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22
May
2019

Three countries that needs to improve: out of the Eurovision final for three or more years

Three countries that needs to improve: out of the Eurovision final for three or more years

Geogia, Montenegro and Latvia 2019

Montenegro, Georgia and Latvia. None of them have qualified for the final for at least three years in a row. It’s beginning to look really bad for them, and the broadcasters must ask the question: Can we do anything to improve the results?

It’s possible to come out of a long non qualifying streak, but it is difficult. This year, Icelandic Hatari ended a four year long period of not reaching the Eurovision final. Many probably also still remember how Anouk in 2013 made it for the Netherlands after 8 years being kicked out in the semi-finals.

Hard work, and very often a new approach to things is needed to come out of the dark and into the light of the final. When you have been out many years in a row, you simply need to ask yourself: Are we doing the right thing? Are we just unlucky or can we do more to improve our results?

Contents

  • 1 Montenegro
  • 2 Georgia
  • 3 Latvia

The broadcaster in three countries have to ask themselves that question now; Montenegro, Georgia and Latvia. All three countries have missed out of the final a minimum of three years in a row.

Montenegro

At the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final 1 dress rehearsal

Despite being vocally quite good, D mol failed to reach the final. The song was perhaps a bit outdated, and the performance could have been better – much better.

It is hard to be six people, who all needs equal space, on stage – and that Montenegro didn’t find a good way to solve. Them all dressed in white didn’t help either. It looked more like a dentist advert and it was hard as viewer to connect to the band.

The song Heaven finished second to last in the semi-final. The had been chosen for Eurovision after winning their national final where five acts competed. Unfortunately none of the five acts really stood out, and D mol won an easy victory.

Montenegro last reached the final in 2015 where Knez represented the country. His song Adio had the typical Balkan sound many of us loves. It was very well performed on stage, and no matter if you understood the lyrics or not, you felt the song under your skin.

Georgia

At the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final 1 dress rehearsal

Oto Nemsadze has a strong voice, no doubt about that. The staging also looked really good. What probably went wrong, was that the song was too easy to forget. It was hard to relate to. After the three minutes performance, another act came on stage, and poor Oto was forgotten. Also, an English title usually doesn’t help you, if the song isn’t in English too.

In Georgia, they used the Idol format to select their participant. In the final, four acts had made it, and they all sang the song which would be their Eurovision entry. Three songs divided on to four participants. Oto sang the song which another participant also sang. The song never became his – not when it reached the Eurovision stage either.

Geogia last reached the final in 2016 where Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz represented the country. Their song Midnight Goal stood out. What you saw was what you got, and they connected to the song so you felt it was theirs.

Latvia

At the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final 2

Carousel did bring a song, which stood out. One were able to remember it – but this kind of song doesn’t have a broad appeal. They came on stage between a strong Swiss entry and a Romanian one pretty much in the same style as the Latvian entry – and furthermore they were in the semi-final which most considered the toughest one of the two. In the first semi-final, Latvia might have qualified, but they were never to do in the second one – in particular not with Romania in the same one. Those two probably “stole” some votes from each other with the result that none of them made it.

The group was chosen via the strong Supernova selection. They were a top contender to win after winning first their semi-final.

Latvia last reached the final in 2016 where Justs represented the country. His song Heartbeat appealed to the masses. It was strong performed and you could feel the energy he put into the song.

This reflection article is based on the author's ownpersonal experience. Views expressed belongs to him or her, and are to be seen as unrelated to EuroVisionary.com.

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22
May
2019

Full version of Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Fuego” cover released

Full version of Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Fuego” cover released

Måns Zelmerlöw

Did you also enjoy this year’s interval act, where former Eurovision acts performed each other’s songs? 2015 Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw performed Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego”, which finished second last year.

It became a big hit for Eleni Foureira last year, and now Fuego gets new life. Måns Zelmerlöw appeared in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with this song as a part of the interval act. The full version of his great attempt at this song has been made available on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.

You’ll soon recognize that Måns’ version of Eleni’s pop-banger is toned down quite a lot. Perhaps Måns had the words Salvador Sobral spoke after winning the 2017 contest in mind: “Music is not fireworks, music is felling”

When Måns Zelmerlöw in 2015 won with Heroes it became Sweden’s 6th Eurovision win. One more, and they will be tied with Ireland’s seven for the country with most victories.

