalen entry, Faller. And most of all her touching tribute to  her father, Can you see me.
Watch the highly entertaining performances here. She proves once again she's so much more than the blond ding dong bimbo. A true artist with a great flexible voice that delivers us touching ballads and roaring rock'n roll and anything in between.
Oh and look, it's Norma John's Lasse as the musical director playing the piano!

ARMENIA: ARTSVIK FINALLY PRESENTS FLY WITH ME

Last but not least, the very last entry for the Eurovision song contest 2017 has been presented to us common mortals. Was it worth the wait? Yes and no. She's not Ofra Haza (bless her soul) for sure, nor Madonna (as in Frozen). The song promises a lot with good interesting ideas but fails to deliver going nowhere. Maybe it's the production that fails? Have they focused too much on the stage presentation? This said, it's still better than about two dozen other songs perhaps, simply not being the pop tune created by Eurovision clichés and attemps to please the fans (Serbia comes to mind...). Yet there's no danger we will end up in Yerevan next year. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

ITALY: FRANCESCO GABBANI RELEASES THE EUROVISION VERSION OF OCCIDENTALI'S KARMA

Here it is finally, the 3 minutes Eurovision version of the Italian entry for the Eurovision song contest 2017. Originally the song run more than 3 minutes 30 seconds. Gone is the while second verse and other bits here and there, but it works. Of course the fandom has divided some saying it's a massacre, some taking less dramatic approach. This blogger thinks it works and most of all concentrates on the most catchy part, the refrain. 

How it all works live will be judged by the fans in the three promotional events he has already confirmed participation:

April 2 - London Eurovision Party
April 8 - Eurovision in Concert, Amsterdam
April 21 - Moscow Eurovision party

Thursday, March 16, 2017

PORTUGAL: SALVADOR SOBRAL HAS SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES?

Portugal is riding high in the odds, better than ever I can remember of, and well deserved. Salvador Sobral's Amar pelos dois is a fantastic song. Maybe the most autenthic and real one in the whole contest this year, or even in years. It's not powing or written for Eurovision standars and clichés, it's heart felt, real piece of musical art, masterfully performed. They might be closer than ever to break the spell of 6th place, their best since 1964 and Portugal holds the longest run of no win in the contest's history, beating Finland already by a decade. But there are dark clouds in the Portuguese Eurovision success in the making. 
It was already reported during the Portuguese national final season, that Salvador Sobral performed with serious hernia problems and basicly went from the semifinal straight to the operation. Before the final he had two hernia operations and we thought that was it......
Now it emerges that isn't all of it at all. He has also a severe heart condition, and is in line for a transplant. He needs a new heart as soon as possible, before the end of the year. If his maybe akward movements on stage were due to the pain he was in, the baggy jacket covers the external pacemaker and its batteries he carries in his back. Or so the tabloids tell. For once I am really hoping they are esaggerating. UPDATE: And so it seems. Phew.
We won't be seeing Sobral doing any promotional events before Kyiv and he will concentrate only on his health and being at his best in those two weeks in Kyiv. And I don't think he needs to. The song speaks for itself. He only need to show up on stage when it matter in Kyiv and do the magic. And the rest will follow....


ITALY: FRANCESCO GABBANI HITS THE ROAD... AND THE SUCCESS CONTINUES...

Where to start? Occidentali's Karma is the clear favourite by both fans and betting odds still after all songs (except Armenia) have been revealed. 
The single has went double platinum in Italy. 
The video has been seen already by 60,7 million times. 
The video on eurovision.tv clicks at 4,5 million at the moment. 
The special autographed limited edition of the cd single with a gorilla t-shirt sold out in a couple of hours.... 
The parodies and more or less serious covers of the entry keep coming up on Youtube.... like this. Or this. Or this:
While he's giving finishing touches to his third album to be released just in time for Eurovision, on April 28, he's already planning his summer tour and will be attending the fan events in both Amsterdam and London. Meanwhile he keeps his fans updated with the video messages.....
His tour curiously starts from Verona, a city that Estonia sings about this year, and next stop is Torino, the city that very well could be the host of Eurovision 2018 at this rate.....

June 19 - Verona (VR) - Teatro Romano
June 20 - Torino (TO) - Gru Village
June 25 - Sogliano al Rubicone (FC) - Piazza Matteotti
June 27 - Carpi (MO) - Carpi Summer Fest
June 28 - Brescia (BS) - Piazza della Loggia
June 29 - Milano (MI) - Carroponte
July 7 - Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD) - Arena Alpe Adria
July 15 - Roma (RM) - Parco della Musica, Cavea
August 2 - Pescara (PE) - Teatro Monumento D'Annunzio
August 11 - Forte dei Marmi (LU) - Villa Bertelli
September 9 - Napoli (NA) - Arenile


FINLAND: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SANDHJA!

