The gang is back together to discuss the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final. Our special guest Dave Steeves shares his experience as an audience member in Lisbon and we all weigh in on the dubious honor of the Barbara Dex award.
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As the Eurovision semi-finalist rehearsals are underway in Lisbon, the EuroWhat chats about the six auto qualifiers for this year’s Grand Final. Will Portugal be a repeat winner? Will a Big Five country take the crown? Why so serious, Europe?
We have songs to talk about! France, Czech Republic, and Spain have selected and boy do we have opinions. Russia and Ukraine continue their Eurovision dramarama. Oh, and the semi-finals have been allocated. Episode Rundown Semi-Final Allocation France selects “Mercy” by Madame Monsieur Czech Republic selects “Lie to Me” by Mikolas Josef Spain selects “Tu canción” by Alfred & Amaia Russia confirms Yuilia Samoylova FYR Macedonia is looking for songs Upcoming selection processes Links Ryan’s Tattoo (Instagram) “Mercy” backstory (ESC Insight) “Lie to Me” official video (YouTube) Tu canción performance (RTVe) FYR Macedonia press release (Eurovision.tv) “Here We Go” by PeR (YouTube) [Read more…]
We take one last look at the Big Five and Ukraine’s rehearsals and see how their YouTube numbers stack up. The six autoqualifiers for the Eurovision Song Contest — France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and host country Ukraine — also had the chance to rehearse on the main stage in Kyiv twice in the last few days. Here is how their stats measure up to the rest of the field. Italy The Contest frontrunner currently1 holds the lead for both the first rehearsal and second rehearsal YouTube views. The first rehearsal clip for “Occidentali’s Karma” is the second-most-watched clip of the entire field, with more than 245,000 views. The second rehearsal, which happened Sunday, will probably cross 100,000 a few hours after this post goes live. Spain “Do It for Your Lover” currently sits in second place in this smaller group. The first rehearsal has more than 172,000 views, putting that clip in the top ten of first rehearsal footage. The second rehearsal clip is not as strong, landing in third for the autoqualifiers. France Alma’s “Requiem” has the most-watched official video of this group2, but she sits in third place with about 190,000 total views between the two […] [Read more…]
Manel Navarro’s “Do It For Your Lover” seems tailor-made to graze the bottom of the Eurovision final standings. Country: Spain Song Title: “Do It For Your Lover” Artist: Manel Navarro Last year’s entry: “Say Yay!” – Barei (22nd Place) Spain’s been having a rough go of it in the Eurovision Song Contest lately1. Last year’s entry, the sprightly “Say Yay!” be Barei, was scraping the bottom in 22nd place out of 26. Before that, their highest final placements had been in 2012 (“Quedate Conmigo”) and 2014 (Ruth Lorenzo’s “Dancing In The Rain”). That 2014 entry seems to be the standard template for Spain these days – verses in Spanish, chorus in English. Looking at this year’s entry, Manel Navarro’s “Do It For Your Lover”, they may have boiled that down a little too far: Y’all? This is an excellent song to play in the background of Sandals’ ad for their new resort in Majorca, but it’s not a great Eurovision song. The chorus is slightly over 5 words, and the chill vibe is a nice break from the usual Eurovision balladry, but I fear it drifts a little too off course from what constitutes a successful entry. This seems tailor-made to get lost in […] [Read more…]
Is Spain even trying to win the Eurovision Song Contest with Edurne’s “Amanacer”?
Good luck finding a copy of this song through the usual channels!
France’s super-catchy “Moustache” by TWIN TWIN brings the party to Denmark. Will the Eurovision audience let its score grow or will points get shaved off?
Spain has an engaging entry to the Eurovision Song Contest with “Dancing in the Rain” by Ruth Lorenzo. Will this song get the country out of its Contest slump?