It’s that time of the year when the different European countries are busy selecting their entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. Some countries have already selected their represntative so I just had a listen via YouTube to them. Here are a couple of my picks.
Finland have become a serious contender in recent years and this year are sending a really good dance song called Lose Control by the group Waldo’s People. This is my favourite so far:
France are putting up one of their more well known singers, Patricia Kaas. The song has that typical Parisian cabaret sound which I love and is called Et s’il fallait le faire (And if it had to be done):
16 year old Kejsi Tola is representing Albania with this dancefloor stomper with an exotic feel, Më merr në ëndërr (Take me in your dreams). Kejsi will be performing this in English for the actual contest:
I really like Slovenia’s entry which is a bit unusual since the group is a string quartet who take the lead in the song. The vocals don’t even start until well after a minute into the song. The group is Quartissimo and the vocalist is Martina Majerle. I like the simple but effective stage presentation too. The song is called Love Symphony:
Those are my four favourites out of the fifteen songs confirmed so far.
Sweden starts Melodifestivalen tomorrow, a six week competition to choose their entry and I will be following it each week. Hopefully I’ll have some comments to make this weekend on the first semi-final.