ESCountdown 2019: #17 – “Stay” by Anna Odobescu, Moldova

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 #17 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Moldova, “Stay” by Anna Odobescu, written by Georgios Kalpakidis, Thomas Reil,Jeppe Reil, and Maria Broberg. The song is performed in English, and will be performed 3rd at the second semi final on May 16th.

Odobescu has been working on a singing career for the past couple of years, and Eurovision is a huge boost to her visibility for sure.

I have to admit – I have a soft spot for Moldova; they have yet to send a song I haven’t liked to Eurovision in the time I have been watching (although “Hey Mamma” by Sunstroke (2017) does annoy me with that damn saxophone…). Odobescu is blessed with a voice from the heavens, with the kind of power Celine Dion has, but with a slight smokiness to her voice, like that found in Pink or Adele. The video depicts a young well to do couple having a quarrel, and splitting up, with the husband driving off like a madman only to realize he can’t stay away from the woman he loves. This is one of my favorite videos this year, it’s story unfolding right before our eyes. I have high hopes for this one, for sure.

Moldova debuted in Eurovision in 2005, participating 14 times since then. Their best showing has been third place, which occurred in 2017, with the (as noted above, more than slightly annoying but still likable) number “Hey Mamma!” by SunStroke. They have three more top ten finishes under their belt as well – last year’s “My Lucky Day” by DoReDos was helped along by the best, funnest, and most creative live performance of the year in the semi-finals, which unexpectedly gave it a shot in the grand final, where it finished in 10th place –  and continue to produce tunes that EuroVision fans seem to love…

Check out the stylish music video…I’ll bet it will become one of your favorites as well…

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. I missed a few days due to personal issues, so I’m playing catch-up now, and will have two or three entries per day with my #1 pick being revealed on Sunday May 12.

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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!