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Our #ESC250 2020 votes – Part 10 – Costa

With the announcement of this year’s Eurovision Top 250 results shortly, we want to tell you all who our all time Eurovision favorites are. 

In this series, our editors will be looking closely at their Top 3 entries (the ones that got 8, 10, and 12 Points) and will also provide their honorable mentions (a song they really like, but did not make their ESC 250 list).

Today, it is Costa’s (@CherishedFruit) turn to let you know who he voted for in this year’s edition of #ESC250.

Costa: So Southern

As I told you all last year, I am a flake. My alliances and favourites change by the week, let alone by the year. Of course, there are some staples in my list that have been a constant the past few years, but I’m a firm believer in keeping it fresh.

This is especially important this year, as I decided to score rank every single Eurovision song ever. This came as a result of fellow fans in the community deciding to host Zoom calls every week to watch past contests and rank them in our own scorecards. This started in March and has descended into chaos us curating our own themed shows and submitting national final songs for special editions.

As a result, I have a) an impeccably formatted spreadsheet of every single song scored from 0-100 and b) a whole heap of new favourites.

These are reflected in some of my choices, and my honourable mention:

  • 🇱🇺 1 point – Anne-Marie David – Tu te reconnaîtras (Luxembourg 1973)
  • 🇵🇹 2 points – Flor-de-Lis – Todas as ruas do amor (Portugal 2009)
  • 🇦🇲 3 points – Eva Rivas – Apricot Stone (Armenia 2010)
  • 🇺🇦 4 points – Jamala – 1944 (Ukraine 2016)
  • 🇭🇷 5 points – Doris Dragović – Marija Magdalena (Croatia 1999)
  • 🇮🇹 6 points – Jalisse – Fiumi di parole (Italy 1997)
  • 🇨🇾 7 points – Tamta – Replay (Cyprus 2019)

🇨🇾 8 Points – Ivi Adamou – La La Love (Cyprus, 2019)

Let’s be honest, this is still THEE bop. Many uptempo dance songs have come and gone but this song’s staying power is unparalleled. It has no right to such staying power because it’s quintessentially ‘2012’ in its production, and it here it remains, in my head, rent-free. From Ivi’s verging-on-goaty vocals, the…modest staging to its modest placing in the final, there’s just something that I unconditionally [la la] love about this and always will. Clearly I’m not alone, because it boasts some of the highest streaming numbers of the last ten years. To me, this represents the moment I realised that I no longer had to support the UK at the contest and could jump ship to the motherland, and that’s exactly what I’ve done since 2012. Πάμε Έλενα!!!

🇵🇹 10 points – Conan Osiris – Telemóveis (Portugal 2019)

For those who read my list from last year, you’ll recall that I was very much mourning Telemóveis unjust non-qualification. Well, I’m here to inform you that I am still mad about it. Just like I knew it would, Telemóveis has aged like an award-winning Algarve wine. This, and Conan’s discography, has soundtracked the chaos of my 2020 wonderfully. All I can hope for is next year’s Festival da Canção will feature yet more experimental entries, and that Portugal’s next risk pays off (like it did in 2017).

🇺🇦 Honourable mention: GO_A – Solovey

I desperately tried to throw some points at the Class of 2020, but without actual Eurovision performances I couldn’t justify their inclusion in my list alongside genuinely iconic entries. That said, I will give my honourable mention to my favourite entry of Eurovision 2020 – Solovey. It’s rare that my favourite song ends up winning its national final, but this was an exception, and one that genuinely shocked me. Further, this was my favourite entry from the entire 2020 season, so for it to actually make it to Eurovision…ish…was a delight. I have high hopes for what GO_A will bring in 2021.

🇦🇲 12 points – Iveta Mukuchyan – LoveWave (Armenia 2016)

Oh y’all wanted a twist? Too bad, you’re not getting one. Many things have changed this year, but my favourite Eurovision song and performance wasn’t one of them. As I said last year, LoveWave remains number one because no other entry and performance gives me the same viseral reaction that LoveWave gives me. I am hopeful that 2021 will bring an entry that challenges for the top spot. The same applies for Euphoria and ESC 250 as whole, but the likelihood of them both being the same song is highly unlikely because I’m famously contrarian. The only change for this year is me embedding the Semi Final performance in my article, because it is better:

What do you think of Costa’s votes for this year’s ESC250? Let us know! Stay tuned, as Lisa will present their votes in the next edition.

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