IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!
Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, I did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last year never made it to public consumption. So this year, rather than just cover the songs, I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such. Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary.
In at #15 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Romania, “On A Sunday” by Ester Peony, written by Ester Alexandra Crețu, Alexandru Șerbu, and Ioana Victoria Badea. The song is performed in English, and will be performed 6th at the second semi final on May 16th.
Ester Peony, birthname Ester Alexandra Cretu, first gained a modest amount of fame performing cover songs on YouTube from her home in Montreal, writing songs for other Romanian artists before hitting it big in her birth country in 2017.
I admit it…I can’t explain it…but I love this song, I love Peony’s voice, I love the stylish, if a bit incomprehensible, video (what the HELL do the manta rays have to do with ANYTHING?), I love the horror and mystical elements of the video as well, and the song’s lyrics, which talk of losing a love on a Sunday but that she still pines for them even though they hurt her and she would take them back in a second, are powerful and mysterious, even a bit creepy….it all works for me. Go figure…but I hope this one makes it through….
Romania made their debut in EuroVision in 1994, but due to various reasons, they have only participated 19 times. They have not been able to capture a Grand Final win as yet, but have finished as high as third place, which they have managed twice, in 2005 and 2010. Romania has also managed to make every final each year they’ve participated since the semi-final round was introduced in 2004 until last year, when they just missed the final, finishing their semi-final in 11th place.
Check out this incredibly avant-garde video…I don’t know what to make of it but I love it….
Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through this year’s finals on May 18 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! My daily song countdown will appear on all three sites, with some additional material coming to both Planet BM and TKR in the days and weeks’ ahead. I missed a few days due to personal issues, so I’m playing catch-up now, and will have two or three entries per day with my #1 pick being revealed on Sunday May 12.
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Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And hopefully, we’ll get to see the finals again this year somewhere – American fans, with Logo dropping coverage this year, let’s let AXS know we want to see it become the American home of EuroVision!