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Portugal wins Eurovision… for the first time in 53 years!

esc17-winnerAnother 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!”

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Eurovision 2017 Semi-final 2: Performances ranked worst to best

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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.

semi2-qualifiersThe 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”

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Eurovision 2017 Semi-final 1 performances ranked worst to best

esc17-semi1-qualifiersEurovision 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”