At number 33 in our countdown is Eurovision’s largest country and one that, in recent years, is both always near the top positions in the final while also generating controversy and polarising opinions. This year has been no exception – at the time of writing that wider geopolitical drama is still ongoing and the outcome is unclear. For the purposes of this post, let’s just stick with the song though… Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #33 RUSSIA – Yuliya Samoylova – “Flame Is Burning””
Time to turn to Eurovision’s biggest country in geographical size and population – and often the country which generates the strongest feelings and controversy. This is very rarely to do with the artists themselves that compete for Russia, so this isn’t going to be where I discuss the wrongs of Russia’s actions on LGBT rights or its foreign policies and actions. With 1 win, 4 runners up placings, and a further 6 top 10 placings, they are a Eurovision force to be reckoned with.
200 days to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2017! Some bits of Eurovision news today: Slovakia confirms they won’t be participating next year (they haven’t taken part since 2012) and Moldova confirms that they are taking part, bringing the number of confirmed countries to 41. Moldova haven’t missed a Eurovision since their debut in 2005.
While Eurovision season has indeed begun, news will be quite intermittent until we hit the Christmas period when it will pick up a lot of pace. In the meantime, I’ll be posting up lots of Eurovision content. Today, we’re looking at the top 10 countries by average finishing position in the Grand Final. I haven’t included countries that have not competed in less than 5 finals, and I haven’t included semi-final performances, just how the countries have performed in the finals. This does include countries who no longer compete in Eurovision (or at least haven’t competed for some time). Some familiar or expected countries in this list, as well as some surprises!
If Sweden has been the superpower of Eurovision of the past 15 years or so, then their rival superpower is the country that takes the runner up spot in this countdown – Russia. It’s a country that undeniably stirs up strong emotions of all kinds, both positive and negative and once again they have put themselves strongly in the running to take a second win. At the time of writing, Russia remains the favourite in the betting to take the title this year, and they’ve been the favourites ever since the song was presented. Can the muscular Sergey take them over the winning line?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #2 RUSSIA – Sergey Lazarev – “You Are the Only One””