EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “For You”, Iriao, Georgia

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica has daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Georgia, “For You” by Iriao (full name Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao), music by David Malazonia and Mikheil Mdinaradze, lyrics by Irina Sanikidze . The song is performed in Georgian. As indicated by their name, the band performs ethno-jazz numbers, which for those of us who aren’t sure what that means is a combination of traditional Georgian polyphonic harmonies and jazz. The song will be performed 10th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

I really want to like this song more than I do. I love the vocals, and the harmonies are exquisite in several places. However, several times there’s a huge swell of music…and then they don’t follow through on it, falling back to a softer sound. Maybe this is what traditional Georgian music is, but I’m not used to it. The rather stark performance-style video is nice, but a little TOO stark for my tastes. The band deserves the success they’ve found in the musical circles they inhabit, but I don’t think it’s going to translate well to other audiences, be it EuroVision or the US charts.

Georgia made their debut in EuroVision in 2007, and have placed in the final eight of the ten times they’ve participated. Their best showing has been ninth place.  They ended up withdrawing from the 2009 contest due to controversial lyrics of the chosen song, which referenced the then-Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin; they refused to rewrite the lyrics as requested by the European Broadcast Union.

Here’s the official music video  – see what you think…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

We’re featuring THREE songs a day the rest of this week, FOUR songs each day this weekend, and will wrap things up with three final songs next Monday! After we’re finished with the song by song preview, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…

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Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “A Matter Of Time” by Sennek, Belgium

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Belgium, “A Matter Of Time” by Sennek, written by Laura Groeseneken, Alex Callier, and Maxime Tribèche . The song is performed in English. Sennek (real name Laura Groeseneken) is a singer, songwriter, vocal coach and musician who also works as a visual merchandiser for Ikea (go figure). The song will be performed 4th in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.

This song has been near the top of a lot of the fan countdowns on YouTube, and I’ve been hard-pressed to figure out why until I heard the whole song as I was prepping for this article. I have to be totally honest – it’s a great song, and Sennek is a fantastic vocalist, but I’m still not seeing the BIG THING everyone else is seeing. The video is a mix of Sennek singing for the camera and abstract images of different kinds of loss – according to the lyrics listing in Genius Music, the song is “about beauty in something valuable that goes wrong”. I’m assuming that would be more a love story than something happening at your place of work…Although it’s not totally my cup of tea so to speak, it’s a great song and could find some action in the US, especially in the AC and Triple A Formats…time will tell. A cover by a better known artist might also help its chances to get noticed here. As an aside, I’ve noticed that Belgium tends to have a rabid fan following no matter what the song among longtime hardcore EuroVision fans – last year’s entry, “City Lights” by Blanche was also a huge fan favorite, finished 4th in the overall combined vote, and damned if I can figure out why…again, it’s a good song but not ALL THAT…there were better songs, IMHO…

Belgium made their debut in EuroVision in the very first contest in 1956, and have participated fifty nine times – the three years they missed – 1994, 1997, and 2001 – they were relegated out due to low scores from previous contests. They have one Grand Final win under their belt in 1986’s “J’aime la Vie” by Sandra Kim. They have finished last eight times, with two “nul” points years in 1962 and 1965. Their fortunes have greatly improved of late – they have had four top ten finishers since 2010.

Here’s the official music video  – see what you think…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

We’re featuring THREE songs a day the rest of this week, FOUR songs each this weekend, and will wrap things up with three final songs next Monday! After we’re finished with the song by song preview, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…

If you’re reading our posts on our Medium site, you may want to switch to one of the main sites – we’re having issues over there due to the multple blogs we’re posting on. If you don’t want to miss anything, check out eCO, TKR, or PlanetBM!

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Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Tu Cancion” by Amaia y Alfred, Spain

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Spain, “Tu Cancion” by Amaia y Alfred, written by Raúl Gómez and Sylvia Santoro. The song title translates to “Your Song” and is performed in Spanish. Amaia Romero and Alfred Garcia met on the Spanish talent show Operación Triunfo, where she won the 2017 competition and he came in fourth. Spain is one of the “Big Five” along with the UK, France, Italy, and Germany and has an automatic “bye” advance to the Grand Final.

