EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “My Lucky Day” by DoReDos, Moldova

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.

I hope everyone isn’t angry about missing the last entry on Friday and all day Saturday; I decided to go dark on EuroVision matters for 24 hours after the sudden and tragic passing of Avicii; as I said in my tribute post on Friday, I was a huge fan and he will be deeply missed by myself and all of his millions of fans. Now, it’s time to get back to business.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Moldova, “My Lucky Day” by DoReDos, written by Phillipp Kirkorov (music) and John Ballard (Lyrics). The band is from the city of Ribnita, and have been together for several years, made up of Marina Djundiet, Eugeniu Andrianov, and Sergiu Mîța. They have tried to represent Moldova twice before, but this is the first year they’ve been selected to do so. The song will be performed 7th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

I have to admit it – I didn’t know what to expect from this until I watched the video for the review…all I had seen was that hat..you know the one I mean, the on that is bigger than an old-fashioned backyard satellite dish, so attention-hogging that even Hyacinth Bucket from “Keeping Up Appearances” wouldn’t go near it. I was dreading watching this one. But you know what? I LOVE THIS SONG! This song is such a kicky and perky little song, and the three members of the group are obviously having so much fun singing it and making the video…everything about this song completely wowed me. And again, there’s that damn hat…which Marina ROCKS SOLID all the way through; other women cheer and clap when she goes by…hell, RuPaul himself wouldn’t be able to carry that monstrosity as well as she does…heh heh. US Chart fortunes are better than good if they can get a distribution deal – the song has a lot in common with 2017’s monster smash “Despacito” by Luis Fonzi and Daddy Yankee (you know, last year’s “Macarena“…SORRY, couldn’t resist…heh heh_) in both style and beat, and if a label were to work it hard and aim high, this trio from Moldova might become the first artist from their country (I think) to crack the Hot 100…

Moldova debuted in Eurovision in 2005, participating 13 times since then. Their best showing has been third place, which occurred just last year, with the (incredibly overrated IMHO) number “Hey Mamma!” by SunStroke. They have two more top ten finishes under their belt as well, and continue to produce tunes that EuroVision fans seem to love…

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

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 FOUR songs today, tomorrow, and on 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!

PASSAGES: Influencial Swedish DJ Avicii dead at 28

I was at work this afternoon when I opened my email and saw about a dozen bulletins about the passing of Tim Bergling, known the world over as Avicii, and my heart leaped. I came late to the game, but when I got there, I was all in. He was only 28…and that’s just not right…

Avicii’s reps released an official statement this afternoon announcing the sad, music-world-changing news:

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known

(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

as Avicii.He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

Bergling had suffered from a variety of health problems over the years, including acute pancreatitis, brought on most likely by years of drinking. He had surgery to remove his appendix and gall bladder in 2014, and many people who knew him say he never completely recovered after that. He ceased touring in 2016, but never stopped traveling the world.

The first time I heard the name Avicii was when he was playing the TD Garden here in Boston a few years ago; the train was packed with people on their way to see him. I was like, “See a DJ? Really?”  Little did I realize that would be the last time he played the Boston area, and my life will forever be poorer for having missed him. It was about that time that I heard the song “Wake Me Up” for the first time, and didn’t connect the two until I saw (and adored) the EDM Electric Daisy Carnival documentary “Under The Electric Sky“.  Although he wasn’t one of the performers there, they did play “Wake Me Up“, I recognized Aloe Blacc’s voice (he’d been on Dancing With The Stars just prior to that time) and I looked it up on Spotify, played the whole album, and fell utterly in love with his incredible electronic jams.

I can’t do the justice to him that his deep true fans can, and so I’ll leave that to them, but I can say this – his music always put a smile on my face, particularly “Wake Me Up”, “Levels”, “Broken Arrows” and the odd but endearing “Somewhere In Stockholm“. His collaboration with Conrad Sewell, “Taste The Feeling” was always on my player after it’s release – combining Avicii’s keyboard and production work with one of my favorite vocalists right now was absolutely a dream.

