Eurovision is around the corner. 23rd of May we’ll know who will bring home the trophy from Vienna so I thought it is well overdue to listen to the songs competing. Sweden is, according to the betting companies, this year’s favourite. That’s obviously extra exciting for me and I really hope we will again so that I can go and see it live again.
In this post I’ll talk you through the first half of semifinal 1 and France and Australia who are already through to the final. I think it’s really cool that Australia will be taking part this year. They’ve had their own internal voting system for so many years so it’s only fair they’ll now also get to compete.
Moldava (Eduard Romanyuta – I want your Love)
Moldova has got the honour of starting, this is the first song in the competition. Moldova has gone for a pop song that could hit the charts, a few years ago. The song reminds me a lot of a hit the Swedish pop artist Darin had a few years back. It’s a nice start to the competition and if it’s good live, with a cool show, I’m sure it’ll go through to the final.
Armenia (Genealogy – Face the Shadow)
A group consisting of six people. They all sing different parts in the song and that confuses me. I feel like I’m in so many different stories and songs. Some of them have better voices than others but when they all come together it sounds a lot better, for two seconds, and then they try too much and towards the end it’s a lot of mishmash that don’t make any sense at all. Nope, this is a write off!
Belgium (Loïc Nottet – Rythm Inside)
I really like this song, no actually – I love it! It begins like Lorde’s song ‘Royals’ and that might be why I got hooked. This song has a groovy beat with a lot of interesting sounds incorporated at places where they work really well. The singer has a lovely dark voice and I love his r’s in the build up to the chorus. This is one of my favourites, I put it on repeat after the first listen.
Netherlands (Trijntje Oosterhuis – Walk Along)
Netherlands was one of my favourites last year, a lovely country ballad. This year they send a female pop singer singing a song with a catchy melody but unfortunately I think it’s one of those songs that will be forgotten very easily. I don’t have much to say about it, it’s an endless long chorus with nor particular beginning, nor end.
What is this? Really bad punk rock. Many points for good effort and I love to see that middle aged men, also mentally handicapped, can! It’s definitely something different but unfortunately not something that tickles my fancy. another extra points for singing in Finnish but that won’t bring a win.
This is a surprise from Greece, it’s very rare that they send a power ballad to enter the competition but this year they have. The song picks up in the last minute where all power is released but as you know, I prefer Balkan ballads over this type of ballads.
I like the intro with the trumpet but it’s far too short. They should have made more use of that than the drums that are exactly the same through out the whole song. The voices are good and work really well together. The lyrics are a bit sad and that’s probably what’s dragging down this pop/jazz song. I’m sure with more listens it will get better and they definitely have a place in the final.
Macedonia (Daniel Kajmakoski – Autumn Leaves)
This song has a long intro which is building up to the chorus. To me it’s a perfect song for lying in bed on a rainy Sunday day. It’s certainly not a Eurovision song but I still like it, especially the bridge leading up to the chorus – it’s catchy.
France (Lisa Angell – N’oubliez Pas)
I’m not surprised that France has gone back to their loving ballads. Moving on from last year’s comedians they’ve now gone for an older lady singing a power ballad. I’m not sure it’s powerful enough but it’s a nice song and she’s got a good voice. Typical French Eurovision song and it’s of course sung in French which makes it a lot better.
Australia (Guy Sebastian – Tonight Again)
It’s Australia’s first entry ever and they’re doing well. A young guy (coincidently also his name) representing them with a Bruno Mars inspired song. It’s very catchy when you listen to it but as soon as it ends I’ve forgotten it and don’t particularly want to hear it again.
Next week I’ll feature Serbia, Hungary, Belarus, Russia, Denmark, Albania, Romania, Georgia and the two finalists, Spain and Austria.
Have you heard any of the Eurovision songs yet? Which of the above do you like?