It’s that time of year again. On May 12th, this year’s Eurovision Song Contest final will take place in Lisbon.
It’s also time for me to make a prediction. Seems like only yesterday that Portugal won for the very first time – with an excellent song. One that remains a firm favourite even now. And I’m hoping for a repeat success. Not for Portugal, but for a well-written, nicely performed song.
This year’s favourite, as far as I’m concerned, is Spain’s entry – the very lovely ‘Tu Cancion’, beautifully performed by Amaia and Alfred. It’s a song that’ll stick with you, in a pleasant way, and one you stand a chance of actually whistling long after you’ve heard it.
I’ve listened to all this year’s entry several times now, courtesy of a Spotify playlist. There are some highlights: Portugal, Israel, Ireland and France. But many of the rest are extremely derivative or just plain awful.
I know I’m now in the minority of fans who care more about the song than the performer or the stage show. But still – I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Spain the night of the final. And they’ll get my vote for sure.
Buena suerte, Espana!