Our friends in Bosnia & Herzegovina have come back to the fold, and have chosen an song internally. As Bosnian songs go, it ain’t bad either. Getting past the name of the act, which I’ll call DDAJ for now, the song is called ‘Ljubav je’, which means ‘Love is’. So in the words of the cartoon strip, we need to find out what love is.
We’ll start with Donny Montell from Lithuania, who stated that ‘Love is blind’ in 2012. He would know, as he donned a sparkly blindfold for part of his song. And he combined his song with a whole selection of funky dance moves. And an air guitar. It was just a joy to watch, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Going back to 1971, matinée idol Massimo Ranieri told us that ‘Love is a moment’ (L’amore è un attimo). He wasn’t that upbeat about love, and sang about general melancholy and his only friend being the train that brings him home. In a contest with a very interesting scoring system, he actually finished fifth. Did he deserve to? Well, the 1971 contest is out there on Youtube (or other similar websites). Go on, watch it, I dare you.
Going back even further, to glorious black & white, is arguably one of the best and well-known songs never to win the contest. Greek Luxembourger Vicky Léandros tried for the first time with the classic ‘Love is blue’ (L’amour est blue). A genuinely good song that is still incredibly popular today. It’s been covered no end of times and, despite only finishing 4th in 1967 in Vienna, even got to number one in the USA when covered (as an instrumental) by Paul Mauriat. Enjoy this simple yet highly effective performance.
Next is the enigmatic (and very easy on the eye) Ms Nina Zilli. She was also there in 2012, but sang about love being female (L’amore è femmina). She didn’t need blindfolds or the rest, just a great performance where she owned that stage in sunny/windy Baku. I was even lucky enough to interview her and got a little bit starstruck. The Italians could win this contest any time they choose, and this one went close (relatively), finishing 9th.
Finally is plain old ‘Love is…’. This too came 4th. His too was in Sweden. Sadly that’s where the similarity ends. Vikki Watson, now a new-age performer known as Aeone, sang this jaunty little tune in the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, at the best contest in the history of the show. She gave it a good go, and managed to (just) get into three figures with her points total. The UK would give anything to do as well as this song nowadays, even if 4th was seen as slightly disappointing back then.
So looking at the evidence, a song with ‘Love is’ – or its local equivalent – in the title might not be a bad thing after all.
But what do you think?
Author: John Stanton
Source: Eurovision Ireland