This has been a very different year thanks to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, however we have had plenty of Eurovision related music to enjoy. Here at Eurovision Ireland and our friends from the around the Eurovision Community, we have chosen just five tracks that have summed up our year – coming from the Eurovision National Finals, the cancelled 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light, Eurovision: The Story Of Fire Saga, the Junior Song Contest 2020 and the Turkvision Song Contest 2020.
Second up is me, Richard Taylor, with tracks selected from Estonia, Sweden, Iceland, France and Iraqi Turkmen.
Like John mentioned yesterday, I too was lucky enough to attend Eesti Laul once again this year. The Final was full of variety and one of the returning artists from 2019, Synne Valtri, once again made the Final alongside Väliharf. This Estonian language entry certainly had a nautical feel about it, especially with Väliharf dressed as sailors. While it might not appear to be at first, “Majakad” certainly is one for the dance floor!
Following Eesti Laul, I travelled straight to Stockholm for Melodifestivalen. I have really counted myself lucky this year to see two National Finals, not knowing what was going to follow with the ongoing pandemic. The Mamas were my favourite from the outset. After sitting behind them at the Melodifestivalen Welcome Party in 2019, I knew they had some great voices. “Move” certainly demonstrated how great those voices actually were and I’m glad they’ve got another chance to represent Sweden again via Melodifestivalen 2021 – in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if they win again next year.
Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light seemed to prove a hit with viewers across Europe, after the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled. However Eurovision: The Story Of Fire Saga followed and truly saved the day, giving everyone the pick-me-up that they needed. The film follows the ups and downs of Lars and Sigrit, as they try and represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest. Without going into too much detail, the film reaches a beautiful point with “Husavik”. After we all shed a tear during the instrumental of “Love Shine A Light” on Eurovision: Shine A Light, “Husavik” had us crying buckets.
In November, we finally got a Contest, albeit the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. From the outset, most of us had The Netherlands down to win with “Best Friends”, but how wrong could we be? Having not been to any rehearsals due to the change in format, we could only predict from online videos. The evening of Junior Eurovision came along and Valentina took to the stage with “J’imagine”. With infectious lyrics like “oops” that stick in your memory, along with an overall fun performance, it is no wonder that Valentina took victory for France. With France’s victory and their hosting in 2021, there is some hope that’ll bring some more Western European countries to the Contest.
Two weekends before Christmas, we were treated to the 2020 Turkvision Song Contest. Admittedly this was the first time I’ve seen the Contest in full, but it was a real treat – not necessarily for the right reasons. Twelfth in the running order was Iraqi Turkmen with their entry “Kelebek”. Sarmad Mahmood performed the entry, although there was an awkward minute about half way through where he just stood during an instrumental. Had we’ve been in a Press Centre, we may have mocked him, but he actually just put a big smile on my face because the Contest felt like we were in normal times for just a few hours.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland