My lovely friend Zoltan had but one request for me with my 2018 previews countdown: “please don’t put Hungary in last place”. Well, I have stuck to that promise and have placed this higher than perhaps people might have expected. It definitely isn’t your standard Eurovision fare – AWS are a metal and “post-hardcore” band. Can something so different to the usual contest song do well for Hungary? Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #36 HUNGARY – AWS – “Viszlát nyár””
Here in the UK we might be braced for the “beast from the East” cold blast, but this weekend it’s a bumper set of national finals from no fewer than seven Eastern countries. Some of these finals contain a lot of songs so I’ve just pulled out my favourites from what I have seen, any particularly unusual ones, and collections of snippets of all the entries. Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 national selections: Look East (Armenia, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine previews)”
Today (15 January 2018) is so called “Blue Monday” – the day it is claimed to be the most depressing of the year. It’s all nonsense of course – but an excuse for me to do a blue-related Eurovision post. So here are 5 past Eurovision entries, all with some connection to “blue”. Continue reading “5 Eurovision songs for Blue Monday”
A Eurovision first for our next preview – Joci is the first Hungarian contestant of Romani descent – and the struggles that minority face in Hungary and other countries is an influence on his song for Eurovision. Hungary have built up a very solid qualification record in recent years – 2009 was the last time they failed to make a final. Can Joci keep up that good record?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #24 HUNGARY – Joci Pápai – “Origo””
Well as promised, I’m beginning the first of this series with the homeland of my lovely friend Zoltan. If you remember all the video clips I posted from Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam earlier this year – Zoltan was the provider! He was there and sent me video directly to post up on the blog. Well, Zoltan is from Hungary so where better to start in my top 5 favourite entries from each country. These are very much my personal top 5s, so please do comment and discuss, whether you agree or not, or if I’ve uncovered any forgotten gems for you! Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Hungary”
With this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest having just taken place (Georgia winning for a record 3rd time), and Belgium and Macedonia announcing their 2017 artists in the last few days, it’s definitely beginning to feel a lot like Eurovision season! Time for another top 5 – best debut performances of new countries at Eurovision. I’ve taken it from 1970 as by then, the original core of Western European countries were established, and afterwards saw entrances from the East – first the Mediterranean and Middle East (Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel), and then the waves of Eastern European and ex Soviet countries from 1994 onwards. Continue reading “Top 5 results by countries’ first time appearance at Eurovision”
It’s only a week to the second semi-final, and by that time we’ll know if this country will have matched this YouTube ranking top 5 performance and have made it through to the final (as it will have performed in the first semi-final). It’s a central European country looking to match the recent Eurovision success of their neighbours and former imperial partners, Austria – it’s Hungary.
Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #5 HUNGARY – Freddie – “Pioneer””
Since it’s going to be a few days at least before I have looked at enough YouTube videos in order to determine running order of the preview countdown, how about a few selections from the national finals that didn’t make it. There were a lot of fine songs and guilty pleasures amongst them so let’s start with Estonia, Finland and Hungary. Continue reading “Eurovision national finals best of the rest part 1: Estonia, Finland and Hungary”