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21
May
2019

Eurovision stars beat Madonna in download charts

Eurovision stars beat Madonna in download charts

KEiiNO (Norway 2019)

Madonna’s Eurovision performance did not give her the best advertising for her new single “Future” as she has been thrashed in the download charts by the Eurovision class of 2020.

It has only been a couple of days since the Eurovision Grand Final which saw Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands end their 44 year losing streak, winning the contest with his self-penned track Arcade. 

Songs from the finalists have been dominating the iTunes charts across Europe, as well as the World Wide iTunes charts beating international superstar Madonna who performed her new single Future during the interval of the Grand Final. The performance caused a stir with fans who complained that her vocals were out of key. Many simply branded the performance as ‘awful’.

Madonna has no top 10 positions in any of the European download charts. In Austria she is 26th, and in UK she is 46th.

As can be expected, winner Duncan Laurence topped the majority of the charts. He is currently sitting in the first position on the Belgian, German, Dutch, Spanish and Swedish charts. In addition he is also leading the Eurovision pack in the World Wide iTunes sitting at Number 5 with Keiino of Norway following in Number 10. Superstar Madonna who you would expect to sit higher in the chart does appear, but only in 24th place.

See alsoDuncan Laurence returned home a hero

While not hitting the first place Duncan is currently in the highest position of the Eurovision competitors in Finland (4th), France (2nd), Poland and Russia (both in 12th place) and finally Ireland (8th).

Some surprising revelations are that no Eurovision Songs appear on the Australian Top 40 iTunes download charts, neither do they appear in the top 20 of the Russian charts. Sergey Lazarev is the first to appear on the Russian charts at 24th, immediately followed by Mahmood and then oddly followed by Ukrainian Vidbir winner Maruv and her Siren Song which caused controversy when she was forced to withdraw from the competition due to the demands from the broadcaster.

It seems like Irish fans are keen on karaoke as the instrumental/karaoke versions of the Swedish, Norwegian and Estonian entries occupy positions 65, 66th and 67th place. The Netherlands, clearly in excitement of their victory have a whopping 17 Eurovision entries in their iTunes download chart. Surprisingly, one of these is their 2014 entry Calm After The Storm which was performed by The Common Linnets.

See alsoWinning Eurovision: Your song, your victory

It isn’t only Duncan Laurence that has done well in the charts. Keiino from Norway who won the public televote are the highest placed entry in the U.K chart at number 6, and occupy high places on pretty much every chart. Italy’s Mahmood has also placed well on the chart, as has Luca Hänni from Switzerland. Mahmood has nothing to worry about as his track Soldi has the highest amount of streams on Spotify at a staggering 55 million, Arcade at 22 Million and John Lundvik’s Too Late For Love at 18 Million.

Are you already beginning to miss Eurovision? If so, you can relive some of the magic by watching our video of winner Duncan Laurence performing his winning song at Eurovision in Concert below.

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21
May
2019

Tamara Todevska’s historical result for North Macedonia creates headlines

Tamara Todevska’s historical result for North Macedonia creates headlines

Tamara Todevska (North Macedonia 2019)

Third time was a charm for Tamara Todevska. Not only did she finally qualified for the final, she also scored the best Eurovision result ever for North Macedonia. What a start for the country that recently got its new name.

33-year-old Tamara Todevska participated for the first time in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008. On the stage in Belgrade, she performed the song titled LetMeLoveYou, accompanied by Rade Vrčakovski Vrčak and Adrian Gaxha. Tamara finished 10th in the second semi-final, but unluckily for her and her team, it wasn’t enough to go through to the final, as the jury selected Sweden’s Charlotte Perelli and her song for the final.

In 2014, Tamara took part as a backing vocalist for her sister Tijana Dapčević. Their song ToTheSky finished 13th in the second semi-final and thus missed out, once again.

This year, Tamara Todevska finally succeeded in her third attempt to qualify for the final. Her beautiful powerful ballad Proud ended 8th overall, which is North Macedonia’s best result in the Eurovision Song Contest ever. Proud got 12 points from juries from Serbia, Austria, Albania, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Moldova and 12 points from Serbia’s and Slovenia’s televote as well.

Until this year the best result for North Macedonia (which previously was known as Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia) was achieved by Elena Risteska, who finished 12th back in Athens in 2006. In addition, this was the first time since 2012 that the country reached the grand final.

Tamara was in second place after jury voting this year, and it made Tamara and her nation even more proud as it was enough to achieve an 8th place in the final.

North Macedonian medias in general describes Tamara’s result as historical and spectacular. After the final, Tamara’s sister Tijana told to the local medias that she was the most proud sister in the world, although she didn’t understand why the public vote ranked Tamara so low.

