ESCountdown 2019: #12 – “The Dream” by Roko, Croatia

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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 #12 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Croatia, “The Dream” by Roko, written by Jacques Houdek, Andrea Čubrić, and Charlie Mason. The song is performed in English and Croatian, and will be performed 10th at the second semi final on May 16th.

19-year-old Roko Blazevic won Serbian talent show Pinkove Zvezdice in July 2017, and followed that up with a second place finish on the Croatian reality competition series Zvigezde last December. Both is parents are singers as well, and many fans have called him the Croatian Michael Buble, the Canadian singer, who happens to be of Croatian descent.

Wow. Wow. WOW! I LOVE THIS SONG!  And the performance therein. Roko has a glorious voice, and in some ways reminds me personally not of Michael Buble as noted above but of 2016 Eurovision competitor Michel Szpak of Poland; he has the same kind of amazing power behind his vocals that defy anyone not to sit up and pay attention. The beautifully abstract video features a performance from Roko interspersed with disasters and social issues; where as he as a performer is speaking of a love between two people who have weathered a lot, the overall video gives the impression that love should be spread around to anyone who needs it. Utterly fantastic from beginning to end.

Croatia has participated in EuroVision off and on since making their debut in 1993, and has yet to land a win in the contest; they have finished as high as fourth, which has happened twice, in 1996 and 1999. Roko could be a real contender this year, and could give them a top ten finish if the cards are played right…

Check out the video..it’s one of the best of this year’s entries for sure….

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!

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