Sandhja turns 26 today and surely sings it away!
Congratulations!
As life goes on she has released recently a new video from her forthcoming album:

FINLAND: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO AWA!

Lordi's Eurovision keyboard player Awa's alter ego Leena Peisa has her 38th birthday.
Congratulations!
She has left the monster family in summer 2012 but will always remain in our hearts as the wonderful Lady Awa from Athens 2006.....

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

RUSSIA: JULIA SAMOYLOVA TREATED IN FINLAND

Finnish media reports the controversial Russian Eurovision song contest artist Julia Samoylova is in Finland at the moment and will stay until the end of the week. Apparently she wass operated here already last fall, and in undergoing further treatments and check ups. She chose Finland because the doctors here are better than in Russia.

"Finland has the best statistics in these kind of operations, and people don't die after them. They don't take unnecessary risks. I have talked to other people with similiar conditions and thought it over for a long time and chose them in the end" she tells. "I have a lot of spare time here so I will listen to the other songs."

As for her participation EBU stated yesterday they have no problem but understand Ukraine has its laws. However the final decision to let her into the country depends on Ukraine alone. Their decision. Samoylova could be fined and let in. Or let's see how this ends....

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

EUROVISION 2017: NEWS FROM THE HOD MEETING IN KYIV

The Heads of Delegations and other bosses have met in Kyiv and handed over the entries for EBU, that includes the Armenian one we common mortals are yet to hear, as well as the 3 minute version of Italy's Occidentali's Karma. Among other things. Italy's Nicola Caligiore along with Alexander Radic (Slovenia) and Emilie Sickinghe (The Netherlands) were re-elected in the Reference Group. 
 
Euroclub will be situated in the Parkovy Convemtion and Exhibition Center
The Eurovision Village will be on Khreschatyk street
The Red Carpet will take place on Sunday May 7 at Mariyinski Palace and streamed live on Youtube, while the Opening Party will be at Euroclub

Pavlo Hrytsak is confirmed as the new Executive producer, He did this already back in 2005. He replaced Victoria Romanova and Olexandr Kharebin who resigned with several other team members earlier this year. 

Ukraine was drawn  to perform at 22nd in the final, where also Jamala and Ruslana will perform. The running order for the semifinals will be desiced later by Christer Björk... I mean the host broadcaster and EBU. 
More than 220 Ukrainian and foreign professionals are working day and night now to make the magic happen in May and there will be 1000 volunteers helping the delegations and other guests during the Eurovision week, selected out of 12.000 applications.

FINLAND: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KIM FLOOR

Kim Floor turns 69 today.
Congratulations!
Sadly his Eurovision 1972 companion Päivi Paunu passed away in December last year. Kim has made a career in the movies and television afterwards hosting a quiz show

Monday, March 13, 2017

SAN MARINO: VALENTINA MONETTA TALKS IN THE SMRTV NEWS TONIGHT

After the announcement yesterday Valentina Monetta makes a welcome return to the Eurovision song contest, this time in duet with Jimmie Wilson, the fourth timer is interviewed by the SMRTV evening news around 19.30 tonight.
UPDATE: She told she's doing it again for the fans who since 2014 keep asking her to come back and is happy she'll finally be able to have fun and dance, and make people dance, in the Eurovision stage. The best things happen quickly and she's still finding it hard to believe she's back but overjoyed. She also found a soulmate in Jimmie immediately, and is honored to work with Mr Eurovision Ralph Siegel once again. 

BULGARIA: KRISTIAN KOSTOV BRINGS BEAUTIFUL MESS TO EUROVISION

The last addition to the cast of ESC17 is Bulgarian-Kazahkstan but in Russia born Kristian Kostov for Bulgaria and his Beautiful mess, written by a team from Bulgaria, Austria and Sweden. Two of them, Borislav Milanov and Bo Persson seem to be also behind the entries of Serbia and Macedonia. Sigh. Kinda underlines the fact I prefer only local products....
He's done already The Voice Kids in Russia and X Factor Bulgaria and is still 16 years old for a few days. He becomes the first Eurovision song contest artists born in the 2000's. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

RUSSIA: YULIA SAMOYLOVA FOR RUSSIA FOR EUROVISION

Russia has made public itss choice for the Eurovision song contest in Ukraine, the country it's in war conflict. And they have found the most pathetic choice possible: Let's send a handicapped singer so no one can boo at her or critisize her. Wrong. The song is a generic ballad, she isn't that great - handicapped or not - and the whole action is a bit disgusting. Poor her. It's not her fault. She's being used in the worst possible way.... Or so it seems at least. Flame is burning. Makes me woner what is the flame they are talking about....
Apparently she has also visited Crimea in 2015 violating the Ukraine law and publicly supports the annexation. Nice choice, Russia.