Mr Eurovision, Željko Joksimović from Serbia, wrote on his Instagram profile that Tamara was his winner. Tamara herself told to the Serbian magazine Blic that her achievement in this year’s contest was a result of a team effort and that she is very proud of her team. She also sad that the Dutch victory was well-deserved, and that she personally like the winner song Arcade.
2007 winner Marija Šerifović wrote “Bravo, Tamara, bravo” on her Twitter profile.

In the video below, you can see a clip from Tamara rehearsing her entry Proud at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest:

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20
May
2019

Michael Rice blames Brexit for Eurovision loss

Michael Rice blames Brexit for Eurovision loss

Michael Rice (United Kingdom 2019)

Is he just a bad loser or is Michael Rice right when he says the bad UK result is due to Brexit only, and that Elton John and Gary Barlow would have come last too?

United Kingdom’s Michael Rice finished last at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with 16 points only. According to Rice, it was always going to go that way due to the British wish to leave the European Union, the so-called Brexit.

Michael Rice didn’t actually have any reason to go on stage as the result was given beforehand: “I always knew I was going to come in this position because of Brexit“, Mirror quotes The Sun. He continued: “Do you know what? If it was Gary Barlow or Elton John, they still probably would have come last too“.

See alsoWinning Eurovision: Your song, your victory

Michael’s grandfather Alan Rice is quoted for having told to Hartelpool Mail: “We expected it but he should have got more than that“.

Of course Michael Rice deserved better, but one might argue that with many British fans not supporting the song Bigger Than Us, why should others?

In the video below, take a look at a clip from Michael Rice rehearsing his 2019 entry:

On his Instagram account, Michael Rice didn’t mix politics into it when he looked back: “We absolutely fucking smashed it last night, regardless of the result! I’m so happy!!! We have worked so hard everyday for the past 4 months solid, I’ve made memories for a lifetime that I will treasure & made some really good friends from this & most importantly have the best family around me! We put everything into last nights performance and just had so much fun on that stage! There’s still a lot more to come – TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK✨ let’s keep climbing that chart we are number 16!!! This has been a dream come true♥️♥️

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20
May
2019

Duncan Laurence returned home a hero

Duncan Laurence returned home a hero

Duncan Laurence at Schiphol Airport

Hundreds of fans of all ages, press, family and friends had gathered in Schipol Airport to welcome home their Eurovision hero. In the evening, a TV studio full of former Dutch participants were waiting for him – and finally, he was awarded a double platinum record for “Arcade”.

There was a time where the Dutch were quite used to winning the Eurovision Song Contest. It is however so many years ago, that many fans will have to ask their grand parents about that time. The Dutch won in 1957, 1959, 1969, 1975 – and now again in 2019.

When Duncan Laurence Saturday evening took over the trophy from Netta, it was 44 years ago the country won last time – yet it was their fifth victory. The now five victories brings the Netherlands up to a tied third position for most Eurovision wins. They are two behind Ireland’s seven, and just one away from matching Sweden’s six.

Duncan Laurence returned home from Tel Aviv yesterday afternoon. In the airport he was greeted as a hero. Hundreds of fans were ready to welcome him. Duncan’s grandmother was also waiting for him. She was probably the only one in this crowd who would be able to remember the time where it wasn’t that uncommon for the Dutch to win the contest they joined in it’s beginning in 1956.

See alsoPossible host cities for Eurovision 2020 in the Netherlands

Double Platinum

In the evening, Duncan had several TV appearances. In one of them, Pauw, another special crowd was waiting for him. Former Dutch participants had been invited to talk about their Eurovision experience and to give Duncan some advise. These were Lenny Kuhr (1969), Getty Kaspers (1975), Gerard Joling (1988), Ruth Jacott (1993), Ilse de Lange (2014) as well as Dutch commentators Cornald Maas and Jan Smit.

After having performed an acoustic version of his winning entry, Duncan was surprised with a double platinum plate. He received that for 160.000 sold versions of Arcade.

In the studio, Duncan also said that he hoped for a young talent to represent the Netherlands at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it will indeed be a young talent or an experienced well known name, the chosen one will have less pressure on their shoulders. He further emphasized his focus on young talent by suggesting AVROTROS to look for newcomers to host the contest.

As host country, the Netherlands will be automatically qualified for the final along with the BIg 5 countries.

See alsoWinning Eurovision: Your song, your victory

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