I noticed in the video for the latter song that he looked way older than I’d remembered seeing him in recent times on YouTube, and thought that maybe his health problems had come roaring back. Sadly, I may have been correct about that, and today the news hit me like a ton of bricks.

In reference to our current ongoing series of EuroVision previews, Avicii co-authored the 2013 Contest theme “We Write The Story” with ABBA‘s Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. The official EuroVision site has a tribute up on their main page, in case anyone would like to see it.

Our lives will forever be touched by his music, and he will be remembered the world over for his sound. Godspeed, Avicii… you have no idea how much you will be truly missed in this household. May you finally find peace and freedom from pain in the great beyond.

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself, and I
Didn’t know I was lost

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “We Got Love” by Jessica Mauboy, Australia

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 Australia, “We Got Love” by Jessica Mauboy, written by Anthony Egizii, David Musumeci, and Jessica Mauboy. The song is performed in English. Mauboy is a favorite in her native Australia; she was the runner up of the 2006 edition Australian Idol, and hasn’t looked back since, becoming one of the country’s most succesful female artists. The song will be performed 9th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

Mauboy’s performance here is excellent, but I have to be honest – compared to the first three entries by Australia, this song is a major letdown. It’s your run of the mill pop dance song, the kind you hear on the radio all the time. It has a vague similarity to early Kylie Minogue or Natalie Imbruglia, two of my all time favorite Aussie singers. It’s nice, it’s fun, and she’s beautiful, but it’s also very similar to other stuff out there, and I fear Australia may miss the top ten finalists for the first time since they began appearing here. Can it make the American charts? Yes, I’m sure it could, but I doubt it would be an out of the park smash…

Now, 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 three years it’s participated thus far – 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 (which MAY have won had it not been for the craziness in Ukraine that year, which along with a great song like Jamala‘s haunting “1944″ helped to hand it a win; and why Ms. Em hasn’t broken in the US yet is mystifying to me – she is utterly STUNNING); and a ninth place showing for “Don’t Come Easy” by Isaiah in 2017. Personally, I doubt that 2018 will be their year – Dami Em’s runner up is going to be damn hard to beat in the future – but we’ll see….

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

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…

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: “Goodbye” by The Humans, Romania

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 Romania, “Goodbye” by The Humans, written by Alexandru Matei, Alin Neagoe, and Cristina Caramarcu .  The song is performed in English. The band has been rocking their native country out of Bucharest for the past couple of years. The song will be performed 2nd in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

I have to say up front that I like this song. I’d like it better if I was presently living in the late 1980s or early 1990s. The song, while musically excellent, sounds stuck in a time warp – it’s reminiscent of songs from that era by female led groups like Heart or Vixen, with a slightly more modern vibe that stems from female-fronted bands like Evanescence and Halestorm. Problem is, there isn’t enough of the “now” vibe and too much of the “then’ vibe.  Some rock stations go for this kind of sound here in the US, so it has a chance to make the Rock Tracks chart, but I can’t see it doing that well on the general Hot 100; I think too many people would be put off by a slow ballad that suddenly turns into a firestorm, like this song does.

Romania made their debut in EuroVision in 1994, but due to various reasons, they have only participated 18 times. They have not been able to capture a Grand Final win as yet, but have finished as high as third place, which they have managed twice, in 2005 and 2010. Romania has also managed to make every final each year they’ve participated since the semi-final round was introduced in 2004. Many Eurovision fans thought that they might have a winner last year, with the fan favorite “Yodel It!” by Ilinca and Alex Florea, but alas, it wasn’t to be – it finished 7th overall.

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

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…

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: “Funny Girl” by Laura Rizzotto, Latvia

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 Latvia, “Funny Girl” by Laura Rizzotto, written by the artist.  The song is performed in English. Rizzotto has been pursuing her musical career since her teenage years, and has had quite an education around the world,. Born of Latvian and Brazilian descent, she has lived in Minnesota much of her life, and getting schooling at both Berklee College of Music in Boston and the California Institute of the Arts. The song will be performed 14th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

Wow, this is one bitter song, and no surprise, it’s about a woman who’s discovered her man is cheating on her. It’s lyrically close to Dolly Parton’s classic “Jolene“, but with the fire and passion you usually find from a Lady Gaga or Beyonce, and the vocals are more in line with Celine Dion or Gloria Estefan. And the video looks like a well done Laurie Anderson performance. In other words, the song is all over the road…and strangely, it works…way better than I think it should. An US release deal could take this song to charts easily, as it fits with perfection the current contemporary radio sound.

Latvia made their debut in EuroVision on the cusp of the 21st century in 2000, and have participated 18 times since They have captured the Grand Final championship once, in 2002 with “I Wanna” by Marie N. Their 2017 entry failed to make the Grand Final and they are looking for a return…and might just get it…

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

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…

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: “Oniro mou” by Yianna Terzi, Greece

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 Greece, “Oniro mou” by Yianna Terzi, written by Gianna Terzi, Aris Kalimeris, Dimitris Stamatiou, and Mihalis Papathanasiou.  The song is performed in Greek. Terzi is the daughter of Greek singer Paschalis Terzis, and has been pursuing her musical career since the age of 20. The song will be performed 14th in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.

Ok, this one is a bit of a mystery to me. I love the song, and Ms. Terzi’s voice as well. But I have to admit, I have ZERO knowledge of what is considered contemporary Greek music – other songs competing for the chance to represent the country in EuroVision were disqualified for not “sounding Greek”. And yet they send this song to the contest. It’s absolutely beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but it sounds more Celtic than Greek to me – there’s a lot of Enya, Clannad, and Loreena McKennit in every vibe of this song; it even has a vague resemblance to McKennit’s best-known US hit “The Mummer’s Dance“. The title translates to “My Dream” in English and again is a mixture of love, confusion, and bitterness in the lyrics as translated for me, but the sentiment is still there, and very much alive and heart-touching as well, even if the video, though nice to look at, is a bit confusing.  Surprisingly, this could very well find a place in the US charts, not likely as a single, but perhaps an album of similar tunes could make a dent on the New Age charts – I know a couple of radio stations that play new age and that have included non-English songs in their repertoire – see the aforementioned Clannad and their usually amazing songs performed in the Celtic language – and I think they’d jump BIG for this song…and EuroVision fans seem to either really love it or really despise it, so it’s hard to tell which way it will go in the contest.

Greece made their debut in EuroVision in 1974, and have participated 36 times since, missing five years here and there. They have captured the Grand Final championship once, in 2005 wiht “My Number One” by Elena Paparizou. They are also one of the few countries who have never finished in last place, and have had top ten finishes ten times in the 21st century.

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

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…

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: “Mall” by Eugent Bushpepa, Albania

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 Albania, “Mall” by Eugent Bushpepa, written by Bushpepa as well. The song is performed in Albanian. Gent, as he’s also commonly known, has been rocking out and carrying the human rights banner in his native Albania and nearby Kosovo as well, where he is also hugely popular. He too has a connection to television talent shows, but for once it’s on the other side – he was one of the celebrity advisors on “The Voice of Albania” in 2017. The song will be performed 3rd in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.

Another deeply heartfelt love song – the title translates to “Yearning” in English – and full of incredible emotion. The stark and heart-tugging black and white video, which accentuates the feelings of yearning through dance,  helps bring this one home – it’s my favorite non-English song so far, and I’m not alone in that – the song has quite a large following, although it’s usually in the middle of the pack of most favorites videos on YouTube. Again, no song in Albanian has ever charted in America, and I doubt this would be the first…but I sure wish it would be, and perhaps an English version by the artist would help its chances here.

Albania made their debut in EuroVision in 2004, and have participated fourteen times since. Their best showing has been fifth place, which happened in 2005 with “Suus” by Rona Nishliu. They did not make the Grand Final last year, and that could very well change this year…we shall see…

Here’s the official music video  – see what you think…I think it’s a masterpiece…

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…

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: “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…

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: “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!

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: “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!

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!