We’ve got two months to go till the most wonderful time of the year, but all of our runners and riders are IN! So let’s have a little preview of some of the delights you will have coming your way at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which in May 2019 will be hosted by Tel Aviv in Israel.
First up – you will NOT be listening to the musical stylings of Ukraine, as their chosen performer Maruv did not agree to the ts and cs of the contract they offered her. Putting it simply, they didn’t want her to perform in Russia, and she did. Pity, because it’s not a bad tune. Nor will you be listening to Bulgaria, they’re out as well, due to financial difficulties.
So who should you be keeping an ear out for?
Let’s start with Cyprus. They finished second last year, and with that in mind, have decided to go ALL IN this year, here’s Tamta with Replay:
Permit me a spot of bias, as I know you kindly do every year, but I think Tamta’s bloody great, and I also think Greece has played an absolute blinder with Katerine Duska’s song this year:
I’ve had this on replay more than Tamta’s song which is actually CALLED Replay. Get your head round THAT.
Talking of great comebacks, Russia did not qualify for last year’s final. We knew they’d come back strongly, and they have, sending former runner-up Sergey Lazarev with Scream:
This one will be all in the staging, and it’s got to be a contender.
A lot’s being said about France. Here’s Bilal Hassani, with Roi:
France has been quietly building on its recent success, year on year, I think they have a really great understanding of the modern contest, and I’d not bet against this.
And finally – see what you make of a totally different sound, from Czech Republic:
So that’s a handful of the 41 songs set to compete in Tel Aviv. Even though I was probably a bit slow to get into things this year, I am, of course, besotted again. There are a lot of other interesting tunes for you to listen to, but we must keep our excitement levels under control – we’ve still got two months to go and we wouldn’t want to burn out too early, would we…