For a second year in a row, little Macedonia finishes in the Top 5 in the previews countdown – while last year wasn’t my own personal rankings, I would have had it in my Top 5 anyway, and a year on, Macedonia have done it again, making it into my Top 5. Can they overcome the problems they encounter in achieving qualification to the grand final this year? Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #4 F.Y.R. MACEDONIA – Eye Cue – “Lost and Found””
The song title may be “Under the Ladder” but this song has been going under the radar in the build up to the contest and in the betting odds. An oversight I think as this is one of the strongest songs in the contest (in my view) and Ukraine are the most successful of the “new” countries in Eurovision with two wins since 2004. Can last year’s hosts bring the contest back to Ukraine for a third time? Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #5 UKRAINE – Mélovin – “Under the Ladder””
One of the big fan favourites, and everyone’s favourite Finn, the lovely Saara Aalto finally makes it to Eurovision and she hasn’t wasted the opportunity, giving us a big party banger for the Eurofans to bop along to. Finland’s non-qualification for the final last year was widely regarded as one of the biggest travesties of last year’s voting – can Saara return Finland to the final? Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #6 FINLAND – Saara Aalto – “Monsters””
It’s the final member of the Big 5 in my countdown this year, and it’s my home country, 5-times winners, the United Kingdom. With a few exceptions, the last twenty years have been lean times for the UK but the amazing Lucie Jones took us to our best result in several years last year (and deserved even higher in my view), can Eurovision veteran and Twitter queen, the equally lovely SuRie keep up the momentum?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #7 UNITED KINGDOM – SuRie – “Storm””
Moldova proved a surprise package to many last year, achieving their best ever result and third place in the final. Perhaps it shouldn’t have been such a surprise, it was catchy, it was fun, it was Moldovan and they were very polished, experienced and slick yet also clearly enjoying themselves. I feel that their entry this year is similar in many ways in those aspects – underrated initially by the fandom, but as the pre-parties have gone on, it’s very clear they have another accomplished and fun package. Will it maintain their recent success at the contest?
Sometimes you can tell a country is gunning to win Eurovision – in the late 2000s, it was Azerbaijan doing all they could to get the win (and which they achieved in 2011); in the last couple of years, it’s been Bulgaria who have been putting their all into winning, coming fourth in 2016 and runners up last year. All three times they have qualified for the final, they have finished in the top 5 – can they go one better last year and bring Eurovision to Bulgaria for the first time? Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #9 BULGARIA – Equinox – “Bones””
Finally we are into the top 10 of my countdown – the upper echelons of my rankings for this year’s songs, and of course, this means it is tantalisingly close to the start of the contest week! First up in my top 10 is a country that hasn’t often had songs I’ve really enjoyed but this year changes all that, and this is by far and away my favourite Polish Eurovision entry. Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #10 POLAND – Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer – “Light Me Up””
Just outside my top 10 are this year’s hosts. Regardless of whether you liked Salvador Sobral’s entry last year, few would begrudge Portugal its victory last year – almost 50 appearances at the contest without even a top 5, let alone a win, and finally, finally, they did it. And which means we all get to enjoy Lisbon. Could we enjoy a second year in a row in Europe’s sunny south west corner?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #11 PORTUGAL – Cláudia Pascoal – “O jardim””
It’s the last and highest ranking of the Baltic countries – and generally Estonia often ends up being my favourite from that group and this year has fitted that pattern. Estonia have had some great songs over the years, even if they haven’t done as well as I think they deserved. I’m hoping that won’t be the case this year – and while former contestant Stig Rästa had my favourite song in the Estonian national final, I’ll be hoping Estonia can make a return to the final after losing out in 2016 and 2017. Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #12 ESTONIA – Elina Nechayeva – “La forza””