EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Stones” by Zibbz, Switzerland
Over the next five weeks, sometimes more than once a day, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.
Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Switzerland, “Stones” by Zibbz, written by Zibbz and Laurell Barker. The song is performed in English. The duo’s name is pronounced exactly like it’s spelled, it is a variation on the expression “sibs” meaning siblings – the duo is made up of brother and sister Corinne “Coco” and Stefan “Stee” Gfeller. They have been spending time in Los Angeles and have had their own reality show about their California adventures on Swiss TV. The song will be performed 17th in the first semi-final on May 8. The song has had a very divisive reaction among fans, with some loving it and others hating it. Should be interesting to see how it goes.
I have to be honest – I like the song, but the first minute of the video is annoying because it takes so damn long to get to the actual song – almost a full minute goes by with just one or two phrases before the hard driving rocker finally kicks into high gear. A song about…well, I’m not QUITE sure, maybe a bad family life, or a bad life due to political strife (which makes no sense coming from Switzerland, IMHO) has a lot of potential and will probably do well on the continent. However, when watching the video, both it’s execution and the lyrics of the song make me think that the song COULD be a huge hit in the states…but NOT for Zibbz. If I were Coco and Stee, I’d take the pure songwriting route on this one, and send it off to Carrie Underwood‘s management and producers – lyrically its dark themes match well with a number of her monster country hits and with a country backing instead of a rock one, I think she could have another monster hit with this song as well…
Switzerland has been around since day one of the EuroVision contest, and has won the Grand Final twice – the very first edition of EuroVision in 1956 saw the country on top with “Refrain” by Lys Assia (who would also finish second the following year as well), then had to wait 32 years for their second win, with “Ne partez pas sans moi“, in 1988, performed for the country by then-unknown French-Canadian singer Celine Dion; her win at EuroVision set her on the path of international superstardom (and deservedly so). Switzerland’s track record has been spotty since the introduction of the semi-final round, failing to qualify for the final ten times since then, and have made the top ten only once in the 21st century, in 2005.
Here’s the official music video – it’s interesting, if not perfect.
Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!
In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! This weekend is going to be full, with FOUR song by song profiles each day, so we will have time at the end of the profiles to do some favorites and not-so-favorites…
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