SAN MARINO: VALENTINA MONETTA JOINS FUD LECLERK AND PETER, SUE & MARC

Namely only these three acts have participated in the Eurovision song contest FOUR times. (If I am missing someone please correct me in comments!) A special mention goes to Lys Assia who has participated in three years with four songs, and in three consecutive years just like Valentina until now (and Udo Jürgens for the matter). Not forgetting Elisabeth Andreasson; three times in various duets but only once as solo, for two countries.

Fud LeClerk sung for Belgium in 1956 (Messierus les noyés de la Seine), 1958 (Ma pètite chatte, 5th), 1960 Mon amour pour toi, 6th) and 1962 Ton nom (13th)

Peter, Sue & Marc sung for Switzerland, and every time with a different language! in 1971 (Les illusions de nos 20 ans, 12th), 1976 (Djambo, Djambo, 4th), 1979 (Trödler & co., 10th) and 1981 (Io senza te, 4th)

SAN MARINO: IT'S VALENTINA MONETTA AND JIMMIE WILSON FOR EUROVISION 2017

Spirit of the night is the song penned by Ralph Siegel. It's Valentina's fourth year in six years (ESC 2012, 2013, 2014) so she needs no presentation. American Jimmie is a star of musicals now living in Germany. And Ralph Siegel, when he needs no presentation either..... this is his 24th Eurovision (semi)final song since 1974....
Valentina posted on her Facebook:

 "I want to dedicate my fourth participation to all Eurovision fans, that have always loved me and supported me, it was a tough decision but in the end, I felt I missed you, this year I want to have fun and dancing on the Eurovision stage."

And with the announcement of Valentina SMRTV once against manages to break the internet as the news exploded in seconds all over social medias, blogs and websites. 

ICELAND: SVALA WITH PAPER FOR EUROVISION 2017

No surprises in Iceland, pre contest fan favorite Svala beat the other favorite, bordering to a joke entry Is this love? in the superfinal. Neither was realy among my favorites so having a bit mixed feelings there.... Svala and Daði Freyr ruled clearly already in the first round of voting, and the added wildcard Hildur had no share in the game so all very predictable really.
And with Iceland the national final season 2017 is officially over and done. Phew.....
1. Svala Björkvinsdottir - Paper (Televote 45.258+jury 24.759=70.017)
2. Daði Freyr Pétursson - Is this love? (25.195+22.219=47.414)
3. Aron Hannes Emilson - Tonight )17.552+14.604=31.156)
4. Aron Brink - Hypnotized (14.205+11.111=25.316)
5. Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdottir - Again (4.816+18.096=22.911)
6. Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson - Make your way back home (5.545+13.650=19.195)
7. Hildur Kirstin Stefánsdóttir - Bammbaramm (2.977+11.111=14.088)

Superfinal:

1. Svala - Paper 49.818
2. Daði Freyr - Is this love? 28.329

NORWAY: JOWST GRABBED THE MOMENT FOR EUROVISION 2017

The Norwegian final is over, too and the winner is Jowst featuring Alexander Walmann with Grab the moment. The song, as the rest of the Norwegian offering this year, leaves be rather indifferent. After a couple of hearings I don't hate it, it doesn't annoy me, I don't love it.... Let's see whre it lands in the end.... Then I didn't really find any real favorite among them so it's kinda indifferent for me at this point who won. Could have been a lot worse, too, I suppose...

Superfinal:

1. Jowst - Grab the moment 72.821
2. Ammunition - Wrecking crew 53.072
3. Elin & The Woods - First step in faith 46.778
4. Ulrikke - Places 39.356



LITHUANIA: IT'S FUSEDMARC FOR EUROVISION 2017

Lithuania, I don't get you. You had some goodies to choose from and we get this? I fail to see what's so original and fresh about it, like apparently described by the jurors. Oh well.... And Aisté again 2nd... Must be frustrating.... My winners remains Gabrielius and Greta....

