Our penultimate big 5 country is one facing a big choice this Sunday in their presidential election – it’s last year’s chart toppers, France. 5 times winners, last year France went in as one of the favourites, and while they didn’t quite hit the peak they did in this chart last year, they still finished a strong sixth in the actual final, their best result since 2002. Can Alma repeat that renewed success this year with France’s 60th appearance at the contest? Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #4 FRANCE – Alma – “Requiem””
Finally into the top echelons of the countdown and we begin the top 5 with the top Balkan country. If you’d said (before we knew the songs) that Macedonia would be the top Balkan country, I’d never have believed you. But Jana has taken Macedonia to new heights in this chart. Can she do the same in the actual contest? Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #5 FYR MACEDONIA – Jana Burceska – “Dance Alone””
Aside from Australia, Azerbaijan is home to Eurovision’s most easterly capital and also its most recent entrant. They have been in it to win it from the start, triumphing in 2011 on only their fourth appearance in the contest. They haven’t hit the top 10 in the past three years but have always qualified for the final. Can Dihaj maintain their 100% record? Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #6 AZERBAIJAN – Dihaj – “Skeletons””
Celebrating their 40th appearance in the contest, three-time winners Israel are sending the biggest party banger song of Eurovision 2017. The unbelievably hot Imri Ziv represents them this year, having been a backing singer for the last two Israeli entries. After some lean years, Israel has had a mini-revival with those last two songs, finishing 9th and 14th in the grand final. Can Imri bring Israel to the grand final again, and making it a hat-trick of final appearances for Israel and for himself? Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #7 ISRAEL – IMRI – “I Feel Alive””
Our penultimate Nordic country are three-times winners Denmark. The won as recently as 2013 but their year of hosting, 2014, marks Denmark’s last appearance in the grand final. Two boy bands in a row failed to even get close to qualifying and Denmark seems to have learned its lesson, with solo female singer Anja Nissen triumphing (after coming second in the Danish national final last year). Can she bring Denmark back to the final and their Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #8 DENMARK – Anja Nissen – “Where I Am””
Gracing the top 10 once again is Bulgaria – after many years of non-qualification, they stormed to 4th place last year with Poli Genova and the hyper-catchy “If Love Was a Crime” (my favourite song from last year’s contest). It seems when Bulgaria qualify, they do very well as in their other time in the final (in 2007) they finished 5th. Can Kristian Kostov reach the final and maintain Bulgaria’s top 5 record?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #9 BULGARIA – Kristian Kostov – “Beautiful Mess””
Opening up the top 10 is a country we’re not accustomed to seeing in the upper positions of this chart. Eurovision’s first ever winners, Switzerland have suffered more than most in the current Eurovision era with only 2 grand final qualifications since 2006 – and even then, one of their final appearances resulted in finishing last. While neighbours Germany have finished last in the grand final in the last two years, Switzerland have finished last in their semi-final in that same time. Can Timebelle help Switzerland avoid a semi-final wooden spoon treble?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #10 SWITZERLAND – Timebelle – “Apollo””
Just missing out on the top 10, it’s our penultimate ex-Yugoslav country in the countdown – Serbia. They are the most successful and consistent of the Balkan countries (winning in 2007) and rarely failing to qualify for the grand final. Can Tijana continue that consistency and take Serbia to another decent result?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #11 SERBIA – Tijana Bogićević – “In Too Deep””
We finally get to a Big 5 country after a long gap from Germany and Spain and it’s our very own UK! Contrary to what many (younger) people might think, the UK is still the third most successful country (after Sweden and Ireland) and this year’s contest marks the UK’s 60th year of participation – it has not missed a contest since 1959, the longest run of uninterrupted Eurovision appearances of any country. Last year Joe and Jake’s upbeat pop did quite well with the juries, but a disappointing televote left the UK in the bottom 5 – can the lovely Lucie Jones return us to former glory? Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #12 UNITED KINGDOM – Lucie Jones – “Never Give Up on You””