EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Under The Ladder” by Melovin, Ukraine

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 Ukraine, “Under The Ladder” by Melovin, written by Mike Ryals and Kostyantyn Bocharov. The song is performed in English. 20-year-old Melovin came to prominence as the winner of “X Factor Ukraine” during its sixth season. The song has been selected to get one of the cushy spots overall, and will be performed 18th and last in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10. The song performed last on each semi-final is usually (but NOT always) assured a spot in the Grand Finals.

This song is one of the fan favorites this year, and I have to admit I’m not quite sure why. It’s definitely a good song, but there are better songs overall in the competition. Melovin’s live performance is stunning – he’s easily able to hold sway among the crowd, and the women love his good looks – but it’s also hurried; the song IS in English but is so fast-paced that it’s necessary to have a copy of the lyrics handy to actually understand what he’s saying; the song is a very upbeat anthem to taking chances and overcoming trials by facing them head on and triumphing over them, and that’s a great message to send – I just wish he’d sent it with a little more enunciation. If a US deal were offered, this song could make the charts here, but I don’t think it would be a huge chart success…maybe middle third of the Hot 100 tops…

Ukraine debuted in Eurovision in 2003, and has participated 13 times, missing a year here and there. They are truly one of the big success stories of the 21st century in the contest, landing two Grand Final championships, with “Wild Dances” by Ruslana in 2004 and “1944″ by Jamala in 2016; they have also finished as the runner up twice, with the deliciously weird and oh-so-Eurovision-y “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” by Verka Serduchka in 2007 (you HAVE to see the performance video on YouTube – it’s considered a Eurovision ‘guilty pleasure’ classic) and with “Shady Lady” by Ani Lorak in 2008. But…talk about falling from the dizzying heights…after winning the contest in 2016, Ukraine had their least successful entry just one year later in 2017 – it only managed a 24th place finish…

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

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We’re featuring FOUR songs today and on Monday and Tuesday as well to finish up our Song By Song profiles! After that, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…

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EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Our Choice” by Ari Olafsson, Iceland

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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 Iceland, “Our Choice” by Ari Olafsson, written by Þórunn Erna Clausen. 19 year old Olafsson is the youngest solo competitor in this year’s contest. The song is performed in English. The song will be performed 2nd in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.

One of the few overtly political songs in this year’s contest – the lyrics address the European immigration crisis – the sentiment is nice, but almost naive in its message and presentation; no matter how hard you try, this kind of issue CANNOT be fixed easily, and this song would have you believe that a smile or a kind word would change the world overnight. Doesn’t work that way, sorry. It doesn’t help that the song is so…so…earnest…Olafsson is so…so…well, ok, i’m gonna try and put this into words…it’s almost like he’s saying “Golly gee, if we all just get together in a great big circle and hold hands and smile and sing ‘Kumbaya’, everything will be just peachy keen, don’tcha think?” Erggg…  Don’t get me wrong, Olafsson is an excellent singer, but you couple the simplistic video of him walking around a city (assumably Reykjavik?) singing these lyrics with a smile on his face, his Donny Osmond-esque looks, and oozing naive charm…it just doesn’t work. On ANY level. And the song’s a MAJOR snore to boot. Hell, “The World Is A Circle” from the gawd-awful 1973 musical version of “Lost Horizon” has the same sentiment and does it way better than this song does, with way more pep and charm. Chart chances in the US – pretty much nil…radio stations that play pop music don’t play activist songs much…and don’t want to put their audience to sleep…

Iceland debuted in Eurovision in 1986, and has participated 36 times. They have 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 six times, including last year.

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 and on Monday and Tuesday as well to finish up our Song By Song profiles! After that, 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: “Lie To Me” by Mikolas Josef, Czech Republic

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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 Czech Republic (also sometimes referred to as Czechia), “Lie To Me” by Mikolas Josef, written by the artist. The song is performed in English. He has been involved in a music career from a very early age and is already an accomplished singer, songwriter, director, and choreographer.  The song will be performed 5th in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.

What is it with EuroVision fans that draws them to offkey horns? Can I ask that? Or if not offkey, then offputting ones?  I hate those horns, although I admit that this song has a great infectious beat. But that’s about it – Josef himself comes across as a total sleaze in this video, a slime merchant, or as another fan so eloquently put it in a recent YouTube video, “Smile if you’re a douche…“. The lyrics of this song are perhaps the worst to become part of a hit song since the lines “New Kids On The Block had a bunch of hits, chinese food makes me sick“, from the hit “Summer Girls” by LFO, one of the worst-written songs in the history of…oh, I don’t know, EVER.  And Josef’s lyrics are absolute GARBAGE and even vulgar beyond belief, and I’m not a prude for pete’s sake,  for what is (sort of) considered to be a family-oriented contest, with uses of the phrase “Goddamn it” and the totally WHAT THE FUCK line “Then it got heavy, Mom I’m feeling home already/But steady plenty motherfuckers wanna eat my spaghetti“. Again, WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. FUCK?  Are you KIDDING ME? What IS this SHIT?  Yes, it’s going to be a huge hit all over the continent. Yes, it could be a huge hit on the US Charts, with TONS of bleeping on the radio. But that doesn’t make it a good song, or especially one worthy of EuroVision. It’s not the first time and won’t be the last time there will be excrement like this song in the contest…but honestly…this is just BAD, BAD, BAD…and people and countries that send the “douze pointes” this way need to have their musical tastes removed…

Czech Republic debuted in Eurovision in 2006, but have only participated six times since then; they withdrew for several years after failing to place a single song in the Grand Final. In fact, they have made the final only ONCE, with “I Stand” by Gabriela Guncikova, which finished 25th out of 26 songs in 2016. Their chance to make the final this year might be a bit better, but that’s with the fans – I don’t know if the juries from each country will push this into the finals..despite its inexplicable widespread fan popularity, my gut tells me it’s gonna need massive televoting numbers to survive past the semis…

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!

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…

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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: “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!