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My top 5 songs from…Sweden

Eurovision may be some months off yet, but the Eurovision 2018 season began at the start of this month (any song publicly released from 1 September onwards is eligible for the next contest). I’ve still got many country top 5s to do before the national final season begins around Christmas, so kicking off my autumn season is that superpower of the last two decades of Eurovision – Sweden.  Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Sweden”

Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #3 SWEDEN – Robin Bengtsson – “I Can’t Go On”

Earning a place in the top 3 once again is Eurovision’s current superpower, Sweden. Last year’s hosts, they and Ukraine are the only countries to have won more than once since semi-finals were introduced in 2004. Six times winners, and rarely out of the top 10 in finals in recent years, it seems inevitable Sweden will eventually take Ireland’s crown of most successful Eurovision country. Could that be this year?
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Magnus Carlsson performing at Eurofest at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern

We celebrated Eurofest’s 5th birthday with a great night (my hangover is a testament to that) and fabulous show by Magnus Carlsson, who will know from Melodifestivalen and a former member of Alcazar. Enjoy these vids – sorry, first two I filmed in portrait rather than landscape until my friend Zoltan pointed it out!  Continue reading “Magnus Carlsson performing at Eurofest at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern”

A top 5 of my favourite less well-known Abba songs

It may not have escaped your notice, but Abba were back in the news this week, announcing plans for a “new and virtual live [Abba] experience“. It’s not, as some people overexcitedly thought, a reunion concert, but nonetheless it sounds a great concept! Abba remain by far the most famous, enduring and commercially successful act to have emerged from Eurovision, so with the news earlier this week, what better to finish a Friday than a spot of Abba!  Continue reading “A top 5 of my favourite less well-known Abba songs”

Top 10 countries by Grand Final finishing position

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!

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Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #24 SWEDEN – Frans – “If I Were Sorry”

Back to back Nordic countries in the countdown and it’s this year’s hosts – Sweden. Considering the superpower/juggernaut status of Sweden within the world of Eurovision, this might be a surprise to see them down this far in the ranking list, but Frans and his song have been dividing opinion amongst Eurofans it seems. Can Sweden hold on to their title and win for a seventh time to match Ireland’s record?
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London Eurovision Preview Party 2016 video clips part 3: Zoë, Ovidiu Anton, Nina Kraljić, Michał Szpak and Frans

No less than 5 countries in this next batch of video clips, including the host country, Sweden. Zoë from Austria got a huge ovation, and getting her quite emotional! She came back after Romania’s two performances (which are shown here) to do an accappella reprise of Loin d’ici. We’ve also got fan favourite Poland and the hotly tipped Croatia here as well.  Continue reading “London Eurovision Preview Party 2016 video clips part 3: Zoë, Ovidiu Anton, Nina Kraljić, Michał Szpak and Frans”

Eurovision national finals best of the rest part 2: Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Well it’s time for another instalment of national final songs that just didn’t quite make it past the winning post.

This time we look at three of the countries with some of the most well established and widely followed national finals – it’s the Scandinavian triumvirate of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Continue reading “Eurovision national finals best of the rest part 2: Denmark, Norway and Sweden”

A little treat from Melodifestivalen Andra Chansen: Samir & Viktor “Bada nakna”

Well, I was trying to avoid posting videos from the various national finals as I wanted to introduce each country’s entry when I do my usual run down in advance of May’s shows.

However, I’m making an exception for this one as it’s a guilty pleasure and it’s Tuesday evening, so very close to the hump of the week  and we probably won’t be seeing this in the final. Continue reading “A little treat from Melodifestivalen Andra Chansen: Samir & Viktor “Bada nakna””

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