Editorials & Opinion

Ten ESC songs perfect for Halloween

BOOOO…OOOO…OO…o. Ghost noises don’t really work in text format, but the point is that it’s October 31st! All Hallows’ Eve. Hallows’ Evening. Halloween. A day of feasting on expired candy and watching bad specials on TV. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, it’s the perfect time to take a look at some of Eurovision’s more  SPOOOOOOKTACULAR entries. So grab a treat and let’s go down this fright-filled road together. Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah Let’s get the obvious out the way first. Just look at these guys. They are practically walking Halloween decorations straight from a horror movie. . When you are Mr. Lordi, it’s Halloween ALL year round, which likely means he’s the only person on October 31st walking around WITHOUT a costume just to change things up a bit. DJ BoBo – Vampires Are Alive We all know vampires love staying up late, keeping bats as pets and a steady source of iron in their diet, but there is one more thing they love most of all. And that is euro-dance. Don’t believe us? Just watch the video above. It’s 20% aerobics, 25% Dschinghis Khan cosplay, 45% Mannequin Challenge AND there are even a few notes here that are …

Opinion: In ESC and JESC, rules don’t matter anymore

Update: The original version incorrectly stated that the 1994 ESC was held in Millstreet, Ireland, instead of in Dublin. The article has thus been edited and corrected. Ask any devout Eurovision fan and they will almost always say that the most important element of Eurovision (and its variants) is the music itself. Music is what brings the Eurovision community together, and without the music, the contest would not exist.  At the same time, an important facet of ESC is not just the “S” part, but the “C” part as well. Eurovision is a competition at the end of the day, and as such, there needs to be rules. The European Broadcasting Union has the responsibility to make the rules of the contest and enforce them. However, in the past few years, the EBU has disregarded various rules that they are expected to enforce. Some violations occur more than others, and some violations are more egregious than others. Regardless, the EBU has done a poor job at following the rules. These upcoming five rules vary in severity and the amount of times the EBU has allowed the rules to be broken, but collectively, they show the incompetence of the EBU to …

Five must-have ESC songs for your rainy day playlist

A big rain storm just hit New York City, where I currently reside, on Tuesday. For hours on end, raindrops pelted my dorm room window and thunder clapped intermittently in the distance. Personally, I love the rain. Unlike most of the other people in my dorm, I think it’s calm, soothing, and peaceful. I attribute that to my rainy day playlist, the mix I designed specifically for when the rain falls and the wind howls outside. Songs on my playlist, I think, are elevated with the sound of the showers against the glass and the thunder lowly rumbling. Obviously, there are tons of songs within the Eurovision sphere on my playlist (What kind of eurofan would I be if I didn’t?). So, if you want to make your own playlist (or add on to one you may already have), here’s my top five rainy day Eurovision songs to listen to as the elements rage outside. Note: this ranking isn’t my ranking of these songs in general, but rather a ranking of how well these songs go with rain (imo of course). #5: “Kinek Mondjam El Vétkeimet?” by Friderika For my first pick, we go back six years before my birth …

What’s in a date? Analysing previous Eurovision finals hosted on 18 May…

Earlier this week, it was finally revealed that the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest would be hosted in Tel Aviv, the second most populous city in Israel. In addition, it was announced that the contest would take place on 14, 16 and 18 May. This won’t be the first time a Eurovision final has taken place on 18 May. In fact, it will be the third time! So what’s in a date? Just as we did last year, let’s take a look back at the two previous finals to take place on 18 May… 18 May: A Eurovision history The first ever Eurovision Song Contest took place in May. The Swiss city of Lugano hosted the 1956 contest on Thursday 24 May. Nevertheless, the contest wouldn’t be held in May again until 1977 when London hosted the contest on Saturday 7 May. However, on this occasion, the contest was actually scheduled to take place in early April. Yet, due to a strike by BBC cameramen and technicians, the contest had to be postponed for a month. Therefore, it was in Luxembourg in 1984 when Eurovision was finally scheduled to take place in May once more. Since 1984, most Eurovision Song Contests have taken …

My Eurovision 2018 Experience (Part 3)

As the 2019 season approaches, I am taking a look back at my experience during my time in Lisbon this year. This time I’m looking at my final days in Lisbon and what I got up to. Day 7 – Rehearsals for the Grand Final My seventh day in Lisbon consisted of watching the first Dress Rehearsal in the afternoon and the Jury Rehearsal later in the evening. The running order was decided after the Grand Final and was confirmed early that day. Day 8 – The Big Finale!!!!! My Final Day in Lisbon 🙁 Here it is!, the day that everyone is waiting for. It is the Christmas of Eurovision Fans, the Grand Final.  Whenever it is the Grand Final day, I always get mixed emotions about it. One, I’m very excited to find out who will be the successor and where we might potentially be heading to the next year. On the other hand, I’m sad because it will only take three more hours for it to be finished, then it will all be over for another year. Then I will be wondering what am I going to do with my life for the next seven-eight months. On to …

