It`s time for the Eurovision Song Contest again. The program everyone loves to hate. The music and artists everyone is talking about. All the music they don`t like and what they like. Is it something Europe need now, it should be music.
The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is held in the capital of Austria, Vienna, and this is the second time in history the city hosts the contest. The right for hosting the contest came when the artist Conchita Wurst brought home the trophy with her song «Rise like a Phoenix», from Copenhagen in Denmark the year before.
Wiener stadhelle is the arena for the song contest and the live show for the Grand final takes place on Saturday 23 May 2015. Viewers in 40 countries will have their opportunity to vote to decide the winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
It is worth reminding you that this evening`s show is of equal significance, as this is the show that the professional juries will be watching and voting on, and they are responsible for 50% of the votes.
There are a record 27 songs and 40 juries.
I haven`t heard all the songs in the grand final, but I must admit that the best song I have heard so far is from Sweden. The song is called «Heroes» by Måns Zelmerlôw. Are Sweden really gonna be the winner again?
The Swedish song is good, but it`s not as good as the last Swedish winner sung by Loreen. I can hear the hit potential in the song, but it sounds like it isn`t finished yet. I would change the bass drum and the sound of the refrain. The song reminds me of the Swedish Avichii. In my opinion; a new mix of «Heroes» and voila, you have a monster hit.
A year full of downbeat ballads gives Sweden a great opportunity to win.
I`m familiar with Måns Zelmerlôw as the host at the program «Allsang på Skansen». A great program I`m watching every single year in the summertime. He did a great job as a host in that program and we know he has a great voice.
Sweden is doing something right.
Last time Sweden won was only three years ago, in 2012. Loreen won with the song «Euphoria» in Azerbaijan with 372 points, and some say it is the most popular Eurovision hit song of all time. That song is beating another Swedish song; Abba`s Waterloo.
That`s not to say that Abba have lost the love, the band`s Waterloo is the seventh most listened-to song in the top 10 most popular Eurovision hit song of all time. The figures have been compiled by music on demand service Deezer which measured the most popular Eurovision tracks streamed by its users, which means you should take that list as a pinch of salt.
I bet you can listen to the songs on Spotify too. A Swedish music streamer, which is the biggest of them all. Sweden is a Superpower in the music industry. They have so many great artists, songs, DJ`s and producers.
One of my favorite producers of all time is the Swedish DJ, music producer and songwriter Denniz Pop (Dag Krister Volle). The man who made hit songs for Backstreet Boys, Dr Alban, Ace of Bace, E-Type, Robyn, N`Sync and Britney Spears to name a few. He died of cancer at the age of 35.
It`s time for music, glitter and barely disguised political tension on Saturday. It is also the 60th anniversary of the song contest, and Australia will take place on the stage this time. Well, Australia isn`t Europe. Is it? Nope, neither are Azerbaijan, Israel or Turkey. So, what`s going on?
According to Paul Jordan, «Eligibility to participate is not determined by geographic inclusion within the continent of Europe, despite the inference in the title of the competition». «Entry to the event is dependent on being a full and active member of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union).»
Romania`s song is a bit political. It is a song about millions of Romanians working abroad, sending remittances home. The band started a campaign delcapat.ro (alloveragain) supporting the children left alone by their parents who went to work outside the borders.
They are now connected with other majors in child protection non-profit organisations like Unitedway and Habitat for Humanity. This is an interesting choice at a time when free movement of people is causing heated debate in Brussels.
The show starts Saturday at 21:00 CET.
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