Hello welcome to my series of quick takes designed to get you ready for Eurovision 2019. Just some quick thoughts / my take on each of the 41 songs this year. The countries are in alphabetical order so without further ado: Australia.
Country: Australia Singer: Kate Miller-Heidke Song: Zero Gravity Personal Score: 12 out of 41 My Prediction: Q
If you asked someone to distill down what tropes at Eurovision looked like, you could really do a lot worse than this entry. A strange half-opera, half-ballad entry with EDM and pop element that reads on stage like you combined all the weird memes from Eurovision of the past 10 years together? Yeah, Australia is doing that. Sparkle dress, cake level height, performer on a stick with only a tenuous relation to the song? Check, check, check. This song has a very light hook but the repetition and strange break in syllables of “Zero Gravity” will easily get caught in your head and should keep Australia from breaking their streak. This song grew on me after a while but the initial shock will probably be what pushes it forward – not musical greatness, which is still out there somewhere, in space, gathering power.
BONUS: Some of the many possible influences of this song and stage performance:
Hello welcome to my series of quick takes designed to get you ready for Eurovision 2019. Just some quick thoughts / my take on each of the 41 songs this year. The countries are in alphabetical order so without further ado: Armenia.
Country: Armenia Singer: Srbuk Song: Walking Out Personal Score: 15 out of 41 My Prediction: Q
This is a pretty unique sound for Eurovision and I have high hopes that there will be a pretty bombastic stage show to go along with the song (hopefully somewhat like the music video in feeling) and that should make this a pretty easy qualifying song. How well it does beyond that is probably up to what it ends up next to but I don’t see this going higher than 15th because it’s a little too dark and angry for most of the Eurovision audience – somewhat close to Skeletons from 2017. Srbuk has a really powerful voice but I worry that the song might end up a little bit on the droning side because it doesn’t have enough hooks and stand out moments but with the right energy and visuals this could really be a pleasant under the radar surprise.
Hello welcome to my series of quick takes designed to get you ready for Eurovision 2019. Just some quick thoughts / my take on each of the 41 songs this year. The countries are in alphabetical order so without further ado: Albania.
Country: Albania Singer: Jonida Maliqi Song: Ktheju tokës (Return to the Land) Personal Score: 30 out of 41 My Prediction: NQ
My hottest take is that this is kind of a weird vocal homage to 1944 but it doesn’t have the impressive vocal strength that Jamala does and wobbled plenty of the notes at the national final so much so that it never really got off the ground for me even though abstractly this song should be right up my alley. While sung in Albania, it doesn’t actually have an abundance of lyrics and its message is pretty simple: people who have left their home countries should return. That’s probably going to play well in this current political climate but without extreme vocal prowess, in the more difficult of the two semi finals, and with the staging likely to be Jonida standing alone with a dramatic LED video playing behind her I don’t feel a lot of hope for this being a big hit of the night. If her vocals improve or the staging is bombastic it’s possible this could sneak into the final but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
I love Eurovision but sometimes I feel like Eurovision doesn’t like me because every year I end up with a playlist of songs from the various national finals that I would have loved to see on the Eurovision stage that didn’t quite make the cut. These are randomized so there’s no rhyme or reason to the order here but enjoy my list of rejected songs that pretty much wouldn’t have won at Eurovision but for one reason or another I still like them.
Join me as I re-watch and review every episode of the 1987 satirical science fiction television series, Max Headroom. Even though the series aired just over 30 years ago, it echoes to me through time with its ever relevant themes and thoughts. Today’s episode: War.