Track of the week. Blanche gained fame last year after representing Belgium at Eurovision.
While she didn’t win (the song she performed was considered ahead of it’s time for a music contest that has a notorious reputation for showing off the Continent’s cheesier side), she has continued to develop her uniquely dark pop sound…
One of the more noted acts emerging from this year’s Eurovision, Mikolas Josef returns with a massive pop effort.
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.
Sweden selected it’s entry for this year’s Eurovision last night. I think it was a well-deserved track. The production is just so slick – you wouldn’t think this was all done live!
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!
Beautiful Mess by Kristian Kostov
This is Latvia’s Justs, who in my eyes had the most current song at this year’s Eurovision. Poor guy sang his heart out and only came in 15th place.
Anyway – let’s hope for a less political show next year (the show was overshadowed by a ‘who will win… Russia vs Ukraine’ nonsense).
Over the weeks, this release from Molly has grown to be one of my favourite Swedish releases of the year so far. She competes in tonight’s Melo final – good luck!
They’re actually the UK entry for Eurovision this year and they’re one of the strongest songs that the country has sent to the contest in years. Decent pop.
Joe & Jake
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).
My tips for this year are Sweden and Spain. One thing’s for certain though- the UK won’t be hosting the event any time soon! But who knows what’ll end up winning…
The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final takes place on the 23rd May 2015. The album (CD/Digital) is out now.
Norwegian pop. Check out here.
I caught Karin Park’s album launch this week for new record ‘Apocalypse Pop’ in London at the Hampshire Street Studios.
This will be quite the year for Park, who is also competing in Norway’s MGP (the national Eurovision selection) with some really strong material.
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!
To celebrate the album release, there’s a fun game you can play here.
I went to Melodifestivalen this year and while I wasn’t crazy over Sanna Nielsen’s ‘Undo’, I rather like this fun remix I stumbled on from Being Blogged.
Whether Sanna does well for Sweden will be a matter of time.
So few have songs caused a stir at the Swedish Eurovision heats as much as Ace Wilder’s entry, ‘Busy Doin Nothin’. Too current for Eurovision? Sweden doesn’t think so – it came second after losing to a standard ballad by just two points.
I do try and keep Eurovision posts to a minimum on here, but it’s exciting to see the BBC take the show seriously for once and submit an actual, current piece of pop for the contest in May. Go Molly!
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!
Second Semi Final kicks off at 9pm Sweden time – follow me on Twitter here!
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.