This song has been VERY popular with EuroVision fans thus far; many of the favorites countdowns I’ve been watching on YouTube have it in the top 5, although it hasn’t topped ANY of them. It’s a very pretty love song duet, and the video is excellently staged, but compared to other songs entered in this year’s contest, I find it yawn-inducing. Not to say I don’t like it – i DO, very much in fact – but there’s better fish in the pond, so to speak. The song is also a natural for the US Latin charts – they frequently feature hits from Spain and other Spanish-speaking nations, so their chances to make it in the latin market in the US are very very good.

Surprisingly, SpaIn didn’t debut in the EuroVision contest until 1961. Since their debut, they have never missed a contest, so they’ve appeared fifty seven times. Both of their Grand Final championships occurred in the 1960s, and they were back to back, winning in 1968 with “La la la” by Massiel , and in 1969 with “Viva cantando” by Salome, which was part of the infamous four way tie that year with the UK, France, and the Netherlands.  They have also finished second four times, with one of those second-place finishers, 1973’s “Eres Tu” by Mocedades, considered to be a EuroVision classic and becoming a worldwide hit, even in the US, where it hit #9 on the Hot 100. They’ve also finished with “nul’ points three times – in 1962. 1965, and 1983, and have managed a top ten finish only twice since 2005.

Here’s the official music video  – enjoy…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! We’re featuring THREE songs a day the rest of this week, FOUR songs each this weekend, and will wrap things up with three final songs next Monday!

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Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Who We Are” by Jessika feat Jenifer Brening, San Marino

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from San Marino, “Who We Are” by Jessika featuring Jenifer Brening, written by Mathias Strasser, Zoë Straub, Christof Straub, and Lorenzo Salvatori (music), and Mathias Strasser, Zoë Straub, Christof Straub, Stefan Moessle, Jenifer Brening (lyrics). The song is performed in English. Jessika (last name Muscat) is a well known singer and actress, best known for her role on the Maltese soap Ħbieb u Għedewwa. German-based rapper Brening is a talent show alumni from her country. Jessika has made several attempts to represent her country in previous contests and also in the Junior EuroVision contest, but has not been picked until this year  The song will be performed 4th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

I really love the sentiment behind this fun dance number; I wish it were a bit less generic. I love the song’s message – be who you are and don’t let anyone bully you, don’t take any crap – sound advice much of the time. And I LOVE the little robots dancing on the pedestals in the video, The song is well performed, but it sounds too much like other numbers in the competition, although the song could still improve on San Marino’s spotty track record. And it could make an appearance on the American dance charts, but I don’t really think it would go much further than that.

San Marino is one of those little European conclaves that tourists flock to – the entire country is only TWENTY FOUR SQUARE MILES and is contained entirely within Italy, but they are completely autonomous, currently making them the smallest country represented at EuroVision (in comparison, among the countries of Europe, only Monaco, which hasn’t participated since 2006, and Vatican City, which has never participated, are smaller). They made their debut in 2008, and have made 8 appearances in the contest. They have qualified for the final only once, in 2014, where they finished 24th. They DO hold a EuroVision record, as strange as it seems – Valentina Monetta, who represented the country three years in a row, in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and also in 2017 with Jimmie Wilson, holds the title for the female artist with the most participations in the contest with four…pretty wild…

Here’s the official music video  – get inspired by it…and hope it does well…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! We’re featuring THREE songs a day the rest of this week, FOUR songs each this weekend, and will wrap things up with three final songs next Monday!

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Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Outlaw In ‘Em” by Waylon, The Netherlands

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Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from The Netherlands, “Outlaw In ‘Em” by Waylon, written by the artist, real name Willem Bijkerk. The song is performed in English. Waylon has been performing for over two decades, having started as the drummer for a country band called West Virginian Railroad, since his teenage years  The song will be performed 8th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

Ok, I have to ask this question – what the HELL is it with the Netherlands and their apparent love for American Country Music? Yeesh…they sent a pseudo-country song to EuroVision in 2016 as well (“Slow Down” by Douwe Bob). I just don’t get it. But I have to say, this time, it works, in a major way. Waylon is country rocking his heart out in this ode to country lifestyle and it is grand to see the live audience in the video really get into the song and to Waylon as an artist. He’s already had a Nashville deal that fell through a number of years ago; maybe this time Nashville will listen…I have a feeling Waylon will soon be gracing US Country radio EVERYWHERE…possibly with some Hot 100 crossover as well…

