Eurovision 2017 Entry: Australia — Isaiah Firebrace — Don’t Come Easy

July 11, 2017 0

If Australia doesn’t earn a permanent spot with this entry, I don’t even know what the point of the contest is. Country: Australia Song Title: “Don’t Come Easy” Artist: Isaiah Firebrace First Semi-Final: Position #3 Last year’s entry: “Sound of Silence” — Dami Im (2nd Place) To celebrate the 60th edition of Eurovision, Australia — a country in which the song contest is routinely broadcast on TV to millions of viewers — was allowed to appear, and automatically qualified into the Final, during a “one-time participation” opportunity. In 2016, Australia was allowed to return for a second time, but forced to qualify through the semi-final rounds. No matter: they won their qualifying round, dominated the Grand Final jury vote, and despite landing in fourth place with televoters, very nearly ran away with the top prize. Will the third time be the charm for Australia, either in winning the contest or securing a permanent spot? This entry is another perfect example of why the EBU should just go ahead and grant Australia permanent member status instead of doing this one-year-at-a-time nonsense. 17-year old Isaiah Firebrace, winner of last year’s The X Factor Australia, is practically perfect in every way. So is this […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 Entry: Australia — Isaiah Firebrace — Don’t Come Easy

July 11, 2017 0

If Australia doesn’t earn a permanent spot with this entry, I don’t even know what the point of the contest is. Country: Australia Song Title: “Don’t Come Easy” Artist: Isaiah Firebrace First Semi-Final: Position #3 Last year’s entry: “Sound of Silence” — Dami Im (2nd Place) To celebrate the 60th edition of Eurovision, Australia — a country in which the song contest is routinely broadcast on TV to millions of viewers — was allowed to appear, and automatically qualified into the Final, during a “one-time participation” opportunity. In 2016, Australia was allowed to return for a second time, but forced to qualify through the semi-final rounds. No matter: they won their qualifying round, dominated the Grand Final jury vote, and despite landing in fourth place with televoters, very nearly ran away with the top prize. Will the third time be the charm for Australia, either in winning the contest or securing a permanent spot? This entry is another perfect example of why the EBU should just go ahead and grant Australia permanent member status instead of doing this one-year-at-a-time nonsense. 17-year old Isaiah Firebrace, winner of last year’s The X Factor Australia, is practically perfect in every way. So is this […] [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 Entry: Portugal — Salvador Sobral — Amar Pelos Dois

July 10, 2017 0

A brother and sister duo may provide Portugal with their first Grand Final appearance of the decade. Country: Portugal Song Title: “Amar Pelos Dois” Artist: Salvador Sobral First Semi-Final: Position #9 Last year’s entry: None Portugal holds the record for most appearances in the Eurovision Song Contest without a win, and the past few years have been particularly terrible on that front. Since 2000, Portugal has skipped the contest entirely four times and failed to qualify into the final another eight times. Of the five times they’ve gone to the Grand Final, their average placement is 17th, but they haven’t gotten there at all since 2010. After a break last year, the Portuguese are sending a song written by Berklee College of Music alum Luisa Sobral and performed by her brother Salvador. Will Eurovision viewers feel the love for these two, and send them to perform on Saturday? Ben recently described this song as “a beautiful, delicate flower that will be curbstomped by the competition.” I agree that it’s beautiful and delicate, but I’m not so sure about the last part. Last year, ZÖE not only qualified into the Grand Final, but finished 13th, well above where many of us predicted […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 Entry: Romania — Ilinca feat. Alex Florea — Yodel It!

July 10, 2017 0

It feels like Romania has what it takes to “Yodel” their way to the final, but can Ilinca and Alex Florea crack the Eurovision top 10? Country: Romania Song Title: “Yodel It!” Artist: Ilinca feat. Alex Florea Second Semi-Final: Position 6 Last year’s entry: “Moment of Silence” – Ovidiu Anton (DNQ – It’s Complicated) Romania always seems to bring the drama to Eurovision, whether it’s an opera singer, holograms and circle pianos, or a song that’s about social issues like migrant workers.  And then last year, they were the drama, when Ovidiu Anton was denied the chance to perform in the second semifinal when Romania was forced to pull out due to non-payment of debts to the EBU.  They’re back this year, with a song that brings enough energy to make up for last year’s last-second benching, Ilinca and Alex Florea’s “Yodel It!”: I’m slightly confused by the crediting of artists here1, but overall I like this song.  It’s upbeat and energetic, even if the yodeling reminds me a LOT of “Cowboy Sweetheart”2 at times.  I find the lyrics more than a little generic – it’s very “Love Love, Peace Peace” in tone and message, but there’s more than a little truth in that joke and Eurovision […] [Read more…]

Do We Love “This is Love” as Greece’s Eurovision Entry?

July 9, 2017 0

After missing out on the final for the first time ever last year, Greece goes back to the basics with “This is Love” by Demy. Greece is in unfamiliar territory coming into this year’s Eurovision Song Contest: having to bounce back after failing to qualify for the previous year’s final. This, coupled with the country’s continuing economic crisis, has made selecting viable Eurovision entries tricky. The broadcaster went from considering an internal selection, to having a national final between two artists, before finally selecting dance pop singer Demy to carry the Greek flag. Then there was a national final with one of the three entries leaked beforehand. Also, the selection format switched from 100% public vote to a 70-30(?) Jury/Public split. Ultimately, “This is Love” (the leaked entry) prevailed. Sure, why not? Let’s take a listen: Despite all the shenanigans up to this point, this is an okay selection for Greece. I like that Demy is already an established performer who didn’t come out of a reality talent competition. For her, this seems more like a considered career decision rather than her big break or a comeback, which is a somewhat unique position for any Eurovision entrant. I think that […] [Read more…]

Can Timebelle Get Switzerland to the Eurovision Final?

July 9, 2017 0

Switzerland has been stymied by what makes an entry successful at Eurovision. Timebelle’s “Apollo” could be the best shot for the Swiss in the last several years. Switzerland needs some rejuvenation in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2015, Melanie Rene’s “Time to Shine” finished in absolute last place among all the semi-finalists. Last year, Rykka’s “The Last of Our Kind” was the last of its semi-final. On the whole, Switzerland has only qualified for the final four times since semi-finals were introduced in 2004. This past Sunday, the selection process Die Entscheidungsshow featured six acts competing for a ticket to Kyiv. The winner, decided by 100% public vote, was Bern-based band Timebelle with the song “Apollo.” Here’s the performance from the show: This song was by far the best entry of the six in the competition. Lyrically, the song is 95% of the way there–I would like it to get one more editing pass to clear up some clunkiness in the metaphors. The vocals are fine, though this video isn’t the best example. All of the performances in the national final seemed a bit off1, and this video was the victory lap performance. My issue with the song has to […] [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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