EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “You Let Me Walk Alone’ by Michael Schulte, Germany

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the next five 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 Germany, “You Let Me Walk Alone” by Michael Schulte, written by Schulte, Thomas Stengaard, Nisse Ingwersen, and Nina Müller. The song is performed in English. Schulte came to prominence from videos he posted of himself on YouTube, then came in 3rd in Germany’s version of The Voice in 2012, during its first season, kickstarting his career.

The song is a “lost your love” power ballad, with a very John Meyer/Jason Mraz style when it comes to the lyrics, the Josh Grobin-like camera presence of Schulte, and a smooth, sweet melody. It could easily hit the US charts, but might find more success on the Adult Contemporary chart over the Hot 100, although it could easily find fans of both genres. The official video is actually a bit disappointing; just Schulte standing and singing to a microphone in what looks like a music rehearsal space, but he does have the noted above camera presence – and as an aside, any fan of American indie wrestling might immediately tweak to the fact that Schulte bears an uncanny resemblance to the (now-retired) young Southern California-based wrestler known as the “modern day hippie”, “Li’l” Nate Nickerson.

Germany’s history in the EuroVision contest is storied indeed; they have participated more times than any other country, present EVERY YEAR but one since the contest began in 1956, missing out only in 1996, when they were eliminated in a pre-show elimination round, which means they have appeared SIXTY ONE times – WOW!; They have won the Grand Championship twice – in 1982 with “Ein bißchen Frieden” performed by Nicole, and in 2010 with “Satellite“, performed by Lena. As one of the “Big Five” along with the UK, France, Spain, and Italy, they get an automatic “bye” advance to the Grand Final every year.

Here’s the official music video: enjoy!

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 next week!

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: “Qami” by Sevak Khanagyan, Armenia

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the next five weeks, 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.

Today’s song is the official entry from Armenia, “Qami” by Sevak Khanagyan, written by Sevak Khanagyan, Anna Danielyan, and Viktorya Maloyan. The song is performed in Armenian. Like a number of performers before him from various countries, Khanagyan came to prominence via competitions on TV; he was a contestant on Russia’s version of The Voice in 2015 and also won X-Factor Armenia in 2016.

The song is a slowly building ballad, and has a ton of power behind it, as Khanagyan’s voice powers through several different levels of the song. Although it’s not unheard of for songs in a language other than English or Spanish to hit the American charts, it IS a rarity, thus I am not too sure of this song’s US chart chances.

Armenia has participated in EuroVision eleven times since debuting in 2006, and has yet to land a win in the contest; they have finished as high as fourth, which has happened twice, in 2008 and 2014. The entry will be performed as the 16th song in the first semi-final on May 8th.

Here’s the official music video: enjoy, but fair warning – the flashing and spinning at the end of the video was making me a bit queasy…no joke…

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 next week!

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: “Crazy” by Franka, Croatia

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the next five weeks, 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.

Today’s song is the official entry from Croatia, “Crazy” by Franka, written by Franka Batelic and Branimir Mihaljevic. According to Wikipedia, Franka says she had written three different songs to enter in this year’s contest, and selected “Crazy” because she felt “it was the only right choice’.

The song, a scorching mid-tempo, torchy love song, sounds like what you might get if you crossed Celine Dion with Beyonce; it’s an excellent choice as an entry, and I like it quite a lot. It definitely has the feel that most US hits of this type of song. Will we see it make the charts in the US?

Croatia has participated in EuroVision off and on since making their debut in 1993, and has yet to land a win in the contest; they have finished as high as fourth, which has happened twice, in 1996 and 1999. The entry will be performed as the 12th song in the first semi-final on May 8th.

Here’s the official music video: enjoy!

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 next week!

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!

CountDown To EuroVision ’18: The Past Two Years

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the next five weeks, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually, 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.

Today, TC has prepared playlists of his favorite songs from the two most recent contests, the only two aired thus far in the US!

Here’s the five songs from the 2016 contest that TC loved!

And the playlist of his favorites from the 2017 contest as well!

You may notice that the winner of each year is NOT among my choices…I’m sorry, neither of them did anything for me…my top pick for the winner for each year is the first video in the groups…

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 next week!

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!

Countdown to EuroVision ’18: Sneak Peek

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BibiloMusica begin their daily coverage of Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with a preview of most of the 43 songs that will be a part of this year’s contest!

Over the next five weeks, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually, 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.

Check out the two official videos from EuroVision below: each one highlights which songs and countries will be included in which semi-final vying for a spot in the Grand Final on May 12.

The first Semi-Final happens on May 8th, and will include the following selections:

The second semi-final happens on May 10 and will include the following selections:

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!

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: eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report launch spotlight series

Get ready America….the 2018 EuroVision Song Contest is almost here! And eCinemaOne is teaming up with our relaunching music site, The Kirkham Report, and our flashback books and music blog, Planet BilblioMusica, to give you a month PLUS of coverage!

Beginning Wednesday, April 4, when TKR returns to the PNRNetworks blogosphere, we will launch our massive joint coverage of this annual Euro contest staple, including:

  • ·         A look at every song entrant this year – song, artist, songwriters (remember, EuroVision is a songWRITING contest), home country, and more
  • ·         The official EuroVision music video for each entrant
  • ·         A look back at past winners and participants – those we love, those we’re not fond of, and those that totally mystify us (like the 2017 winner…that was a real headscratcher to me…)
  • ·         An overview of the EuroVision Song Contest, how it works, how it’s judged and more.
  • ·         Cool tips on how the USA can sit back and enjoy the fun
  • ·         And more!

Being a music fan since I was a wee small tot, I have been aware of the contest since 1973, when Mocedades’ 1973 contest runner up “Eres Tu” was a chart hit in the USA. So when I learned it was about to be broadcast in the US for the first time in 2016, I rearranged my schedule to make sure I could see it.  Of course, I fell head over heels in love with it when it first aired in the US courtesy of the LogoTV network. Logo is said to be considering carrying both semi-finals as well as the finals this year, and we need to let them know that there’s a HUGE US contingent out here willing to watch and enjoy the fun – be sure to tweet them at @LogoTV and say ‘Thanks for carrying the Eurovision Song Contest in the USA!”

We’ll also be doing some polls on the contest this year so fans in the US can have a say in what songs they like – it has been 42 years since a EuroVision entrant hit the Billboard charts in America – the last tune to do so was “Save Your Kisses For Me” by Brotherhood Of Man in 1976 (It was the grand champion that year). Dozens upon DOZENS of great songs have been ignored by Americans and American radio since that time, and I’ve really been INCENSED about the lack of hits from the past two shows that I actually saw – it’s just not right. And we’re going to try and do something about it…

And finally we’ll have a number of Spotify and YouTube playlists for you to peruse, including our favorite EuroVision songs over the years, the songs from the past couple years that we think should have been hits in the US, and more!

So please join us and become a fan, help us participate, and have a lot of fun together – we’ll have all kinds of fan-driven stuff too! Join eCinemaOne and The Kirkham Report for full, fun, and complete coverage of the 2018 EuroVision Song Contest!