Tag: Eurovision

Eurovision 2017: A plea for Portugal

So, my wishes came true. Portugal made it through the Eurovision semi-final earlier this week and now have a chance to win the final - started in just under an hour. Here's the thing. Portugal, despite performing 49 times since joining the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964, have never won. They've never even made it into ...

Going out on a Eurovision limb…

I've been a pretty poor Eurovision fan this year. It was only the other day that I consciously sat down and had a look at this year's entrants. Last year, I was blogging about the contents weeks in advance. I'm losing my edge, obviously. Or perhaps running my own business means I have more to ...

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Why Sweden should host Eurovision every year

Just check out how they opened last night's semi-final... https://youtu.be/v6qSt8Qp9ck Give it to Sweden to host every year, I say. And while you're at it, make Petra Mede President of Europe.

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Eurovision 2016: Italy

https://youtu.be/WySSLip5uzc I've fallen a little in love with this song since I first heard it. I've actually had the Eurovision 2016 album on loop since it appeared on Apple Music. Don't judge me. But this Italian song, I love. It's not a winner as it's not that sing-a-long or memorable, but there's something about its ...

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Eurovision 2016: Australia

https://youtu.be/2EG_Jtw4OyU You may very well wonder how and why Australia is competing in the Eurovision Song Contest. I stopped querying participation some time ago, to be honest. Apparently, the Eurovision knows no borders (though it does know outstanding membership fees, much to Romania's embarrassment). But they're here now and so we better get used to ...

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Eurovision 2016: France

https://youtu.be/boYQovCybYQ And here's France's entry for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. It's Amir with "J'ai Church". It reminds me of a whole bunch of other songs, but mostly it has echoes of last year's Swedish winner. Upbeat and catchy, I think it'll do well. It's interesting how they've moved from 100% French lyrics to introducing ...

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Eurovision 2016: Russia tones it down

https://youtu.be/gHgxi57Um0w After releasing what was probably the most homoerotic Eurovision entry of all time, Russia has decided to get Sergey Lazarev to sing something a little less...full on. And I think it's a shame. This is (without the video) a very painting-by-numbers pop number. Whereas the first song was flamboyant and memorable, this is doing ...

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Eurovision 2016: Estonia

https://youtu.be/A8oilbtQptQ Next up in my almost certainly incomplete series of Eurovision 2016 song reviews: Estonia! Estonia are sending the quite suave and well turned out Juri Pootsmann, singing 'Play'. It's not a blockbuster, doesn't feature any crazy on-stage shenanigans, but it's nice all the same. And Juri? Juri will almost certainly turn a few heads. ...

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Eurovision 2016: Germany

https://youtu.be/f-Z7pKopP9s Germany have selected Jamie-Lee Kriewitz to represent them at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. While the song itself is really quite glum and uninspiring, Jamie-Lee looks like an explosion of colour and definitely wouldn't be out of place wandering through Tokyo's Harajuku on a Sunday afternoon. She's going for the Kawaii vote here, (check ...