After this week’s nostalgic trip, it’s time to return back to the present. Today I am finally listing my favourite entries from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
This selection of songs is based both on my personal music tastes and on their suitability and possible success as a Eurovision song. However they are not listed in any particular order of preference, that’s why I have not numbered them.
It is also not a prediction, although, according to the bookmakers, the winner lies somewhere within the first two songs on this list. Which annoys me, to be honest, because in the last years the bookies have always guessed the winner (and also the podium, sometimes even the whole Top 5) and I think that ruins the fun.
At the end of the day, I just hope that the result won’t make the fans/viewers quarrel, complain, etc. Unfortunately, they tend to take Eurovision too seriously, something which I still refuse to do. It’s too sad that a certain degree of politicisation cannot be avoided on such an occasion which is supposed to unite a big number of countries together. It only takes a few seconds to ruin the fun of such a show.
Whatever the result is though, I hope you all enjoy tonight’s show! That’s what I am going to do for one night while forgetting everything once again in the following days.
Read the previous posts:
- Part 1 – My Top 5 Malta Eurovision Songs
- Part 2 – My Top 5 Sweden Eurovision Songs
- Part 3 – My Top 10 Eurovision Songs from the Last Decade (2006 – 2015)
- Part 4 – My Top 10 Eurovision Guilty Pleasure Songs
- Part 5 – My Top 10 Eurovision Winners
Part 6 – My Favourite Eurovision 2016 Songs
Sergey Lazarev – You Are the Only One (Russia)
This is given as the top favourite to win, much to the dismay of many fans because of Russia’s bad reputation. I think this is the best song they have had in the last years so, music-wise, I wouldn’t mind seeing it win. It’s a powerful kind of pop and it’s catchy. What’s more? They’ve taken Måns Zemerlöw’s interactive graphics idea and pushed it up to a much higher level, resulting in a vertigo-inducing visual show.
Dami Im – Sound of Silence (Australia)
To be fair, a big number of countries have copied last year’s Sweden visual idea, so you’ll see various singers tonight interacting with their graphics effects. This is another such example. Dami Im is being considered as the second favourite for the win with a song which is also very powerful but different from Russia’s. Again though, Australia’s win would further confound the public, who still cannot understand why a country from Down Under is participating in a European competition.
Hovi Star – Made of Stars (Israel)
One of the few ballads this year, Israel’s song might be a contender. The singer has already become known because of an incident he was involved in while in Russia. Can that play in his favour and/or against Russia? Who knows.
Minus One – Alter Ego (Cyprus)
There were a few rock songs as well this year, and this is probably the most catchy. I was surprised yet thrilled when I saw them passing to the final, although I don’t think they will place well in the end.
Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz – Midnight Gold (Georgia)
I was even more surprised to see this passing last Thursday because, compared to Cyprus’s rock song, it is not as catchy. However, it’s the kind of rock that I like the most, indie-alternative. Again, they won’t do well tonight but who cares, having them in the final is already great.
Zoë – Loin d’ici (Austria)
Is she the sweetest lady in the whole show? I think so! She looks like a princess. Her song is sweet too and its beat is extremely addictive. Strangely, it’s entirely in French, but that doesn’t affect me at all. I hope to see her in Top 10.
Samra – Miracle (Azerbaijan)
I really disliked Azerbaijan’s winning song back in 2011, but that country can still belt out some amazing songs (like they did last year). This year too, their song is good, but I fear it is not as strong as Russia and Australia.
Poli Genova – If Love Was A Crime (Bulgaria)
I bet that many viewers appreciated this song. It was one of those very few that made us ‘wake up’ and dance (the other one was Belgium). I’m not sure how well it can fare though.
Amir – J’ai cherché (France)
This was a Top 3 contender for the bookies, at least until a while ago; now it seems like Ukraine has overtaken it (I disagree, but whatever). Overall, I think it’s a bit weaker than Russia and Australia, but the “youuu” in the refrain is quite catchy. Ironically, unlike Austria’s, it is not entirely in French. The refrain is in English and apparently it created a minor drama in France, for they are known to be proud of their language.
Ivan – Help You Fly (Belarus)
This is the only song in the list that unfortunately did not pass to the final (there were others whom I thought deserved the final as well, like Iceland and Moldova). It was very hyped up due to the singer performing naked with a wolf (both of them as holograms, to remain legal). The music is great but I was very disappointed by his vocal performance, I thought it needed a more powerful voice. If he had been stronger, he would have flown to the final.
Aaand… that’s all for this year! Before leaving, check out the below articles that popped out this week, especially if you’re still completely clueless about what Eurovision really is.