Over the coming 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 Australia, “We Got Love” by Jessica Mauboy, written by Anthony Egizii, David Musumeci, and Jessica Mauboy. The song is performed in English. Mauboy is a favorite in her native Australia; she was the runner up of the 2006 edition Australian Idol, and hasn’t looked back since, becoming one of the country’s most succesful female artists. The song will be performed 9th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.
Mauboy’s performance here is excellent, but I have to be honest – compared to the first three entries by Australia, this song is a major letdown. It’s your run of the mill pop dance song, the kind you hear on the radio all the time. It has a vague similarity to early Kylie Minogue or Natalie Imbruglia, two of my all time favorite Aussie singers. It’s nice, it’s fun, and she’s beautiful, but it’s also very similar to other stuff out there, and I fear Australia may miss the top ten finalists for the first time since they began appearing here. Can it make the American charts? Yes, I’m sure it could, but I doubt it would be an out of the park smash…
Now, those of you who are not familiar with EuroVision are probably asking the question, “Australia? Exactly HOW are they considered European? How the hell did they get into EuroVision?” Well, as a reward for carrying the contest for years down under, the European Broadcast Union, who runs Eurovision, asked Australia to participate for the 60th anniversary show in 2015. Their showing in the contest thus far has secured them an invite every year since. So although technically NOT a member of the EBU, which is normally a requirement for participation, they HAVE been doing extremely well since debuting, landing top ten finishes each of the three years it’s participated thus far – a fifth place showing for Guy Sebastian‘s “Tonight Again“, 2015; a damn near topper in runner up “The Sound Of Silence” by Dami Em, 2016 (which MAY have won had it not been for the craziness in Ukraine that year, which along with a great song like Jamala‘s haunting “1944″ helped to hand it a win; and why Ms. Em hasn’t broken in the US yet is mystifying to me – she is utterly STUNNING); and a ninth place showing for “Don’t Come Easy” by Isaiah in 2017. Personally, I doubt that 2018 will be their year – Dami Em’s runner up is going to be damn hard to beat in the future – but we’ll see….
Here’s the official music video – check it out…
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!
We’re featuring THREE songs a day the rest of this week, FOUR songs each day this weekend, and will wrap things up with three final songs next Monday! After we’re finished with the song by song preview, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…
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