The Netherlands are one of the founders of EuroVision, although they have missed a few years here and there. They have been a part of the contest fifty eight times. They’ve landed the Grand Final championship four times, all in the first twenty years of the contest – in 1957 with “Net als toen” by Corry Brokken; in 1959 with “m Beetje” by Teddy Scholten; in 1969 with “De troubadour” by Lenny Kuhr in a four way tie that also included the UK, Spain, and France; and in 1975 with the goofy and irresistable “Ding-A-Dong” by Teach In. Since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004, they have made the Grand Final five times. They’ve also had their share of last place wins, including two “nul” points years in 1962 and 1963.

Here’s the official music video  – time to get out the ol’ mechanical bull…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! We’re featuring THREE songs a day the rest of this week, FOUR songs each this weekend, and will wrap things up with three final songs next Monday!

If you’re reading our posts on our Medium site, you may want to switch to one of the main sites – we’re having issues over there due to the multple blogs we’re posting on. If you don’t want to miss anything, check out eCO, TKR, or PlanetBM!

Are you enjoying our EuroVision spotlights? Be sure to check out all the other great blogs and podcasts PNRNetworks have to offer! And while you’re at it, if you like what you see, please consider becoming a Patreon Patron – we rely on readers and listeners to help fund our blogs and podcasts, and can’t do it without you! We have tons of great perks available, and you help fund over a dozen sites and podcasts with just one recurring monthly donation – check it out at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “When We’re Old” by Ieva Zasimauskaitė, Lithuania

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Lithuania, “When We’re Old” by Ieva Zasimauskaitė, written by Vytautas Bikus. The song is performed in English. Ieva began her career as part of several different children and teen choirs, and eventually studied hotel management, which she got a bachelor’s degree in before moving full time into music, placing 2nd in the Lithuanian “Voice” franchise, then making several attempts to represent her country in prior EuroVision contests.. The song will be performed 6th in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.

A slow, uplifting, and truly gorgeous song about love lasting for a lifetime, my wife was in tears as she listened to the song and watched the video. Zasimauskaite’s voice reminds me greatly of Marketa Irglova of the duo The Swell Season – they have a very similar timbre and quality to the voice. This also has potential success in its future if it can find a stateside release – this is the kind of song that soft rock radio stations go nuts for over here, in a vein similar to acts like Sarah McLaughin, Adele, and Sara Barellies, and could easily find its way into the upper reaches of Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart if given a chance.

Lithuania had a rocky start in EuroVision, debuting in 1994 and receiving one of the rare “nul points” scores; they were incensed and pulled out for five years before returning in 1999. Although they have yet to win their first Grand Final – the last remaining Baltic state that has never won the contest – they have finished as high as 6th place, which happened in 2006, with what many EuroVision watchers consider a “troll” or novelty entry,  We Are The Winners, performed by LT United, the lyrics and presentation of which in fact made a complete mockery of the entire EuroVision contest, which is pretty ironic, all things considered. Although it only finished in ninth place in 2016, Donny Montell’s “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” remains a recent favorite among EuroVision fans in the US (and yours truly as well…)

Here’s the official music video  – and be prepared to shed a few happy tears…my wife certainly did, heh heh…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! This weekend is going to be full, with FOUR song by song profiles each day, so we will have time at the end of the profiles to do some favorites and not-so-favorites…

If you’re reading our posts on our Medium site, you may want to switch to one of the main sites – we’re having issues over there due to the multple blogs we’re posting on. If you don’t want to miss anything, check out eCO, TKR, or PlanetBM!

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Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Taboo” by Christabelle, Malta

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Malta, “Taboo” by Christabelle, written by Johnny Sanchez, Thomas G:son, Christabelle Borg, and Muxu. The song is performed in English. Christabelle (last name Borg) began her career as a television host on Maltese television in her teens and expanded into music as she got a bit older, making several attempts to represent her country in both the Junior EuroVision and EuroVision contests, finally getting the nod this year. The song will be performed 12th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

The song takes a look at the plight of those suffering from mental illness and how society sometimes looks upon them as animals and criminals, which is a key part of the chorus of the song. The video looks like it was ripped out of a Mad Max film, using the whole dystopian future idea to propel the song’s message that we need to be more positive in the treatment of people suffering from a variety of these illnesses. But while well written, I’m not a huge fan of the presentation – the video isn’t really very original, with multiple videos in recent times doing the dystopian future idea, and the song itself is typical EuroDance. I doubt it has much of a shot to make an impact on the US Charts, although the song is performing well, if not spectacularly, with EuroVision fans.

