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March 2, 2023 6:33 pm  #1

Eurovision 2023 Liverpool

It's getting closer! I thought I would get a thread going as the tickets go on sale this week. Semi-finals on 9th and 11th May and Final on the 13th May.

I have already been listening to a playlist of the songs selected so far and have some opinions, but will probably add them as I go along!


March 2, 2023 8:07 pm  #2

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I was thinking of doing a whole list, but we don't have all the songs yet, so will maybe wait.  I've been trying to think of a top five or so, so here goes.  At least these are the ones I'm enjoying listening to at the moment.  In order of appearance (I think).  Will do some copying and pasting as I can't type some of the letters!

First semi-final
Croatia Let 3 "Mama ŠČ!" This is so funny because I've watched a couple of ranking videos and it's almost always at the bottom! But I think it's such a Eurovision type of song. It sounds like a nursery rhyme at the beginning but becomes quite a catchy tune.  I really hope this makes it to the final.
Finland Käärijä "Cha Cha Cha" This is another quirky one and I love it.  I'm not so taken with the official video in the boxing ring but the live performance with thwar,e dancers is great.  The dance moves just make it I think. I just love the change in tone half way through. Two songs for the price of one!
Runner up in the first semi-final Norway Alessandra "Queen of Kings"  I really liked this the first time I heard it, but the more I listen the less I like it.  It's such a very simple tune. It might go up if there was an amazing life performance.

Semi-final 2
Reiley "Breaking My Heart"   Not 100% sure this is a top five, and thought it was a very throwaway song on first listen, but the thing is, I can't get it out of my head.  So it's gone up in my estimation for being such an earworm!  And the singer is so cute and wholesome.

The Final
La Zarra "Évidemment"  this is a fun song, enthusiastic singer
Marco Mengoni "Due vite"  another one that has grown on me.  Initially sounded like such a generic ballad, but it gets stuck in my head and is so romantic and emotional. I like it better than Italy's song last year.
Blanca Paloma "Eaea" This is kind of on my reserve list because I waver over it.  It does sound very Spanish and evocative though, and very strong.
Runner up here possibly Ukraine Tvorchi "Heart of Steel" which I do like but not as much as the previous years entries. It reminds me a little of Jeremie Makiese from Belgium last year which I liked but didn't do well. I prefer the lyrics and sentiment of Heart of Steel and it may grow on me. I have found myself singing it!

I'm quite lucky that I like all the songs that are definitely in the final!  So at least I know I'll be watching some of my favourites on the night. This is all open to change as I listen more, and as more songs are announced!

Last edited by Liberty (March 3, 2023 7:26 am)

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March 5, 2023 5:36 pm  #3

Re: Eurovision 2023 Liverpool
I found this video useful in explaining the voting changes, and the scandal from last year that we were talking about!  I don't think I'd appreciated that the whole of the rest of the world only gets the voting power of one country.  So there is not likely to be as big an influence on the results as I thought.

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March 16, 2023 4:30 pm  #4

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I think all the songs are in now and there's an official round up about to go up.

I'm a bit overwhelmed with ranking 37 songs!  I am trying to do a spreadsheet, for goodness sake.

Semi-final 1:
Loreen (Euphoria) is back for Sweden!  This is definitely high on the list for me, but sadly I don't like it quite as much as Euphoria. I think Loreen is an amazing performer, but don't think the song is quite at the same level.  But then Euphoria is possibly my all-time favourite Eurovision song!
Latvia has gone up my list a lot. Really like this one. It reminds me of stuff I was listening to in the early 2000s I think.
Moldova is fun.  I do like a folky flutey ravey song, and I enjoy this when it comes round on my playlist.
Serbia, I think I like, again feels quite retro to me.   Israel is great. I haven't seen a live performance but the singer Noa looks like a good dancer, so this might be my Slo-Mo of the year.  Azerbaijan is so retro too, very Beatles-influenced I think.  I don't like the song that much until near the end when I love it!  I wish the whole song had been like that. They remind me of the Everly Brothers. with the lovely harmonies.
So I'm looking forward to those, as well as the ones I mentioned earlier, Croatia, Finland,

