We come to one of the great Eurovision nations now, and a member of the Big 5, France. This is also the last of my Top 5s (well top 10 in this case) for the Big 5 as I will be doing something different for my home country, the United Kingdom. With 60 appearances, 5 winners, and being a founder member of the contest, it’s been a challenge to whittle this list down. Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…France”
Moldova is one of the more recent newcomers to Eurovision, but has definitely made an impact with some very stand out approaches to staging and costumes and exuberant performances by both singers and dancers. So, I’ve not found this top 5 too difficult to do!
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Still getting through the Balkan countries and ticking off another former Yugoslavian country – this time, it’s Croatia’s turn. The only ex-Yugoslav country to have hosted the contest while still part of Yugoslavia, it was a Croatian band, Riva, that achieved Yugoslavia’s sole win in 1989. Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Croatia”
With Portugal’s win in 2017, Cyprus now carries the dubious record of having entered Eurovision times without a win. Unlike pre-win Portugal, they have at least reached the top 5 on a couple of occasions, but even with the regular votes from Greece, that’s the closest they have come. Still some good songs to pick from among their list of entries though! Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Cyprus”
Finally completing my Scandinavian/Nordic top 5s, it’s three-times winners Denmark. Slightly fewer songs to pick from than Sweden, Norway or Finland as Denmark left the contest for 11 years between 1966 and 1978. But with two fairly recent wins, and plenty of top 10 finishes, I still have choices!
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It’s over two weeks since my return from Gran Canaria, but with a very chilly cold snap gripping the UK, it seems a good time to bring you my favourite songs from the next big 5 country – Spain. As befitting a big 5 country, with two wins, four runners up spots, and the second longest run of uninterrupted Eurovision appearances (after the UK), this top 5 has become a top 10… Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Spain”
As I did last year, I’m bringing together all the information and links relating to each country’s progress towards selecting their artist and song for Eurovision 2018 on this page. Countries are listed in alphabetical order and I’ll be updating this page on a regular basis! Continue reading “National selections Eurovision 2018”
Currently Eurovision’s smallest regular contestant by far (Monaco no longer enters), San Marino brings a distinctly tongue-in-cheek (well, actually completely bonkers) attitude to the contest, but I’m so pleased they continue to enter (and at time of writing they have just confirmed their participation in 2018’s contest) – it makes Eurovision that much more fun to have at least one of the microstates taking part. Of course San Marino at Eurovision is synonymous with one contestant in particular…. Valentina Monetta!
Eurovision royalty came to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern this October with Bulgaria’s two-time contestant Poli Genova gracing the stage in the South London’s (in)famous “pub on a roundabout” (as Myra Dubois would say). I was so excited to see her in my favourite venue (having twice seen her at London Eurovision Preview parties) and she didn’t disappoint! Continue reading “Poli Genova performing at Eurofest at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern”