23
May
2020

Eurovision 2020 entries: Slovenia – we are discussing Ana Soklič and Voda

Eurovision 2020 entries: Slovenia – we are discussing Ana Soklič and Voda

Ana Soklič at Slovenian selection EMA 2020.

This would have been the time when we would all still be talking about the results of Rotterdam 2020 if the event had not been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here at EuroVisionary, we though we would keep the discussion going by revisiting the entries that had been selected for this year. Today, it’s time for Slovenia’s Ana Soklič and her song Voda.

Ana Soklič won the ticket to represent Slovenia at Eurovision after winning this year’s Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA), the country’s long-running national selection. 36 year-old Ana is also the lyricist of Voda (Water) and co-wrote the music. The artist is expected to return and represent Slovenia in Rotterdam next year.

Slovenia was in the unfortunate position of being last in the betting odds prior to the cancellation of Eurovision 2020. But what do we think about the entry? These are some of our views here at EuroVisionary:

Theo – ‘I had summarily dismissed this one on first hearing. It had sounded too old fashioned and bland to me. I guess other people must have felt the same way because the song was last in the betting odds. However, I have since come to appreciate the strength in the voice of Ana Soklič. It will be interesting to see what entry she will come back with next year. I am now somewhat of a convert regarding the song, too, though I still think it would have been unlikely for Slovenia to have done well this year.’

See alsoEurovision 2020 entries: Latvia – we are discussing Samanta Tīna and Still Breathing

Elvir – ‘I totally forgot Slovenia’s entry after listening to it for the very first time. But when they launched the revamped version of Voda, I began to feel much more positive about it. After Ana Soklič’s performance at Eurovision Home Concert, which was one of the best overall, Slovenia entered my top 10. Ana is such a great artist and I am so happy that she will be back in Rotterdam next year.’

Michael – ‘Slovenia – one of the oddities of Eurovision. Ana is one of the best, if not the best singer from 2020, but Voda is one of the worst songs. Sure her cover of Suus was incredible, but she was bringing Voda. Judging by the other songs you can find on the internet, Ana doesn’t sing for mass appeal and, if she won’t bring a better song in 2021, we won’t see Slovenia in the finals again until 2022 at the earliest.’

Wouter – ‘In my show report, I wrote: “only one word seems to do justice to this song, her voice, the music and performance – amazing!” I stand by what I said in February. I’ll “say yes” to covering EMA2021 if they choose to hold one just for her .’

Charlotte – ‘Strong vocal performance. Though I have no clue what she sings about, I somehow end up believing it. It’s dramatic, mysterious and intriguing. Looking forward to what she comes with next year.’

Josef – ‘Slovenia is a masterpiece. Ana Soklič is one of the best female singers in 2020 and so is Water. Its only disadvantage is how out of the mainstream this is. In combination with the orchestral backing track done in the revamp, Water became really epic – only not for the regular Eurovision audience. Let’s hope for another good song next year, but maybe one with better chances to succeed as I am afraid that Water would stay in the semi-final.’

Stay tuned – tomorrow, we will be discussing yet another entry that had been selected for Rotterdam 2020!

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In the meantime, you can revisit Slovenia’s Ana Soklič and Voda in the video below:

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23
May
2020

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Welcome To The Summer

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Welcome To The Summer

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The Eurovision pace is going to calm down over the next few months. Before the summer kicks off, let’s go over the news from Shine A Light and the last seven days..

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Welcome To The Summer

As the Eurovision Summer begins, we move into the ‘off-season’. Ewan Spence and the ESC Insight team bring you the news from the world of the Contest, including Junior Eurovision 2020, Eurovision 2021, and #EurovisionAgain’s 1974.

Stay in touch with the Eurovision Song Contest over the summer months by listening to the ESC Insight podcast. You’ll find the show in iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. A direct RSS feed is  available. We also have our email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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22
May
2020

Eurovision 2020 entries: Latvia – we are discussing Samanta Tīna and Still Breathing

Eurovision 2020 entries: Latvia – we are discussing Samanta Tīna and Still Breathing

Samanta Tīna was to represent Latvia with Still Breathing after winning national selection Supernova 2020.

