Monday, February 19, 2018


Romania is having a long national selection this year: five semifinals before the Selecția Națională final. Top-3 from every semi will qualified for the final thanks to a jury vote. There will be only televote in the final, too. MIHAI made it to final again. My faves at this point are Eduard Santha and Vyros followed by Alexia & Matei and Jukebox feat Bella Santiago, but none of the songs this year stands out, nor make me go La la la...... The final is next Sunday. 

Here are the finalists:

Alexia & Matei - Walking on Water 
Echoes - Mirror 
Eduard Santha - Me som romales 
MIHAI - Heaven 
Rafael & Friends - We Are One 
Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago - Auzi cum bate 
VYROS - La la la 
Erminio Sinni & Tiziana Camelin - All the Love Away 
Xandra - Try 
Claudia Andas - The One 
Dora Găitanovici - Fără tine
The Humans - Goodbye
Teodora Dinu - Fly

Check out all the semifinal results below:


Armenia starts its Depi Evratesil selection process tonight with the first semifinal. The second one follows on Thursday and the final is set on Sunday. Five acts from each semi will reach the final. When writing this it is not know if there will be a jury or televoting or a mix of both.... Short rehearsal videos are already on Youtube.
Some pretty decent stuff here and it's interesting to see who will eventually reach the final. Lusine has a good song, that on the other hand has nothing that would make it Armenian. Neither Nemra's. Zhanna's song could have been any national final anywhere - not because it's good but because it's such a standard Eurovision entry that are 13 in a dozen. Mger already caused minor stirr for his song being a bit too Queenish. Hayk goes Spanish but I'm not sure if that's the right way to go? 
Tamar is the desgined winner and her song indeed mixes Armenian elements with modern pop. It's catchy and all, but is it strong enough? We will see. Surprisingly I don't dislike any of the songs, they all have something more or less good going on (ok, well maybe Mger goes to the bottom of the list straight away).

Gevorg Harutyunyan - Stand Up
Angel - Heartbeat
Lusine Mardanyan - If You Don't Walk Me Home
Zhanna Davtyan - Unbreakable
Mger Armenia - Forever
Nemra - I'm a Liar
Hayk Kasparov - Enamórame
Tamar Kaprelian - Poison (Ari Ari)
Robert Koloyan - Get Away With Us
Gata Band - Shogha

Sunday, February 18, 2018


The reigning Eurovision champion starts its search for the follow up entry at home soil in Lisbon 2018 Eurovision song contest. tonight As usual, RTP invited composers to create a song, choose a singer and tonight half of them, 13, will perform and a jury will pick up seven for the final. Actually, RTP invited 22 composers, one was chosen by Eurovision winner Saldavor Sobral (Janeiro), one got the ticket by a contest organized by a radio station (Daniela Onis, in 2nd semi) and two were chosen among the open submissions: Rita Diaz and Peter Serrado (in 2nd semi)
The jury includes singers and composers, radio hosts and journalists and some familiar names: last year's winning entry's composer Luisa Sobral and Eurovision veteran Sara Tavares among others.
Among artists another Eurovision veterans, Anabela and Jose Cid.
Judging the snippets (click below) I'm most looking forward to Peu, Janeiro, JP, Catarina, Beatriz, Maria and Rita....

Peu Madureira – Só Por Ela (jury 10 + televote 12) 22
Anabela  – Para te Dar Abrigo (3 + 10) 13
Joana Barra Vaz  – Anda Estragar-me os Planos (7 + 1) 8
Janeiro – Oficialmente (sem título) (12 + 4) 16
Rui David – Sem Medo (2 + 7) 9
José Cid & Gonçalo Tavares – O Som da Guitarra é a Alma de Um Povo (1 + 6) 7
JP Simões – Alvoroço (6 + 0) 6
Catarina Miranda – Para Sorrir Eu Não Preciso de Nada (8 + 8) 16
Joana Espadim – Zero a Zero (5 + 2) 7
Beatriz Pessoa  – Eu Te Amo (4 + 7) 11
Bruno Vasconcelos  – Austrália (0 + 0) 0
Maria Amaral  – A Mesma Canção (0 + 0) 0
Rita Dias – Com Gosto Amigo (0 + 3) 3


Lithuania has had its last heat and we have 12 names left only for next week's semifinal where again half the entries will be eliminated. Fan favorite Greta Zazza is sadly out...

