EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Lost And Found” by Eye Cue, Macedonia

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 Macedonia (AKA FYR Macedonia, which stands for “Former Yugoslavic Republic”), “Lost And Found” by Eye Cue, written by Bojan Trajkovski and Darko Dimitrov. The song is performed in English. The popular duo of Bojan Trajkovski and Marija Ivanovska are celebrating a decade together this year, and have recently been joined by producer Darko Dimitrov.  The song will be performed 11th in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.

Wow…how could a song with such potential go so horribly WRONG? Let me see…let’s check out the ways. First off, I want to say that I love the singer’s voice – she’s got an incredible sound, and I can see why they’ve had the success they’ve had over the years. But this song has musical schizophrenia – it can’t seem to make up it’s mind whether it’s a ballad, a reggae jam, or a EuroDance number. And the three do NOT mesh well AT ALL. Plus, in the #MeToo era, the song’s racy lyrics are way over the top – overtly sexual in nature on the surface, perhaps with some more depth to them inside, but you can’t get past the singer and her looks (and her costume changes) and perhaps the most bored-looking drummer on the planet. Maybe Europe goes for this kind of oddball pop number, and the staging live will make a huge difference I think, but the last song this jarring that was a hit in the states was WAAAAY back in the early 70s – Wings‘ classic “Band On The Run“, which made three complete tempo changes within the song (Paul McCartney loved this kind of stuff at that phase of his career – he also did similar tempo changes with “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” in 1970), but each time, it stayed put, and didn’t try to keep going through cycles like this song does, and it just doesn’t work here…so I think it’s US chart chances are pretty slim.

FYR Macedonia has been around in EuroVision since 1998, and has not fared very well in the seventeen times they’ve partipated thus far. Their best showing has been 12th, in 2006. They have missed the last five Grand Finals in a row…and something tells me they’re about to make it six misses in a row…

Here’s the official music video  – things that make you go Hmmmmm….

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AND THAT’S IT!  All 43 songs have now been previewed, and starting tomorrow, and throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll dive into the history of EuroVision with some favorites lists and such, and of course, the announcement of my Top 43!

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EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Higher Ground” by Rasmussen, Denmark

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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 Denmark, “Higher Ground” by Rasmussen, written by Niclas Arn and Karl Euren. The song is performed in English. Rasmussen is an accomplished singer and actor, and is best known for his popular 80s cover band Hair Metal Heroes. The song will be performed 5th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

You know, the random draw I did to determine the order of songs for our Song By Song preview is absolutely KILLING ME today! Three of the best damn songs in the contest, and all on the final day! Damn, I LOVE THIS SONG! The song is based on an ancient Viking legend about Magnuss Eriendsson, who along with his warriors chose to put down their weapons and fight for peace instead with words. Inspiring and utterly awesome, especially in the times we’re living. The staging of this number is amazing, and I’d love to see what could be done with an actual music video – the song lends itself in look and feel across the boards from “Game Of Thrones” to “The Lord Of The Rings“. WOW! I”m gonna go with my gut here – hey American record labels – GET THIS GUY A CONTRACT AND PUSH THE HELL OUT OF THIS SONG!!  You’ve got a potential monster on your hands here!

Denmark has been around in EuroVision since year two in 1957, and have three Grand Final championships under it’s belt – 1963’s “Dancevise” by Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann;  2000’s “Fly On The Wings Of Love”  by Olsen Brothers; and 2013’s “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest.  They have participated 46 times throughout the years, and their 37 year span between winners is one of the longest gaps in the contest’s history.

Here’s the official music video  – Again, what a performance…

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Today is it – THE FINAL FOUR SONGS!  Tomorrow, and throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll dive into the history of EuroVision with some favorites lists and such, and of course, the announcement of my Top 43!

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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: “Vislat Nyar” by AWS, Hungary

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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 Hungary, “Vislat Nyar” by AWS, written by Dániel Kökényes, Bence Brucker, Áron Veress, Soma Schiszler, and Örs Siklós. The song is performed in Hungarian. The band, whose name started out as an acronym for “Ants With Slippers” (huh?)  has been together since 2006 and have become known for their diverse, hardcore performances. The song will be performed 13th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

FUCK YEAH! (HEADBANGING MODE) Screamcore comes to EuroVision in this incredibly inspired song – the title translates to “Goodbye Summer”; one of the band members lost his father recently, and the song is about letting go and taking back life, especially the one taken from them. Powerful message from a a band who has become known for using imagery in their videos to bring attention to the various probelms the world faces. I never thought I’d see true screamcore in EuroVision (Lordi doesn’t count – they’re more about theater and music as a blend) but AWS pumps it to the screaming max – I have a feeling Kurt Cobain would love something like this. Chances on the American charts might be better than most people think – German band Rammstein has had several hits on the American rock tracks chart, all of which have been in German – I see no reason why AWS can’t make the leap and become hot on both sides of the Atlantic. And the rabid fan following this song has could be enough to push it high…and possibly into the very stratosphere of this year’s contest…

Hungary made its EuroVision debut in 1994 and has participated fourteen times thus far. They have yet to take a Grand Final – their best showing has thus far been fourth, in their debut year. They withdrew from the contest for six years, 1999-2004, and missed a couple of other years as well. This incredible song could be the one that finally pushes the country to the top of the heap…

Here’s the official music video  – Wow what a performance…

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Today is it – THE FINAL FOUR SONGS!  Tomorrow, and throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll dive into the history of EuroVision with some favorites lists and such, and of course, the announcement of my Top 43!

