Thursday, May 11, 2017

Eurovision 2017: Second Semifinal (predictions)

Eight out of ten isn't bad for predictions of the first semifinal.   Australia and Cyprus beat out Finland and Latvia.  

Sure Qualifiers
  • Bulgaria
  • Estonia
  • Israel
  • Romania
The Songs Without A Chance
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Switzerland
The Undefined Middle
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Hungary
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • The Netherlands

So that said, here are my guesses for qualification
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Israel
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • The Netherlands

And if you are reading this in a European country, please spare a vote for this entry:


Naviband   "Story of My Life"


Monday, May 8, 2017

Eurovision 2017: Semifinal One (who will qualify)

Now it's the post where I try to guess the thoughts of people all over Europe and fail miserably!   What fun.

The Sure Qualifiers
  • Armenia
  • Finland
  • Latvia
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
The Songs Without A Chance
  • Albania
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovenia
The Undefined Middle
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Poland
So my guesses are:
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Latvia
  • Moldova
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
It's quite different than the songs I personally like the best.

1.  Portugal
2.  Finland
3.  Georgia
4.  Armenia
5.  Azerbaijan
6.  Czech Republic
7.  Montenegro
8.  Moldova
9.  Belgium
10.  Albania

So please, if you are reading this, please drop a vote for the Portuguese entry for this American's sake. 


Salvador Sobral   "Amar Pelos Dois"  (live from Spain Calling)




Sunday, May 7, 2017

Eurovision 2017: United Kingdom

Hooray!   The last song!    

I am going to say that the United Kingdom have gotten most everything right this year.


Lucie Jones   "Never Give Up On You"

They have perhaps the best singer in this year's contest who is able to perform a technically difficult song impeccably.   The lyrics are terrible but Jones is able to elevate them to a point where they aren't a distraction.

If the staging is right (a difficult task for the BBC's Eurovision team), this could outperform the songs the UK has sent in the past ten years.

I'm shocked to say it's in my top ten.   I don't think I've put one in my top ten since I seriously started watching Eurovision.


Eurovision 2017: Spain

Do it for your lover/
Do it for your lover/
Baby, clap your hands/
and do it for your lover


Daniel Navarro    "Do It For Your Lover"

I get he's going for a frothy, relaxed, beachy summer song.    The chorus can only be described one way.

Ew.

I also get they're going for a frothy, relaxed, beachy summer look.   The look can only be described one way.

Ew.

Dude, button up your shirt a button or two.  You aren't that attractive.

This is just tragically terrible and the worst song that has been sent to the contest this year.



Eurovision 2017: Italy

The song most likely going to win the contest this year is the Italian entry.


Francesco Gabbani   "Occidentali's Karma"

It's upbeat, idiosyncratic, silly, and has a gimmick that will be in Eurovision clips from here on out.

Yet it's a silly song with a statement.   It's about Western cultural appropriation of Eastern mysticism.   Whether the song is commenting on or indulging in the cultural appropriation is up to interpretation.  It has, however, garnered a lot of press and helped the print sales of the book "The Naked Ape" by English zoologist Desmond Morris.

I will say this song is not my favorite.   That distinction still belongs to Portugal.   But this would be a worthy winner.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Eurovision 2017: Germany

Germany has had one of the worst Eurovision track records in the past few years.  They have sent songs that have moldered at the bottom of the results table.  (Even one that was one of my personal favorites.)

I don't think Germany is going to change this trend with this year's song.


Levina  "Perfect Life"

This is a perfectly nice song--very credible and very radio friendly.   The problem is the song, like the French song before it, is not particularly memorable.   Unless the stage show is spectacular, there is nothing for a viewer to remember to willingly vote it for and her voice is not unique enough for the juries to rank highly enough to get points.

Poor Levina.

Eurovision 2017: Ukraine

There is a fine line that a host country has to tread when they host the Eurovision Song Contest..  Because of the financial burden on the host broadcaster, winning the contest twice isn't the smartest thing to do.  However you also have to send a song that is credible.

Ukraine has walked that tightrope quite well with their entry.


O.Torvald   "Time"

"Time" is a nice piece of pop rock that sounds like it is from the early 2000s.    It's a perfectly nice example of the genre, but it's not anything that is likely going to win the contest.  

It's the perfect host country entry.