Good looking young thing appears to be able to hold a note. song will probably be forgotten by the time voting starts though
Color Of Your Life
The colour of his life appears to be red. For all fans of mankles, here is Poland. if the rehersals mean anything there will be more songs song in key in the first 5 songs in the second than there were in the first one... already.
The Last Of Our Kind
This is a strong semi and I don't know if the canadian will make it. I hate her hair colour
Made Of Stars
This song is probably going to be better live than in the recording, if he can hold his voice. The strain of the performances is showing on a few singers
Help You Fly
Freaking weirdo. Please don't qualify
Sanja Vučić ZAA
longest pubes ever... wait its tassels... so she is not cthulu crotch. this song should qualify knocking out Canada/Switerland's chances.
he needs 4 more people sharing the stage with him.
08 F.Y.R. Macedonia
everyone loves a powerballad and I hope this qualifies.
I've Been Waiting for This Night
he has been waiting for this night, but he already had it in 2012. give someone else a chance.
Sound Of Silence
I love Dami. yes I am biased. fvck you Graham Norton.
Blue And Red
The Netherlands got through the other night so so should this.
If Love Was A Crime
This song is the most perfect pop song. I fear it wont qualify and I will be gutted if it doesn't this is my Iceland.
Soldiers Of Love
how were the salvation army group not disqualified.
another one that should have been disqualified. second favourite with the bookies still
This song is a mess. Will not qualify. Not qualifying will be interesting because if denmark son't qualify, and I hope they wont, the only Nordic country in the final will be Sweden. Thats a lot of 12 points.
Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz
This is an interesting song but I am not sure if Europe will vote for it.
her dress looks like it was a chinese-made on-line purchase which is a poor knock off of a good dress.
What's The Pressure
I am getting rave reports about this song but I fear she may not have the vocal strangth to carry this off... not that you can hear anything over THAT outfit
Previous Entries: 9
First Entry: 2007 Sopho Khalvashi - Visionary Dream
Most Recent Entry: 2015 Nina Sublatti - Warrior
National anthem: თავისუფლება
Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz - Midnight Gold
This is not a Eurovision song. It is very 90’s indie, well an approximation of 90’s indie. The lyrics appear to be written by someone who’s only exposure to indie is Beck and even that exposure is limited. At least this is the most interesting song this year, not a winner but interesting.
I have been trying to find out more about the Young Georgian Lolitaz and google has not been able to give me any more information that I can find in the official releases. They have been around since c2000 and that’s it. I have found a few other songs of theirs and that stuff seems more true to 90’s indie. I am not sure if I want to hear more music by these guys, but I would like a copy of their CD collections. Then bands they are influenced by are all bands that rock.
This is the second song this Eurovision featuring the musical input of Thomas G:Son. Mr G:son also had two songs last year and he is really trying to be the Swedish Ralph Siegel. G:Son and Siegel both have the same amount of Eurovision wins and I think that will still be the case after this Eurovision.
The Bookies don’t think this year’s song will qualify for the final. The Last time Georgia failed to qualify was 2014
Previous Entries: 21
First Entry: 1993 1X Band - Tih deževen dan
Most Recent Entry: 2015 Maraaya - Here for You
National Anthem: Himna Slovenskega Naroda
ManuElla - Blue and Red
Wait for it, wait for it… Yes! The big reveal! How many reveals has Slovenia done at Eurovision? It has got to be a few and we ae chalking up another. Thank you Slovenia for being predictable.
ManuElla (as Manuela Brečko) first tried to get to Eurovision in 2012 without a reveal and finished in the top 4. Even with the reveal she only won this Superfinal by a small margin of under 130 votes (out of over 7500). The song that came second was also about colours. Črno bel is Black White in the local lingo. Even though ManuElla’s song is little more than country crap, it is a lot better than what came second
ManuElla’s Wikipedia pages says she was in Season 2 of Bitke talentov (Battle Talent) in Slovenia. Seeing she did not rate a mention on the Slovenian Wikipedia page for that series then one can assume she didn’t make the cut for the top 15. The Eurovision Bio claims she was on Germany’s Das Supertalent, funny she doesn’t rate a mention there either. These failings probably explain why the bookies do not rate this song despite country being successful at recent Eurovisions
Slovenia rarely rates even when they theoretically should. In 1993 there was a pre-eurovision which decided which new countries would perform in the 1993 Eurovision. Slovenia won the Pre-show (hosted on their home turf) but finished near the bottom at the main even. I cannot understand why.