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EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Nova Deca” by Sanja Ilic & Balkanika, Serbia

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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 Serbia, “Nova Deca” by Sanja Ilic & Balkanika, written by Sanja Ilić, Tanja Ilić, Danica Krstajić, and Darko Dimitrov. The song is performed in Serbian. According to bandleader Ilic, the mission of the band is to preserve, revitalize and modernize Serbian medieval and byzantine music traditions, pretty cool thing if you ask me. The song will be performed 3rd in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

I”m not sure quite why,  but I’m LOVING this number – it’s stylish and definitely respectful to musical traditions. The vocals are awesome, the dance routine precise and elegant, and the sentiment of the lyrics in English as I interpret it is that the world is better with two – meaning couples – and they can lead a revolution if need be. Very positive indeed. Of course, it has virtually  no chance to click on the American charts, but if it wins the Grand Final, it could do very well on the continent. And it has a REAL shot of being up there…

Serbia made its EuroVision debut in 2007 and has participated ten times thus far. They blew minds when they took the Grand Final championship in their FIRST appearance, with “Molitva” by Marija Serifovic in 2007. They have made the final seven times thus far. They failed to qualify for the Grand Final last year, so this could be a more than triumphant return for them…

Here’s the official music video  – Wow what a performance…

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Today is it – THE FINAL FOUR SONGS!  Tomorrow, and throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll dive into the history of EuroVision with some favorites lists and such, and of course, the announcement of my Top 43!

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EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Nobody But You” by Cesar Sampson, Austria

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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 Austria, “Nobody But You” by Cesar Sampson, written by Boris Milanov, Sebastian Arman, Joacim Persson, and Johan Alkenäs. The song is performed in English. Sampson is an Austrian-born singer and songwriter who has been to Eurovision twice before – for the past two years, he’s been a backup performer for the Bulgarian artists, Poli Genova in 2016 and Kristian Kostov in 2017, making this his third year in a row being a part of the show. The song will be performed 14th in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.

For some reason, EuroVision fans are going great ga-ga over this song. It’s a pretty good song too, but I don’t see the huge pop it’s getting from everyone else. Sampson is a terrific vocalist and the video is very original, with the way his face pops up in a variety of unusual places during the second verse. But the song itself, and the performance, are pretty run-of-the-mill to me; it sounds like a pretty basic R&B-tinged pop love song, like we hear from artists like Usher or Jason Derulo all the time. It’s a pleasing song, but there’s nothing distinctly new or different about it. It definitely has a shot at becoming a major hit, though – it’s got an irresistible pop hook in the chorus, and the sound and style fits with a lot of today’s contemporary radio, so if it makes its way to the US charts, it could end up in the top 20 on the Hot 100, and could easily cross over to the R&B and AC charts as well, and even the dance charts if a remix was released.

Austria made its EuroVision debut on the contests’ first birthday in 1957 and has been around fifty times since then, missing years here and there for various reasons. They have two Grand Final championships that were a whopping 38 years apart – 1966’s “Merci, Cherie” by Udo Jurgens and 2014’s instant EuroVision Classic “Rise Like A Phoenix” by Conchita Wurst. But every good side has its bad side too…they have finished dead last in the contest a whopping EIGHT times, with four of those times with the dreaded “nul” points – 1962, 1988, 1991 and 2015,  a most “nul” points record they share with Norway.

Here’s the official music video  – some very original presentations there in the second verse…

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Tomorrow we’ll wrap up our Song By Song preview with the final four songs. And after we’re done, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…

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EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “La forza” by Elina Nechayeva, Estonia

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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 Estonia, “La forza” by Elina Nechayeva, written by Ksenia Kuchukova, Mihkel Mattisen, Elina Nechayeva, and Timo Vendt . The song is performed in Italian. Singer Nechayeva is a well know operatic soprano, educated in both France and Estonia. The song will be performed 9th in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.