Malta first participated in Eurovision in 1971, then after a few competitions withdrew for a 16 year period before returning to the competition in 1991, and have participated each year since. Although they have yet to win their first Grand Final, they have been in the runner-up slot twice since returning, in 2002 and 2005.

Here’s the official music video  – very Mad Mad/Hunger Games style…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! This weekend is going to be full, with FOUR song by song profiles each day, so we will have time at the end of the profiles to do some favorites and not-so-favorites…

If you’re reading our posts on our Medium site, you may want to switch to one of the main sites – we’re having issues over there due to the multple blogs we’re posting on. If you don’t want to miss anything, check out eCO, TKR, or PlanetBM!

Are you enjoying our EuroVision spotlights? Be sure to check out all the other great blogs and podcasts PNRNetworks have to offer! And while you’re at it, if you like what you see, please consider becoming a Patreon Patron – we rely on readers and listeners to help fund our blogs and podcasts, and can’t do it without you! We have tons of great perks available, and you help fund over a dozen sites and podcasts with just one recurring monthly donation – check it out at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Bones” by Equinox, Bulgaria

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Bulgaria, “Bones” by Equinox written by Borislav Milanov, Trey Campbell, Joacim Persson, and Dag Lundberg . The song is performed in English. The group is made up of Bulgarian singers Zhana Bergendorff, Georgi Simeonov, and Vlado Mihailov, and American singers Johnny Manuel and Trey Campbell. The song will be performed 10th in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.

Bulgaria has been producing some huge support in certain sectors of EuroVision fans the last several contests, with Kristian Kostov ending up in a tight race for the top last year, finishing a close second with his song “Beautiful Mess“. And 2018 might be their year – “Bones” is proving to be one of the monsters with EuroVision fans; it has been near the top of many of the fan-produced favorites video countdowns on YouTube,  came in near the top last month on EuroVision’s most-watched videos list, and DID top the official EuroVision poll of fans from the US (more on this in a moment).  This dreamy number takes some intense lyrics about a love that is so deep that it goes “beyond the bones”, puts the barest of Enigma-like dance beats behind it, lets the vocals take center stage, and the result is one of the best song entries this year. The vocals are haunting, although I wish the video was a bit better – it’s basically a lyric video, but still, there’s something about it that sends chills down my spine every time I listen to it. The huge US support that the song appears to have bodes well for its chances on the US Charts should a distribution deal be made available. It might have something to do with the already huge fan following that group member Johnny Manuel has here in the states – Manuel was a 2017 America’s Got Talent participant, where he earned a Golden Buzzer from guest judge Seal, and made it all the way to the semi-finals. Needless to say, this song could be a MONSTER in the US if given the chance to prove itself by the American labels….

Bulgaria first participated in Eurovision in 2005, making them one of the newer kids on the block; they have participated eleven times, missing a couple years here and there due to various reasons. Although in the years they have participated they have made it to the Grand Final only three times (several times despite rabid fan followings for certain numbers), all three were top five finishers, and as noted above, 2017 was their best showing yet, with Kristian Kostov’s gorgeous ballad “Beautiful Mess” landing in the runner up position, more than 200 points ahead of the third place finisher and just over 100 points behind winner Portugal. “Bones” has such a huge following among fans that this really COULD be their year if the juries and televotes align….

Here’s the official music video  – see what you think!

