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Quarantine? 10 Eurovision related things you can do

Posted by Eurovision On Top on March 20, 2020 at 1:20 PM

 

The Coronavirus that plagues Europe and scares the whole world is forcing many Eurofans to stay at home. On top of that, we will only be able to have Eurovision in 2021. Many find alternatives to occupy their time even though they are working from home. Here is a list of things that you can do as a eurofan, although many already do.


1. Most Eurovision editions are already online and you are sure to have some lost DVDs or even VHSs out there that need to be viewed. So watch Eurovision videos. You will be able to occupy more than 10,000 minutes of your free time. About 180 hours.


2. While watching the videos you will feel an immense need to update your rankings. There are already applications for this, but you can always return to the traditional notebook or excel sheet.


3. A little competition is part of Eurovision. Without points, losses or gains, it wouldn't be funny. So you can organize online contests with some friends. The greater the diversity of countries the better. Use social networks and applications like Zoom. You will feel less alone.


4. Take the opportunity to dance and recreate Eurovision choreographies. Put yourself in front of the TV or the PC and just like a Jane Fonda gym class, you'll be able to exercise without leaving home.


5. Try to learn a foreign language online. Come on, we know you have always been fascinated by songs performed in other languages. Start by using online learning programs and you will end up doing translations of the Eurovision classics that you have always sung and barely knew what you were saying.


6. Play! In addition to the official board games, there are many online quizz games you can play on. Try these https://www.sporcle.com/games/tags/eurovision or these https://online.seterra.com/en/vgp/3337


7. Since you can't travel, try to visit museums online. It's cheaper, but think of the advantages of being able to enjoy works of art as if you were there! Okay, traveling is better, but how many museums were you unable to visit because you didn't have time?


8. There are more and more studies on Eurovision. Many of them end up resulting in very interesting books on the subject. Academically it is one of the topics that has the most growing study. There are also many biographies of Eurovision artists. Do a search in your online bookstore or consult the recommendations that we have given all these years on our website.


9. If you like to cook, even if you don't have all the products available, you can go into the kitchen and make themed days with food dishes from each country. I'm sure that a good Spanish Tortilla, making a Pizza, cooking a Portuguese steak "bifana", making a Latvian Kama or a Swedish kanelbullar as a dessert will not let you down. There are thousands of recipes on the internet.


10. We are sure that over the years of eurofan, especially if you are not a new eurofan, you have been collecting CDs, posters, photos, etc. How about ordering everything and reviewing the good old days? 


 

Take the days to do everything you always wanted to do but always said you didn't have time. Have fun!



photo from here: https://www.lifeinnorway.net/home-quarantine-isolation/


Top 10 movies where you can find Eurovision Songs

Posted by Eurovision On Top on February 7, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Next sunday, will be the brightest night of Hollywood in a parade of stars where the best films of the year are awarded! The Oscars are there! But wait! What does this have to do with Eurovision? Anything... or maybe something! This is the right time to find Eurovision songs in several films. Certainly you are expecting to find in this disorderly list the movie Mamma Mia 2 or to find "Volare". We could also include the israeli film Cupcakes about Eurovision... We could also tell you something that you know about the upcoming film about Eurovision that will be released by netflix, featuring Will Ferrell, Demi Lovato, Pierce Brosnan and Salvador Sobral. But we wanted to try to surprise you a little more! This is our Top 10 movies where you can find Eurovision Songs and... some of them were also Oscars nominees!

1


  • Snowman (2017)
  • ESC song: Congratulations (Cliff Richard, 1968) performed by Gitte Haenning


2


 

  • The Martian (2015) - Oscars - 7 nominations
  • ESC song: Waterloo (ABBA, 1974)

  

3


 

  • SPY (2015)
  • ESC song: Dancing Lasha Tumbai (Verka Serduchka, 2007) 


4

 

  • Wild Tales (2014) - Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film 
  • ESC song: Hallelujah (Gali Atari & Milk and Honey, 1979)


5



  • The beautiful person (2008)
  • ESC song: Elle était si jolie (Alain Barriere, 1963)

  


6


 

  • Au cul du loup (2011)
  • ESC song: Love Power (The KMG's, 2007)

  

7


 

  • Sicko (2007) - Oscar nominee Best Documentary
  • ESC song: L´amour est bleu (Vicky Leandros, 1967)

  

8



  • The Thing (2011)
  • ESC song: Samidd aednan (Sverr Kjelsberg & Mattis Haeta, 1980) 


9


 

  • Grbavica - The land of my dreams (2006)
  • ESC song: Zovi (Femminem, 2005) 


10

 

  • EX (2009)
  • ESC song: Fiumi di parole (Jalisse, 1997)

(This article was previously released 24/2/2019 and it's now updated)

The protests

Posted by Eurovision On Top on December 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM

64 editions of ESC have passed and we will reach the eighth decade! We turned now a page in the history of the popular European contest, remembering the best moments of the last decade!

