my 5 favourites for lisbon, 8 – 12th may


So it’s time for one of my 2 favorite yearly TV event – The Eurovision Song Contest … and this year will it be held in Lisbon, 8 -12th of May. The 63rd edition.

For me is it an evening (very long) when the magic happens – where there is no conflicts or polities … no religions … sex orientation or skin color.  It’s all about music … where there are no borders. An evening of music, strange customs and plenty of joy. Russia is back in the game this year. Bring it on!!!!!

A total of 43 countries taking part in this year:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

Last year the event had 180 million TV viewers. This year the American broadcaster Logo TV will broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest.

I have a couple of favorites. I have problems with deciding which is my top favorite.

Czech Republic: ‘Lie To Me’ – Mikolas Josef

Denmark: ‘Higher Ground” – Rasmussen

Italy: ‘Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente’ – Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro

Bulgaria: ‘Bones’ – Equinox

Armenia: ‘Qami’ – Sevak Khanagyan

At the bookies … 1. Israel – 2. Estiona – 3. The Czech Republic, this is the latest odds with Sweden on 6th place. I don’t think the best song won this year. I don’t like it. it’s okay … but not much more! Maybe it will grow on me.

 Sweden: Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off”

Looking forward to the event. I will be glued to the TV … it’s loads of great songs in the contest this year … so may the best song win and let us all be aboard.

“It’s supposed to be bad.
And the worse it is, the more fun it is”
Terry Wogan, 1997 -BBC commenter for 33 years 
(about the Eurovision Song Contest)

Eurovision theme is Prelude from “Te Deum” by Marc-Antoine Charpentier … a French composer (1643 – 1704). He composed his grand polyphonic motet Te Deum (H. 146) in D major probably between 1688 and 1698. In 1954 it was chosen as the theme music preceding the broadcasts of the European Broadcasting Union.

6 thoughts on “my 5 favourites for lisbon, 8 – 12th may

  1. 🙂 Wivi, you are so organized – you are amazing!
    I have no clue who will be singing either for Germany or for Austria… But I bet you know who and if it’s good or bad… 😉
    Many hugs xoxo 🙂

    • No, I just listen very quickly and I did’t click with any of them so I didn’t take any notice of titles or artists. Could listen to the full 43 songs!!!!! Looking forward to the final.

  2. Hehe, I like your joy, it’s infectious.

    First of all, I’m sorry I stopped following you regularly. This happens sometimes even with my favourite blogs. One day I’ll go through all your back pages since when I left.

    As for Eurovision, I have listened to all the songs, twice, and here are my favourites in rough order. I’m almost 100% certain that Israel will win, never before was I as certain. It’s not my style of music but I love her.

    1. Greece
    2. Italy
    3. Portugal
    4. Israel
    5. Switzerland
    6. Belarus
    7. Latvia
    8. Lithuania
    9. Croatia
    10. Cyprus

    Slovenia is again so low in forecasts. 😦 I don’t think it will qualify. I like the song until the chorus, and I like the message (“No, thank you”).

    Not a fan of Sweden this year, sorry. 🙂

    You are right – it’s only music that night, until the votes come in. 🙂 I love the diversity, and this year I’m blown away by the production of certain songs. I wish you much joy and that everybody could be the winner!

    • Manja, don’t worry about not being a regular visitor – whenever you feel and have the time, that is what is most important with blogging. No pressure … no MUSTS! You have really listened to the all the songs, there are so many good ones this year. I like Greece too … and as you say: Israel could be the winner – but it’s not a song for me. And so have Italy. Switzerland has a very catchy tune. Last year’s winner … I didn’t understand at all, but Portugal needed a win – they have been faithful from the start of the Eurovision and never made it. I can’t even remember the song. I’m going to listen to your list.
      I think we are in for a long evening and very exciting voting. Have a lovely Easter Sunday.

    • I think UK has a good song this year …. even better than ours in my ears. But I’m not fan of the artist and that can effect my judgement. *smile

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