Previous Entries - 57
Wins 1 1986 Sandra Kim - J'aime la vie
First Entry: 1956 Fud Leclerc - Messieurs les noyés de la Seine
Most Recent Entry: 2015 Loïc Nottet - Rhythm Inside
National Anthem: Brabançonne
Laura Tesoro - What's The Pressure
Michael Jackson called and he would like to stay dead thanks. Obviously Belgium saw the success Guy Sebastian had last year and tried to imitate it. That never works at Eurovision… well not often anyways… Certainly not this year… I hope.
This song is sitting in the group of borderline qualifiers with the bookies and though imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it somehow cheapens Eurovision. Discount store Eurovision… if there is a difference.
In a desperate attempt to give this song credibility the blurb is trying to connect Laura to Depeche Mode. The final version of this song was produced by “Peter Gordeno, who plays keyboards with Depeche Mode”. Peter is a session Muso who has played with various artists and occasionally plays with Depeche Mode on tour. Name dropping will not win you a Eurovision, Belgium.
Now days too may artist (like Laura) graduate from ‘talent’ shows. Why can’t they graduate from previous Eurovisions like in 1962
Previous Entries: 12
Wins: 1 2004 Ruslana – Wild Dancers
First Entry 2003 Oleksandr Ponomariov - Hasta la Vista
Most Recent Entry 2014 Mariya Yaremchuk – Tick-Tock
National Anthem: Ще не вмерли України ні слава ні воля
Jamala – 1944
There is no politics in Eurovision. There is no politics… aw FFS how did this get through. This will be booed at Eurovision for being political but at last it will get 12 points from Georgia.
This song was border-line being banned from Eurovision; however it was deemed not to contain any political statements. In 2005 when Ukraine hosted Eurovision the song had to be amended for being overtly political and in 2007 Verka Serduchka was warned about a line in “Dancing Lasha Tumbai" that sounded suspiciously like "Russia Goodbye" . Yes, Ukraine, we get it, you do not like Russia. Eurovision is not the place to advertise that.
This song is currently top ten with the book makers. Ukraine’s Nemesis is still #1 and if Russia wins like predicted, the Ukraine will have to go into the den of the bear next year… or withdraw
Hasta la vista to the days when less political songs would be sent to Eurovision by the Ukraine. I still remember 2003.
Previous Entries: 8* (as an independent country)
Wins: 1 2007 Marija Šerifović - Molitva (Молитва)
First Entry 2007 Marija Šerifović - Molitva (Молитва)
Most recent entry 2015 Bojana Stamenov - Beauty Never Lies
National Anthem: Боже правде
ZAA Sanja Vučić - Goodbye (Shelter)
This clip this this is disturbing because it seems Sanja sung a slower version in the clip and then it was sped up to match the tempo of the song in its current form. The performance looks disjointed but despite this poor presentation, the song is top ten with the bookies.
Sanja Vučić (not to be confused with Aleksandar Vučić) studies linguistics and can speak a heap of languages; I would like to see your average American pop starlet that does that. The only thing Sanja has in common with those those starlets is that she is performing a standard pop ballad. Ok, it has a bit of ethnopop in it and I think it will show up well when performed live. This could come up and take the crown though I am not sure she has the voice to carry it off. Bad vocals never prevented anyone from winning though…
I don’t think this song is special but then I rarely like the winners. My favourite Serbian song in Eurovision was Čaroban and this year’s song is not nearly as fun as that was. This year will be a ballad year though, I am sure of it…. But then I have been wrong about Eurovision before… almost every year.
