OMG ESC 2019

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:11 am
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Where did the time go? Eurovision Song Contest is upon us, with all the national representatives selected, both semi-final concerts planned and the madness is imminent, hurray! Is it me or are the two semi-finals pretty unequal? The rundown of the line-up seems more vibrant for the first one, the second felt like it dragged (in preview). Of course, it may prove the exact opposite live.

I only gave everything a quick listen so far, but my favourite, perhaps unsurprisingly, is Italy, because they take things very seriously at the Sanremo festival and have great concept songs, with modern sound and excellent poetry. I loved it:

Italy: Mahmood - Soldi

Australia is a precious glitter roll too good for this world, too pure. Note the teetering & flying background acrobat:
Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke - Zero Gravity

The Dutch had a tasteful and emotional entry:
Netherlands: Duncan Laurence - Arcade

Spain has an incredibly vivacious and upbeat anthem about integrity, values, and not being a sellout. Love the parkour and the dance moves:
Spain: Miki - La Venda

Sweden has an extremely nice pop-soul-gospel entry:
Sweden: John Lundvik - Too Late For Love

This year's most epic power ballad is also this year's most feminist entry, from North Macedonia (the Country Formerly Known as the Former Yougaslavian Republic of Macedonia):
North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska - Proud

Cyprus is too on trend (remember, "In real life this is 30 years old, but in Eurovision it will give your number a contemporary feel!") but catchy:
Cyprus: Tamta - Replay

Azerbaijan is also on trend, but crazier! That's more like Eurovision:
Azerbaijan: Chingiz - Truth

This year's inevitable quasi-American-country music entry is Switzerland, again (compared to last year's Zibbz, I guess this is more reggaeton?):
Switzerland: Luca Hänni - She Got Me

Actually, the déjà vu is strong as always: last year's Madame Monsieur co-wrote this year's French entry, and you can kind of feel it:
France: Bilal Hassani - Roi

Belgian entry is exactly what you expect, practically a genre in itself:
Belgium: Eliot - Wake Up

However, I believe Slovenia might have outhipstered Belgium this time:
Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl - Sebi

San Marino should unironically get a special award for nailing the quintessential Eurovision lyrics:
San Marino: Serhat - Say Na Na Na

Eurovision has also graciously delivered on things that may be underrepresented yet sought for by the listening masses, such as:

- frozen disco furries (thank you, Norway);
- cages and BDSM fetish gear (thank you, Iceland);
- adult man in a white leather jacket and giant fluffy angel wings singing about love (thank you, Croatia);
- scissor claws and techno-sorcery ballet fantasy in feathers (thanks, Portugal);
- nude men floating underwater (thanks, Azerbaijan and the Netherlands).

Do you have any Eurovision favourites this year? What interests you the most?

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Mood theme of the day: Michela - Chameleon (ESC 2019 Malta)