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December 26, 2023 10:07 pm  #1


Eurovision 2024 Malmö

Quite early to be sticking this up while it's still 2023, but we already have some songs out and the UK act has been announced very early!
I think this is giong to be a good one. I don't think it can top 2023 for me (because of Lord of the Lost), but looks like people are taking it seriously, and I like the entries I've heard so far. Olly Alexander is a very popular choice for the UK. It really depends on the song, but I think he's very charismatic.
Kind of curious about what Germany will do after sending a really good act who came last.
Waiting for all the drama and excitement to unfold!
 

 

December 27, 2023 9:14 pm  #2


Re: Eurovision 2024 Malmö

I have seen a couple of the artist announcements. I'm not familiar with Olly Alexander but I think I have seen his name somewhere before.



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December 27, 2023 11:06 pm  #3


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He's best known to me as an actor from Russell T Davies' "It's a Sin" which I think we discussed here a couple of years back! He was very good in that. His band was Years and Years, but I think he's solo now. I can't say I ever got into them but they were popular and successful. He sang "It's a Sin" with Elton John, I can't remember what the occasion was, an award ceremony I think, but his performance was being acclaimed in the press the next day.

I really like the Czech song "Pedestal" but the singer was a bit amateurish live. I'm hoping Aiko improves, but suspect this is going to be my Austria 2022, where I love the song but it's not a great live performance!

Love the French entry, Mon Amour by Slimane. I was wondering today if this would sound a little bit formulaic if it was in English, but in French it's lovely! And he seems to be a really good singer who can sing live.

I'm probably getting overly enthusiastic as I remember last year tending to love the songs as they were released, then they'd go down in my rankings! But we just don't have much to go on yet!
 

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December 30, 2023 3:48 pm  #4


Re: Eurovision 2024 Malmö

Ah, maybe that's where I've seen his name before. Still need to watch It's a Sin! 
I hadn't realized there were this many songs out already, I thought there had only been artist announcements. 



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December 31, 2023 9:41 pm  #5


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I think there's only those two and Albania, unless I've missed one. Albania is quite catchy, at least it's stuck in my head at the moment!

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January 7, 2024 4:00 pm  #6


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I just listened to Albania and Czech Republic. The Albanian singer's headpiece reminds me a bit of the Statue of Liberty. The song grew on me as it went along, though the national final performance has no subtitles so I'd have to look up what the lyrics mean. I like the feel of the Czech song, though I was surprised by the costumes of the national final performance after seeing the music video first. Not the look I was expecting, feels like a bit of a mismatch to me. I don't think the national final had the best audio quality either.

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January 7, 2024 9:09 pm  #7


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Yes, the Czech one needs a lot of work! It's such a shame when the song is good. I think they are taking a big risk, but I suppose it's a while till May so maybe there's time for it to improve? I love the energy!
I can see Statue of Liberty with Albania too! Besa is a very different kind of singer to Aiko and much more professional I think. I like it a lot better than last year's song, and that one did fairly well, didn't it? So although I don't think this will win, it should make the middle .... although what do I know? 
There's been an interesting development with Norway. Keiino are competing in the national selection again, although I don't like this song nearly as much as Monument or Spirit in the Sky.  However, one of other competiters is Gothminister who I saw supporting Lord of the Lost less than a month ago! They were very good, although, for me, not as good as Lord of the Lost. I think they would be a fun entry and they're my favourite for Norway, although I quite like the robot one that I can't remmber the name of as that's a lot of fun too.
 

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January 10, 2024 4:45 pm  #8


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I knew The Roop were competing in the Lithuanian selection competition again, but I don't think I realized Keiino were for Norway. I just listened to the song, and I agree it's not as good as previous submissions. It sounds a bit like something you'd hear while playing Dance Dance Revolution. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I don't think it stands out as much as some of their other songs. Gothminister's song is kind of catchy, even if it's not a style of music I usually listen to.

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January 10, 2024 7:38 pm  #9


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There seem to be loads of people coming back this year, in the national finals at least! Maybe inspired by Loreen, or maybe I'm just noticing it this year! Yes, Gothminister's song is quite catchy and has a nice message, which they posted today.
"Dear friends, I have recieved a lot of questions about the meaning behind Gothminister’s song participating in MGP (Eurovision Norway) 2024. «We Come Alive» is about being different. And it is also about the fact that people are scared of those who are different. But the moral in the song is that in the end we shall all stand together as one, united. And together we can be stronger against any injustice we might experience in our lives. So never have fear of being different. Just believe in yourself and never give up on your dreams, and one day, they will come true. Being different makes it easier for you to accept others who are different and to treat everyone around you with respect.I hope you will become one of us all in the end, so that we all come alive instead of just being dead inside. "
I would really love it if an act I've already seen live were competing!

