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2014 Eurovision Review

2014 Eurovision Review

Watch this 2014 Eurovision Review and re-live some moments that shaped this year's World of Eurovision.
The Common Linnets: A miraculous success story

The Common Linnets: A miraculous success story

As the year is coming to an end, it’s time to look back on the most memorable moments of the Eurovision year 2014. The first topic we’re going to discuss: The Common Linnets. What went right for them, but more, what on earth went so wrong before, during and after the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen…? It’s 12 March. Five months before this day, Dutch broadcaster AvroTros reveals The Common Linnets as their entry for Copenhagen. In itself, doesn’t say much, but the names going behind that group say so much to all Dutch fans. Possibly one of the biggest stars in the country, Ilse DeLange, has formed a country music ensemble to honour the great names of country music. In that group are so many talented musicians: not only Ilse, but also the Americans Jake Etheridge, Matthew Crosby and his brother, Rob Crosby. A famous Dutch guitar player is also part of it: JB Meijers. And then there’s that last name we all know: Waylon. A rather successful artist with a few albums to his name, but not matching up to the name Ilse has created for herself. An odd duo doing Eurovision with country music. What to expect? …
I’m a Junior Eurovision convert – what a shame I’m not a kid any more

I’m a Junior Eurovision convert – what a shame I’m not a kid any more

I was 13 years old when the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest hit screens across the continent. I was already an avid follower of the main contest and I was incredibly excited about the spin-off that would feature people of my age; more than ever I would be able to live through these kids and believe that it could be me up there living the dream. As someone in my early teens I was bang in the middle of the target audience for the show – so on paper, given how much I loved the adult version of Eurovision, it was maybe surprising that I completely detested it. I think as somebody the same age as the contestants myself I was insulted that somebody somewhere thought that this garbage was what I wanted to watch. I felt patronised that all this kiddy-pop was being thrown at me as some sort of runner-up prize because the real contest was too beyond my years. After that first contest my interest rapidly declined, and I never again watched a contest in full. I had an awareness of what was happening and the songs that were doing well, and nothing I …
The Songs That Didn’t – 2014 in Review [Part 6]

The Songs That Didn’t – 2014 in Review [Part 6]

As things are really beginning to get started with Eurovision 2015, we now present you with our last instalment of the 2014 Songs That Didn’t series! Let’s have a final look back at those songs that got left behind that we can’t help but wonder about. Part 6 concludes with Aoife Geraghty’s turn to tell us about songs she thinks should have joined us in Copenhagen this year. Let’s look at our final five countries consisting of selections from Slovenia, Switzerland, Moldova, Albania and Lithuania.   Slovenia Muff – Let Me Be (Myself) Tinkara’s Round definitely had a certain charm about it; maybe it was just the flute (that resonated with the Irish in me!), the spiralling camera shots at the NF (that did make me a bit woosy) or just the the person behind it. Tinkara seemed like a really nice person, even staying back to speak to my Xtra colleuges after rehearsals in Copenhagen! But who else from the Slovenian NF missed out by being heard by the millions of ESC viewers last May? Well I took a liking to Muff’s Let Me Be (Myself). A slow tempo, deep tones, easy to listen to, drummy tune – taking a leaf out of Emmelie DeForest’s …
NRK’s nod to orchestral past shows forward thinking

NRK’s nod to orchestral past shows forward thinking

NRK announces return of the orchestra for MGP in anniversary year
The Songs That Didn’t – 2014 in Review [Part 5]

The Songs That Didn’t – 2014 in Review [Part 5]

Things are hotting up as we get closer to the start of the proceedings for Eurovision 2015, but before that, let’s tie up some loose ends from 2014 and have another look back at those songs that got left behind that we can’t help but wonder about. Once again it’s Peter Dunwoody’s turn to tell us about songs he thinks should have made it to Copenhagen, as we look at the selections from Iceland, Romania, Spain and Ukraine. Ukraine NeAngely – Courageous So yes, here we are, back in the realms of danceable, predictable, schlager-infused pop. Scoff all you like, call it a cliché, but it does have a place at Eurovision and this year that place was just not filled. I loved ‘Tick Tock’ but at the time this would have been my choice for Ukraine; it was the first national final song of the season to really get me excited about the Eurovision year ahead, and when I heard that Conchita Wurst was heading to Copenhagen, I wanted her to enter with something like this – although obviously that was before we knew what we know now! Iceland Greta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir – Eftir Eitt Lag Well, you learn …
What does Cyprus need in Eurovision?