This would have been the week when we would still be discussing the results of Rotterdam 2020 if the event had not been postponed for a year due to COVID-19. Here at EuroVisionary, we thought we would keep the discussion going by revisiting the entries that had been selected for this year’s Eurovision. Today, it’s time for Latvia’s Samanta Tīna and her song Still Breathing.

When Eurovision 2020 got cancelled, one had to feel for artists like Samanta Tīna, who had tried many times in the past to compete in the contest having their dream taken away – or, at least, postponed – once more.

In her case, the artist had previously taken part in Latvian selections in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2019 but also in the Lithuanian selections in 2013 and 2017. It was only this year that the 31 year-old finally managed to win Supernova, Latvia’s selection format for Eurovision since 2015. Fortunately, it has been confirmed that she will be returning to represent Latvia in Rotterdam 2021.

Still Breathing was co-written by Samanta Tīna herself and Aminata Savadogo, who is a fan favourite in her own right. Having represented Latvia in 2015 with her iconic Love Injected (6th place), Aminata also wrote Justs’ Heartbeat the following year (Latvia 2016, 15th place).

The 2020 Latvian entry was only at 35th place in the betting odds prior to Eurovision’s cancellation. But what do we here at EuroVisionary think about Samanta Tīna and Still Breathing? These are some of our views:

Theo – ‘Whether intentional or not, this feels more like happening/performance art rather than a proper entry to me. The video, especially, provides some poignant images referring to stereotypical societal expectations of women, e.g. semi-clad dancers rocking toy pushchairs with their stilettos. When it comes to the song itself, I had dismissed it initially though I now catch myself increasingly liking elements of it.’

See alsoEurovision 2020 entries: Azerbaijan – we are discussing Efendi's Cleopatra

Michael – ‘A bit of fun from a crazy artist who is full of ideas and makes you wonder what she’ll do next. A very modern entry which I believe would have done so much better than the polls indicate. Can’t get enough of Samanta.’

Álvaro – ‘I feel bad for Samanta after finally getting a pass to go to Eurovision. But, besides that, I like this experimental sound of her song and the meaningful lyrics. I imagine that she was working on her live performance because I could barely understand what she was saying in her winning performance. But, overall, it was an interesting music proposal.’

Josef – ‘I loved Samanta Tina, especially when she started taking part in national selections in 2012 and also in 2013. Her song I Need a Hero is still her best attempt. Even though I was not a fan of her recent songs, I still like her as an artist. She is a good singer and a good performer. Still Breathing is just not my favourite style, Aminata’s handwriting is there very easily recognisable, which would normally be a positive. I think Latvia would have stayed in the semifinal.’

Charlotte – ‘This song brings out all the worst in me. I am sorry, but I have no other option than to skip this. If I didn’t, I would rip out my hair, smash a glass or throw around pieces of furniture… For me, this is one of the worst entries this year. It gets on my nerves and I simply can’t stand the sound of it. Sorry Samanta and sorry, Latvia. Better luck next year .’

Wouter – ‘What she (i.e. Charlotte) said… but at least they keep disinfecting the place all the time.’

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Elvir – ‘Latvia’s entry is my least favourite entry in 2020. I really can’t say anything positive about Still Breathing. All I can hear is noise, noise, noise. A perfect song as the toilet-break. Actually, this is one of the most annoying songs in Eurovision’s history.’

Stay tuned – tomorrow, we will be discussing yet another entry for what would have been Eurovision 2020!

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In the meantime, you can revisit Latvia’s Samanta Tīna and Still Breathing in the following video:

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21
May
2020

Eurovision 2020 entries: Azerbaijan – we are discussing Efendi’s Cleopatra

Eurovision 2020 entries: Azerbaijan – we are discussing Efendi’s Cleopatra

Efendi (Azerbaijan 2020)

Samira Efendi, a.k.a. Efendi, was supposed to fly the flag of the land of fire this year if Eurovision had not been cancelled due to COVID-19. Today, we are discussing her entry Cleopatra for what would have been Rotterdam 2020.

