Eurovision’s 2018 selection season is approaching the end, which means one thing: Sweden’s Melodifestivalen! Well, two things: lots of internal selections coming through the pipeline. No matter how you count it, we’re in the homestretch!
The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest started filling up this past week as nine countries made their selections. There are elevated pianos, Moldovan wedding hijinks, and baffled rockers—it must be the height of selection season! [Read more…]
Three more songs have joined the 2018 Eurovision field—two from national selections and one from… just showing up? San Marino has a business proposition for you while Israel poses a challenge to the concept of live vocals. Plus, we get ready for the onslaught of Stupor Saturday. Get excited! [Read more…]
This week, Ben and Mike do a deep dive into the United Kingdom’s Eurovision selection process and take a look at why the country has struggled for so long at the Contest. Plus, a roundup of headlines from the last week. Links Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s US Tour — https://ryanosmusic.com/pages/show-dates Malta’s entry: “Taboo” by Christabelle — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyrC8jJ8eb8 Switzerland’s entry: “Stones” by ZiBBZ — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXOlPGnkZFY The United Kingdom’s contestants: Goldstone – I Feel the Love Jaz Ellington – You Liam Tamne – Astronaut RAYA – Crazy Asanda – Legends SuRie – Storm Gwenno “Tir Ha Mor” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rCeygWexyA CHVRCHES “Get Out” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHUKKrcXfJs [Read more…]
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…]
With controversy swirling, can Ukraine capitalize on home field advantage? Country: Ukraine Song Title: “Time” Artist: O.Torvald Last year’s entry: “1944” — Jamala (1st Place) Ukraine captured victory in 2016, despite coming in second place in both the jury and televoting components, and thanks in part to an assist from a new voting system. (Under the voting system used in 2015, jury favorite Australia would have taken home the trophy.) Instead of trying to figure out who would host on behalf of the Aussies, we’ve spent the last few months wondering whether Ukraine and Russia could figure out a way to co-exist. (Spoiler alert! They have not.) Can O.Torvald cut through the geopolitical and bureaucratic noise to represent their country well at the Grand Final? I like rock at Eurovision, and I like several parts of this entry, but I’m not as keen on it as Mike was. In particular, there are some structural issues in the last third; the bridge starts at 1:54 with eight or nine seconds of silence, losing the momentum out of the second chorus. If they want to provide contrast and build tension, they could do so in half that much time. The next thirty […] [Read more…]
In my four years of covering the Eurovision Song Contest, I do not recall encountering an entry with as much baggage as Russia’s “Shine” by the Tolmachevy Sisters.
Portugal returns to the Eurovision Song Contest with “Quero Ser Tua” (“I Want to Be Yours”) by Suzy. Did the country use the year off to revamp its strategy to try to get its first win?
Moldova taps into dubstep and overwrought lyrics with its Eurovision Song Contest entry “Wild Soul” by Cristina Scarlat. Will Europe respond to this style the way it did in 2013?