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! This weekend is going to be full, with FOUR song by song profiles each day, so we will have time at the end of the profiles to do some favorites and not-so-favorites…

Are you enjoying our EuroVision spotlights? Be sure to check out all the other great blogs and podcasts PNRNetworks have to offer! And while you’re at it, if you like what you see, please consider becoming a Patreon Patron – we rely on readers and listeners to help fund our blogs and podcasts, and can’t do it without you! We have tons of great perks available, and you help fund over a dozen sites and podcasts with just one recurring monthly donation – check it out at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Inje” by Vanja Radovanovic, Montenegro

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Montenegro, “Inje” by Vanja Radovanovic, written by Radovanovic as well. The song is performed in Montenegrin. Radovanovic is a well known singer and songwriter in his homeland. The song will be performed 16th out of 18 songs in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

There’s something about this song that touches me, and I don’t know what it is. The title translates in English to “Frost”, and the translated lyrics (provided by EuroVision’s website) speak of a man mourning a lost love that he can never forget.The video is stunningly ethereal and beautiful, and the power of the vocal makes it seem even more evocative of a man overcoming the ghosts of his past love. A beautiful woman runs from three faceless people and then seemingly is taken into the air until the singer, in the form of her one-time love, arrives to catch her as she descends back to earth. It’s a very beautiful video and song. The songs fortunes on the US Charts are probably nil – no song in Montenegrin has ever graced the Billboard charts that I can find – but if it can amass enough YouTube views, you never know…

Montenegro’s participation in EuroVision is fairly complicated:  When Yugoslavia, which participated in the contest from 1961-1992, ceased to exist after the breakup of the Soviet Union, most of the regions of the country that subsequently became independent countries entered Eurovision on their own, but Montenegro did not; they remained joined with Serbia and entered the contest for three years as Serbia and Montenegro. It was only after a vote for independence and splitting off from Serbia that the country entered EuroVision on its own, making it’s debut in 2007,  and has participated nine times since, missing 2010 and 2011 for financial reasons. They have qualified for the Grand Final only twice during their participation; their best showing has been 13th place, in 2015.

Here’s the official music video  – see what you think!

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! This weekend is going to be full, with FOUR song by song profiles each day, so we will have time at the end of the profiles to do some favorites and not-so-favorites…

Are you enjoying our EuroVision spotlights? Be sure to check out all the other great blogs and podcasts PNRNetworks have to offer! And while you’re at it, if you like what you see, please consider becoming a Patreon Patron – we rely on readers and listeners to help fund our blogs and podcasts, and can’t do it without you! We have tons of great perks available, and you help fund over a dozen sites and podcasts with just one recurring monthly donation – check it out at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “X My Heart” by Aisel, Azerbaijan

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Azerbaijan, “X My Heart” by Aisel, written by Sandra Bjurman (lyircs), Dimitris Kontopoulos, and Tim Bran (music). The song is performed in English. Aisel has been active in the entertainment industry in her native country for over a decade, and attended Azerbaijan State Conservatory for her musical education. The song has one of the slots dreaded by most countries – it will be performed 1st out of 19 songs in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.

This number is a mid-tempo dance ditty with a Katy Perry-style backing, along with the usual electronic sound a lot of European dance songs have. Asiel’s voice resembles Celine Dion in many ways, strong and able to belt out each note with the perfect intensity. The song is actually quite pleasant, and I love the lyrics, which are about devoted love; shot in a beautiful tree-filled park, it has a very etheral feel about it. The more I listen to it, the more I like it.  This is also a song that could cross over successfully to the US charts – especially on the dance charts, but this kind of beat, especially when paired with this strong of a vocal performance, has a history of doing well on the general Hot 100 as well…maybe, we’ll see

Azerbaijan is relatively new to EuroVision, having debuted in 2008,  and have participated each year since, sending ten songs to the contest. For a relative newcomer, they have done quite well also, winning their first Grand Champion title in 2011, with “Running Scared” by Eli and Nikki, who became the first mixed gender duo since 1963 to win the contest, and have more often than not made it to the Grand Final, also achieving a runner up and a third place victory in their ten years of participation.

Here’s the official music video  – see what you think!

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! This weekend is going to be full, with FOUR song by song profiles each day, so we will have time at the end of the profiles to do some favorites and not-so-favorites…

Are you enjoying our EuroVision spotlights? Be sure to check out all the other great blogs and podcasts PNRNetworks have to offer! And while you’re at it, if you like what you see, please consider becoming a Patreon Patron – we rely on readers and listeners to help fund our blogs and podcasts, and can’t do it without you! We have tons of great perks available, and you help fund over a dozen sites and podcasts with just one recurring monthly donation – check it out at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!