1. Fusedmarc - Rain of revolution (juries 12+televote 12=24)
2. Aisté Pilvelytè - I'm like a wolf (8+10=18)
3. Kotryna Juodzeviciute - Love shadow (10+7=17)
4. Gytis Ivanauskas - Get frighten (4+8=12)
5. Gabrielius Vagelis - Feel myself free (7+4=11)
6. Greta Zazza - Like I love you (6+5=11)
7. Paula - Let U go (5+6=11)



SWEDEN: IT'S ROBIN BENGTSSON FOR EUROVISION 2017

This is one very happy blogger; after the international jury votes my only three songs I liked were the top-3, and even after the televotes they were 1st, 2nd and 4th. Whatever happened to the fan wanks Wiktoria, Ace and Lisa (and Loreen)... I can only giggle. Feeling any wet slaps in face euroboys?
Anyways, like I wrote before Robin, Nano and Mariette had the best song+staging combo, and I'm also pleased for Jon Henrik's third place. I'd love to have liked him more but the song left me a bit numb, even if Sami culture would have made a nice addition to Eurovision and should return again sooner or later; from Sweden, Norway or Finland...
However it seems Melodifestivalen is getting to a turning point. All final songs were within 6,2-11,9% of the televotes so there was no real favorite for the great public. The highest scoring for them was Nano followed very closely by Wiktoria and Robin. As for the international juries Robin was a clear winner, followed by Nano, Mariette and surprise Benjamin Ingrosso. The rest were far behind.
Sweden brings again a very catchy pop tune with a memorable staging. Another top-5 in sight....

1. Robin Bengtsson - I can't go on (juries 96+televote 50= 146)
2. Nano - Hold on (76+57=133)
3. Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat Aninina - En värld full av strider (56+49=105)
4. Mariette - A million years (62+37=99)
5. Benjamin Ingrosso - Good lovin' (54+33=87)
6. Wiktoria - As I lay me down (29+51=80)
7. Ace Wilder - Wild child (35+32=67)
8. Boris René - Her kiss (35+31=66)
9. Lisa Ajax - I don't give a (16+30=46)
10. Anton Hagman - Kiss you goodbye (6+37=43)
11. FO&O - Gotta thing about you (7+34=41)
12. Owe Thörnqvist - Boogieman blues (1+32=33)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

AZERBAIJAN: DIHAJ BRINGS OUT THE SKELETONS FOR EUROVISION 2017

Oh wow, another very un-Eurovision song for us this year. Azerbaijan and Dihaj give us Skeletons, a song that was something special going on ignoring the usual Eurovision clichees very nicely. I'm liking it a lot and I'm curious to see in the future if it's only first time excitement or soemthing more lasting.... 

SERBIA: TIJANA IS IN TOO DEEP FOR EUROVISION

It's time for Serbia to reveal their entry In too deep by Tijana Bogićević. It starts off quite interesting but then sadly nothing much happens and the overal feeling afterwards is it she didn't quite deliver. Then there's the curious rumour about the catfight over this song by Serbia and Macedonia... (or was it the other way around?). Anyways, it's a bit sad all ex-Yogos have dropped all the Slavic characters and are offering standard western pop.... This being a prime example. Not bad, but nothing special either....

ICELAND: SÖNGVAKEPPNI FINAL TONIGHT

Iceland had its two semifinalswith three songs out of six qualifying to the final. A jury then added a wildcard that this year is Hildur. It looks like in the semifinal obligatory Icelandic is gone and they all will be performing in English. Not all my favorites survived the semifinals but this is a great solid final. I like Arnar & Rakel, Daði Freyr left me a bit confused after seeing his staging - not in a good way though. Svala is overrated by the Euroboys big time I could live with it winning, Runar is ok. Aron H and Aron B might eat each others votes out which is a shame really. I prefer Aron H though. Hildur is a bit boring wildcard to be honest. I'd rather had Erna Mist. Now let's see what the Icelandic send us :-)
Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdottir - Again
Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson - Make your way back home
Aron Hannes Emilsson - Tonight
Daði Freyr Pétursson - Is this love?
Svala Björgvinsdóttir - Paper
Aron Brink - Hypnotised
Hildur - Bammbaramm

LITHUANIA: EUROVIZIJOS FINAL TONIGHT

After a very long selection the final is finally here.... Some goodies made it this far and just once when it looked the horrid nonsense Get frighten was out of the picture they introduced an online wildcard round and that joke of an entry is back. And propably wins, too, when Lithuania finally could have had a quality entry. Like Greta. Or Gabrielius. Or Aisté. Sigh. On the other hand the jury sems to love Fusedmarc and I can only wonder why? I totally fail to see or hear its greatness... 
My ideal top-3 would be Gabrielius, Greta and Aisté. Either of the G's winning :-)

Paula - Let U go
Aisté Pilvelyté - I'm like a wolf
Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė - Love shadow
Fusedmarc - Rain of revolution
Gabrielius Vagelis - Feel myself free
Greta Zazza - Like I love you
Gytis Ivanauskas - Get frighten

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