Like 80’s band Europe I am getting towards my “Final Countdown” in this year’s Eurovision songs – minus the big hair! It’s Andrew James Main here again and in the build up towards Copenhagen I am going to publish my Eurovision Countdown of all of the songs. There will be 6 parts in all and the fourth part takes us through from position 18 to 13. This is something that I do every year and post to my Facebook wall so that some of my friends can saviour some of the delights and some of the horrors that we have to look forward to come May.
In all honesty this year is a fairly level playing field with no runaway stand out favourites and no absolute horrors. So continuing on from Part 3 which was published last week we start at position 18.
MY EUROVISION COUNTDOWN NO.18
Moving onward and upward in my countdown we come to plucky Belgium who are sending the big voice of Axel Hirsoux to Copenhagen with his Mother( the name of the song and his Mother will be going too.) Axel is a big character in more ways than one , but he is quite shy and unassuming until he starts to sing. Then its a complete transformation, what a voice he has it totally knocks spots off many of the other artists this year. The song itself I find to be rather sentimental and a little dull but Axel brings it up into the stratosphere with his immense voice to such an extent that I can see this as a definite qualifier and could even sneak into the Top 10 in the Final.
MY EUROVISION COUNTDOWN NO.17
MY EUROVISION COUNTDOWN NO.16
MY EUROVISION COUNTDOWN NO.15
We move to a country that know how to sell an entry to the Eurovision audience and buy votes from Eurovision juries. Azerbaijan have a great track record at Eurovision and always seem to send something that has a broad appeal and comes over as a great performance. This time they have sent Dilara Kazimova to Copenhagen with Start a Fire (The Azeri’s seem to like fire as it is a continuing theme over the years). I think the song is perfectly acceptable as a ballad albeit a safe choice. I am sure the production of it on stage will be excellent and Dilara has a good voice so will sell it well too.I think it is a safe bet for the Final but not convinced it will be a top 10 contender for them this year.
MY EUROVISION COUNTDOWN NO.14
It is great to see that Mumford and Sons have agreed to take part this year. Oh wait it is not them but a group that sound remarkably like them. Malta have sent Firelight with the instantly catchy Coming Home. Richard’s vocal is uncannily like the Mumford connection. Country does not normally sell well at Eurovision but I can see this picking up votes from all over the continent as it will have a broad appeal. It is happy and bouncy and the staging of it simple and perfect. I can see it flying up the scoreboard in the Final and possibly reaching the top 10 too.
EUROVISION COUNTDOWN NO.13
What is it the proverb says? if you do not succeed then try and try and try and try (7 times) again. Something like that anyway but Sanna Neilson certainly stuck at it till she finally won the chance to represent Sweden at Eurovision with her song Undo. It won Melodifestivalen by the merest whisker but fair play to Sanna, she is a great singer and performer and does a great job on the song. I do like the vibe of the song but feel its been done many times before with pumped up synths and backing vocals jumping out at us.This is quite high on my list because it is Sanna and Sweden but not for the song itself which is safe and should qualify for the final. But I do not think it will quite reach the top 10.
So I will be back later this week with part 5 of the countdown from 12-7.
Do you agree or disagree strongly with any of my position’s or comments then let us know?