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Almost Had It – Acts That Didn’t Make ESC 2020 (Part 2)

I love Eurovision but sometimes I feel like Eurovision doesn’t love 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.

Continue reading Almost Had It – Acts That Didn’t Make ESC 2020 (Part 2)

Almost Had It – Acts That Didn’t Make ESC 2020 (Part 1)

I love Eurovision but sometimes I feel like Eurovision doesn’t love 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.

Continue reading Almost Had It – Acts That Didn’t Make ESC 2020 (Part 1)

Eurovision 2019: United Kingdom

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: United Kingdom.

Country: United Kingdom
Singer: Michael Rice
Song: Bigger Than Us
Personal Score: 34 out of 41
My Prediction: Auto Qualifier

I have to say that Michael is a wonderful singer and I hope he continues to nurture his talents for years to come. That being said, this song is bland. The fun fact about this song is that its written by the performer from Sweden which is neat and everything but this is kind of the problem with all of the UKs songs in the past few years – all of which have been sourced from other countries. The good people of the UK actually speak English and have many talented composers among their ranks but all we get are these absolutely disconnected songfest songs from people outside the UK. They remain, as Bigger Than Us does, completely void of emotion or meaning. Michael tries to pour his absolute most into this song and his vocal performance but with lyrics like “Hear these words that I sing to you” and ” I will make it clear, it’s me and you” there’s nowhere to go. About 50% of the lyrics in this song are just the word “bigger”. There are all sorts of conspiracy theories about what this song might be about (Brexit! May! How the UK doesn’t want to be in Eurovision!) because this song is, at the end of the day, meaningless.

It’s not even bigger than that so I don’t see how it’ll do anything but scrape the bottom of the barrel.

Eurovision 2019: The Netherlands

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: The Netherlands.

Country: The Netherlands
Singer: Duncan Laurence
Song: Arcade
Personal Score: 3 out of 41
My Prediction: Q

Gun to my head: This is the Eurovision 2019 winner. I’m sure I’ll eat those words in no time but as of this moment, having heard all the songs and having heard most of them live, this is it.

There are a lot of ways to pick a winner at Eurovision but the pattern has been clear: if a girl wins then a boy wins the next year, if a happy song wins, a sad song wins the next year, absolutely memorable personality on and off stage, and personal connection, personal connection, personal connection!

We’ve had a really strong streak of winners with this criteria and this song and Italy’s song are the only two that really seem to fit the patterns and if I had to bet money: the jury is going to eat this song up with a spoon because Duncan Laurence’s vocals are spot on.

It’s hard to describe how his live performance of this song completely turned me around from “oh this is a song” to “HELL YES GO NETHERLANDS! MAKE THAT SAD BOY CRY!”

There is something powerful and beautiful about how his soft, lilting falsetto transitions into this extremely powerful orchestral moment and it makes me live orchestras at Eurovsion just a little. I think this song has the potential to really worm its way into peoples hearts and so I expect it to easily hit the top 5 at the very worst with a tentative “see you in Amsterdam next year” tacked on for good measure.

Eurovision 2019: Switzerland

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: Switzerland.

Country: Switzerland
Singer: Luca Hänni
Song: She Got Me
Personal Score: 27 out of 41
My Prediction: Q

This is probably the most in risk of shocking people by not qualifying because it’s so likely that this is going to TANK with jury and the viewer vote will have to save him and he’s in the much more difficult semifinal. It’s such a shame but this is a fun bop and Luca will likely lean into a big dance number with probably some fire / confetti / stage effects that should make a fun song into a total number. Luca isn’t a bad singer but I get the feeling he’s trying to channel his best Justin Timberlake and he’s falling far short of that and hitting more of a Justin Beiber vibe.

The song is kind of half-way between Fuego and Despicito so it’s not in a bad position to be widely enjoyed and liked. I think the problems kick in when the chorus hits because it’s hard to remember the words and at the end of the song I forget its name and most of the song. The other problem is that the song is kind of sleezy in a strange way and it might not read well for older audiences / jury. I think “She Got Me” isn’t an effective title either, it makes it disconnected from the strongest riff of the song and they would have done a lot better to call the song Dirty Dancing. Regardless, I’m optimistic that his dancing will pass him narrowly into the final because this is the most interested I’ve been in a Swiss song in years.