What can I say? I”m NOT an opera fan. But this song is pretty damn amazing, and Nechayeva hits notes I thought only Mariah Carey and Minnie Riperton were capable of hitting….at least in the pop world. And this song, while definitely opera, is also pop at the same time, a love song that talks about the force of love (translates to “The Force”). It’s a type of blend that Sarah Brightman has perfected over the years and Ms. Nechayeva obviously springs from the same seed. The visual presentation is really different, although it HAS been done before, at least in America – Emily West used this same technique a few years back on America’s Got Talent while performing Sia’s Chandelier, and it was awesome. Not sure of what this songs chances are on the Euro Charts, but here in America, it wouldn’t make it on the general Hot 100, though some club play for the dance remix now also available might be forthcoming…

Estonia made its EuroVision debut in 1994, taking part in 23 contests to date. They have one Grand Final championship under their belt as well, with 2001’s “Everybody” by Tanal Padar, Dave Benton, and 2XL. They failed to qualify for the Grand Final in 2017.

Here’s the official music video  – stunning and beautiful…

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EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “I Won’t Break” by Julia Samoylova, Russia

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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 Russia, “I Won’t Break” by Julia Samoylova, written by Leonid Gutkin, Netta Nimrodi, and Arie Burshtein. The song is performed in English. Samoylova has performed for years, and really kicked into high geer with her career when she was the runner up on “Faktor A“, the Russian “X Factor” franchisee, in 2013. The song will be performed 6th in the competition order at the second semi-final on May 10.

Everything about this song is, well, bland – the song is bland, the singer is bland, the generic lyrics about triumphing over adversity, be it in life or love, are bland, the video is bland, it’s just bland bland BLAND. It’s not a terrible song by any means, but it’s not something I would give a lot of spins to on the ol’ Spotify, either. Ms. Samoylova has potential to make the US Adult Contemporary chart, which has a history of bland songs doing very well, but beyond that, I don’t think much of it’s chances, both here and in Europe…

Russia debuted in EuroVision in 1994 and has competed twenty times thus far. They missed the 2017 contest, held in Kiev, Ukraine, when the country barred Ms Samoylova, who was also chosen to perform for her country last year, after she allegedly traveled illegally to Crimea. As a result, Russian withdrew and didn’t even televise the contest. They won the Grand Final in 2008 with “Believe” by Dima BIlan, and have made it to the finals every year since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004.

Here’s the official music video  – :;yawn::…

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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: “Non me avete fatto niente” by Ermal Meta e Fabrizio Moro, Italy

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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 Italy, “Non me avete fatto niente” by Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro, written by the artists and Andrea Febo. The song is performed in Italian. Both Meta and Moro are accomplished solo performers with long careers in Italy, and their decision to team up on this song has seen them sent together to represent their country this year.  Italy is one of the “Big Five” along with Spain, the UK, France, and Germany, and as such gets an automatic “bye” advance to the Grand Final.

I have to say, I am HELLA impressed with this song, easily the most hard-hitting song and video in the contest this year. In English, the title translates to “You Did Nothing To Me” and is a strong shout out to the peoples of the world who commit terrorism, telling them that their way of acting is not doing anything to the world except making it stronger and calling on them to give up their arms and find a peaceful solution. it also speaks to the countries at war in the world, and urges them to also stop. Unlike Iceland’s rather bland call for unity in the European immigrant crisis with their entry in the contest this year, Meta and Moro take the bull by the horns, demand changes, and also demand a respect for those who find hope throughout the world. The video is especially evocative, with images of terrorism, war, those affected by it, and some unfortunate spastic shadow dancing by the performers near the end that marrs the message of the video somewhat, along with they lyrics of the song which appear on screen verse by verse in almost two dozen languages from every continent except Antarctica, a brilliant stroke of creativity.  I don’t think it has much of a chance on the US charts unless the video turns out to be somewhat universal or the duo produces an English language version, but man oh man does this unrelenting, powerful, and anthemic song deserve what ever it can find in the contest this year, and hopefully, it will be near the top.

Italy was a EuroVision founder from the first contest in 1956, but they have withdrawn from time to time over the years, and have participated 43 times. They left the contest for a long stretch from 1998 to 2010. They have won the contest twice, with “Non ho l’eta” by Gigliola Cinquetti in 1964 and with “Insieme: 1992” by Toto Cutugno in 1990. Three of their non-winners have also gone on to become EuroVision classics over the years: “Nel blu dipinto id blu (Volare)” by Dominco Modugno, 1958, third place (and also likely the most covered EuroVision song in history, with dozens of versions in dozens of languages); “Madness Of Love” by Raphael Gulazzi, 2011, runner-up; and most recently  “Occidentali’s Karma” by Francesco Gabbini, 2017, sixth place.

Here’s the official music video  – it’s powerful and gutwrenching – and due to graphic imagery, parental discretion is advised by me…

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We’re featuring FOUR songs today, and tomorrow. 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: “Under The Ladder” by Melovin, Ukraine

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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 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…

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…

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: “Our Choice” by Ari Olafsson, Iceland

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 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…

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!