Costa: Out with the old, in with the Portuguese
Call me flakey, but my Eurovision top 10 changes constantly. Last year’s list was more about me celebrating the top 10 most formative songs in my ‘journey’ as a Eurovision fan. These songs weren’t necessarily my absolute favourites, but all held some weight for me. This year, I looked back over the past year and selected the 10 songs I revisited most in 2019. You may notice how all of these songs are from the past 10 years, but let’s me honest, this decade has been the golden age of Eurovision songs in terms of pure quality. My list reflects this. It also reflects how excellent and underrated Portugal are at Eurovision #Justice4Suzy #Justice4Conan.
Here are the first part of my votes:
- Kaliopi – Crno i Belo (North Macedonia 2012)
- Nina Sublati – Warrior (Georgia 2015)
- Kristína Peláková – Horehronie (Slovakia 2010)
- Sanja Vučić ZAA – Goodbye (Shelter) (Serbia 2016)
- Flor-de-Lis – Todas As Ruas Do Amor (Portugal 2009)
- Suzy – Quero Ser Tua (Portugal 2014)
- Ivi Adamou – La La Love (Cyprus 2012)
8 Points – Conan Osiris – Telemoveis (Portugal 2019)
As you can see from my list, I’ve had a bit of a love affair with Portugal this year. I’ve spent a lot of time with their entries and spent more time following Festival da Canção than any other national final. I think Portugal are one of the most interesting ESC countries and it breaks my heart to see them be so underappreciated year after year. The injustice of Telemóveis’ non-qualification will take a while for me to recover from…
10 Points – Tamta – Replay (Cyprus 2019)
I’m expecting my girl Tamta to stomp on some necks on ESC250 this year, purely because I think there is a near-consensus that Replay was indeed THE bop of Eurovision 2019 after all. I nearly put Replay as my number one, purely because I spent over 30 hours (!) listening to this damn song over the past year according to Spotify unwrapped. However, in the end the strength of this bop wasn’t enough to snatch the gold medal from Iveta.
Honorable Mention – Mahmood – Soldi (Italy 2019)
I’m fully expecting Mahmood to claim a top 10 spot this year and be the highest new entry, so I can’t say I’m to guilty about not including him in my top 10. Soldi is certainly one of my favourite ESC songs in terms of the quality and creativity behind it, but I couldn’t bring myself to remove one of my other songs to fit a third 2019 entry in. Also, having seen him perform live and met Mahmood twice now, I can definitely say that I stan.
12 Points – Iveta Mukuchyan – LoveWave (Armenia 2016)
Iveta stands firm at my top spot, purely because no other entry and performance gives me the same viseral reaction that LoveWave gives me. I consider this song the most recent turning point in the obsession with Eurovision that has been developing over much of my life. Not to be dramatic or anything but I’m starting to think the bridge caused some kind of chemical imbalance that I’m yet to fully recover from over three years later. It truly DID take over me.