ESCountdown 2019: #37 – “Wake Up” by Eliot, Belgium

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.

Next up on my countdown, it’s #37, it’s the official entry from Belgium, “Wake Up” by Eliot, written by Eliot Vassamillet and Pierre DuMoulin . The song is performed in English, and will be performed 10th on the first semi-final on May 14.

18 year old Eliot was a contestant on season seven of The Voice Belgique, and co-wrote the song entered in an internal selection by Belgium’s Eurovision committee

I have yet to figure out the ESC Fandom’s rabid support of Belgium and their totally lackluster tunes. This has happened every year I’ve been watching the contest. Everyone was gaga over the 2017 entry “City Lights” by Blanche, which was at best only so-so (and also written by this year’s co-writer DuMoulin), and which went on to finish the contest in an inexplicable fourth place, placing ahead of far better tunes. Last year’s entry, “Sennek’s “A Matter Of Time” also had a rabid following among the fans, but while it was better than the previous year’s entry, a lackluster live performance banished it from the grand final. That brings us to this…this milquetoast bland and totally boring “Wake Up” which is actually more likely to put people to sleep. The video is deadly boring, and while Eliot is a nice kid, easy on the eyes for the girls, and has a beautiful singing voice, this song is just blaaaaah. Even the lyrics, which are dark and mysterious, with hints of a relationship issue, are just meh. I’d actually compare it (and not favorably) in style if not substance to last year’s entry from Iceland, “Our Choice” by Ari Olafsson, which the ESC fan community utterly loathed, and I don’t understand the love for this song in any way, shape, or form. It’s frequently in the top five on fan YouTube countdowns. For me…nopity nope nope…it’s just TOO…DAMN….BORING…he might be able to save this with an amazing live performance at the semifinals…but I’m not counting on it…although even if the judges see what a bland song it is, teh fans will probably push it through the televoting, even though he doesn’t necessarily deserve it…

Belgium made their debut in EuroVision in the very first contest in 1956, and have participated sixty 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. But as noted above, they missed the cut for the grand finals last year.

Here’s the official music video…don’t watch it if you’re sleepy…:-)

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through this year’s finals on May 18 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! My daily song countdown will appear on all three sites, with some additional material coming to both Planet BM and TKR in the days and weeks’  ahead.

If you like my Eurovision coverage (or anything else we at PNRNetworks do, of course), please take the time to become a Patreon Patron! We have a TON of great perks available, three Patron-only podcasts available to patrons at the $5/month level and above, and more! Be sure to check us out and help us be able to bring you all kinds of great coverage of music, movies, television, and much more! Become a Patron today at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

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!

ESCountdown 2019: #38 – “Keep On Going” by Oto Nemsadze, Georgia

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.

Up today is my #39 this year, it’s the official entry from Georgia, “Keep On Moving” by Oto Nemsadze, written by Roman Giorgadze . The song is performed in Georgian, and will be performed 11th on the first semi-final on May 14.

29-year-old Nemsadze won this year’s Georgian Idol on March 3, securing him the right to perform this year’s entry to the contest; previously, he had participated with his then-band Limbo in the national contest in 2017; he also finished second on a recent edition of The Voice in Ukraine.

In one of the fan commentary videos online, the video’s creator referred to Nemsadze as  looking “like a serial killer” and although they were trying to be funny, they were somewhat correct in that meant-to-be-funny comparison as the man is INTENSE. Despite the song’s upbeat lyrics, which refer to keep trying, keep singing, no matter what adversity life may throw your way, you cannot escape the earnestness and intensity he is able to bring to the song – clearly he BELIEVES what this song says. It’s not my cup of tea, personally, but it has it’s fans out there too…and he IS kinda scary…heh heh…

Georgia made their debut in EuroVision in 2007, and have placed in the final eight of the eleven times they’ve participated. Their best showing has been ninth place. They missed the grand final last year.

Here’s the official music video…check out the guy’s intensity…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through this year’s finals on May 18 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! My daily song countdown will appear on all three sites, with some additional material coming to both Planet BM and TKR in the days and weeks’  ahead.

If you like my Eurovision coverage (or anything else we at PNRNetworks do, of course), please take the time to become a Patreon Patron! We have a TON of great perks available, three Patron-only podcasts available to patrons at the $5/month level and above, and more! Be sure to check us out and help us be able to bring you all kinds of great coverage of music, movies, television, and much more! Become a Patron today at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

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 (although nothing is confirmed yet) on LogoTV!