I don't know if I will follow all the national finals this year, but it's fun keeping an eye on things. I don't know if you watch ESC Tom, an Irish youtuber? I quite like his videos and analysis, although don't always agree with his taste! I think we both watch The Honest Vocal Coach, and I also watch The Charmed Voice and a couple of others. It's amazing how much entertainment you can get out of one show (Eurovision) if you follow all the leadup and commentary!

Just adding to this post: I've just listened to the Luxembourg songs and they are great! My favourite, I think is Krick "Drowining in the Rain" which gives me Bond and 60s/70s vibes! I love it! And also Angy and Raf Ela "Drop".  Naomi Aye "Paumee sur Terre" (sorry, I can't do the accents!) is my third favourite, and might be nice to have a French language entry.

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January 28, 2024 1:01 pm  #10


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Well, I watched the Luxembourg national final, and sadly my favourite "Drowning in the Rain" did not get through. The winner is good, though, and it's mostly in French. Luxembourg is taking it very seriously. High quality acts, and a big star studded show with lots of previous Eurovision winners appearing!  It

I also watched the Irish national final and my favourite, Bambie Thug, won! It's quite an interesting song and artist, and they are a really good singer and performer. I think the right choice for Ireland to send something different. I'll be surprised if they don't qualify this year.

I watched the Norwegian semi-final with Gothminister and they are through to the final, so quite exciting!
 

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February 14, 2024 4:41 pm  #11


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I think I'm still behind on listening to the entries that have been released so far, but I did listen to Latvia and Finland's a few days ago.
Latvia seems heartfelt and I liked the theme, but I'm not sure how well it will stand out.
Finland... I'm having mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I like for there to be weird entries, because the weird songs are something in Eurovision that you don't really get anywhere else. That said, while "No Rules" made me laugh, it also made me a little uncomfortable. It kind of reminded me of some of the ridiculous and terrible acts you would see on America's Got Talent, back when I used to watch that show, that would get all four buzzers within a minute (or less) of beginning their performance.

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February 15, 2024 3:44 pm  #12


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I have a friend from Latvia. I think she said the singer is an established artist over there and was expected to win. I've only listened once and it hasn't really grabbed me yet, although he's a good singer. I agree that it might not stand out much.

I have the same mixed feelings about Finland. I thought their entry last year was brilliant, but although that had humour it had a serious side too, and it was in Finnish. However, I have to say I watched the Finnish national selection live and this act really did stand out. I remember it was the same with Käärijä last year: I loved the song, but it was the staging that really struck me. You can't think of the song without thinking of his green bolero thing, and the human centipede dance move!  It's the same with Windows 95 Man: it was the one act where I really felt engaged with it, and was laughing out loud! And the tune is quite catchy.

I also watched the Norwegian final, with Gothminister who I was rooting for. However, again on the night, I thought the winner's performance was the most striking and memorable. And Gåte's Ulveham has really grown on me, to the extent that this might be another band I continue to follow after Eurovision.  I don't think I've heard anything quite like that in Eurovision before. It's really interesting. Apparently the words are from a 19th century telling of a much older folk tale. I really like the sound of the language (even though I don't understand) and the folk/metal influence. Definitely in my top five so far but maybe even my top one, this week at least (subject to change!).

Spain and Italy have chosen their entries too. Both of them are really good, fun entries! I listened to a few entries from both countries, but hadn't really chosen a favourite so quite happy with those choices.  I spotted a couple of returners from Italy :Diodato and Mahmood, and maybe somebody else! Lots of people coming back for another go. Oh, Konstrakta is trying for Serbia! And Let 3 for Croatia again too.

Ukraine have chosen as well, and it wasn't my favourite act of the night, but very good and different to anything else in the competition so far (also different to previous Ukraine entries, I think). It feels quite downbeat to me, compared to all the fun coming out of other countries but that might make it stand out.

It's the German national final tomorrow. I'm not invested in any of them, to be honest: there are three that I quite like listening to but nothing blowing me away like last year. And then Moldova on Saturday. Sadly Zdob și Zdub don't seem to be entering this time! And Denmark on Saturday too, I think. I haven't really checked their songs yet. I had the idea this year of listening to everything, but there are hundreds and hundreds of songs and I don't think I can do them justice, so just picking out a few national finals to follow and watch!
 

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February 16, 2024 8:59 pm  #13


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You've been keeping up with a lot!
There's even more returning acts that I realized. I'd be curious to see what Konstrakta's performance is like for her new song once that selection competition happens.



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