passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
For Australians playing along at home who are watching the delayed telecast of the second semi, this has spoilers.

The Music World's Night of Nights begins in under 12 hours. 26 songs have been decided from a potential 43 (if you include Russia, which I do) and now we have to decide what is the best song in Europe.

The Favourite changed this morning from Italy, who have been top of the pops for 2 months, to Portugal. Personally I am still gutted that Finland and FYR Macedonia did not make the cut and I am going for Denmark and Armenia. Long shots, but I don't come easy.
So here are the 26

Israel: ($201) Was a bit shaky around the choruses in the semi, but the good looking boy in the sheer top trying to act butch was always going to get through.

Poland: ($251) Potential Barbara Dex, only because the other favorites didn't make the final.

Belarus: ($251) How the fuck did this qualify. Even if they had got the notes in the semi, this would still be the most annoying song in the competition

Austria: ($251) Nice song but not a threat. cannot get over the fact that he is 25. looks older

Armenia: ($81) Ticks most of the boxes. Wont win, but could take some votes from the more favoured songs

The Netherlands: ($101) The dutch WilsonPhillips wannabes, this is even structured like a WilsonPhillips song. Nice to listen to though

Moldova: ($81) Epic Sax Guy is back. So is the running man. Ok song, well staged, fun dance and complete with a gimmick or two. This will steal a few votes.

Hungary: ($201) less deserving song have won Eurovision.

Italy: (2.75) favourite until this morning. I think the Ape comes out too late. You have to get the most out of your gimmick.

Denmark: ($151) Freaking nailed it at the semi. Some of the camera angles are a bit strange. I would love to see this get up.

Portugal: ($2.50) Favourite since this morning. Can the kid wearing the jacket from his dads good suit win?

Azerbaijan: ($151) The camera angles do this no favours and neither does the draw. this was never going to win, but the draw gives it no chance. After Portugal an after the break. many people will miss this song all together.

Croatia: ($51) people have put money on Jacques love song to himself. A fool and his money...

Australia: ($201) Over sung and pitchy towards the end in the semi. Was lucky to qualify

Greece: ($301) Another song that was off key in the semi and was lucky to get through.

Spain: ($501) this would have not got through either Semi. Spain is lucky that it automatically qualified. I predict this will finish 26th.

Norway: $251)  really flat feeling performance. needs more energy.

United Kingdom: ($34) staging reminds me of San Marino in 2014. well sung though

Cyprus: ($301) only got through with 12 points from Greece. pitchy at the end in the semi. Good performance though Backdrop reminds me of Russia from last year... but in Kyiv we don't walk about Russia.

Romania: ($41) Surprisingly well done. still don't get the cannons

Germany: ($201) where is the performance? needs a performance. Germany is boring. 

Ukraine:($301) will be popular with the crowd in the venue until the laser beam eyes start taking people out. this song is the Ukrainian call to war.

Belgium: ($17) this got through only because it was a favourite. it was certainly not on the strength of the performance in the semi, which was dire. On that performance, this should not have qualified and Belgium took the place Finland should have got.

Sweden: ($31) more old school dance. It is just another Swedish pop song though and Eurovision is filled with those.

Bulgaria: ($4.33) The youngest performer this year could take this away. When you can't vote for Russia, you must vote for the Russian...

France: ($67) all things considered, well staged and performed. too little too late though. The Top three have gone through and everyone has decided their winner.
 

And that is it.
passionpop: (my ass)
France
Final
Artist: Alma (Alexandra Maquet)
Song: Requiem
odds: $41

Word of the day
Masse - Mass
of the dead...



Singers and songwriters from all francophone countries were invited to submit potential entries for this year’s Eurovision to represent France. An internal selection was used to select Alma and Requiem. It could have been worse, but with all the francophone countries involved it should have been better.

Alma says her mentor for Eurovision is last year’s French Representative Amir. Her song was also co-written by Nazim Khaled, who co-wrote J'ai cherché last year which finished 6th.They may hope this will perform better, but it needs quite a performance to achieve that.

A prerequisite for the French entry this year was that it was at least 80% in French. The remaining 20% could be any language, which generally means it will be partially English, as Alma says in her intro, "to reach a larger audience". It is bloody Eurovision, you cannot reach a larger audience if you tried. The Italian song sung in Italian is going to win, that's reaching a larger audience.

All of France's Eurovision winners have been sung in French, French and only French, going back to their first win in 1958. Dear France, Stop trying to hang with the cool kids and just do what you are good at.


passionpop: (sweet and innocent)

Germany
Final
Artist Levina
Song: Perfect Life
Odds: $101

Word of the day
Drei - Three
it could well be three years in a row at the bottom of the table for Germany with this one.



According to Lavina herself, the most impressive facts about her is “My particularly deep voice, my long legs, and the fact that I started taking singing lessons at the age of nine”. That is not particularly impressive. It is interesting and perhaps a bit sad that she has to bring up a physical attribute to answer the question, but then most women would which says more about the state of society than Levina or her song.