EURO-TRAVESTY: Logo drops Eurovision as Madonna signs on as special guest

NOOOOOOOO! Say It’s Not So!

Deadline is reporting this morning that the Logo cable network has dropped U.S. coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest finals this year, despite a net gain of 10,000 viewers for the live broadcast of the 2018 finals, which saw Israel’s Netta take top honors with her infectious hit “Toy“, which became a worldwide smash, including here in the U.S. where it hit the top of the Billboard Dance chart last September.

After being hugely popular around the world for six decades, the cable broadcaster became the first U.S. Network to carry the show in 2016, and continued coverage in 2017 and 2018 as well.

Timing couldn’t be worse for this to happen, as Eurovision announced yesterday that Madonna had agreed to be this year’s finals interval performer. It might not matter, however, as when Justin Timberlake appeared as the interval performer a couple of years ago, the US was not allowed to show the performance due to already stringent copyright issues, and Madonna’s performance could be affected by the same issue.

That having been said, the Eurovision team is hard at work trying to secure another U.S. cable network for the broadcast. This year’s finals will be broadcast LIVE around the world (and hopefully to the US as well) on May 18 from Tel Aviv, Israel. Might I suggest Ryan Seacrest and his AXS network step up and sign a deal for not just the finals but the semi-finals as well? We here in the US would LOVE to see the ENTIRE contest as it plays out and AXS would be the perfect home for Eurovision in the USA…

Needless to say, I’m totally bummed out right now…but it won’t dampen continuing coverage of Eurovision here and on The Kirkham Report and Planet Bibliomusica – check daily as I count up my picks for this years’ best songs!

ESCountdown 2019: #39 – “Fire Of Love” by Tulia, Poland

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 #39 is the official entry from Poland, “Fire Of Love (Pali Sie)” by Tulia, music written by Nadia Dalin, and lyrics by Sonia Krasny, Allan Rich, and Jud Friedmann. The song is performed in Polish and English, and will be performed fourth on the first semi-final on May 14.

The polish folk band made up of members Joanna Sinkiewicz, Dominika Siepka, Patrycja Nowicka and Tulia Biczak, for whom the group was named, have been together since 2017. The video made for their entry this year was inspired by the look of the Academy-award nominated 2018 film from Poland, Cold War.

I have to admit that this is probably a very good entry for the country, but because I am not from and am not that familiar with the area, the song doesn’t speak to me personally, although the video is stylishly executed, and the music is well done. But I have to say, after three years of stellar pop songs as their contest entry – 2016’s unbelievably spectacular “Color Of Your Life” by Michel Szpak (possibly my ALL TIME favorite ESC entry), 2017’s “Flashlight” by Kasia Mos, and 2018’s “Light Me Up” by Gromee featuring Lukas Meijer (which thanks to an abysmal live semi-final performance ended up missing the grand finals). this year’s entry is a huge change of style and could prove very interesting to see how a contemporary folk number does in the contest overall; hey, it’s worked occasionally for other countries, why not give it a try? 🙂

Poland made its EuroVision debut in 1994. They have yet to top the contest, their best finish in the 20 years they have previously participated having been “To nie ja!” by Edyta Gorniak, runner up in their debut year, 1994; they also missed the grand final for seven consecutive years, 2005-2011,and again in 2018, their first time doing so since returning to the contest in 2014 after an absence of several years.

Here’s the official music video…WOW…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through this year’s finals on May 18 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! My daily song countdown will appear on all three sites, with some additional material coming to both Planet BM and TKR in the days and weeks’  ahead.

If you like my Eurovision coverage (or anything else we at PNRNetworks do, of course), please take the time to become a Patreon Patron! We have a TON of great perks available, three Patron-only podcasts available to patrons at the $5/month level and above, and more! Be sure to check us out and help us be able to bring you all kinds of great coverage of music, movies, television, and much more! Become a Patron today at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

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 (although nothing is confirmed yet) on LogoTV!

ESCountdown 2019: #40 – “Hatrio mun sigra” by Hatari, Iceland

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, we 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 #40 is the official entry from Iceland, “Hatiro mun sigra” by Hatari, written by Einar Hrafn Stefánsson, Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan, and Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson. The song is performed in Icelandic. The band has been performing together since 2015.

