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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!

At this point in time we are ONE WEEK away from the Grand Final for 2018, and only four days from the first semi final. Today and tomorrow, I will bring you my top ten picks. As always, I know the ESC fandom community is a rabid one, and fans are all over the road, so as always with my personal picks, your mileage may vary…:-)

In at #10 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Switzerland, “You Got Me” by Luca Hanni, written by Laurell Barker, Frazer Mac, Luca Hänni, Jon Hällgren, and Lukas Hällgren. The song is performed in English and will be performed 4th in the second semi-final on May 16th.

Hanni shot to fame in 2012 as the only non-German winner of Deutschland sucht den Superstar, Germany’s “Idol” franchise series; he’s been burning up the charts throughout Germany, Switzerland, and Austria ever since; he’s the first Swiss artist in fifty twq years to hit #1 on the German pop charts.

Hey Luca….Bruno Mars is calling, he wants his schtick back…LOL!  In all seriousness, though, Hanni’s got a very Mars-like vibe about him, a powerful, engaging sound, a sweet, well-honed voice, and an all around package. But on the other hand, the video looks like a set piece that was pulled right out of one of the “Mamma Mia” films, with funny and engaging action, lots of intense if a bit goofy choreography, and a color scheme that would make a cinematographer cringe. This is NOT to say I don’t like it – in fact, it’s one of my favorites – but it does come off kind of hokey. Overall, the fan support for this song is there, but it doesn’t seem to be enough to take it all the way, but look for it to finish somewhere in the top ten for sure…

Switzerland has been around since day one of the EuroVision contest, and has won the Grand Final twice – the very first edition of EuroVision in 1956 saw the country on top with “Refrain” by Lys Assia (who would also finish second the following year as well), then had to wait 32 years for their second win, with “Ne partez pas sans moi“, in 1988, performed for the country by then-unknown French-Canadian singer Celine Dion; her win at EuroVision set her on the path of international superstardom (and deservedly so).  Switzerland’s track record has been spotty since the introduction of the semi-final round, failing to qualify for the final eleven times since then, and have made the top ten only once in the 21st century, in 2005. Me thinks their long finals drought is over…in a HUGE way….

Check out the video..see if you agree with me about the “Mamma Mia” issue…

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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