This entry is perhaps the least interesting out of everything going to Eurovision. Even Plagiarism claims fail to make it interesting. The song is not bad but the entire blurb around it does nothing to pump up a little known singer. Even the song writers are not that interesting, a couple of American hacks best known for B-sides, TV soundtracks and follow up singles. Yes Lindy Robbins has had a few high selling singles and even number one’s (at least one) , but this is Eurovision and chart success means little. What means something is that the writers say this song predates the 2014 song it is accused of plagiarising. That means this song has been sitting in the reject bin for at last 2 years… or that the songwriters have lied.

From 2493 singers to 33 to 5 to 3 to 2 until Levina was the last one standing at Unser Song 2017, The German National selection. Germany could have given Eurovision Axel Feige singing Wildfire, but instead we get a song that will only serve to fill a space at the bottom of the leader-board

In 1974 Germany finished at the bottom of the table. It doesn’t appear they will fare much better in 2017

passionpop: (completely)

United Kingdom
Final
Artist: Lucie Jones
Song: Never Give up On You
odds: $51

Word of the day
Bollocks.
Just Bollocks

 

Kirsten Stewart has changed her name and her career and is representing the UK. Good to see that she can almost smile. Almost

This song really needs a dance remix and fortunately someone has made one that isn’t bad. It is actually better than the original song. Is it too late for the UK to alter their entry for this Eurovision?

This years’ song was co-written by the winner of the 2013 Eurovision, Emmilie de Forest. The Year before Emmilie won for Denmark, Jedward were at Eurovision and they finished 19th. Lucie finished 8th on series 6 of X-Factor after being knocked out by Jedward, and that is the circle of life.

This year’s song is called never give up on you, which is a bit too close to Never Gonna Give You Up as a name for a song. The UKs entry in 1983 was I’m Never Giving up. With these songs, maybe the UK should… Give up…


passionpop: (sweet and innocent)
Spain
Final
Artist: Manel Navarro
Song: Do it for Your Lover
Odds: 151

Word of the day
controversia - controversy.
It would not be Eurovision without it.
 




Usually songs that do not go through the semi finals start at shorter odds and drift out after the semi’s are over. As part of the big 5 (with Italy, UK, France and Germany), Spain goes straight to the Eurovision final but is entering the event with odds of $151, currently equal with Switzerland, Montenegro, Albania, Malta and Slovenia and the longest odds available for this year’s event. This song is probably even money to finish last this year… which is understandable listening to it.

This song is a catchy little summer tune, but it is not a Eurovision song. The song the public voted for in Spain is much more Eurovision. Contigo by Mirela drew in the national selection with Manel Navarro, but the judges, which included a DJ connected with Manel, broke the tie giving it to… Manel. The crowd got upset and Eurovision got a sub-standard song. The crowds boos are evidence enough that the Spanish people still care about Eurovision even if the judges don’t.

Eurovision has the song that the Spanish people put third in their national selection. At least the people got to contribute to this choice. Come countries are told what their Eurovision entry is and don’t even get to pretend it is popular and diplomatic. At least Spain got to play pretend.

Spain has not won a Eurovision since 1969, when it was one of 4 winners (with UK, the Netherlands and France). If they keep doing what they are doing with the national selection, Spain will not win another Eurovision for a very long time


passionpop: (big)

Italy
Final
Artist: Francesco Gabbani
Song: Occidentali's Karma (Westerners Karma)
Odds: $2.37 (current favourite)

Word of the day
Secondo - Second
Where favourites from Italy finish... at best...



When going into Eurovision you need a reasonable song and a good gimmick. Italy has the gimmick of the Ape Dance. It would just be interesting with how popular this song is, if they try to get other Eurovision entrants to copy it. It could be difficult if they ask Isaiah from Australia to do the ‘ape dance’ seeing being called an ape (monkey or gorilla) is rather offensive to aboriginal people.

Occidentali's Karma is a social commentary, a satire on western society. Comedy rarely works at Eurovision however this song is fortunate that it is also catchy. This song also grows on you the more you hear it. It is a shame then that this song will only appear at the final.

Italy’s main issue historically is their presentation. It has improved, but they could do more. This is not a song contest after all, it is an entertainment extravaganza… or some shit...

It is shocking that Italy has only twice won the grand prix that still has ‘song contest’ in its name. This year Italy is the favourite, as they often are. A favourite of Eurovision last appeared for the third time in 1966, and still never won.

passionpop: (die bitch)

Ukraine
Final
Artist; O.Torvald
song: Time
odds: $51
Word of the day:
дискваліфікувати - Disqualify
there is still time to do this to Ukraine


This is a rock song so formulaic that it could almost be a Nickelback song. A band that has been around for over a decade should be able to write better, but it appears not.

Евгений Галич looks younger than his 32 years. Music does not appear to be a hard life in Ukraine and after music there is always a career in politics, just ask former Eurovision winner Ruslana

There is no politics in Eurovision, but maybe… We have a Ukrainian band with a Russian-Ukrainian Lead singer who, though he thinks Russian, says that in the Ukraine people should speak Ukrainian. In saying that he toes the nationalist line. The former PM of Ukraine (the 15th of 16 in under 17 years of independence) once demanded that all road signs be in Ukrainian only, even in the areas that are 90% Russian speaking. Surely the EU corrected them on that idea.

Ukraine is hosting Eurovision 2017 and is therefore straight to the final. The last time they hosted in 2005 they almost had the contest stripped from them. Some things never change.

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