My Eurovision 2018 Experience (Part 2)

As the 2019 season approaches, I am taking a look back at my experience during my time in Lisbon this year. This time I’m looking at the first semi-final and the rehearsals for the second semi-final. Day 4 – Watching the First Semi-Final My reaction to Saara getting through will probably be enough to break people’s eardrums We’ve finally reached Tuesday!, which meant that it was now time for the first Semi-Final. The only thing I hate about the first semi-final is that there is a lot of great songs! and it was really hard to get the ten qualifiers I want. When I entered the arena, I was only rooting for two acts. I was rooting for Saara Aalto (Finland) and Eye Cue (FYR Macedonia). I was really happy that Saara made the final, but was gutted to see Eye Cue crash out of the Semi-Finals cos I really loved the song!. Other shockers were Azerbaijan not making the Grand Final. Aisel’s song really grew on me and did not doubt for a second that she would not qualify. I can look at Azerbaijan’s entries and I can think of other entries which deserved a DNQ. Day 5 – Watching …

My Eurovision 2018 Experience (Part 1)

As the 2019 season approaches, I am taking a look back at my experience attending the contest in Lisbon this year. I have previously attended the contest back in 2016, but this is the first time I’ve done Eurovision week.. IN FULL!! and I cannot wait to tell you all about my experience in Lisbon. Day 1 – Getting to Lisbon After a long week of working… I finally got to Lisbon!!!!! As they say… you save the best for last!!! :L, I did not get to Lisbon, until the next week after the rehearsals have started. I had this giddy and excitement at the airport awaiting for my flight. Despite the long delays, I have managed to arrive in Lisbon. When I got to Lisbon, I went straight to my place, dropped my stuff off and went straight to the venue. When I got there, Mikolas was doing a meet and greet and it was nice to see him once again, after seeing him in London and Amsterdam. I then went on to the arena and attended a couple of rehearsals. It was surreal being inside the Altice Arena (finally!) and it was a nice feeling to be able to …

Jury Rehearsals – Should they be made available?

To the average viewer, Eurovision Week is not a thing – the contest exists merely as a one night event. As fans, we know that Eurovision Week is so much more than 7 hours.  We start with the first and second open rehearsals, press conferences, opening ceremony and dress rehearsals – all of this in combination with the live transmissions (and our live stream of course!) More than just three shows Many fans are still unaware of the importance of dress rehearsals, more specifically the second of each show.  It is not an exaggeration to say that the second dress rehearsal is equally as important as the main live show itself.  This is the recording that the jury members from each participating country are asked to cast their vote on.  Although this is clearly stated in the EBU’s official rules,  it is something, which I’ve come to realise, is not clearly addressed during the live broadcast.  Do they want us to assume that the juries are voting in real-time or avoid giving an explanation as to why it technically can’t be done live? In the current system, the juries have a 50% stake in the overall contest result. I personally …

Eurovision is not always easy to get right… right, Switzerland?

At the end of last week, the Swiss plans for Israel 2019 were revealed. SRF, the Swiss broadcaster, announced they will no longer use the Die Entscheidungsshow to select their Eurovision 2019 entry. Instead, they will try to improve Switzerland’s luck through an internal selection. Looking back at Switzerland’s results in the last few years, when the only thing they were actually competing for was the hardest national final to pronounce (at least for this poor Spanish speaker) and even then Iceland had something to say, it may not be a bad idea to revamp the whole process. Since 2011, when Die grosse Entscheidungs was introduced, Switzerland have managed to qualify only twice, and even one of them saw them at the bottom of the scoreboard in the final. And it is not hard to understand why. The Swiss audience have made some catastrophically bad decisions when selecting their entries in the last couple of years (2014 and 2018 (the result not withstanding) being the honourable exceptions), leaving out some pretty good gems that are now condemned to Die grosse oblivion… These are the 5 best songs that would have been better choices than what Switzerland treated us to: 5. ‘The Point Of No …

Internal selections: easier to afford, but making audiences feel ignored?

There is a never-ending discussion surrounding the presence of jurors in the Eurovision Song Contest, and with the especially wide discrepancies between the results of the juries and televoters this year, the topic is more loaded with questions than perhaps ever before. Should the voting system continue to be a 50/50 split between the two? Should we axe the juries and rely solely on televotes? Perhaps we should follow Finland’s older Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu format and give power to each country’s chiseled and chiseling asphalt constructors? Though this conversation is certainly worth having, there is another significant this-or-that brewing in our Eurovision bubble, and that is the prominence of delegations opting for an internal selection — the process in which a country’s broadcaster/delegation directly chooses the artist and/or song that it will send to the contest — instead of holding a public, national selection. This particular topic is far from being clear-cut, as there are fair and reasonable arguments both for and against delegations working internally. One could argue that if a broadcaster receives a song that it feels is leaps and bounds ahead of the other submissions, why can’t it just select that particular song and use whatever national …