Semi-final 2
I haven't got used to Armenia yet, but liked it on first listen. The same for Georgia.
Australia has really really grown on me.  It's another song that gets better as it goes on, and by the end of the song I'm loving it and singing along! Romania, Belgium and Estonia are stuck in my head and I like them but not favourites.  I'm still singing Denmark, SO catchy.

The Final
I liked the songs we already had last time. The UK is good, not a favourite, but I do really like it  Germany is great! Reminds me a little of Lordi Hard Rock Hallelujah, tuneful, accessible rock with costumes, although more glam in appearance (the singer makes me think of Brian Eno.  Maybe it's the hair!).

There are some songs that I know are well thought of but I haven't mentioned, just because they're not really grabbing me.  I think there's a good chance of most of my favourites going through the semi-finals, but I'm not sure.  It will be interesting to see how the voting changes affect things.  I mostly hope the most interesting entries (e.g. Croatia) go through to the final. I was disappointed when San Marino didn't go through last year, not so much because I liked the song, but because it would have been something a bit different to watch on the evening!

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Yesterday 10:15 pm  #5

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Thanks for making a thread for this Liberty. Sorry for being AWOL for a while.
I've listened to some of the songs as they've come out, but not many. I listened to the video with the snippets for all 37 songs today. Because I can vote this year I decided to download the official app, and there's a little tool in there that lets you rank your top 10 of all the participants.
I think it's cool that Loreen is back, but I don't particularly like the song. Overall I haven't been that impressed with a lot of what I've heard this year (ironic since I actually get to vote!). Maybe when I hear them in competition with full live performances, more of them will stand out, but right now I just have three that I can actually say for sure I like.
It might not be the most lyrically complex, but I like "Because of You" from Belgium. It's very uplifting and I could dance to it. I also like "Power" from Iceland and "Dance" from Malta (I like the saxophone). Those ones have the melodies that stand out to me most.
I've kind of gone back and forth on Norway, I kind of like it but I don't know yet if it's one of my favourites.
I agree, Croatia is very Eurovision-y in presentation. I've only tried listening to it once so far and couldn't get through it, though. I'm not sure it's for me. But I'm curious to see what their live performance will be like. I'm sure it'll be colourful!

I have a new job now and I will be working when the semifinals are on, so I might have to catch up on those afterwards leading into the final. Or have the broadcast on in the background when certain tasks permit.
Clueing for looks.

Today 4:21 pm  #6

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Congratulations on the new job!  I hope it's going well.  What a shame that it clashes with the semi-finals, but as long as you can watch the final live that's the main thing.
Thank you for mentioning the official app.  I had it last year, but didn't install it this year.  I gave up on my spreadsheet and changed to another app which I think is called Eurovision scoreboard.  It hasn't help me decide though! I keep moving countries around.
Your choices are interesting!  I had not scored those songs highly at all. However, I've found when Belgium comes on my playlist I'm often bopping and singing along, and I do agree it's uplifting.

I agree that the live performances will change things as it's not just about the songs but the whole thing.  I remember last year really loving Austria but it just wasn't so good live, whereas Serbia, which I wasn't wild about was really good live. (I'm wondering if this will happen with Czechia this year as it's one that I really want to like but I'm not enjoying it much at the moment.  I'm hoping it will be better live). And I wasn't so into the UK entry last year until I saw video of Sam Ryder at the London Party and he was so good!  

Germany is my obsession at the moment!  I really love the singer's voice and looked them up and can't stop listening to them.  The singer just seems very likeable, even came across videos with him with his mum, and working with a choir of elderly people, and he seems very respectful to them and to the other contestants in the national final.

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