Eurovision 2017 Entry: Ukraine – O.Torvald – Time

July 26, 2017 0

With controversy swirling, can Ukraine capitalize on home field advantage? Country: Ukraine Song Title: “Time” Artist: O.Torvald Last year’s entry: “1944” — Jamala (1st Place) Ukraine captured victory in 2016, despite coming in second place in both the jury and televoting components, and thanks in part to an assist from a new voting system. (Under the voting system used in 2015, jury favorite Australia would have taken home the trophy.) Instead of trying to figure out who would host on behalf of the Aussies, we’ve spent the last few months wondering whether Ukraine and Russia could figure out a way to co-exist. (Spoiler alert! They have not.) Can O.Torvald cut through the geopolitical and bureaucratic noise to represent their country well at the Grand Final? I like rock at Eurovision, and I like several parts of this entry, but I’m not as keen on it as Mike was. In particular, there are some structural issues in the last third; the bridge starts at 1:54 with eight or nine seconds of silence, losing the momentum out of the second chorus. If they want to provide contrast and build tension, they could do so in half that much time. The next thirty […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 Entry: Germany – Levina – Perfect Life

July 25, 2017 0

In which Germany tries to get up off the mat. Country: Germany Song Title: “Perfect Life” Artist: Levina Last year’s entry: “Ghost” — Jamie-Lee (26th Place) Let’s not sugarcoat this: Germany has been AWFUL in the last couple of contests. They were one of two countries1 to earn the dreaded nul points in 2015, and ended up on the wrong side of the tiebreaker to land in last place. I know the EBU said last year’s voting changes were to better generate suspense, but wouldn’t be surprised if two countries — one of them a major funder — getting nul points wasn’t also a major factor. Those changes led to Germany scoring more points (11!) in 2016 than they would have under the old system — but they STILL ended up in last place. Can Levina help Germany break out of this major slump? Ah geez. It feels like I’m kicking Germany when they’re down, but as Ben pointed out over two months ago, it feels like this song is destined for the bottom of the pile.2 I enjoy Levina’s voice, and she’s proven to have strong and compelling live vocals, if not much stage presence. This song is just […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 Entry: France – Alma – Requiem

July 24, 2017 0

France copies their most recent Eurovision success with Alma’s “Requiem”, but misses the soul that made it work. Country: France Song Title: “Requiem” Artist: Alma Last year’s entry: “J’ai Cherche” – Amir (6th Place) When it comes to France in the Eurovision Song Contest, I’ll take a Sebastien Tellier or a Twin Twin over a Patricia Kaas any day.  France has some truly weird pop1, and the ESC is the perfect place to give that singular voice a place to shine.  Alas, they usually use their given slot for the balladry that also tends to be a hallmark of their nation.  The last few years, we’ve seen some English creep into their songs, in what seems like a slight indication that they’re starting to realize that they can’t just send another entirely-in-French song if they want to win, and it’s served them well – did they learn anything from their 6th place finish last year with this year’s entry? Well, sort of.  This definitely feels like France is trying to capture the same level of success they achieved at last year’s competition by copying the various elements of last year’s entry (same songwriter, mostly uptempo number, similar instrumentation, English chorus that feels a little […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 Entry: United Kingdom – Lucie Jones – Never Give Up on You

July 24, 2017 0

The United Kingdom is trying to play nice with Eurovision by promising to “Never Give Up on You”, but will that feeling be reciprocated? Country: United Kingdom Song Title: “Never Give Up on You” Artist: Lucie Jones Last year’s entry: “You’re Not Alone” – Joe and Jake (24th Place) The United Kingdom has finally wised up to using an alum from The X Factor as their Eurovision representative, with series six contestant Lucie Jones beating out a bunch of other alumni for the chance to represent the Union Jack in Kyiv. Will Europe “Never Give Up on You”, UK? How to answer this question… I don’t think Europe will give up on this entry, but I don’t imagine this song attracting much attention in the first place. Lucie Jones does a fine job delivering the song, and I can understand how she has booked so many theater gigs. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to the song. The lyrics aren’t quite cliche, but there are no clever turns of phrase or sophisticated rhymes happening either. The chorus doesn’t have a strong hook, allowing the song to wander off and get lost. Even with repeat listens, I still find myself hoping that the beat will drop after […] [Read more…]

Getting Ready for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final

July 12, 2017 0

A new favorite has emerged, according to the bookkeepers. Two semi-finals and 36 performances later, we now know the 20 acts that will join the Big Five and host country Ukraine in Saturday’s Grand Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Here is the full running order of Saturday’s show: Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final Running Order Country Artist Song 1 Israel IMRI I Feel Alive 2 Poland Kasia Moś Flashlight 3 Belarus NAVIBAND Historyja majho žyccia 4 Austria Nathan Trent Running on Air 5 Armenia Artsvik Fly With Me 6 Netherlands O’G3NE Lights and Shadows 7 Moldova SunStroke Project Hey Mamma 8 Hungary Joci Pápai Origo 9 Italy Francesco Gabbani Occidentali’s Karma 10 Denmark Anja Nissen Where I Am 11 Portugal Salvador Sobral Amar Pelos Dois 12 Azerbaijan Dihaj Skeletons 13 Croatia Jacques Houdek My Friend 14 Australia Isaiah Firebrace Don’t Come Easy 15 Greece Demy This is Love 16 Spain Manel Navarro Do It for Your Lover 17 Norway JOWST Grab the Moment 18 United Kingdom Lucie Jones I’ll Never Give Up on You 19 Cyprus Hovig Gravity 20 Romania Ilinca feat. Alex Florea Yodel It! 21 Germany Levina Perfect Life 22 Ukraine O.Torvald Time 23 Belgium […] [Read more…]