After winning with a song sung in Serbian, Serbia continued with their language until 2013. I am not sure why they stopped. It was the song that was terrible in 2013…
Previous Entries: 16
First Entry: 1994 Ovidijus Vyšniauskas - Lopšinė mylimai
Most Recent entry: 2015 Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila – This Time
National Anthem: Tautiška giesmė
Donny Montell - I've Been Waiting For This Night
It is a nice little pop song about a guy getting his cherry popped that is sung by a 28 year old. At first I thought the girl I the clip was a hooker. She probably is and the club scene is there to hide the fact that he had to pay. At least she would have taught him well.
What I am looking forward to with this song is the dance moves Donny gave us in 2012. More dodgy dance and more one hand cartwheels. You cannot get enough of that in Eurovision. Talent and originality would be nice, but circus tricks will do at a pinch.
This song is in the bottom half with the bookmakers, but Donny also started in the bottom 15 in 2015 and still got to the final and finished 18th, and considering this song is a lot better than that was, I think this will get through, just…
The only thing Donny has is he is a pretty young boy. Much prettier than Lithuania’s first entry in 1994
Previous Entries: 16
First Entry: 1998 Vlado Janevski - Ne zori, zoro
Most Recent Entry: Daniel Kajmakoski – Autumn Leaves
National Anthem: Денес Над Македонија
Kaliopi – Dona
I would love to have the courage to wear vinyl pants when I am almost 50, and more power to this 49 year old for continuing to try to rock out. I think there will be a dark horse ballad that will take out this year’s event. Go the power ballad!
If there is an 80’s tinge to this song that because that’s when Kaliopi started her career. She is an institution in Macedonia. She has not been an Idol contestant, but she has been a judge on that show. This is not her first time to Eurovision either. After almost getting to Eurovision in 1996, Kaliopi finished 13th in 2012 which was the best result Macedonia since 2006. She was also in the mix for selection in 2005 and 2006 and I think Eurovision needs more Kaliopi.
Despite her result in 2012, her popularity in neighbouring countries and the fact this song is pretty good, the bookies do not rate Kaliopi and Macedonia at all. This song is aimed at the older Eurovision viewers and they still vote, as proven in 2000. Why is this not top 20? Ah, that’s right, #NotASongContest…
It may not be a song contest, but it may be a dress contest. I love Xena Warrior Dress from 2002
Previous Entries: 16
Wins: 1 2001 Marie N - I Wanna https://youtu.be/_B68kYxcea8
First entry: 2000 Brainstorm - My Star https://youtu.be/N1y9xhmMSDk
Most recent entry: 2015 Aminata - Love Injected https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-
National anthem: Dievs, svētī Latviju https://youtu.be/SCfX2gGohjU
Justs – Heartbeat
There is something familiar about this ambient pop song. It sounds too much like last year’s entry. That is probably because it is written by last year’s entrant. Actually last year’s song was better, even if the singer was dressed like a giant red butt-plug.
This song is in the top ten with the bookies and I don’t quite understand why. Yes last year Latvia finished 6th and this song is similar, but last year the sound was new. Now it is so last year and I think the Eurovision audience will respond to that negatively. They will be positive about Justs and his designer stubble (is it still called that?) but negative about the song.
The national final makes one ponder what could have been. Justs came second in the televoting but won the internet votes. The song that won the televotes and finished second over-all is not as much of a Eurovision song, but it is a better song.
Doing something different only works if you do it once, so this year is not really different. Singing in Latvian is different and was only done in 2004
Previous entries: 12
First Entry: 2004 Anjeza Shahini – The Image of You
Most recent entry: 2015 Elhaida Dani – I’m Alive
National Anthem: Himni i Flamurit
Eneda Tarifa – Fairytale
In Albania the winner of the longstanding Festivali I Këngës goes on to compete in Eurovision. Eneda won last year’s event with was the 54th Festivali I Këngës, but she also competed in the 42nd and 46th events. So many Eurovision entries make it through persistence rather than talent. If the Festivali I Këngës performance was actually live though, she might be able to carry this off.