What does Cyprus need in Eurovision?

What does Cyprus need in Eurovision? The answer could simply be “a good song”. But how does one define such a thing and in which way would Cyprus select it to ensure success? Cyprus is known for not having the best results in the last few years and that could be due to various reasons. When the semi-finals were introduced Cyprus’ luck began to shift and there were far fewer of the better results that Cyprus had earlier experienced . Specifically, since 2004 Cyprus has only qualified four times. However, in the early years, the country’s results included seven top 10 placings, with the best results to date to date being 5th in 1982 and 1997. The best solution for the country might seem to be a national selection. Most of the Cypriot entries have been selected through a national selection, in fact more than half of the country’s top 10 entries had been selected through a national selection. Nevertheless, those entries participated mostly in the early years making it a possible reason for the (short) success of the country. However, it doesn’t only depend on the selection process. For instance, Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selection, has been a success …
The Songs That Didn’t – 2014 in Review [Part 4]

The Songs That Didn’t – 2014 in Review [Part 4]

The 2015 national final season is now less than a month away and we continue with our reflection of the year that was. In part 4 it is again the turn of Liam Clark to delve into another four national finals and talk about what could have been. This week we discuss Latvia, Israel, Malta and Germany. Latvia Aminata Savadogo – I Can Breathe Latvia has fallen on some hard times of late, it’s now been five consecutive failures to qualify for them but I feel like this is rather unfair. Yes, I was a hardcore Aarzemnieki fan, as anyone who reads wiwibloggs will know, but I genuinely felt that this year’s Dziesma was a very strong field of songs. For me it’s an easier task to name the songs I didn’t like in the Dziesma final (Hint: It was Eirosmits) but at the same time I need to pick one. So as much as I love the intensity of Ralf and Valter’s ‘Revelation’, the folky madness of Olga & Līgo’s ‘Saule Riet’ or the power of Dons’ ‘Pēdējā Vēstule’ my pick of the bunch is the simple funk stylings of Aminata Savadogo with ‘I Can Breathe’. I adore Aminata’s …
The Songs That Didn’t – 2014 in Review [Part 3]

The Songs That Didn’t – 2014 in Review [Part 3]

In the third part of our look back at the Eurovision year and what could have been, it’s the turn of Peter Dunwoody to share his views on some of those songs that didn’t quite make it to Copenhagen. The Swedish and Hungarian national finals could be considered the most successful of the season, as they produced the highest-placed entries to come from a national selection, but could they have done anything differently? It’s time to delve into these two selections, along with Portugal and Greece. Sweden Helena Paparizou – Survivor As if to illustrate the point that you won’t be getting anything left-field, unique or outside of what you’d expect a stereotypical Eurovision fan to love, let’s drop straight in with Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, one of the biggest national selections of the season. The winner, Sanna Nielsen, was not really to my taste and I found the amount of hype surrounding a song as ordinary and “nice” as ‘Undo’ a little frustrating. However, people liked it and this was reflected in the results when it came 3rd, so upon reflection I have to concede that it was probably the right choice for Sweden. The obvious alternative would be ‘Busy Doin Nothin’ …
The Songs That Didn’t – 2014 in Review [Part 2]

The Songs That Didn’t – 2014 in Review [Part 2]

October is finally upon us, which means we only have a month until we begin the 2015 national final season, what better time to cast an eye back to the national finals of 2014? Last week Liam Clark told us his favourites from the Estonian, French, Finish and Belarussian selections and now for Part 2 we have Aoife Geraghty looking back at Ireland, Norway, Denmark and Belgium! Ireland Eoghan Quigg – The Movie Song Starting off with my home country; it had always been a goal of mine to attend Ireland’s EuroSong selection and this year I got to do just that! Being such a big fan of Melodifestivalen, I would love for RTE to put on a bigger show but the 5 Song selection was still enjoyable especially when viewing from inside the studio. When the line-up was announced for EuroSong it generated quite a buzz, mostly due to Eoghan Quigg’s previous fame from participating in the UK’s X-Factor. Living up to the hype, The Movie Song held it’s own! This simple, foot-tapping, mellow and retro tune just lost out on representing Ireland to Cann-Linn. Though certainly for this year’s EuroSong competition, another feisty Irish representative stole the show.. thanks Linda 😉 Norway Sole Survivor – Elisabeth Carew This …
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