Let’s get this straight first – Eurovision (to those who aren’t familiar, this is a huge annual TV contest that Europe takes part in every May where one European country – or Australia – tries to win with a song) is notorious for showing off more cheese than edgy music. This year though, truth be told, there is a decent selection of some fun pop tracks…
Sweden – Dance You Off
- Good – This is probably as edgy as Eurovision gets this year. Also, it’s from the team at the hugely successful TEN music production company.
- Bad – Sweden do so well in this contest that the expectations are always so high for them.
Cyprus – Fuego
- Good – Catchy, sassy sound.
- Bad – Probably won’t translate well on a large arena stage.
Israel – TOY
- Good – Easy, fun pop.
- Bad – Chicken sounds?
Belgium – A Matter Of Time
- Good – Belgium is forging a reputation for performing well-produced, minimal pop to this contest.
- Bad – It’s probably too understated for a show that relies on big performances.
The show goes live on the 12th May from Lisbon. Here’s more.
Firstly, he’s just 17-years old. Secondly, it’s been written by a group of ridiculously talented writers. Thirdly, it’s got a perfect balance of being on-point while also having a beautiful vibe.
Unsurprisingly, it will compete in the Grand Final on the 13th May. Make sure to watch!
So another year’s Eurovision is almost upon us (this year in Vienna thanks to Conchita, above) and once again a random bunch of songs got put together across two CD’s to make up the entries competing for a chance to win the top prize at the world’s biggest television show.
The songs are as expected – one minute you’re enduring a ballad with some cheesy lyrics and the next you’re bouncing around to power pop that wouldn’t have been out of place in 1987.
You won’t find any cutting edge music on this, but it’s exactly what you’d expect from Eurovision – fun. And let’s face it, we all take a shining to a song we never thought we would on the night itself (maybe alcohol has something to do with that).
Norwegian pop. Check out here.
For all my sins, I do love Eurovision. I was unable to get tickets to Copenhagen this year so I’ll be watching from home, which breaks my heart a little.
The first semi final was yesterday, the second happens tomorrow and the final on Saturday.
My favourites to win are between Sweden and Hungary (above) this year- but I always get it wrong, so who knows!
After months of hoping that this happens, Copenhagen will officially host Eurovision next year. My favourite city in Europe. On an ISLAND! My favourite show in Europe. I don’t know how I’ll sleep tonight. So exciting.
This is my third Eurovision, and they just keep getting better every time. I knew the Swedes would throw on a massive show, but like everyone I wondered whether staging a show this big in such a small arena and in a city not many people have heard of would be a good thing for Eurovision.
It was. Sometimes, big isn’t best. This was by far the best show I’ve been to. The favourite, Denmark, won. But what made me happier was Norway, which in my view was the most current entry, hit the top 4. And that’s a lovely thing.
See you in Denmark next year!
I’ll be in Malmö Arena tonight to watch this camp ball of fun that is Eurovision 2013. Truth be told, this year’s entries have all been a bit lukewarm bar Norway and Denmark (above), but you know- anything can happen tonight.
The show kicks off 21:00 Sweden time, and if it’s not showing in your country then you can watch it online over on Eurovision’s official website!
I might tweet a bit, so follow me on my Twitter if you’re up for it.
I’m in Malmö, because Eurovision is happening here and it’s my dirty obsession. I hope that doesn’t make you think of less me. But anyway, I’ll be tweeting through the second semi final. I’ll be rooting for Norway in this one. Follow me if you want, it’s get lonely over on Twitter sometimes!
Anouk is a household in her native Netherlands. She controversially entered this year with this entry; it’s about as indie and dark as you could get. And it’s representing Netherlands in this year’s camp-fest that is Eurovision. She succeeded in the semi finals on Tuesday and so will be in the grand final on Saturday. Some have said this is too good; too edgy to win. I’m not sure if it will take the crown. But it’s great.