After several years of trying, Efendi was found eligible to represent Azerbaijan in the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, in Rotterdam. Her entry Cleopatra was presented on 6th of March by a very pretentious video.

29 year old Samira has been in the music industry since her childhood. She began singing at festivals at the age of 18 and this grew her popularity in her home country. She also gained a 3rd place in The Voice of Azerbaijan 2015-2016.

Efendi is one of the artists who will fly the flag for their country next year in Rotterdam.

Could it have been the second victory for Azerbaijan with Efendi this year? Let’s hear the opinion of our authors.

Michael – ‘This is one of my favourites this year. A really strong performance in the video, which I assume would have translated on the stage. Modern, fresh and good on the eye, Azerbaijan would surely have kept its great track record with this entry.’

Charlotte – ‘I quite like Efendi – she has something interesting in her voice, which I am drawn a little to. Unfortunately, the same doesn’t count for the song. I think I am 20 years too old for this, so, instead of commenting too much, I will await what the younger ones think.’

See alsoEurovision 2020: San Marino – we are discussing Senhit and Freaky!

Álvaro –  ‘Cleopatra is not my cup of tea but I can see where the hype comes from. If you enjoy Eleni’s Fuego you will certainly miss Efendi’s entry. However, even if it is not one of my favourites, once you hear it, it is difficult to get that chorus out of your head. Help!

Ashleigh –  ‘Azerbaijan were back with a bang this year. Effendi is the kind of Boss Girl Diva that we all love to see in Eurovision. I’m still not convinced about the strange chant before the chorus, I still find it a little off putting as it breaks up the rhythm of the song. I had Cleopatra in 3rd place in my pre-contest rankings. Without the chanting, it might have been 1st. I have no doubt that Azerbaijan would have again had a top 10 finish in the grand final.’

Josef – ‘Efendi is a beautiful woman and a good singer as well. Paired with such a great song as Cleopatra definitely is, it is top 10 material. This could have been staged so well, I hope for a similar type of song for next year. It is difficult for 2020 artists to come up with something better next year as there will always be the comparison with this year’s entry.’

Theo – ‘When I first heard the song, I thought that was the kind of spiciness Eurovision 2020 needed more of. I like the eastern elements in the music production though, melody-wise, I would have preferred something more interesting here and there. Cleopatra has been done many times before in music, but it is always interesting to see tributes to the Ptolemaic queen of Egypt as far as I am concerned. I really like Efendi (both in general and as Cleopatra in particular).She is full of attitude and looks like someone who would have had great stage presence in Rotterdam. Upper half of the leader board for me.’

See alsoEurovision 2020 entries: Poland – we are discussing Empires by Alicja Szemplińska

Güneç – ‘When I heard that Samira Efendi (Efendi) was going to represent Azerbaijan, I was like “at last” since I knew that she has been very anxious about it and had tried to participate at Eurovision many times before. And, when I first saw the video and heard Cleopatra, I was really happy. That’s because I loved the song and I want Azerbaijan to have a good place in the scoreboard. The song is catchy, unique, exotic, naughty, and everything. I was so curious about the stage performance for this entry but it’s a shame in my opinion we couldn’t see it. Hope she will treat us with even a better song next year.’

Stay tuned – tomorrow, we will be discussing yet another entry that had been selected for Eurovision 2020!

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You can revisit Efendi and her entry Cleopatra in the video below.

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21
May
2020

Iceland’s Daði Freyr releases new song called “Where We Wanna Be”

Iceland’s Daði Freyr releases new song called “Where We Wanna Be”

Daði og Gagnamagnið

Daði Freyr’s new song released today is a pop dance song. The song invites us to stay home and enjoy life while in quarantine with the people we love. Daði was one of the favourites to win the now cancelled contest.

Daði Freyr came second in the Icelandic national selection for Eurovision, Söngvakeppnin in 2017. With a group of friends, he gave it another try this year – and won the right to represent his country at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.  When the contest was cancelled, Daði og Gagnamagnið was one of the bookmaker favourites to win the competition with the song Think About Things.

