Eurovision (ESC) Thursday – Quick Note

Preface:

As I mentioned in a previous post (Random Thoughts Thursday: Eurovision), I’m going to start reviewing and making my predictions for ESC2022 as countries begin to name their artists and release their songs. While these songs will be performed at Eurovision, countries have some time to revamp the song (mainly to fit it into the 3-minute window) and staging.

I do not know how these hardcore Eurovision fans keep track of all of the national song selections, film reactions videos, review ALL the songs, and research the singers’ backgrounds. Eh, maybe some folks are getting paid to do these things.

In terms of song reviews, I think that I’m going to stop with today’s batch unless a country releases a live performance with the song. I can hear myself “yelling” at the hubby:

Honestly, how can folks rank a song/performance for a music contest if they are comparing live performances to music videos? Like how can you determine if Singer A is better than Singer B when comparing Singer A’s live music performance to Singer B’s music video. For me, it’s like comparing apples and oranges. Do not get me wrong, folks in the Singer B category probably can sing since their countries had enough faith to pick them for Eurovision. But, this dude is not wasting time on this because I wanna see the whole package (eg staging) in addition to hearing live vocals. I’m sure that is not too much to ask from a song/singing contest. 😉 Also, it saves me from writing nine more of these reviews.

For now, it looks like I’m off the hook for 🇦🇹🇧🇪🇨🇾🇬🇪🇬🇷🇲🇪(welcome back to Eurovision)🇳🇱🇨🇭🇬🇧. That was a flag test 😉 The answers: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK.

Back to the topic, these 8 or 9 countries’ songs will stay at the bottom of my list until I get a LIVE damn vocal. I will say that I really like the videos/songs from the UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Actually, maybe I’ll do a subranking of the songs that have been released without a live performance. For the remaining songs/countries, I could write quick reviews about the ones I found interesting during last year’s Eurovision especially the UK since it received 0 points from both the national juries and the televote.

There, I’ve subranked the songs released without a live vocal. Looks like Belgium the UK, and the Netherlands are my top three.

Ugh, I just forgot that Azerbaijan and Armenia have not released their songs yet. God, this national season seems to have been going for the last three years.

Last thing: I gotta say that the Big Five (maybe with the exception of Germany) are bringing their A-game to this ESC. As of right now, I do not see the UK or Spain finishing in the bottom five. I’m “picking” on these two countries because they have finished in the bottom 5 for the last three Eurovisions.

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4 comments

    • With UK’s song (well more so bc of the artist), I don’t think y’all will be in the bottom 5. I believe the singer accumulated something like 12 million followers on Tick Tok over the past 2yrs so the BBC wouldn’t have to do too much work to promote him. That’s probably why he was selected to represent the UK. Even popular singers (eg Adele, Alicia Keys, Rihanna) have praised him on his covers of their songs. I guess we have to see what staging he has for the final.

      If he lands in the Bottom 5, especially with this year’s lackluster songs, then you know that it’s some political voting BS going on.

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  1. Is this an app you use to screen shot all your rankings? you’re right, seems like a full time job in the run up to the actual ESC. You should be a guest-commentator or get a side gig commenting for news outlets!

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    • Yeah, there’s an app – My Eurovision Scoreboard (my handle is kosphd).

      Thanks for the recommendation, but I think the Eurovision blogging/vlogging universe is pretty saturated. Not sure if I could bring something different that would stand out. Maybe something like an American fan of Eurovision – then again there are several of those out there. Since we are almost done with Eurovision national selections, I wonder if these bloggers/vloggers will start covering the American version of the contest, which begins on Monday.

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