Saturday, May 26, 2018

EUROVISION BABIES ABOARD: HANNA PAKARINEN AND MÅNS ZELMERLÖW GOT SONS

Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw's baby news have been widely published where he welcomes his perfect little superhero to the world - and to Eurovision 2038. Hanna Pakarinen simply states the pic includes the men of her life, thanking the Jorvi hospital's staff in Espoo. Congrats to both!

EUROVISION 2018 - SONGS THAT NEVER WERE: SAARA AALTO - DOMINO

Saara Aalto's runner up Domino was my favorite out of her UMK 2018 songs. The live performance includes the upside down singing then borrowed to Monsters Lisbon staging, but more than that it's a classy ballad that comes alive when sung live with the audience. The simple yet effective staging would have been so much better than the over choreographed and gimmicky Monsters.
And the song's better, too. 


Friday, May 25, 2018

NEW RELEASES FROM SURIE, SEVAK KHANAGYAN, BLANCHE AND NATHAN TRENT

Eurovision Class of 2017 and 2018 release follow ups to their entries. This year's UK entrant SuRie releases Taking it over and fandom seems to agree it's fab, great and fantastic. How ironic - it's like any album track from Jamala really (which in my book is a positive thing) but how come no one's getting excited about Jamala's songs? I wonder. This year's Armenian Sevak Khanagyan goes up tempo compared to his entry but his voice is very recognisable. Зеркала aka Mirrors is a very Russian sounding pop. Last year's Belgian Blanche continues with Wrong turn the same style but less intensive and less effective. Austrian Nathan Trent teams up with J-Mox for Secrets

EUROVISION 2018 - SONGS THAT NEVER WERE: MUDIMBI - IL MAGO

Mudimbi, even if in Sanremo, wasn't exactly running for Eurovision as he was among the Newcomers where his Il mago came close second to the winner Ultimo. However, had the winners of Big category declined the offer Rai might have considered all songs in the contest for Eurovision, and then this funny song would have been a very suitable choice.....
This blogger loved it all the way from the December selection to the Newcomers final for sure!

ITALY/CUBA: IL VOLO JOINS GENTE DE ZONA IN NOCHE SIN DIA

Eurovision veterans Il Volo join the incredible string of artists that turn to Cuban Gente de Zona for a collaboration with their new single Noche sin dia for the Latin American market. Love love love....

Thursday, May 24, 2018

FINLAND: LORDI RELEASES SEXORCISM - THEIR 9TH STUDIO ALBUM

Brand new studio album SEXORCISM is released tomorrow, 12 years and 5 days after their monstreous victory in Athens 2006 Eurovision song contest. It is quite possibly the most controversial Lordi album yet and already their 9th stuido album (plus three compilations and one Ep)


EUROVISION 2018 - SONGS THAT NEVER WERE: ALBIN FREDY - MUSIC FOR THE ROAD

Albin Fredy (or Swedish born Albin Ljungqvist came 3rd in the Danish national final for the Eurovision song contest 2018 with his country influenced Music for the road. He was my favorite there by far and surprise surprise I was a big fan of his Beautiful to me  back in 2013 as well. 
Now waiting for him to become third time lucky!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

EUROVISION 2018 - SONGS THAT NEVER WERE: AITANA & ANA GUERRA - LO MALO

 
Spain's Operacion Triunfo finalists acted also as Eurovision song contest natonal final finalists, and one of the duet songs was Lo malo by Aitana (eventually 2nd place in OT) and Ana Guerra (5th in OT)  finished only 3rd while another duet went on to Lisbon (by eventual winner Amaia and 4th placed Alfred). This song was just about the only uptempo-ish song riding the current Latino boom and even if I liked the winner Tu cancion a lot this was my favorite and looking at the ESC result now (23rd).... Hmmm...
Lo malo went to #1 in Spain selling double platinum. Just saying. 


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

EUROVISION 2018 - SONGS THAT NEVER WERE: DIOGO PICARRA - CANCAO DO FIM

Diogo Piçarra's Canção do Fim was one of the finest and most touching songs of the whole Eurovision 2018 national final season. Sadly he withdraw before the final. He has the honor of opening this series of songs that never made it all the way to Lisbon stage. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

EUROVISION: JAMES BLUNT AND ROBBIE WILLIAMS - YEAH YEAH WHATEVER

Funny how James Blunt - who's latest UK Top-10 single as lead artist is from 2013 btw - comes out almost every year after Eurovision telling how he'd like to do it, like this tweet already in 2015:
You have had already three years to actually take your words into action. What have you done about it?
Another one out there indirectly again, Robbie Williams. Would he like to represent Russia? UK? whatever. As much as I would love to see Robbie do Eurovision  and should he win it, host it the year after, or simply host it should UK ever win it again this kind of free publicity is so cheap. And it is so funny how all websites fall for it every year. Oh yes, I'm here with it, too, but as you can see with another kind of approach. 
Honestly I'd rather see Pet Shop Boys rethink and re-enter the game again....


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