After entertaining fans lately with home concerts, Daði Freyr has not stopped working on new music. Today, he released the new song Where We Wanna Be. In the music video, Daði dances in his room to the song. The lyrics talk about enjoying ourselves in spite of the special circumstances.

In his song, Daði thanks his partner for staying with him at home with a sweet “I couldn’t do this with anybody else and I don’t think I could take it by myself”.

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Eurostream 2020 victory and 10 countries favourite

Furthermore, after the cancellation of the contest they won the alternative contest Eurostream, a competition that combined the votes of a professional jury and the online fans. Daði og Gagnamagnið was also the favourite act of 10 countries which organised their own alternative Eurovision. Iceland was a serious contender to win the Eurovision Song Contest this year, and Iceland might just have missed out in their very first victory.

Unfortunately, it is not clear whether or not Daði Freyr will represent his country next year. He has expressed an interest to participate in 2021. However, he has said that he wants to be internally selected, since he won his national selection this year. The Iceland broadcaster does not seem to agree to that though as they still intend to organise a national final.

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Below you can watch the video for Where We Wanna Be.

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20
May
2020

Eurovision 2020: San Marino – we are discussing Senhit and Freaky!

Eurovision 2020: San Marino – we are discussing Senhit and Freaky!

Senhit

The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 should have seen the return of the third artist to represent San Marino multiple times, but due to the coronavirus crisis, for Senhit it was not to be.

Senhit last represented San Marino in 2011 when, known as Senit, she sadly missed the finals with the song Stand By.

Not one to Stand By though, Senit added herself an ‘h’ and forged a career in her native Italy.

This year Eurovision looked forward to welcoming Senhit back with the song Freaky!.

On March 6, the tiny nation announced that Senhit would preview two songs on-line and asked the public to choose their preference. Freaky! won over the opposition Obsessed. Another song that was considered was Cleopatra, which didn’t make the final two, but the song went on to have been the proposed entry for Azerbaijan.

See alsoEurovision 2020 entries: Estonia – we are discussing What Love Is by Uku Suviste

Could Senhit have given San Marino their second visit to the Eurovision finals in a row.  As it turns out, we will find out, as Senhit will be back for San Marino in 2021. Here’s what our writers thought, though about Freaky!

Michael It was great to see Senhit back this year, as I thought her previous entry was the best song San Marino have ever sent. A lady with a very pleasant singing voice, Freaky was a fun uptempo song that looked as if it was going to be staged very well. This could have been enough to make Senhit qualify. Whatever would have been the outcome I am glad Senhit is back next year.

Charlotte While it’s lovely to see Senhit again, I unfortunately wish it was under different circumstances. This song just isn’t my taste. It’s distracting me from the fact that Senhit actually has a good voice and is a good performer. Unfortunately, I will probably skip this track when listening to the CD.

Alvaro Another year that San Marino brings a guilty pleasure. It is outdated, cheesy and I totally love it! What a huge change between Senhit’s 2011 song and Freaky. This is one of the occasions that the singer with her charisma helps an average song. I loved Senhit’s performance in the Eurovision Home Concerts series. I will be looking forward to seeing her again next year

Ashleigh It’s nice to see San Marino having fun again this year. I could see this qualifying as it was fortunate to have been lined up to compete in the less strong semi final 2. That being said, it won’t be making my Eurovision playlist on Spotify.

Theo I like Senhit and I like the song’s message not to live life by oppressive convention – so far so good. What I don’t like is that, to me, the song sounds dated musically. In fact, I’ve had this fleeting notion that, if you placed 2020’s Freaky! in 2011 and Senhit’s 2011 offering Stand By in the 2020 contest, the two songs might feel a bit more in keeping with Eurovision trends. In any case, I like the spirit of the song and would be glad to see Senhit coming back next year.

Josef Senhit comes back and returns the strike. I mean after balladic Stand By in 2011 she is now back with a disco pop which is happy, makes you dance and smile. Really refreshing. It would be interesting to see how this could end up in Rotterdam. I think that it could surprise as Serhat last year or it can be a total flop. Who knows which direction it would have taken.

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