If you thought by chance that I was harsh on yesterday’s entry…well, you’re really not going to like what I have to say about today’s contender AT ALL…

So let me get this straight…we go from the banal, snooze-inducing 2018 entry “Our Choice” by Donny-Osmond-esque Ari Olafsson, about peace and harmony concerning the European immigration crisis, to this? You lose out with the Icelandic version of “Kum-ba-yah” last year and so you do a 180 degree turn and go the completely opposite direction? What the actual F**k?

To be totally honest, maybe it’s because I’m an American, but I just don’t get this entry.  I understand that social commentary is one of the hallmark of the Eurovision contest. But – again, this is probably my American sensibilities coming out again – sometimes I think a line has to be drawn and this song who’s title translates in English to “Hatred Will Prevail, competing in a contest that is SUPPOSED to be about promoting world peace and harmony through music, is crossing said line.  This song seems to be completely contrary to the concept of what Eurovision is supposed to be about. And while I suppose this style of music has its fans – I am NOT one of them – it’s the first time I’ve ever seen euro-dance music melded with screamcore vocals, and it’s NOT PRETTY. To be fair, though, the video, filled with violent BSDM imagery and a distinct, uncomfortable facist look and vibe in many areas, is creative and visually stunning and provocative, although definitely NOT for the kiddies -and Eurovision is also supposed to be a family-oriented show, isn’t it? And it’s not exactly the best spokesvideo or song for Iceland’s tourist industry either….yikes…ok, I’ve had my say…

Iceland debuted in Eurovision in 1986, and has never managed a Grand Final championship, but they’ve come close twice, earning runner-up status with “All Out Of Luck” by Selma in 1999 and “Is It True?” by Yohanna in 2009. Since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, the country has not qualified for the final seven times, including last year. And hopefully, that will happen again this year as well..

Here’s the official music video…WOW…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through this year’s finals on May 18 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! My daily song countdown will appear on all three sites, with some additional material coming to both Planet BM and TKR in the days and weeks’  ahead.

If you like my Eurovision coverage (or anything else we at PNRNetworks do, of course), please take the time to become a Patreon Patron! We have a TON of great perks available, three Patron-only podcasts available to patrons at the $5/month level and above, and more! Be sure to check us out and help us be able to bring you all kinds of great coverage of music, movies, television, and much more! Become a Patron today at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

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 (although nothing is confirmed yet) on LogoTV!

ESCountdown 2019: #41 -“Telemoveis” by Conan Osirus, Portugal

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!

Laat year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, we 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.

Kicking things off for 2019 at #41 is the official entry from Portugal, “Telemoveis” by Conan Osirus, written by the artist. The song is performed in Portuguese. Osirus (real name Tiago Miranda) got his stage name by combining the name of the Japanese anime series Future Boy Conan with the name of the Egyptian god Osirus. A performance artist and musician, it was his win at Portugal’s annual Festival Da Cancao that shot him to stardom in his native country and won him the honor of performing this year’s entry from the country.

Hmmmm….ok, where to start with this one? Portugal has a history of picking oddball selections for the contest, and this one…wow…this one is about as oddball as you can get. The song, whose title translates to “Mobile Phones” in English, is….um…unique? Different? Just plain WEIRD? Ok, we’ll go with that one. The song is about someone who breaks their mobile phone and apparently just can’t live without it.  Because I don’t speak Portuguese, I don’t know for sure, but I’m pretty sure this is supposed to be some kind of satire, along the lines of 2017’s popular entry from Italy’s Francisco Gabbini, “Occidentali’s Karma“. And the presentation…OMG…I realize we are not all one musical world, but how this thing could ever take off outside of its native land I will never figure out – it’s a mix of what looks to be kabuki theatre, middle eastern musical lines, and I don’t know what else. All I know that IMHO, it’s just plain BAD. BAD BAD BAD. The singer SEEMS to end up off key more often than not, but this might be intentional, i don’t know. I just DON’ T GET THIS ENTRY. At ALL.

Portugal made its EuroVision debut in 1964, missing the finals 8 times since semi-finals were introduced in 2004, and they missed five years altogether for various reasons. They held the record for the longest record of participation without a win until 2017, when they finally found a Grand Champion in Salvador Sobral’s “Amar pelos dois“, whose huge and wild popularity is still beyond me. Their followup to that win, “O Jardim” by Claudia Pascoal, finished dead last in the 2018 Grand Final.

Here’s the official music video…hold on to your hats folks…you’re gonna lose it if you don’t…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through this year’s finals on May 18 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! My daily song countdown will appear on all three sites, with some additional material coming to both Planet BM and TKR in the days and weeks’  ahead.