Živilė Gedvilaitė - Melody (jury 1 + televote 1) 2
Audrius Petrauskas - In My Bones (7 + 0) 7
Agnė Michalenkovaitė - Going On (1 + 3) 4
Saulės kliošas - Įkvėpk ir nepaleisk (Man gaila) )10 + 6) 16
Greta Zazza - Broken Shadows (4 + 4) 8
Ruta Loop - Positive Thoughts (3 + 0) 3
Marija - This Love (0 + 12) 12
The Roop - Yes, I Do (6 + 10) 16
Elizabeth Olshey - Bejausmis (2 + 2) 4
Monika Marija - The Truth (10 + 7) 17
Gabrielius Vagelis - The Distant (5 + 5) 10
Ieva Zasimauskaitė - When We're Old (12 + 8) 20

Saturday, February 17, 2018


The only guy in the competition won ahead of the ladies. First round of voting kicked out both Nina and Ivana, and in the second one he won over Katarina (2nd) and Lorena (3rd). There was only televte tonight. Vanja (36) has written himself his entry Inje. hehas beeen around since 2004 and has participated in various festivals and has released a couple of albums so far.

1. Vanja Radovanović - Inje
2. Katarina Bogićević - Neželjena
3. Lorena Janković - Dušu mi daj
4. Nina Petković - Dišem
4. Ivana Popović Martinović - Poljupci

 Surprising televoting results, when Lorena won easily the first round, Vanja only third....


Sweden has its third Meloifestivalen 2018 semifinal tonight and it's still very bland. When I saw Cuba libre in the title I was expecting something great. Instead, I don't feel Cuba in it at all and I should know, I still have the Cuban suntan on my skin! It sounds like Swedish mock song with African rhythms and the ladies "dressed as Cubans" are ridiculous and more of a joke. As Cuban as Booga-loo dansa rockenrolla.... Shame on you. Shame! Where are now those people who shout out for using Indian headpieces of Sami dresses? This is as embarassing and bad - and so wrong.
Also Mendez seems to be mocking flamenco dancers. What's going on?! But at least the song is better, and not so obviously fake. Actually the only song I liked a bit in this semi.

Martin Almgren - A Bitter Lullaby FINAL
Barbi Escobar - Stark 7th
Moncho - Cuba Libre Andra chansen
Jessica Andersson - Party Voice FINAL
Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän - Min dröm
Dotter - Cry 6th
Méndez - Everyday Andra chansen


Ukraine has its second and last semifinal tonight. Among the acts last year's runner up Tayanna, who decided to go all for it and poses in her underwear in the video turning in the sexy while yelling out her song. Last year's televoting winner Mélovin is in, too, but doesn't maybe make such an impact this year. Last year's 4th Illaria is also here and could beat all the rest this time, maybe? the rest in offer is all sort of sounds from dance to rock. But unforgettable. Dilemma is kinda fun, and Mountain Breeze's song not yet available....  Jury-televote 50-50 will send three acts to the final.

Ingret - Save My Planet
Mélovin - Under the Ladder (jury 8 + televote 9) 17
Julinoza - Hto ya?
Tayanna - Lelya (9 + 7) 16
Kadnay - Beat of the Universe (7 + 8) 15
Yurcash - Stop Killing Love
Mountain Breeze - I See You
Illaria - Syla
Dilemma - Na Party


Slovenia has its semifinal tonight. The only one instead of the usual two aka the Maltese way. Eight songs will qualify for the final; four my a jury made of OGAE Slovenia members, international juries, people from radio and music business, and another four my the televoters. Hard to judge from the snippets yet properly but it seems there's no outstanding favorite - at least not for me. I'm most curious to hear in full BQL, Manuella, Mila, Nika and Tanja though. 

Anabel – Pozitiva
BQL – Ptica
Gregor Ravnik – Zdaj je cas
INA SHAI – V nebo
Indigo – Vesna
KiNG FOO – Zive sanje
Lara Kadis – Zdaj sem tu
Lea Sirk – Hvala, ne!
ManuElla – Glas
Marina Martensson – Blizu
MILA – Svoboda
Nika Zorjan – Uspavanka
Nuska Drasck – Ne zapusti me zdaj
ORTER – Tisoc let
Proper – Ukraden cvet
Tanja Ribic – Ljudje


Err, is that Despacito? Oh dear.... Soledad really has got inspiration in the verses but here it is. So is Aminata. I didn't even know What I had with you is her song but instantly thought it is when it started playing and had to check. Yes. It is. I don't know anymore if she's copying herself year after year or if she can't really write any other sounding songs?
The rest is rather boring and useless and leaves me indifferent. I have no idea who the two qualifiers will be.....

Jenny May - Soledad
Ed Rallidae - What I Had with You
Katrine Lukins - Running Red Lights
Lauris Valters - Lovers Bliss
Kris & Oz - Morning Flight
Laura Rizzotto - Funny Girl


Iceland has its second Söngvakeppnin 2018 semifinal tonight and as usual the songs are performed in Icelandic with the option to switch in English for the final. At this point I am for Brosa, and Òskin min and I stormi following, but Icelandic are known to make choices of their own like the first semifinal already proved again so let's see what happens tonight.....

Aron Hannes - Golddigger
Dagur Sigurðsson - Í stormi
Stefanía, Agnes & Regína - Svaka stuð
Þórir & Gyða - Brosa
Rakel Pálsdóttir - Óskin mín


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