Getting Ready for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final

July 12, 2017 0

A new favorite has emerged, according to the bookkeepers. Two semi-finals and 36 performances later, we now know the 20 acts that will join the Big Five and host country Ukraine in Saturday’s Grand Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Here is the full running order of Saturday’s show: Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final Order Country Artist Song Jury Televote Total Rank 1 Israel IMRI I Feel Alive 34 5 39 23 2 Poland Kasia Moś Flashlight 23 41 64 22 3 Belarus NAVIBAND Historyja majho žyccia 50 33 83 17 4 Austria Nathan Trent Running on Air 93 0 93 16 5 Armenia Artsvik Fly With Me 58 21 79 18 6 Netherlands O’G3NE Lights and Shadows 135 15 150 11 7 Moldova SunStroke Project Hey Mamma 110 264 374 3 8 Hungary Joci Pápai Origo 48 152 200 8 9 Italy Francesco Gabbani Occidentali’s Karma 126 208 334 6 10 Denmark Anja Nissen Where I Am 69 8 77 20 11 Portugal Salvador Sobral Amar Pelos Dois 382 376 758 1 12 Azerbaijan Dihaj Skeletons 78 42 120 14 13 Croatia Jacques Houdek My Friend 25 103 128 13 14 Australia Isaiah Firebrace Don’t Come Easy […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 Second Semi-Final: Our Predictions

July 11, 2017 0

When 10 of the entries are toss-ups for qualifying, you know it’s going to be a good Eurovision semi-final. In all the years we have covered the Eurovision Song Contest–both here and other sites–we have not encountered a semi-final quite as tricky to predict as this year’s second semi-final. There is very little consensus among the telESCope staff or the external metrics (YouTube views, odds, etc.), which means the bubble/margin of error is quite large. Regardless, we have picked ten entries that we expect to move on to Saturday’s Grand Final. Maybe “expect” is too strong a word, but we know mathematically that at least two of our guesses will be correct… Belarus Bulgaria Denmark FYR Macedonia Hungary Israel Netherlands Norway Romania Serbia Bulgaria, Denmark, and the Netherlands are the only entries we feel certain about, as they have been in the top 10 of all metrics throughout the season. The only other entry to receive all thumbs up from the telESCope staff in the most recent rankings (done Wednesday) was Austria, but those rankings were all near the cutoff and held down by lower rankings in other metrics. The other area of consensus was in the realm of what […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 Second Semi-Final: Our Predictions

July 11, 2017 0

When 10 of the entries are toss-ups for qualifying, you know it’s going to be a good Eurovision semi-final. In all the years we have covered the Eurovision Song Contest–both here and other sites–we have not encountered a semi-final quite as tricky to predict as this year’s second semi-final. There is very little consensus among the telESCope staff or the external metrics (YouTube views, odds, etc.), which means the bubble/margin of error is quite large. Regardless, we have picked ten entries that we expect to move on to Saturday’s Grand Final. Maybe “expect” is too strong a word, but we know mathematically that at least two of our guesses will be correct… Belarus Bulgaria Denmark FYR Macedonia Hungary Israel Netherlands Norway Romania Serbia Bulgaria, Denmark, and the Netherlands are the only entries we feel certain about, as they have been in the top 10 of all metrics throughout the season. The only other entry to receive all thumbs up from the telESCope staff in the most recent rankings (done Wednesday) was Austria, but those rankings were all near the cutoff and held down by lower rankings in other metrics. The other area of consensus was in the realm of what […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 First Semi-Final: Our Predictions

July 9, 2017 0

Will we go 10-for-10 in our guesses for who will qualify out of the first Eurovision semi-final? After much number-crunching, YouTube watching, head scratching, and consensus building, we have finally compiled our data and have made our prediction for which ten acts we think will advance out of the first semi-final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The 10 acts that we think will advance, presented in alphabetical order, are: Armenia Australia Azerbaijan Belgium Finland Greece Latvia Moldova Portugal Sweden Let’s talk about our confidence levels, shall we? Azerbaijan, Belgium, Portugal, and Sweden are the acts in which we are most confident, as they have all appeared in the top 10 of every single metric we have measured in this process. Armenia, Australia, Greece, and Moldova we also feel pretty confident about. Each had one metric that fell out of the top 10, but have otherwise strong records. Australia is the iffiest of the group, as Isaiah’s rehearsal footage was his low-scoring metric, which may indicate a slide in popularity. Moldova has been just making it into the top 10 of most rankings, though one of our gut predictions has “Hey Mamma” as 14th. The two acts that are gambles on […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 YouTube Rehearsals: The Autoqualifiers

July 8, 2017 0

We take one last look at the Big Five and Ukraine’s rehearsals and see how their YouTube numbers stack up. The six autoqualifiers for the Eurovision Song Contest — France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and host country Ukraine — also had the chance to rehearse on the main stage in Kyiv twice in the last few days. Here is how their stats measure up to the rest of the field. Italy The Contest frontrunner currently1 holds the lead for both the first rehearsal and second rehearsal YouTube views. The first rehearsal clip for “Occidentali’s Karma” is the second-most-watched clip of the entire field, with more than 245,000 views. The second rehearsal, which happened Sunday, will probably cross 100,000 a few hours after this post goes live. Spain “Do It for Your Lover” currently sits in second place in this smaller group. The first rehearsal has more than 172,000 views, putting that clip in the top ten of first rehearsal footage. The second rehearsal clip is not as strong, landing in third for the autoqualifiers. France Alma’s “Requiem” has the most-watched official video of this group2, but she sits in third place with about 190,000 total views between the two […] [Read more…]

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