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 12, 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 #11 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Germany, “Sister” by Sisters, written by Laurell Barker, Marine Kaltenbacher, Tom Oehler, and Thomas Stengaard. The song is performed in English and as Germany is one of the “Big Five”, gets an automatc “bye” to the Grand Final on May 18th.
Singers Laurita Spinelli and Carlotta Truman teamed up specifically to perform this song for the German national final, and that teaming has rewarded them with a shot at glory at Eurovision.
So….any “Guardians Of The Galaxy” fans out there? I present to you Nebula’s song to Gamora…seriously, though, it DOES fit that relationship, doesn’t it? This powerful, anger and angst filled number about sisters who hold each other down trying to get on top also brings to mind Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” as well. The vitriol that is in the voices of the singers seems so real you almost expect them to start pulling out weaponry and using it on each other right in front of the live audience. What a stupendous performance – easy to see why they won the National Final in Germany this year…fantastic song as well…
Germany’s history in the EuroVision contest is storied indeed; they have participated more times than any other country, present EVERY YEAR but one since the contest began in 1956, missing out only in 1996, when they were eliminated in a pre-show elimination round, which means they have appeared SIXTY TWO times – WOW!; They have won the Grand Championship twice – in 1982 with “Ein bißchen Frieden” performed by Nicole, and in 2010 with “Satellite“, performed by Lena.
My Top ten favorites coming on Saturday and Sunday – be there!
Check out the video..what a fantastic performance…
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!