Eurovision 2016 Entry: Sweden – Frans – “If I Were Sorry”

April 29, 2016 0

Sweden doesn’t seem to be “Sorry” about their choice of Frans as their auto-qualifier for the Eurovision Song Contest Country: Sweden Song Title: “If I Were Sorry” Artist: Frans Last year’s entry: “Heroes” – Mans Zelmerlow (Winner) I don’t pay too much attention to the bookies when it comes to Eurovision predictions (especially when it’s early in the season when all the contestants haven’t even been fully decided), but one thing that’s mystified me this season is their insistence that Sweden could potentially win the contest for another year in a row.  Besides that being a rare occurrence in the first place, a country’s entry the year after they’ve won is usually a nice victory lap – a way to say “Yes, we won last year, and here’s an entry that’s pretty good to show that we deserved to win, but we would prefer to not host again next year thank you.”  When I first visited this song, I thought Sweden had made an interesting choice with Frans’ “If I Were Sorry” by going for something that didn’t feel overly “Eurovision” as their victory lap.  How does it hold up now that we’re a few weeks away? This daytime TV appearance is hopefully a […]

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Eurovision 2016 Entry: France – Amir – J’ai Cherche

April 29, 2016 0

Could France’s Amir and his song “J’ai Cherche” bring an upset to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest? Country: France Song Title: “J’ai Cherche” Artist: Amir Last year’s entry: “N’oubliez Pas” – Lisa Angell (25th Place) The last time anyone thought France stood a chance of winning the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2011. I’m not sure why people overestimated “Sognu” to the degree that they did, particularly since it ended up as the midpoint in France’s current downward slide down the leaderboard. I expect that slide to end with this year’s entry, “J’ai Cherche” by Amir. I’m not sure how I feel about the editing down of “J’ai Cherche.” I understand the song needed to get down to three minutes, but some of the air in the song has been taken away as a result. In Amir’s favor, the absence of air raises the degree of difficulty1 which could garner jury support. What is most interesting about this entry: it is proving to be a real challenger to Russia. OGAE, the international fan community, currently has France at the top of its leaderboard, followed by Russia, Australia, Bulgaria, and Italy. OGAE isn’t a metric that we use in our predictions, but the fact that France […]

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April 28, 2016 0

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Eurovision 2016 Entry: Spain — Barei — Say Yay!

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In which Barei tries to dance Spain to a respectable finish in Stockholm. Country: Spain Song Title: “Say Yay!” Artist: Barei Last year’s entry: “Amanecer” – Edurne (21st Place) Let me start by saying just how disappointed I was with Spain’s finish last year. Amanecer was a great song, full of drama, and the performance had a great visual design. Unfortunately, Edurne’s performance in the Grand Final was pitchy, and her voice just wasn’t up to the task. Apparently, though, she’s a big fan of this year’s performer after serving on the jury that helped select her. Can Barei dance Spain to a better finish this year in Stockholm? When I first listened to this song almost three months ago, I thought it had potential. Now, at the tail end of the Eurovision season, with so many other great songs in the contest and no changes having been made to “Say Yay,” this gets skipped more frequently than not. 1 It’s okay the first couple of times, but it’s too repetitive to be a long-lasting favorite, and will be previewed in the same semifinal as Finland, which has a similar sound. As a group, we’re pretty sure Finland won’t make it to the Grand Final, […]

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April 27, 2016 0

Rayna comes home from Dallas to find her first born has run away from home. Apparently Maddie was so freaked out by Deacon’s rage fit at the shady night club that she had to book. She texts Rayna to say she’s safe, but doesn’t divulge her specific location. Naturally, they assume she’s shacking up at Cash’s house, which becomes the scene of much family drama. Avery is ambivalent about accepting Layla’s invitation to be her bandleader on Luke’s tour, because he doesn’t want to deprive Juliette of any Cadence time. But when he and Jules share a moment of romantic [Read more…]

Eurovision 2016 Entry: Italy — Francesca Michielin — No Degree of Separation

April 27, 2016 0

If Francesca Michielin is going to create separation between Italy and the other countries featuring female soloists, she’s got her work cut out for her. Country: Italy Song Title: “No Degree of Separation” Artist: Francesca Michielin Last year’s entry: “Grande Amore” – Il Volo (3rd Place) On the Viennese stage, the three young tenors of Il Volo brought Italy their fourth top-ten finish since returning to the competition five years ago. Many felt they should have won. In fact, Italy did win the televoting by quite a large margin, but ended up with the bronze medal thanks to a poor showing with the national juries. This year’s representative, Francesca Michielin, did not reign supreme at Sanremo. As the runner-up, she was offered the opportunity to represent her country when Stadio backed out due to a previously-scheduled tour. Can she gain the degree of support she needs to win over both the juries and the televoters in Stockholm? Thanks to their financial support of the contest, Italy automatically qualifies into the Grand Final each year, bypassing the preliminary rounds. So, this isn’t an issue of whether we’ll see them on the Grand Final stage, but how well they’ll do once they get there. Automatically […]

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Eurovision 2016 Entry: Germany – Jamie-Lee – Ghost

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Will Jamie-Lee’s Sailor Deutschland cosplay give Germany a “Ghost” of a chance at Eurovision? Country: Germany Song Title: “Ghost” Artist: Jamie-Lee Kriewitz Last year’s entry: “Black Smoke” – Ann Sophie (26th Place (Tied with Nil Points)) When I first wrote about Germany’s entry — “Ghost” by Jamie-Lee — it was based solely on audio and a lyrics video rather than the performance from Unser Lied fur Stockholm. Here’s that performance, which is reportedly going to be close to what we will see in Stockholm: Will Sailor Deutschland allow her country to improve from its disappointing1 finish in Vienna? I’ve warmed up to the song slightly since its selection, though it wouldn’t be my first choice for a Eurovision Greatest Hits collection. If this song had to compete in the semi-finals, I could see it succeeding in the first semi-final, though it would probably be riding the bubble. I have a tough time imagining a scenario where Jamie-Lee could advance out of the second semi-final, with her look being the only thing to distinguish “Ghost” from Switzerland’s “Last of Our Kind” or Slovenia’s “Blue and Red.” So, if a song couldn’t qualify out of both semi-finals, how does that translate to predicting success in […]

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April 26, 2016 0

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Eurovision 2016 Entry: Czech Republic — Gabriela Gunčíková — I Stand

April 26, 2016 0

Can the Czech Republic take advantage of their post-Russian performance slot and make it to the Grand Final for the first time? Country: Czech Republic Song Title: “I Stand” Artist: Gabriela Gunčíková First Semi-Final: Position #10 Last year’s entry: “Hope Never Dies” – Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta (DNQ – 13th Place, SF2) Still a relative newcomer to the Eurovision Song Contest, the Czech Republic has only appeared four times, beginning in 2007. After their hopes died last year in the second semifinal, Gabriela Gunčíková is hoping to make a stand. Will 2016 be Czechia’s year to push into the Grand Final for the first time? Not much has changed about this entry since our last check-in, except that I LOVE IT SO MUCH now. Forget what I said about it being forgettable; it took me a little while to warm up to it, but now that I have it’s been in constant rotation. Slowly gaining momentum with Eurovision voters could be a good thing — you don’t want your entry to peak too early and risk falling out of favor — but it could also be a liability. With 43 songs in this year’s contest, including nine female soloists in this […]

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