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 Estonia, “La forza” by Elina Nechayeva, written by Ksenia Kuchukova, Mihkel Mattisen, Elina Nechayeva, and Timo Vendt . The song is performed in Italian. Singer Nechayeva is a well know operatic soprano, educated in both France and Estonia. The song will be performed 9th in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.
What can I say? I”m NOT an opera fan. But this song is pretty damn amazing, and Nechayeva hits notes I thought only Mariah Carey and Minnie Riperton were capable of hitting….at least in the pop world. And this song, while definitely opera, is also pop at the same time, a love song that talks about the force of love (translates to “The Force”). It’s a type of blend that Sarah Brightman has perfected over the years and Ms. Nechayeva obviously springs from the same seed. The visual presentation is really different, although it HAS been done before, at least in America – Emily West used this same technique a few years back on America’s Got Talent while performing Sia’s Chandelier, and it was awesome. Not sure of what this songs chances are on the Euro Charts, but here in America, it wouldn’t make it on the general Hot 100, though some club play for the dance remix now also available might be forthcoming…
Estonia made its EuroVision debut in 1994, taking part in 23 contests to date. They have one Grand Final championship under their belt as well, with 2001’s “Everybody” by Tanal Padar, Dave Benton, and 2XL. They failed to qualify for the Grand Final in 2017.
Here’s the official music video – stunning and beautiful…
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 FOUR songs today, and tomorrow. 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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