#3: Madame Monsieur – Mercy (France 2018)
I never thought I’d like a French entry until this came along. The story of Baby Mercy is so relevant to the times and there is something very emotional about the song. Knowing the meaning behind the lyrics adds so much to this, which is maybe why it struggled to hit it’s full potential in the 3 minutes of a Eurovision Grand Final.
#2: Sergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One (Russia 2016)
Instantly catchy song with an amazing music video, you could tell straight away on first watch Russia was here to win. People are divided it seems on this one, but I really like it and it’s a had a huge amount of listens. Should it have won in 2016? Maybe, though Ukraine did also deserve its points.
#1: The Common Linnets – Calm After The Storm (Netherlands 2014)
A masterclass in how you take a seemingly average song, but lift it up with brilliant staging. Ilse and Waylon are pros, doing everything just right. Those little looks to the camera do it for me. I’m a Country Music fan so the song was good for me, but I never expected they’d turn it into an entry capable of worrying Conchita fans! Also personally it’s thanks to this I know Ilse Delange – now one of my favourite Country artists.
That concludes our #ESC250 series. You can read through Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 by clicking on the links. Make sure to tune in to ESC Radio from 10am (GMT)/11am (CET) on New Year’s Eve, Monday 31st December to find out which songs made the official ESC250 list of 2018 as co-ordinated by Songfestival.be. Also be sure to follow us @ESCXTRA where we’ll be following the countdown live on twitter!
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