Eurovision 2013

Happy Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday

A day for mothers

In Ireland and the UK, Mothering Sunday is a tradition that dates back thousands of years. In these countries, it always falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent.

To celebrate what all our mothers have done for us, let’s have a look at some songs that honour them:

In 2009, Anastasiya Prikhodko flew the home country’s flag in Moscow, and sang this earnest song called ‘Mamo’. Slightly pained Ana was missing her mum and even though it was only three minutes long, she aged considerably in the process. The people of Europe must have thought similarly, as it only finished 11th. Or maybe it was the fact she sang in both Russian and Ukrainian. Possibly not something that would happen at the moment.

Three years earlier in Athens, Polina Smolova from perennial triers Belarus went a bit more colloquial on us, with her song ‘Mum’. No, not about a popular brand of deodorant, but a song acknowledging that Polina’s mother was right about her lying, cheating ex all along. Mums know best?

Mama Corsica is not just a tribute to a matriarch, but a whole island. Diminutive Patrick Fiori loves his homeland with its/her wine and fruit, and how it smiles when you think of it/her. He also tried the bilingual approach, using bits of Corsican (Corsu to the linguaphiles amongst you) to perk up his bouncy little song. He managed to come fourth.

Next, there is little gem from Madrid in 1969. Thirteen-year-old Jean-Jacques Bortelai from Monaco is one of the youngest performers ever to grace the ‘adult’ Eurovision stage. His ode is about how he had a bad dream about going to war, and how he wanted to stay a child forever. He looks a little precocious if you ask me, and his mother told him that if he didn’t win, he’d get a smack. Maybe this tough love won, as he was last heard of coaching rugby in southern France.

Finally, many of you in Europe celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May. So this year that is Eurovision Day Plus One. And guess what, we have another motherly song that may, just may, be there. Ruslana liked it – despite the fact it’s not liberally scattered with plenty of ‘hey’s – and thought at its national final that it could actually be top of the board on 10 May. That song, as you’ll know by now, comes from plucky little Belgium, that enigmatic fusion of all things Dutch and French. Axel Hirsoux is a Walloon but won the national final being held in Flanders. His video is at the top of this article.

So could all of these omens come together? Ruslana’s confidence? A song Europe might be singing on Mother’s Day? A pleasing result for the EBU with an established host for the 60th Contest? You be the judge…

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