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Eurovision: Mrs Ginger Fox’s Favourite Entries for 2015

Well, it’s getting close to being one of the best times of the year – the time that the Eurovision Song Contest is held. There’s something about Eurovision that makes it so very special for so many viewers around not only Europe, but internationally. Whether it is the celebratory efforts of each country involved, the dedication towards sharing a country’s culture with the world, or even those entries that appear to be for the ‘shock’ factor or a pure joke, the Eurovision Song Contest has been embraced and loved by Australians for many years. This year marks 60 years of the contest and is a very special year for Australian fans of Eurovision, as we will be participating with our own Guy Sebastian representing us. Every year, I like to listen to all entries and select a few favourites, as well as a “what the!?” special mention.

This year, it seems like there’s plenty of power ballads (what happened!? I’m looking at you, Moldova…where are your typically quirky entries from a few years ago!?), songs trying to send an important message to the world, and dodgy pop renditions about rejection.

Here’s my picks for Eurovision 2015:

I had to include these guys in my favourites. Firstly, it’s punk. Secondly, it’s Finnish punk. However, most importantly, these guys are showing that no matter what obstacles life throws at you (all members of the band have a disability), you can still rock. This entry, therefore, ticks all the boxes for me as to what Eurovision is all about.

“I’m different, and that’s ok. Here I am!” This song is an anthem, with a singer with such a powerful voice. Awesome work, Serbia! However, what won me over for this song was the film-clip: showing individuals around the world singing along to the song (aka Chat Roulette-style). The positivity and passion in this song, as well as the message makes it a powerful contender, in my opinion.

Definitely my sentimental/moving pick for this year. After last year’s hipster entry from Hungary, this entry seems to be more serious, with a global message of such relevance. Again, the film-clip is such a heart-warming piece in the form of a flash-mob choir from a street performance. The harmonies are so, so perfect in this, with the voices blending together so well and the guitar accompaniment perfectly balanced. This is such a beautiful piece for such a tragic reality in today’s world.

Let’s face it: this song is catchy. The ‘twang’ in the singer’s voice at the start, and that the lyrics are pretty nicely written. Overall, I feel this song could do quite well.

YES, I ADMIT IT. I really like this song. Guy really found his niche in doing Motown-esque music, as it really suits his voice. This song also is majorly catchy. Plus…it’s OUR FIRST EVER ENTRY, and I’m proud of it. Here’s hoping it helps us be victorious.

Um, wow. WOW. Italy has traded in Il Divo, and has upgraded to a younger, hotter version, it appears. Also, one of these guys (the one wearing glasses) totally looks like Gideon from Scott Pilgrim vs the World (now you see it, you’ll be unable to un-see it!) Yes, I know this is pop-era to an extent, but it’s such a STRONG song. Italy hasn’t sent as strong a song for such a long time (last year *almost* got there, and the year before was so bad that the version of the song I got from the internet had a random loudly wailing in the background, haha).So many ladies around the world will be flailing over this one, for sure.

And, lastly, my “What The!?” favourite for this year…

  • Israel: The guy got his heart broken, but that’s ok – he is the King of Fun and wants to show you Tel Aviv and ask you if you like his dancing in the song, Golden Boy. Riiiiight.

Special mentions: both of the entries titled Warrior. Malta’s entry with the string musicians wearing hoodies was pretty awesome, as was Georgia’s with an epic video clip. I couldn’t decide between these two as to which was the better version!

So, who will you be backing in Eurovision this year?

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Eurovision!

Ever since I came across the 2009 Eurovision Grand Final while staying in hospital, I’ve been following the song contest each year (and every year, my enthusiasm grows!) So, I thought I’d write up a quick post as to who are my favourites and why. These may be quite “out there” compared to what other people are backing, but to me, all of Eurovision is meant to be “out there” anyway (well, a common perception from outer-European countries).

This guy is one of the many reasons why I continue to watch Eurovision.

This guy is one of the many reasons why I continue to watch Eurovision.

Regardless, all are entertaining and make for good viewing. Here’s who I’m backing this year:

-Greece: “Alcohol is Free” by Koza Mostra feat. Agathon Iakovidis

Ok, so Greece can’t afford to win and host the show next year. So, everyone is saying that this is a “dud” entry to ensure that. However, for some reason, I really like it. Maybe because it somehow reminds me of the Cat Empire here in Australia. And seriously….Greek guys in kilts! I find it really catchy, even if I’m the only Australian that thinks so. Check the song out here:

-France: “L’enfer Et Moi” by Amandine Bourgeois

Finally, France does something catchy and unique with a chance of getting to the finals! I really like this girl’s voice and this song stands out against all the ballads and dubstep. Check it out below:

-Norway: “I Feed You My Love” by Margaret Berger

I LOVE her voice. I know Denmark is the favourite, but I think that Norway’s female singer’s voice is much more powerful. Check her out here:

-Denmark: “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest

Yes, I like this one, but it’s the leading favourite so far. It is unique…but I feel some of the others I’ve listed have more depth (and Denmark is pretty close to Sweden, so it would be nice to have the next contest in a further-away country). Check out “Only Teardrops” here:

-Malta: “Tomorrow” by Gianluca

Ok, this is my “cute guitar” favourite. I think it’s because of the cute little storyline and the ukulele. The  main singer kind of looks like he should be a member of One Direction though….Malta usually does big pop numbers, so this is a nice change. Check out “Tomorrow” here:

-Albania: “Identitet” by Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko

I guess this is my “rock”-like pick. Compared with Albania’s “what-the!?” choice last year, this seems like a good alternative song to add into the mix. I doubt it will get far, but it is catchy. Check it out here:

-Russia: “What If” by Dina Garipova

Ok, so this year you either have a choice of Ballads, Dubstep or WTF entries. This is my favourite ballad at the moment. Check out the song here:

-Romania: “It’s my Life” by Cezar

I think this is my WTF favourite…because of HIS VOICE. Wow…..was not expecting his voice to be operatic. It’s interesting to say the least…but it would be different if this one made it through to the finals (plus there’s a little hint of dubstep there too). I also hope he wears his sparkly edged tuxedo to the contest too 😛 Check it out here:

So, yeah, these are my favs so far.

If any friends are in Wollongong, I would encourage you to check out the Eurovision Grand Final Night being held at WildMoose café. I’ll be there with friends, and the night will include Eurovision trivia and Swedish nibblies (the owner is Swedish and loves Eurovision!) You’ll have to call the café to book and I’m pretty sure they’re quite booked up already.

Sometimes, I kind of wish Asia had something like Eurovision, but then it wouldn’t be the same!