Going back through the history of Eurovision I cannot find an example of two songs with the same name (in the same language at least) winning. This does not bode well for Albania seeing a Fairytale won in 2009. It is probably a matter of time though before we get a winner with the same title as a previous winner but if the bookies are to be believed it will not be this year. I think the bookies rating somewhere near the bottom is a bit harsh myself but time will tell.
The title is not the only second-hand element of this song. There is an outfit in the promo clip that seems to be similar to the outfit worn by the Russian entrant in their first Eurovision in 1994. The vocals in this song also feature elements that are very similar to song that recorded Albania’s best result. Actually this song is like a commercial version of Suus. I don’t think it will get the same ovation that song got and it will not finish as high as 5th.
This year’s song may be full of passion but Europe did not Feel the Passion in 2011
Previous Entries: 12
First Entry: 2004 Aleksandra and Konstantin - My Galileo
Most recent Entry: 2015 Uzari & Maimuna – Time
National Anthem: Мы, беларусы
IVAN - Help You Fly
I have not seen anything this 80s for a while. Some of the music sounds like it has come from an 80’s corporate education video for Health and Safety. The background graphics remind me of the video-clip to ‘Let’s Get Rocked’ by Def Leppard, but dodgier. Then there is that head graphic that I think is meant to be IVAN but looks more like Kryten from Red Dwarf. Not all bad but definitely not good.
IVAN wins the award for the weirdest entrant in this year’s event after rumours circulated that he intended to perform in the nude surrounded by live wolves on the Eurovision stage. Fortunately all parts of that are banned in the rules for Eurovision.
IVAN may be able to carry rock vocals but that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter about how weird he is, it doesn’t matter about the song. All that matters is that Belarus is in Eurovision to give Russia the big points.
The bookmakers rate this year’s Belarussian entry as having not much more than a snowballs chance in hell, but then what do the bookmakers know. They thought Belarus was going to win in 2005
Previous Entries: 9
First Entry: 2005 Kaffe – Lorraine
Most recent Entry: 2013 Elitsa & Stoyan - Samo shampioni (Само шампиони)
National Anthem: Мила Родино
Poli Genova - If Love Was A Crime
This song appears fairly popular with Eurovision fans, which is a little political really. Considering that in some Eurovision countries love is a crime for many fans, many fans seem to relate to this song. There is no politics in Eurovision though…
This is actually a well-constructed pop song. Even the Bulgarian passage in the chorus (which translates to Oh, give me love) is perfectly placed. This is so well-constructed that I don’t know why it is just out of the top ten with the bookies. I cannot find a live version of the song to find out if she can carry the song, but by going by Poli’s previous attempt at Eurovision in 2011, she wasn’t awful. She could be a dark horse.
Bulgaria usually sends something interesting to Eurovision, not good, just… interesting. This is good for Eurovision. This will easily make the Eurovision final which will be only the second time Bulgaria has done that.
Poli is repeat offender in Eurovision and the last act Bulgaria sent to Eurovision (in 2013) was also a repeat offender. At least when Elitsa & Stoyan wen to Eurovision the first time they qualified for the final. It was a different time in 2007
Previous Entries: 56
Wins: 2 1956 Lys Assia – Refrain
1988 Céline Dion - Ne partez pas sans moi
First Entry: 1956 Lys Assia - Das alte Karussell
Most recent entry: 2015 Mélanie René - Time to Shine
National Anthem: Schweizerpsalm (Cantique suisse, Salmo svizzero, Psalm Svizzer)
Rykka - The Last of Our Kind
It is nice that Switzerland gives all people the opportunity to represent them. What a terrible speech impediment Rykka has there “not afwaid to be bwave”. OMG she is like the grand-daughter of Elmer Fudd! “This is pawadise!” to her but it won’t win.
The W instead of R could just be an attempt to sound cute, but she is 30, she should be beyond that. A cute sound is better than how she sounded in the national final though. I never can understand why people vote for people who can’t sing to represent them in a live singing competition. Don’t you people want to win!
A Canadian representing Switzerland has been successful once, but the bookies don’t think it will be successful again. If she nails this song it is pretty good, but I don’t think she will sadly. Prepare for the car crash.
Rykka’s real name is Christina Maria Rieder, so from Christina and Christa from 1959
Previous entries: 44
Wins: 3 1963 Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann – Dansevise
2000 Olsen Brothers - Fly on the Wings of Love
2013: Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops
First Entry: 1957 Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler - Skibet skal sejle i nat
Most recent Entry: 2015 Anti Social Media - The Way You Are
National Anthems Der er et yndigt land
Kong Christian stod ved højen mast
Lighthouse X - Soldiers of Love
The song that came second in Denmark was by someone named Anja Nissen and I sat there looking at her name thinking “Why is that familiar”, then I discovered that she won The Voice Australia a few years back. If she had got through she might have got the 12 points from Australia, even though her song was very borderline being disqualified for potential live performances in 2014 by previous Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest. The things that could have been make this event interesting.
What is not interesting is that Denmark is giving us a song that sounds like Christian music. There is nothing in the band blurb to say they are Christians but the band name Lighthouse X seems like a reference to The Beacon, which is the name used for many of the Salvation Army’s service. Alongside any reference to The Beacon by the Salvation Army, there is usually a picture of a lighthouse, which would explain the name. There is also the fact that they are ‘Soldiers of love for life’ seems like a reference to the gay hating Christian army’s soldiers covenant. But this is apparently not a subtle Christian take-over of Eurovision, it is all just coincidence.
Salvos went to Eurovision in 2013 under the name of Takasa and represented Switzerland. These are just a group of pretty boys though so I am sure they will fare better than the Swiss, who didn’t qualify from the semi. The bookmakers think Denmark might just qualify, the pretty ones generally do.
Denmark doesn’t always send the pretty boys to Eurovision, as seen in 1980
Previous Entries: 18
First Entry: 1994 Edyta Górniak - To nie ja!
Most recent Entry: 2015 Monika Kuszyńska - In the Name of Love
National Anthem: Mazurek Dąbrowskiego
Michał Szpak - Color of Your Life
Second place in X-factor is unlikely to result in a Eurovision win, even with a strong song, and Michał does not have a strong song. I hope his presence on the stage is bigger because this will not qualify.The bookies say yes, but computer says no.
This is like Balkan Ethno-pop without the random traditional Balkan instruments. It sounds like the stock-standard Eurovision track and the bookies think that gives it a chance and they are optimistic on qualification but this song freaking bores me. I vote this as the toilet break.
Poland could afford to host a Eurovision and though I would love to see them win one, they have to try a little harder. I am not sure Poland gets Eurovision. Maybe they still think they are in Intervision or something.
I wonder what the late Sir Terry Wogan would make of this song. I guess it depends on how late in the evening it is. You never wanted to be in the second half of the draw like Poland’s Barbara Dex winning act was in 2001
Previous Entries: 49
Wins: 7 1970 Dana – All Kinds of Everything
1980 Johnny Logan – What’s another year
1987 Johnny Logan – Hold me now
1991 Linda Martin – Why Me?
1992 Niamh Kavanagh – In Your Eyes
1993 Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan – Rock n Roll Kids
1995 Eimear Quinn – The Voice
First Entry: 1965 Butch Moore - Walking the Streets in the Rain
Most Recent entry: 2015 Molly Sterling - Playing with Numbers
National Anthem: Amhrán na bhFiann
Nicky Byrne – Sunlight
This year marks two decades since Ireland one its last Eurovision. This isn’t a long time compared with other countries, some waited over 40 years for a win, But Irelands next longest drought was the 9 years between 1970 and 1980. As a result it appears Ireland is taking the contest seriously this year and they are sending some guy formerly from some boyband called Westlife.What a silly name for a boyband. West High would be a better name.
