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Our choice for the week (w31)

Posted by Eurovision On Top on August 2, 2020 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Another week that arrives full of news from your favorite Eurovision artists.


The new artists

 

Two of the girls who were unable to participate this year have new songs. From Romania Roxen, unstoppable, brings another new song after being number one in the #EOT Top20 + 5. Jumping between Romanian and English, Roxen is preparing for next year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrRYjFNqNZ0&feature=emb_logo


From Poland, Alicia presents a more danceable theme leaving the ballad Empires behind. What follows, in this career that did not reach the ESC stage?

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19081467-alicja-gdzie-347-


The complete artists 

 

Svetlana Loboda brings a summer hit without leaving her personal style. A repetitive song that gets to be anoying, but it is worth listening to, if only for the production.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19081468-loboda-pharaoh-boom-boom


 

Bilal Hassani is also back with a video in which she presents herself in great shape, with a perfect choreography where Bilal explores space becoming the puzzle piece that makes this song almost essential, at least visually.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19081471-bilal-hassani-dead-bae

The classic artist

 

Katrina's return, now Katrina from Katrina and the Waves, on a very rocky theme that will not have the success of Walking on Sunshine. The song should have been more melodic or even a ballad could have been more convenient. For lovers of classic rock it will be fine. Perhaps the album that comes out on August 28 is closer to what we would expect from a Katrina without Waves.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19081470-katrina-from-katrina-and-the-waves-drive-

Our choice for the week (w30)

Posted by Eurovision On Top on July 26, 2020 at 8:10 AM

A song for the summer

As soon as it was edited it reached number 1 on the iTunes of Poland. Edyta Gorniak continues to sow successes and show that she is a very popular artist despite the fact that she has already given up on the international career she promised in the 90s. Single after single, Edyta shows her vocal value.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19081160-edyta-gorniak-lime-tequila-ila-


 

A promotion song

Many will wonder after this year's Eurovision songs, what the confirmed artists will sing next year. Many are releasing singles in an attempt to test what they might show. Athena makes us curious about Chains on You. Is this Dolla her answer?

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19081155-athena-manoukian-dolla


 

A song like the others

Jedward are back and for many fans, everything they do will always be good. In the same style that we have become accustomed to, this new theme could have been launched during the band's heyday. For the fans it is a refreshment and not to forget that they are still there. And it feels good to see them back!

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19081154-jedward-taste-the-heat


 

A return

Rita Guerra is back. The 2003 Diva and one of the most popular artists in her country returns with a ballad full of rhythms somewhat different from the more classic ones that are usual. What's next?

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19081158-rita-guerra-tudo-vai-passar


Our choice for the week (w28)

Posted by Eurovision On Top on July 12, 2020 at 7:25 AM

We continue in the summer and for many in confinement, we hope you are well! Eurovision artists don't stop and our recommendations for this week are as follows.



 

Miro

It is true that Eurovision did not go very well for him, and perhaps because of this, and possibly because he does not speak English, his bet is clearly on the Bulgarian market. It's a shame because Miro's voice is still excellent and the music he makes is not far behind. He recently won the best video award at the BG Radio Awards for "Нависоко" where he presented this new theme.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19080382-miro-og-365-n


 

Frans

"If I were sorry" turned out to be one of the themes of the year on Eurovision a few years ago. Returning, Frans brings two new singles "Monday" and "On a wave". Always with a cool aspect and to refresh this summer in warmer moments.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19080375-frans-on-a-wave


 

Ieva

In a record clearly different from the one we have been accustomed to, Ieva Zasimauskaitė, the simplest revelation of the 2018 Eurovision interprets "Labas Tau Tariu". Is the little girl still in love or is she getting fed up with more romantic songs? Clearly, she is an artist to follow in the near future.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19080374-ieva-zasimauskait-279-labas-tau-tariu


 

Sevak Khanagyan

Single after single, Sevak Khanagyan, demonstrates an increasingly interesting career with his own record and without escaping the personal mark that led him to Eurovision.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19080176-sevak-dlia-tebya

Our choice for the week (w27)

Posted by Eurovision On Top on July 5, 2020 at 10:10 AM

This week we highlight 4 of the new songs launched by artists from Eurovision.


A song for dance

Zlata Ognevich sang a very different song in Eurovision from the kind of music she's doing now. From Dance music to ballads, Zlata is one of the most popular artists in Ukraine right now. This is her latest track that will make you dance!

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19080189-zlata-ognevi-269-gola-pravda


A comeback

Patrick Fiori sings with heart his origins, his landmarks and his ties. And that's precisely the DNA of his new single "Un air de famille". A positive, playful and unifying title that he composed on a text written to measure by Marie Bastide ( Florent Pagny, Calogero, Louane, Céline Dion …;). An ode to the Family in all its diversity, an anchor to which we want to turn in these complicated times.  (FranceBleu)

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19080201-patrick-fiori-un-air-de-famille


A song to dream

Returning to the old melodies and letting ourselves be carried away by love is a dream. This is the new proposal of Goran Karan who, with his own unique style, leads us to dream with a song on a summer afternoon.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19080200-goran-karan-dugo-nisam-bio-mlad-


A song for the causes

The times we live in today, demonstrations, discrimination and aggressiveness are portrayed by Alex in this song where the causes sing louder. The video speaks for itself.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19080160-alex-sparrow-love-is-all-that-matters



The Netflix film: Eurovision has become this

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 28, 2020 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (6)

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.