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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”

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Eurovision 2017 reviews: Big 5+Ukraine

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:

FRANCE
I’ve liked all of the recent French entries (except that Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 reviews: Big 5+Ukraine”

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Eurovision 2017: My thoughts on the semi-final 2 participants

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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.

SERBIA
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.

AUSTRIA
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”

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Eurovision 2017: My thoughts on the Semi-final 1 participants

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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:

SWEDEN
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.

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EUROVISION 2016 Grand Final Review and Analysis

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The LED screens, the holograms, feathery dresses, an historical mockumentary, Justin Timberlake’s interval act, and a new tension-filled voting system are what made the 2016 season of the Eurovision Song Contest, one of the most entertaining TV productions that you could ever experience. I had been watching the contest since 2003 and this war, by far, the best Eurovision show.

As you already know the rather-dark ethnic pop song “1944” by Ukraine’s Jamala won the competition. Without a catchy hook and a chorus in Crimean Tatar (the first time this language is heard on the Eurovision stage), “1944” is the least Eurovision-friendly song Continue reading “EUROVISION 2016 Grand Final Review and Analysis”

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EUROVISION 2016: Semi-final 2 Reviews and Analysis

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 continued last night with the second semi-final that ultimately determined the last ten participants for Saturday’s grand finale. Prior to the broadcasting, this semi-final was considered weaker than the first. However, there seemed to be a much larger production in almost all of the competing entries.

Hosts Petra and Mans introduced the show by explaining “What is Eurovision?” through an easy-listening number greatly inspired on Oscars’ opening acts.

The ten finalists that will join Tuesday’s qualifiers and the Big 5+Sweden are (in order of announcement): Latvia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Australia, Ukraine, Poland, Serbia, Israel, Lithuania and Belgium.

The shocking Continue reading “EUROVISION 2016: Semi-final 2 Reviews and Analysis”

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EUROVISION 2016: Semi-final 1 review and analysis

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The 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest officially began last night with the first semi-final deciding the first ten acts that qualified for Saturday’s Grand Finale. As usual the Eurovision stage was filled with extravaganza, LED screens, 3D images, holograms, and the unmissable wind machine.

Overall, the first semi-final was undeniably a very entertaining show. SVT, the Swedish and host broadcaster, gave a twist to the live event by introducing comedy sketches similar to those found in British television productions.

I particularly loved the new way of displaying the participant’s number; the countries’ name were displayed in huge 90s video Continue reading “EUROVISION 2016: Semi-final 1 review and analysis”

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EUROVISION 2016: Thoughts on all 43 entrants (Part 2)

For some odd reason, the second semi-final usually features better songs and more diversity than the first. However, that is not happening this year. Let’s take a look at them:

LATVIA

There must be an interesting EDM scene in Latvia. Last year they were represented by their very own FKA twigs. This year is another alternative electropop song. The lyrics are very cheesy, though.

POLAND

If we were in 2006 and we did not need intense visual stimulations, this song would had been a top five potential. Ten years later, this is just another guy who can sing and nothing else.

SWITZERLAND

This is too downtempo and the lyrics are Continue reading “EUROVISION 2016: Thoughts on all 43 entrants (Part 2)”