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 #13 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Montenegro, “Heaven” by D Mol, written by Dejan Božović and Adis Eminić. The song is performed in English, and will be performed 2nd at the first semi final on May 14th.
This mostly teenage sextet is made up by 21-year-old Rizo Feratovic, 17-year-olds Zeljko Vukcevic and Ivana Obradovic, 16-year-olds Emel Franca and Mirela Ljumic, and 15-year-old Tamara Vujacic.
This is one of those songs I just can’t explain. I honestly don’t know if it has a real shot at making it through the semi-finals…but I don’t care, I love it anyway…the harmonies from this glorious sextet remind me of Pentatonix, but with instruments. The song itself is a fun little love song, the video is shot beautifully, and I want to know who the old guy playing the string instrument is…all kinds of curiosity in this video…heh heh heh
Montenegro’s participation in EuroVision is fairly complicated: When Yugoslavia, which participated in the contest from 1961-1992, ceased to exist after the breakup of the Soviet Union, most of the regions of the country that subsequently became independent countries entered Eurovision on their own, but Montenegro did not; they remained joined with Serbia and entered the contest for three years as Serbia and Montenegro. It was only after a vote for independence and splitting off from Serbia that the country entered EuroVision on its own, making it’s debut in 2007, and has participated ten times since, missing 2010 and 2011 for financial reasons. They have qualified for the Grand Final only twice during their participation; their best showing has been 13th place, in 2015.
Check out the video..it’s a lot of fun!
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!