The Polish band Tulia might seem like a fun fusion between the Russian grannies and the Polish milkmaids from a few years back. Yet there’s something disquieting about them.Continue reading
Our yearly love for Italy is as predictable as Sweden’s wind machines and Belarus’ 12 points to Russia. But Mahmood gives us no reason for changing the game:Continue reading
The Albanians are doing their Albanian thing. Business as usual,in other words.Continue reading
In Belgium the French broadcaster RTBF is once again at the helm and as of lately this usually bodes for a pretty decent result. Will young Eliot cut the mustard?Continue reading
So Azerbaijan’s entry is called “Truth”. And they insistently tell you to shut up about it:Continue reading
As Tel Aviv extravaganza is rapidly approaching, it is time to start upping our party mode, drape ourselves in polyester and get ready to take in all the glam, glitter, madness, drama and vodka shots that tend to go with. What better, then, than to join the utter fabulous Queentastic’s Eurovision show in Oslo’s Elsker?Continue reading
What makes a good song? That is a question frequently raised as Eurovision season hits peak level, and not only by Alexander Rybak. How do we as critics decide what’s good and not? How do voters and juries at home judge entries? Who will win? And will it be a well deserved victory?Continue reading
PÆNDA has the most divinely beautiful voice, but not quite the song to go with it. How ænnoying.
Austria has done quite well in Eurovision lately, of course with Conchita winning a few years back as the absolute highlight. Besides that, they managed to win the jury vote last year and bestowed “Loin d’ici” by Zoë upon us, one of the biggest post millennium fan favorites never to disappear from Euroclub’s A-list.Continue reading
After a long time in this game that we call Eurovision, we have developed certain preferences. Certain countries are closer to our heart than others. Certain returning performers are more dear than others. Certain sounds are preferred. Swedish song writers are disregarded.Continue reading
So, let’s see, this year Estonia takes us to Schlager land Sweden, Latvia invites us to swing by Nashville and Lithuania wants us to join them on a … safari?
Ok, we get it, not all lyrics are supposed to be taken literally, and we have enough ECTS credits in literature and communication studies to know our way around metaphors. We even think Lithuania’s message this year about being bold enough to run with the lions is kind of fresh compared to all the worn-out clichés we usually must put up with in this business.Continue reading