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 #30 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Sweden, “Too Late For Love” by John Lundvik, written by Lundvik, Anderz Wrethov, and Andreas “Stone” Johansson. The song is performed in English, and will be performed 8th on the second semi-final on May 16.
Born in the UK and adopted at one week old by his Swedish parents, Lundvik grew up in London until age six, when his family moved back to Sweden. He’s had a successful music career which launched in 2010. In addition to singing and songwriting pop and R&B style tunes, he’s also scored for film and television, including the film Easy Money and the hit US television series Empire.
Ok, I know all the rabid ESC fans are going to be screaming at me about this one, but I feel the same way about this song that I felt about Cesar Sampson and his entry from Austria, “Nobody But You“, in 2018. Yes, it’s a terrific song, has a great dance hook, some great lyrics, and a good performance by Lundvik. But while I think it does have hit written all over it, I also don’t think it’s the be-all-end-all that many fans do, as many have it in their top three picks this year. That’s fine, to each his own. Besides, Lundvik has a double jeopardy clause this year – in addition to his own entry, he’s also the composer of this year’s entry from the UK, “Bigger Than Us”, being performed by Michael Rice (and yet to come on my ESCountdown…). So he has two chances to win at this year’s contest…and I’m not sure anyone’s ever done that before, if anyone knows for sure, drop me a line! 🙂 And, Oh yeah…one other thing…it’s way way WAY better than the piece of crap Sweden offered up last year, the gawdawful “Dance You Off” by Benjamin Ingrosso and his oh-so-smarmy, “Isaac The Bartender From The Love Boat“-inspired dance moves…that song was SWILL…never have figured out the huge following it has…and the eight countries that gave the song their prized “12 points” top score and pushed it to seventh place overall should have to forfeit their voting rights for at least five years…yuck…
Sweden has been active in EuroVision since 1958, sending 58 songs to the contest. They have topped the Grand Final six times, first in 1974 with the song that was voted EuroVision’s all time Grand Champion on the occasion of the contest’s 50th anniversary, ABBA‘s career launching “Waterloo“; and also with “Digga-Loo Diggi-Ley” by Herries, 1984 ); “Fangad av en stormvind” by Carola, 1991; “Take Me To Your Heaven” by Charlotte Nilsson, 1999; “Euphoria” by Loreen, 2012; and “Heroes” by Mans Zelmerlow in 2015. They have made almost every final in the last decade, missing only in 2010.
Here’s the official music video…what is so over the top special about this song? Please tell me!
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.
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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!