Boybands have ben to Eurovision before (Blue) but it is a smart move sending one former boyband member rather than a whole boyband. Generally boybands can’t sing and seeing no vocals are allowed on the backing track, you have to rely on the backing singers to hold up the song when the boyband can’t. If you have a 4 or 5 member boyband on the stage, you have used too many of your maximum 6 people on the Eurovision stage to really carry the song. The good news for Nicky Byrne is he can have 5 people who can actually sing on stage to carry the song for him at Eurovision.
This is almost perfect Eurovision pop, but this year there is lot of strong pop songs so this will need an excellent performance. The bookies don’t rate it but this song is hard to completely hate. Good luck to Ireland.
If Ireland could choose again, they may go for something that leans more towards being a ballad, like in 1967
Wins: 3 1985 Bobbysocks - La det swinge
1995 Secret Garden – Nocturne
2009 Alexander Rybak – Fairytale
First Entry: 1960 Nora Brockstedt - Voi Voi
Most recent entry: 2015 Mørland & Debrah Scarlett – A Monster Like Me
National Anthem: No official anthem
Agnete – Icebreaker
Norway was stuck in the eternal quandary of Eurovision, should they send a Ballad or a pop-song. When trying to decide this you should not get your advice from TV ads for Tacos. “Why can’t we do both?” is not the correct response to the question of ballad or pop-song. Norway, why do I have to explain this! Aw Forget Norway
Agnete competed in the Nordic breakaway junior competition, MGP Nordic which ran in 2002 before the Nordic countries joined Junior Eurovision (JESC). The Nordic countries dropped out of JESC after the 2005 event because they were concerned about the ‘ethical treatment’ of the junior contestants (it had nothing to do with the fact that they lost twice to Eastern European countries and that even Spain was wiping the floor with the Nordic countries repetitively). So after restarting in 2006, MGP Nordic had their last contest in 2009.
This song won’t win. It will not come close. How it won the Norwegian national final (it got over 100 000 votes) has got me stumped.
Norway is just sticking with what they are good at this year and that is not winning Eurovision, They are much better at losing it. They started losing it in 1963 and they are experts at it now
Previous Entries: 38
Wins: 3 1978 Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta - A-Ba-Ni-Bi
1979 Gali Atari & Milk and Honey – Hallelujah
1998 Dana International – Diva
First Entry: 1973 Ilanit - Ey Sham
Most Recent Entry: 2015 Nadav Guedj – Golden Boy
National Anthem: הַתִּקְוָה
Hovi Star – Made of Stars.
This song has something really familiar about the start of the chorus as well as other portions of the song but then you don’t expect much originality from an Idol winner. It is one of those songs that the more you listen to it the less impressive it is, and it wasn’t hugely striking to start with. This star does not burn bright.
After watching this clip I wondered… when did fingerless gloves come back into fashion? I must have missed the memo about the current 80’s trend that has inexplicably returned. I do try my best to keep up to date with the 80’s and it appears so does Hovi.
I have read fans talking this song up, but the bookmakers don’t rate is highly. I have to agree with the bookies. Maybe it is a generational thing. It might be what the kids are in to these days but it is not something that grabs a person, or at least this person.
In keeping up with the 80’s, say Hi to 1983
And so it begins.
Dami Im - Sound of Silence.
I hate 'talent' show contestants, but I loved Dami on Australia's Got X-factor Idols (or whatever the show was). Everything that was put to her she would do but more than that, she seems so sweet and her new marriage (her husband was regularly in the audience) was played on a fair bit making her seem more than the one dimensional pop-star these shows usually create. She could also sing, which is a novelty in these shows.
I am fairly sure this song will be performed better at Eurovision than what the official version shows, the song is a bit crap though. It is obviously written by committee and the separately written parts are obvious. I also dislike songs which cannot use the natural rythm of the words and tries to force the words into the song. 'Silence', not 'si-Lence'.
On X-factor I was constantly surprised by the make-up and clothing decisions made for her on the show. If she gets the look right, she could win thins thing. The song is in the top 4 with the bookies atm so this entry could be an expensive exercise for SBS.
Austalia have only got one other Eurovision to look back on and though the result was not too shabby, it was another Idolist... Guy... The shame...