Another Eurovision year wrapped up, and once again an unexpected and very well deserve win from Portugal. “Amar pelos dois” (Love for Both) performed by Salvador Sobral and written by his sister, Luisa Sobral gave the Iberian country its first victory after forty-eight attempts. Portugal first debuted in 1964 but withdrew on a number of occasions, more recently at last year’s contest in Stockholm.
The Sobral siblings’ ballad follows a trend of recent winning songs that rank outside the camp style pop music Eurovision is often associated with. Much like Ukraine’s jazzy-ethnopop number last year, Portugal’s winning entry did not rely on Continue reading “Portugal wins Eurovision… for the first time in 53 years!”
I’m going to start by thanking all those eurofans around the world, who shared links so others could bypass the unfair geo-blockade of the Eurovision Song Contest on YouTube and enjoy the show.
The second semi-final seemed to be better, both in terms of production and quality of the songs, than Tuesday’s show. And now we have all the twenty-six acts that will be contesting the Eurovision trophy, which seems to be going to Italy according to the bookies, polls, and almost everybody else.
There weren’t any surprises. Most eurofans are upset about Estonia’s exit but, they were not certain qualifiers Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 Semi-final 2: Performances ranked worst to best”
Eurovision 2017 has officially started, we already which countries are proceeding to Saturdays’ Grand Finale and there’s no turning back.
Social media is outraged about the non-qualification of pre-contest favourites Finland and Iceland. But since the results are not only split between jury and televote but also between two different shows, that could explain why Australia’s Isaiah got through despite missing a note on the televised semi-final.
Before ranking the performances, I feel the need to say that this years’ Eurovision —in terms of production— was inferior to what we’ve been used to this decade. However, the 62nd edition in Kyiv Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 Semi-final 1 performances ranked worst to best”
After all the Russia drama ended and they eventually withdrew. If you missed my thoughts on the semi-finalists click here and here. Now it’s time for Ukraine (host country) alongside the “Big Five”. These are the countries that though they put the most money into the contest, not necessarily the best songs.
But this year is different; Italy is the hot favourite to win, France is a potential top 5 finish, anything can happen to the UK, Germany might finish last again, and Spain, well.
Here are the pre-qualified entrants for the 2017 Eurovision final:
I’ve liked all of the recent French entries (except that Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 reviews: Big 5+Ukraine”
Keeping up with my Eurovision reviews, this is my second semi-final where Russia competes, by the way. It seems Russia is competing with Yulia Samoylova, as they have filmed their postcard. And I can’t keep on waiting for the Ukrainian government’s decision, so I’m reviewing the second semi-final participants according to their running order.
The archetypal Eurovision diva song. That’s why I totally understand the appealing, then again the song has a boring tempo and lacks an exciting climax.
This is one has an early Ed Sheeran feeling. It is just a simple, happy-go-lucky song. Not very Continue reading “Eurovision 2017: My thoughts on the semi-final 2 participants”
Eurovision 2017 will kick off in 38 days. And there’s a lot of drama going on: Ukraine banned the Russian entrant, Verka Sarduchka is pissed, the EBU threatened Ukraine, the stage is still under construction, there’s a naked ape dancing, and of course Australia. Welcome to Eurovision 2017!
Let’s take a look at the songs from semi-final 1 in their running order:
I’m pretty sure the only reason this song won melodifestivalen was because of the treadmill. The song is just plain, it reminds me of “You Are the Only One”; good technical show, and pure muscles and nothing else.
Continue reading “Eurovision 2017: My thoughts on the Semi-final 1 participants”
My favourite albums of 2016 include a good number of psychedelic pop records; some post-punk revival; and several female singer/songwriters. Take a look at the top ten albums that shaped my journey through the year in music:
Continue reading “TOP TEN: Best Albums of 2016”
The rock field is my favourite and the one I have more knowledge of (when it comes to artists and recordings) however it is the hardest to predict. This is mainly because the screening and voting process is constatntly changing. Last year nominees were reviewed by the committee of voting members. The result was that newer bands gathered nominations leaving veterans and chart-toppers behind. This is not the case for the 59th GRAMMYs, however only those with expertise on rock music will be able to vote in this field. Because of this we might see a resurgence of veteran rock Continue reading “59th GRAMMYs: Predictions for the Rock and Alternative fields”
At last some of the most important submissions for the 59th GRAMMYs had been leaked giving us a refreshed view on the possible nominations.
And we begin with the pop field packed with the biggest hits of the year, dance club tunes, teen-pop realness and of course Adele. Some of the early contenders such as Coldplay, Paul Simon and the 1975 had been switched to rock whereas Lady Gaga did not submit anything, despite “Perfect Illusion” being eligible.
Here are the odds for the pop field. Songs are listed in order of likelihood of being nominated.
Best Pop Solo Performance Continue reading “59th GRAMMYs: Predictions for the pop field”
The nominations for the 59th Annual GRAMMYs are almost around the corner as the eligibility period ended on September 30th, meaning all records released after this date will have to compete in next year’s edition. And while we wait for the submissions’ list, let’s speculate on the possible contenders.
Who will get the most nominations?
Three artists are considered locks for the general field: Adele, Beyoncé, and Drake. Whether they achieve nominations in the three major categories (Album, Record and Song of the Year) remains to be seen but they all have a chance to grab 6+ nods.
was not as stellar Continue reading “59th GRAMMYs: End of submissions predictions”