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””
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)”
This year’s hosts, and two-times winners, in spite of only being in Eurovision since 2003, Ukraine’s approach to the contest could never be described as “uninteresting”. They’s brought us Xena: Warrior princess, a giant carrying a princess, a man in a hamster wheel, a sand artist, a drag queen and her “mother”, rippling, oiled up men in skimpy silver Roman centurion outfits, and winning songs about mass deportations from now-a. Where to start picking my top 5 from this eclectic selection?! Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Ukraine”
We’re not out of the 30s yet and we come upon the third of the six automatic qualifiers for the final – it’s this year’s hosts, Ukraine. After their first absence in 2015 (due to the civil war in the east of Ukraine), they came storming back last year, with Jamala securing a clear but nail-biting victory over Australia and Russia. Two wins in just 13 appearances, plus two runners-up positions and a third place in that time mean Ukraine are always a Eurovision force to be reckoned with. Can they go for a double win?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #31 UKRAINE – O.Torvald – “Time””
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!
At 18, we welcome back a country that never fails to put in a noteworthy entry, whether it be for spectacle, campness, staging, you name it. Sadly due to the ongoing crisis in the east of the country they were unable to enter last year, but they are back, with an entry that has already generated news articles across Europe – welcome back Ukraine!
Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #18 UKRAINE – Jamala – “1944””
Quite a bit of Eurovision news over the last few days, not least today’s reveal of the 6 acts in the UK national selection.
That takes place live on BBC4 this coming Friday, 26 February. The 6 songs were played for the first time on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show this morning. I think I have my top 2 or 3 already but you can take a listen for yourself at the BBC’s Eurovision site. Continue reading “National selections Eurovision 2016: UK finalists revealed; Ukraine and Iceland acts chosen”