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Almost qualified

Posted by Eurovision On Top on December 16, 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!

 

 

4/7 - Almost qualified

 

2003 was the last year without semifinals and 2008 the first with two semifinals. Over the past decade it has become clear that both semifinals were needed to qualify for so many countries (the highest number was recorded at 43 in Lisbon and Dusseldorf). But still, some injustices were committed and many songs got in the way. Just one point behind the last qualified, Glen Vella (Malta) and Witloof Baby (Belgium) failed to make it to the final in 2011. The same happened with Suzy and the popular “Eu quero ser tua” in 2014, or in 2019 with Lithuania. But greater frustration will have felt Sofi Marinova in 2012, who tied for 10th place and was close to the final. It was necessary to resort to the country with another 8 points awarded, in this case, Norway. Malta, Serbia and Lithuania have, in the last two years, repeated their 11th place in a semi-final.

 

 

  • 2010 - Finland and Sweden
  • 2011 - Malta and Belgium
  • 2012 - Switzerland and Bulgaria
  • 2013 - Serbia and San Marino
  • 2014 - Portugal and Lithuania
  • 2015 - Moldova and Malta
  • 2016 - Bosnia Herzegovina and FYR Macedonia
  • 2017 - Georgia and Serbia
  • 2018 - Azerbaijan and Romania
  • 2019 - Poland and Lithuania

 

 

Logos and slogans

Posted by Eurovision On Top on December 15, 2019 at 5:50 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!

 

3/7 - Logos and slogans

Since the 1970s, the need for a logo to highlight the Festival has been a constant. However, only in 2004 did the hearts that shape the event appear. Graphic, artistic and conceptual design has been gaining momentum over the last few years as a way of affirming and differentiating the organizing country in an increasingly massive and stereotypical Eurovision. The slogans, these appeared in 2002. Always calling for the union between the peoples and for magic and solidarity moments, the slogans are also opportunities to highlight the host country, as was the case of Azerbaijan, to remember the land of Fire, or Portugal's connection to the sea.

 

  • 2010 - Share The Moment
  • 2011 - Feel your heart beat!
  • 2012 - Light Your Fire
  • 2013 - We are One
  • 2014 - #JoinUs
  • 2015 - Building Bridges
  • 2016 - Come Together
  • 2017 - Celebrate Diversity
  • 2018 - All Aboard!
  • 2019 - Dare to Dream

 

The cities and the arenas

Posted by Eurovision On Top on December 14, 2019 at 5:45 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!

 

 

2/7 - The cities and the arenas

Over the course of this decade, host cities were scattered throughout Europe and the arenas had to adapt to the ever-increasing demand for tickets. Ticket prices were also getting higher and higher. In 2010 a ticket to the final could cost almost 200 Euros and in Israel or Ukraine that would double. If at Oslo's Telenor Arena it was only possible to buy seated tickets, the modalities have been increasingly diversified over the years and tickets can be purchased on foot. In Tel Aviv the option of a VIP ticket for the Green Room has even been placed.

It was in this decade that local discussion was fostered by the choice of various arenas or cities. In ten years, none was repeated and despite the capacity provided by each location, in all situations would be much smaller due to the technical requirements that take up a lot of space. The smallest arena was undoubtedly Expo Tel Aviv, which would host fewer than 10,000 spectators, while the largest would be Dusseldorf's Esprit Arena.


The cities chosen to host the ESC, two of them were not the capitals of the country, a fact that is not new to Eurovision's history. The first capital to host Eurovision was London in 1960.

Press centers have been increasingly demanding, mainly due to the growing number of bloggers asking to attend the event. The largest number of accredited professional journalists tends to be professionals from the host country. The need to involve the spectators of the organizing city, making the event a local and national event, led to the creation of Eurovillages at the beginning of the century.

 

 

 

  • 2010 – Telenor Arena
  • 2011 – Esprit Arena
  • 2012 - Baku Crystal Hall
  • 2013 – Malmo Arena
  • 2014 - B&W Hallerne
  • 2015 – Wiener Stadthalle
  • 2016 – Ericsoon Globe
  • 2017 – Exhibition International Centre of Kiev
  • 2018 – Altice Arena
  • 2019 - Expo Tel-Aviv

 

 

The Winners: Characters, Marketing, and Sounds We've Heard

Posted by Eurovision On Top on December 13, 2019 at 5:40 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!

