IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!
Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, I did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last year never made it to public consumption. So this year, rather than just cover the songs, I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such. Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary.
In at #32 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Australia, “Zero Gravity” by Kate Miller-Heidke, written by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall. The song is performed in English, and will be performed 12th on the first semi-final on May 14.
Kate Miller-Heidke is a classically trained operatic singer hailing from Brisbane. Since graduating, she has followed the same career paths as that of UK singer Sarah Brightman, doing classical music and opera as well as alternative rock, with a number of hits on Australia’s ARIA music charts over the years.
This is such a stylishly staged tune, I wish I was more of an opera fan, but I’m not. Although it’s not personally my cup of tea, the song has a pretty large fan following and is probably going to do well. I predict it will make to the grand final, and then it’s anybody’s guess; I think it will score well with both judges and on the televote, but I honestly don’t see it bringing Australia back to the top ten.
Now, I’ll repeat this from last year – those of you who are not familiar with EuroVision are probably asking the question, “Australia? Exactly HOW are they considered European? How the hell did they get into EuroVision?” Well, as a reward for carrying the contest for years down under, the European Broadcast Union, who runs Eurovision, asked Australia to participate for the 60th anniversary show in 2015. Their showing in the contest thus far has secured them an invite every year since. So although technically NOT a member of the EBU, which is normally a requirement for participation, they HAVE been doing extremely well since debuting, landing top ten finishes each of the first three years it’s participated – a fifth place showing for Guy Sebastian‘s “Tonight Again“, 2015; a damn near topper in runner up “The Sound Of Silence” by Dami Em, 2016, and a ninth place showing for “Don’t Come Easy” by Isaiah in 2017. They stumbled a bit last year, falling out of the top ten with “We’ve Got Love” by Jessica Mauboy, which finished in 20th place.
Here’s the official music video…love the stylish vibe…
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Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And hopefully, we’ll get to see the finals again this year somewhere – American fans, with Logo dropping coverage this year, let’s let AXS know we want to see it become the American home of EuroVision!