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The Netflix film: Eurovision has become this

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 28, 2020 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Netflix's Eurovision film has already premiered and we've seen it. "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga" is a film full of stereotypes about the European competition and that has not gathered, like any comedy, a consensus, especially among fans.


With a rating of 6.7 / 10 on imdb, Will Ferrell's film ranks 30 in the most popular films on this platform specializing in cinema (28/6/2020). If for some it is "Will Ferrell's Best Comedy in Years" (David Sims, Atlantic) for others it is "The Real Eurovision Is As Absurd and Entertaining As Any Will Ferrell Movie" (Dave Holmes, Esquire). For David Rooney of Hollywood Reporter" the movie's obvious love for the bizarre excesses of Eurovision, and the fun it has with them, make you wish the filmmakers could have condensed all the messy plot padding and just harnessed the excitement of the show. "


But let's not mix things up, this film must be analyzed as a comedy film on the one hand, and on the other as a Eurovision film. Let's analyze it one by one, in our opinion.


The film:

It is a typical comedy by Will Ferrell, with many jokes and hilarious moments like the performance of the band Fire Saga in the semifinal - this is the highlight. It is a love story as it happens in almost all films that could take place in any other context and not in the Eurovision environment.

To be able to bring together a range of good actors like Pierce Brosnan or the always charming, and perhaps the best performance in this film, by Rachel McAdams is an indisputable feat. The best of Icelandic cinema is present in the film, with renowned actors such as Ólafur Darri Ólafsson or Björn Hlynur Haraldsson.

The excess of jokes about the male organ is something that Will Ferrell should say enough. All that is too much ...

About Eurovision:

It is very important to highlight the perception that Will Ferrell had about Eurovision. His reading of the event is very actual, especially in what Eurovision has become. For those who enjoy Eurovision and for those fans who like to laugh with Eurovision, with its artists and who don't take it too seriously, they will love the movie, specially the new fans. For the more conventional fan, who lived Eurovision with an orchestra, seriously, with a sense of voting, the seriousness of the songs, culture and languages, the offense will be big.

But it is clear that this is a comedy film and Will Ferrell managed to enjoy it, especially, and we say again, what Eurovision has become. For those who are not fans of Eurovision and for those who do not take it seriously and just do zapping, the portrait of Eurovision is reliable.

First, the ridicule of some songs and performers led to exaggeration. The Greek singer and especially Dan Stevens, take their roles to the extreme managing to ridicule songs that ... hey! do not take offense, we have already had a lot like that in Eurovision.

Something extraordinary that Will managed to portray was the backstage game of Eurovision, from the countries that do not want to win and what they do for not winning until the promotion and even those that already knows they will win, like te russian singer. About the promotion maybe Will didn’t get the point well, as well, about the Eurovision fans. But having the support of EBU, it was perhaps better as a way of flirting the United States and finally taking Eurovision to the other side of the Atlantic. The Eurovision fan is portrayed by the character of Will Ferrell who dreams of Eurovision and who creates a world of escape around this dream. How many fans don't live for Eurovision and make it their life? The gay bond is also subtly portrayed through the Russian character, where criticism of Moscow's policies on homosexuality is made. We say subtle because it could have been much more aggressive and thankfully it wasn't.

Fiction interpreters join some real interpreters in the film, curiously Eurovision icons like Netta or Conchita who are suitable for this Eurovision joke attempt, if we think about the common viewer who sees the program. It is not clear whether Eurovision can be taken seriously through this film or whether it helps to ridicule its role. Think of those who don't know these Eurovision winners and characters. They will certainly think that they are some more to enjoy. Perhaps Salvador Sobral's most serious performance may have been an attempt not to ridicule the event, even so, for those who do not know him, he will think that the music of a simple street musician is better than that of Eurovision even though he has been a song that won the contest. After all, not all Eurovision performances are ridiculous, they don't have choreographies or multi lights and fire. Perhaps some fans now understand why Sobral said "music is not firework". For the common viewer, Eurovision has become that.

Anyway, congratulations to Ferrell for the film that makes us laugh. But it won't be too much if everyone has a Eurofan by their side to demystify some of the things that go on in the film.

Our choice for the week (w26)

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 28, 2020 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

For this week, our proposal goes to 4 songs with a summer atmosphere and for all tastes.


A song to wake up

Imagine waking up at home with this song loudly on your mp3. Everyone will like and remember Madonna's Hit, but also remember the summer and want to dance. The day will certainly be brighter with this holiday cover by Kate Ryan.


A song to warm up

The temperature rises with this song by Eleni Foureira. It's summer calling for us. Beach setting and in the late afternoon maybe, at a party by the sea. Sure it's going to be a hit.


A song to dream

Victoria will be Bulgaria's singer in the 2021 Eurovision and nothing better than starting the promotion now with a new clip, well done and with an electronic base  that makes us dream and maybe contemplate the sky this summer.


The return

Mixalis Xatzigiannis has had some ups and downs in his career, but consolidates his talent with his return. Horevo brings again a summer hit to dance in a party atmosphere for the young and old.

The year so far at the TOP20+5

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 28, 2020 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We are in the middle of the year, precisely on week 26! So far 113 songs have entered the Top20 + 5 this year. But which one is ahead in this annual race?

This is the TOP 10 of 2020, so far, as voted by you:

1. Viceversa Francesco Gabbani

2. Ono malo srece Zdravko Colic

3. Purva bridejs Intars Busulis /Abonementa orkestris

4. Dejo vientulibu Intars Busulis /Abonementa orkestris

5. Monsters Tamara Todevksa

6. Étsi Einai I Fasi Helena Paparizou / Sakis Rouvas

7. Comme un voleur Madame Monsieur / Jérémy Frérot

8. Koik Tanja

9. Escriurem Miki Nuñez

10. Polunochnoye taksi Dima Bilan


ESC 2021: Dates and new rules

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 18, 2020 at 7:10 PM

The Eurovision Song Contest has announced a change in its rules to ensure it can continue every year, whatever the global circumstances. The new rule, announced by new Executive Supervisor. Martin Österdahl will come into effect next year as one-year trial and will allowed recorded backing vocals.

As official charts reported today: "The idea behind the move is to allow participating broadcasters to explore new creative ideas and reduce the technical burdens on the hosting country. Sustainability was also a contributing factor: the use of backing vocals means smaller teams from each country traveling to the contest.It also means producers and songwriters can present their music as closely as possible to the original composition on the night.The use of recorded backing vocals will only be optional - a combination of live and recorded backing vocals is also allowed. "

The new supervisior daid: "We have updated the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest so that, should it be necessary, we are able to make modifications to the format of the shows and the organization of the event that would allow the Contest to still take place despite restrictions imposed on us by a now unknown scenario. The old rules did not allow this. " But why hasn't this happened this year?

Dates for next year have already been announced. Semi-finals will take place on May 18 and May 20 and the Grand Final on May 22.

source: Rob Copsey / Official Charts

Our choice for the week

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 16, 2020 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we highlight 5 of the new themes launched by artists from Eurovision.


A song to cheer you up

Amir has released his new hit "La Fête", extract from a future album in preparation. His new song wants to be a party in these times that we are living. The official clip will be published on June 17th.


A song to listen to while driving

The extremely dramatic lyrics of the song, which speaks of a painful separation, reflect one of the periods of Jurijus life. Even if the lyrics are not exactly cheerful, the sound and energy it transmits is worth listening to while driving on a spring afternoon that is already ending.


A song to fall in love

Completely recovered and freshly married, Jan Johansen is in a good moment of his life. What's a Man with the Blue Desert Band reminds us of those days of Se pa meg. The song even seems biographical and reflects the love for life and the growth and maturity in a man's life.


A song to relax

Hibernia is the second breakthrough on Eimear Quinn's new album, one that was one of the winners of the 90s by Ireland. Perhaps with a timeless song like this she would have another victory. This is our proposal to relax listening to this calm and ethereal song with "lyrics in 3 languages, weave a path from ancient to current times. The song speaks to the intrinsic human spirit present in us all; a core strength exclusively owned by the individual that can never be taken or broken."


The return

This week we selected the return of Gus Gus, Daniel Águst's band that performed Nina on Eurovision 1989. GusGus has already released two remix albums, titled Remixes Are More Flexible Pt.1 and Remixes Are More Flexible Pt.2, respectively, and the premiere single Out Of Place. A song saturated with nostalgia, based on retro synth-pop sound, certainly appealed to fans of the group. Now the band decided to release a music video for it. It is not yet known when the new studio album GusGus will be released. It is also unknown whether Out Of Place is a preview of any major release. The band's last full-fledged album came out in 2018 and was called Lies Are More Flexible. Formerly, the band released two Arabian Horse and Mexico longplays, very well received by listeners and critics.