1/7 - The Winners: Characters, Marketing, and Sounds We've Heard

 

The decade that is now coming to an end was marked by a set of iconic characters who won the contest with the help, bigger or smaller, of their promotion. Lena, Conchita, Salvador and Netta were the four protagonists who, besides their talent, managed to captivate by their singular figure. In tune with the times we live in today, full of media and marked by the power of communication, there were winning songs "accused" of plagiarism, but first and foremost, evidenced by the charisma of their performers. Arcade, Heroes and Toy, reminded of other songs, well known to those who are more into music that is heard on the radios. The Israeli song even had to let another composer be included among its authors, to prevent the controversy from getting worse.

Germany was the first winner of the decade with a young Lena who, with her Satellite, delighted her people and extended her energy to neighboring countries before spreading success across Europe. Months earlier, we suspected she would win. In fact, this was the unsurprising decade, where bookmakers began to play a role and fans raised their favorites to victory long before the night of the final. Euphoria, Amar pelos dois, Only teardrops or Rise like a Phoenix were only a surprise to anyone who expected a surprise.


The controversy of some subjects or their interpreters was also an ally of the promotion they needed. Ukraine introduced 1944 and quickly the publicity it needed appeared in newspapers and magazines. The same happened with Conchita and her androgynous image of “woman with beards,” Toy's alleged allusion to the #MeToo movement, or Salvador Sobral's delicate health situation.

It was the different songs that stood out, together with media interpretations. Mans Zelmerlow's dance with his puppet, the strength of Loreen alone on stage in a dance theme, or the Portuguese simplicity, in a song reminiscent of the 1950s, a simplicity repeated this year by the Dutch song. Originality and simplicity on stage was the motto.

This first decade was also the return of victories to Western European countries. Portugal that won for the first time, Sweden repeated, Germany won again and its neighbors Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands as well. Eurovision returned to Israel and in 2012 it reached the furthest it has ever achieved by going to the Caspian Sea, one of two former Soviet republics that have won in the last ten years.

In a contest that increasingly uses the english language, only the Portuguese song was entirely in the local language.



 

Top 10 ten songs for your Summer

Posted by Eurovision On Top on July 5, 2019 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (2)

Summer has arrived and with it the heat, the sun, the beach. But it can also be the mountain, the grass or a good cocktail at sunset. You can even stay home on the couch to freshen up with water, whenever you're always listening to good Eurovision music. Now that the typical Southern heat has also reached the whole of Europe with the heat wave, we offer you our choice of the 10 songs that have to be part of your summer playlist.



Nr. 10. Netta - Nana Banana Last year's winner could not miss this list with her latest single presented in the final of ESC! Refreshing, with loopings and a reggae sound but with lots of bananas! https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19061643-netta-nana-banana


Nr. 9. Keiino - Praying Praying may not be your strongest point for this summer but the Keiino's song for this summer will make you shake your whole body! https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19064751-keiino-praying


Nr. 8. Rute Lorenzo - Underworld  The return of the Spanish Diva from the Underworld will put some rock on your summer afternoons. https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19065144-ruth-lorenzo-underworld


Nr. 7. Darude, Audioventura & JVMIE - Hide Hide When the dawn arrives you will want to dance and Darude will be with you another summer! https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19064329-darude-audioventura-jvmie-hide


Nr. 6. Sergey Lazarev - Lovi A cocktail before dinner or before going out at night. This is what the brand new song of Sergey Lazarev soon after Eurovision reminds us. https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19065480-sergey-lazarev-lovi-



Nr. 5. Gromee / Golec uorkiestra / Bedoes - Gora ty A real blast of sounds with some mixed World Music, rap and dance music. The new Gromee song is a party. https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19065147-gromee-golec-uorkiestra-bedoes-gora-ty


Nr. 4.  Lena Philipsson - Maria Magdalena With a sound very different from the one that is habitual to her, Lena ventures to hot and repetitive rhythms. https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19063817-lena-philipsson-maria-magdalena

 

Nr. 3. Lea Sirk - Po svoje Too Pop to listen to exhaustion but very loud! A remix would be perfect. https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19065138-lea-sirk-po-svoje


Nr. 2. Eleni Foureira - El Ritmo Psicodélico The queen of prides could not miss! Wherever she appears, she is guaranteed to dance. The whole Gypsy Woman album could run constantly until summer is over! https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19064752-eleni-foureira-el-ritmo-psicod-lico


Nr. 1. Mahmood - Calipso (Charlie Charles / Stardust feat. Sfera Ebbasta / Fabri Fibra) Mahmood's collaboration with his Italian friends deserves all the attention. Even the title is suggestive of summer accompanied by the laid back background sound. https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19061370-mahmood-calipso-charlie-charles-stardust-feat-sfera-ebbasta-fabri-fibra-