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…
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