If you like my Eurovision coverage (or anything else we at PNRNetworks do, of course), please take the time to become a Patreon Patron! We have a TON of great perks available, three Patron-only podcasts available to patrons at the $5/month level and above, and more! Be sure to check us out and help us be able to bring you all kinds of great coverage of music, movies, television, and much more! Become a Patron today at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

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 (although nothing is confirmed yet) on LogoTV!

NEWSLINE: “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek announces pancreatic cancer diagnosis

Jeopardy” host – and DAMMIT, LEGENDARY Canadian American TV Personality – Alex Trebek, used humor and poise in announcing this afternoon in a video from the set of the long-running game show that earlier this week he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. He asks for our thoughts and prayers, and plans to fight this tough-to-beat kind of cancer…because he “has to…I have to host “Jeopardy” for three more years!”  Please everyone send a prayer to your deity of choice and keep this legendary host in your thoughts as he gears up for the toughest Daily Double of his life…see his complete video below,

 

PATREON PODCAST: “Kaiju Korner” is here!

Kaiju Korner with Kim BrownThe first of three new PNRNetworks podcasts for 2019 is here! “Kaiju Korner with Kim Brown” debuted it’s first episode last night, celebrating Kaiju movies of all shapes and sizes!

Kaiju Korner” is Kim at her very best talking about something she truly loves – Kaiju movies! In her first episode, she goes into how she became a Kaiju fan, why she remains one, and in future episodes, debuting every other Wednesday, she’ll get into the guts of various Kaiju films. Kim has been working for months on getting this new podcast just right, and it’s sure to be fun for Kajiu fans of all ages.

The new podcast is the first of three new podcasts debuting in the next two weeks that are EXCLUSIVELY for Patreon Patrons at the $5/month level and above – it isn’t and won’t be available anywhere else, and you don’t want to miss this fun and exciting look at Kaiju films from Kim’s unique perspective.

To listen to this show, support PNRNetworks, and unlock this and tons of other great Patron-exclusive perks, become a Patron today – head over to http://patreon.com/PNRNetworks and sign up today!

SITE UPDATE: Still slowly chugging along

We are now in day eight of PNR’s catastrophic system crash, and over the weekend, some slow progress has been made.

I did make the discovery that it was NOT hard drive failure that caused the crash, but a power supply failure. So thankfully most of our stuff is still intact, even if I can’t get to it right now. I’ve got about 50 programs to redownload and reinstall now, since Carbonite’s backup was woefully under-supplied – I really need to keep a much closer eye on this.

Also, the new machine is giving me all kinds of fits, insisting on installing programs on the wrong drive – it keeps wanting to put everything on the solid state drive, which is minuscule compared to the hard drive, and every time I try to load a new program, I have to change a bunch of settings to make it go where I want it to go, and even then, sometimes it does what it’s told and sometimes the computer does whatever the hell it wants…very frustrating…

And of course, there’s no easy way to move the programs from one drive to another. I purchased a program that purported to make this painful process much easier, but for some reason, it’s not seeing anything on the old drive, even though it’s connected exactly the way it’s supposed to. I’m going to be very pissed if this turns out to be a total waste of our funds…I have an inquiry into the software people, so hopefully we’ll get it sorted out, and if we do, hopefully rebuilding stuff will be much easier than it has been.

I’ve reinstalled our main production software, but for some reason, neither program is finding half of the special features they’re supposed to, and I think this is again related to the way this computer is insisting on installing stuff on the solid state drive. It’s so damn frustrating. I’m also running into an issue with OneDrive, which for some reason seems to be mirroring EVERYTHING, even though it’s set to only do what it’s told. So that is causing massive slowdowns on the system as well…

As the week progresses, I expect to bring things back online, starting either tomorrow with Tuesday Digidex or Wednesday with Ring Around The Rosie, plus last week’s Subject:CINEMA, which I discovered over the weekend DID save and which now still needs to be edited and posted, hopefully either tonight or tomorrow. I have yet to check out the sound equipment with the new beastie as well, because see aforementioned problems with the production software…

My biggest problem is that my vacation is now over – I have to go back to work for a few days today, although I am off later this week, using some personal time to continue the rebuild as well as having another medical appointment. Hopefully over the next three evenings, and then over my upcoming five day weekend – I’m off Thursday and Friday, then the weekend and MLK Day holiday – I will finally be able to get things back to resembling some sort of normal chaos around here…

Another update soon…thanks for your patience…:-)