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Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #22 CYPRUS – Eleni Foureira – “Fuego”

With Portugal having finally laid to rest their long-held record of country with the most contest appearances without a win, that dubious baton has now passed to Cyprus. They mark the halfway point in my countdown, and with three grand final qualifications in a row after a year’s hiatus in 2014, can Cyprus follow Portugal and break their Eurovision duck?  Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #22 CYPRUS – Eleni Foureira – “Fuego””

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #23 SWITZERLAND – Zibbz – “Stones”

It’s a poignant moment in the countdown – Switzerland are two-times winners. Their second and most recent win was 30 years in 1988, when a certain French-Canadian won the contest by a single point (over the UK of course) – that was Céline Dion of course. The first winner was also the contest’s first ever winner (and the only Swiss national to win the contest) – Lys Assia. She remained an active supporter of the contest through to this year. She sadly passed away in March 2018 at the age of 94. A Swiss win this year would be poignant and timely indeed.  Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #23 SWITZERLAND – Zibbz – “Stones””

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #24 AUSTRALIA – Jessica Mauboy – “We Got Love”

It’s past the time that I explain to non-Eurovision friends why Australia is in the contest – they just are, OK! Since 2015 in fact… And here they are in mid-table for in my preview countdown ranking represented by a big star in Australia, the bubbly Jessica Mauboy. Australia haven’t finished outside the top 10 in their previous three contests, will that continue this year?  Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #24 AUSTRALIA – Jessica Mauboy – “We Got Love””

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #25 SERBIA – Sanja Ilić & Balkanika – “Nova deca”

There has been a long gap between our first Balkan country in the countdown and this second on the list. Appropriately, those two countries were once one unit and had a couple of years in the contest as Serbia and Montenegro. After a few years of singing in English, Serbia have returned with a Serbian-language song. Can they make a swift return to the grand final, after narrowly missing out last year?  Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #25 SERBIA – Sanja Ilić & Balkanika – “Nova deca””

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #26 SAN MARINO – Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening – “Who We Are”

Up next is Eurovision’s smallest participant, in terms of both population and country size – it’s the microstate San Marino. Many Eurofans don’t seem to appreciate what San Marino bring to the contest, but I certainly do, and despite generally poor results, they’ve stuck with the contest bringing their own mix of craziness and retro with them. What have they got for us this year?!
Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #26 SAN MARINO – Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening – “Who We Are””

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #27 SWEDEN – Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off”

I feel like I could almost reuse the intro paragraph I used last year for this country – it’s the modern day Eurovision superpower and juggernaut, Sweden. 6-times winners, their dominance has been almost absolute recently. Since 2011, they have won the contest twice, and only once in that period finished outside the top 5 in the grand final. So the young Benjamin Ingrosso has a lot to live up to – can he carry on Sweden’s remarkable run of success?  Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #27 SWEDEN – Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off””

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #28 ROMANIA – The Humans – “Goodbye”

Romania yodeled and rapped their way to the top 10 in the grand final last year and they’ve certainly given us some classic Eurovision moments over they years. This year, the Romanian public selected something far less crazy and controversial. Will The Humans make the same impact as previous Romanian entries though – and can they keep up Romania’s 100% qualification record?  Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #28 ROMANIA – The Humans – “Goodbye””

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #29 LITHUANIA – Ieva Zasimauskaitė – “When We’re Old”

We move swiftly on from the first Baltic country to our second. Lithuania have never won the contest but finished in the top 10 as recently as 2016. After the explosion of noise that was their little-liked entry last year, their super long running national selection has resulted in a complete contrast – a quiet and subtle ballad. Will it return Lithuania to the grand final?  Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #29 LITHUANIA – Ieva Zasimauskaitė – “When We’re Old””

Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #30 AZERBAIJAN – Aisel – “X My Heart”

The first preview countdown to complete a geographical set! It’s the last of the three countries of the Caucasus, and none have made it out of the bottom 13 for me. Highest placed is the most successful of the three overall in the contest – former winners Azerbaijan. They defend a 100% qualification record – can they maintain that in Lisbon? Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #30 AZERBAIJAN – Aisel – “X My Heart””

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