 

7/7 - The protests

 

 

On the also political stage of Eurovision, protests have always been noted. In 1964, a political protest took place after the Swiss song: A man came on stage holding a banner in which he suggested a boycott of Franco and Salazar dictatorships (from Portugal and Spain). But these events were not things of the past. In 2010, Jimmy Jump mingled with Daniel Diges dancers who had to return to perform at the end of the show. In 2017, Jamala's performance had a stage invader who decided to lower his pants. And a year later, in 2018, the stage was again invaded with someone making allegations of press freedom in the UK when SuRie performed: "Nazis of the UK media" and "We demand freedom." United Kingdom did not want to repeat its performance. In 2019, the protest came from the artists themselves. Guest star Madonna exhibited peace incentives on Israeli soil, something that Icelandic artists also appealed to by showing the Palestinian flag while filming in the Green Room. Protests in 3 years in a row. What more is to come?



 

Chart success

Posted by Eurovision On Top on December 18, 2019 at 6:00 PM

64 editions of ESC have passed and we will reach the eighth decade! We turned now a page in the history of the popular European contest, remembering the best moments of the last decade!

 

6/7 - Chart success

 

Winners have ensured some chart success in many countries but not all have achieved the expected success. Satellite was undoubtedly the 2011 song when it reached # 1 in Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, Finland and of course, Germany. The same did not happen the following year, when Running Scared only reached 11th place in Switzerland and 2nd in Iceland. It was necessary to reach 2012 for two themes to stand out. The winner Euphoria would top the official sales lists of 17 countries and La La Love, which although could not reach any number 1, reached the Top of 13 countries. A year later, Danish winner Only Teardrops reaches number 1 in 5 countries. Italy's song L'essenziale would come in 8 sales charts. In 2014, The Common Linnets would Top the charts in Iceland, Belgium and the Netherlands, while winner Conchita, despite being in several Charts, would only reach number one in their country. Four countries let Mans Zermerlow's hero reach the top of the charts, but it is Il Volo who, despite motivating some success in Europe, make it to the US Classical Top, where they were already very popular. 2016, engulfed in controversy over the winner, took Jamala to 13th place in Belgium in a year when If I were sorry from Sweden becomes the real Eurovision success of the year. Franz reached the number one in Sweden and Poland and in addition to becoming a radio hit, it entered 18 charts, including the UK. In 2017, the year that a non performed english song won, Amar pelos dois, reached the charts of 20 countries. With an increasing tendency to lose its physical shape, the Portuguese song reached number 1 in Iceland, Portugal, Spain and downloads charts from Finland and the Netherlands; 97th place in the UK and 7th in the world (Billboard). 2018 leaves us between Toy and Fuego. With more or less similar success in the official Charts, Fuego reaches number 1 in Greece and Spain while Toy reaches # 1 in Israel and in the Billboard Dance Club Songs (US). The last winner of the decade, Arcade, maked it to the chart of more than 20 countries and reaches the top in 5, consolidating the success of Eurovision songs of this decade. But it's Italian Mahmood who, with Soldi, becomes Eurovision's most streamed song ever and tops the list of 4 countries. Is Italy about to win in the next decade?


 

Almost succeeded

Posted by Eurovision On Top on December 17, 2019 at 5:55 PM

64 editions of ESC have passed and we will reach the eighth decade! We turned now a page in the history of the popular European contest, remembering the best moments of the last decade!

 

5/7 - Almost succeeded 

 

Sometimes it's not the victory that makes a song the most popular. These past few years, we have had examples of this. In the last decade Russia have managed to be in the Top 3 several times, but together with Italy it has achieved two 2nd places. The return of Italy in 2011 was made big, but still, it was necessary to be part of the Big that became 5.

 

2010 - Turkey - maNga - We Could Be The Same

2011 - Italy - Raphael Gualazzi - Madness of Love

2012 - Russia - Buranovskiye Babushki - Party for everybody

2013 - Azerbaijan - Farid Mammadov - Hold me

2014 - Netherlands - The Common Linnets - Calm after the storm

2015 - Russia - Polina Gagarina - A million voices

2016 - Australia - Dami Im - The sound of silence

2017 - Bulgaria - Kristian Kostov - Beautiful Mess

2018 - Cyprus - Eleni Foureira - Fuego

2019 - Italy - Mahmood - Soldi