It’s Eurovision time again!!!
The first Eurovision was held in Lugano, Switzerland in May of 1956 and it included just seven countries- Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Switzerland. This year is the 59th year of the Eurovision contest, and 37 nations are competing. Last night was the last semi-final, and the final competition is on Saturday, the 10th of May.
My first exposure to Eurovision was in the 2012 Eurovision song competition., the year of the Singing Grannies and Jedward. The spectacle is quite amazing, and I was hooked. In 2013, I missed all the singing parts and only managed to catch the very last section where they do all the vote counting. That bit was dull as toast points.
This year, the competition has been mildly interesting. A lot of very similar sounding solo vocalists, with a handful of standout acts. Here’s some of my favorites from the competition so far, and I haven’t even seen the five that were pre-qualified for Saturday’s final.
Sweden – Sanna Nielsen – Undo – Good song, polished singer, and catchy enough to get lots of radio play.
Russia – Tolmachevy Sisters – Shine – There were a lot of audience boos for these two, not because they were bad – they weren’t. They were quite good, but the Russia-Crimea-Ukraine politics bled into the mood of the audience.
Ukraine – Mariya Yaremchuk – Tick – Tock – The running man was a neat visual.
Belgium – Axel Hirsoux – Mother – This guy has a decent voice, but he’s not “pop” enough to win this competition. (He didn’t make it to the finals.)
The Netherlands – The Common Linnets – Calm After The Storm – I like the sound of this band, actually. This song has a little bit of “Every Breath You Take” in it, I think.
Belarus – Teo – Cheesecake – A Belarusian boy band!
Ireland – Can-Linn (featuring Kasey Smith) – Hearbeat – I liked this, but I’m predisposed to enjoy anything with a good fiddle in the background. They didn’t make it to the finals, though.
Poland – Donatan & Cleo – We Are Slavic (My Slowianie) – Poland’s answer to the Spice Girls?
Austria – Conchita Wurst – Rise Like A Phoenix – Austrian drag queen with a killer voice.
Iceland – Pollapönk – No Prejudice – These dudes are totally my favorites to win, even if they do dress like the Wiggles. Plus I dig their dance moves at 1:42.
Will you watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 finals tomorrow night?