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FINLAND: NEW FINPOP BY ISAC ELLIOT, ELIAS KASKINEN, JON-JON AND BESS

  New music from Finland twice a week in this new series from the charts, radio play or just new names trying to make it. Enjoy! Isac Elliot - Waving at cars Elias Kaskinen - Happi loppuu Jon-Jon - Vikat 24 tuntia Bess - Peace

FINLAND: NEW FINPOP BY ROBIN PACKALEN X ALEX MATTSON, HELENA ROUTA, FRANS HARJU AND ILON

New music from Finland twice a week in this new series from the charts, radio play or just new names trying to make it. Enjoy! Robin Packalen x Alex Mattson (Blind Channel) - Hard to love Helena Routa - Helvetti jäätyy Frans Harju - Pelkääjän paikalla Ilon - Tobacco

SAN MARINO: SENHIT'S #FREAKYTRIPTOROTTERDAM CONTINUES WITH ROI

While riding high on polls and betting odds, higher than any Sammarinese entry before, Senhit's video extravaganza #FreakytriptoRotterdam continues with a homage to legendary Queens like Marie Antoinette and Elizabeth I. Here is Roi . Enjoy! While at it check out the previous videos here

FINLAND: NEW FINPOP BY ANTTI TUISKU, MIRA LUOTI, OLLIE AND ANI, MELO, WILLIAM

  New music from Finland twice a week in this new series from the charts, radio play or just new names trying to make it. Enjoy! Antti Tuisku - Kipee Mira Luoti - Hopeinen tussi Ollie - Hei Rose ANI, MELO, william - Mul on kaikki

EUROVISION 2021: SEMI-FINAL RUNNING ORDERS REVEALED

  From Lithuania to Malta, and from San Marino to Denmark.  Let the fandom have a meltdown over analyzing the reasons why a certain country is where but it's good to remember it's not only having a variety of genres and genders in the mix but also props and stagings have a significant weight in the decision. And of course they want to clue the audience to the screen from the very first moment and Lithuania and San Marino will certainly do that. I also suspect San Marino may have some heavy props to move around - fast to remove but takes time to set up.  Time will tell.

FINLAND: NEW FINPOP BY ABREU, EINI, TERRI AND AKSEL KANKAANRANTA

New music from Finland twice a week in this new series from the charts, radio play or just new names trying to make it. Enjoy! ABREU - 20 Ave Mariaa Eini - Vihdoin valmis Terri - Liekki Aksel Kankaanranta - Muista kuka oot

EUROVISION 2021: ... AND THEY WERE 39 - BELARUS KICKED OUT

The ridiculous Belarusian affair came to a closure today when EBU announced they failed to produce a new entry that wasn't just another propaganda nonsense. Always sad to see a country go, but this time all I can say is....da pabačennia!

FINLAND: NEW FINPOP BY LAURI TÄHKÄ, ELLINOORA, CLEDOS/BEHM AND TEEMU ROIVAINEN

New music from Finland twice a week in this new series from the charts, radio play or just new names trying to make it. Enjoy! Lauri Tähkä - Aavikko Ellinoora - Dinosauruksii Cledos x BEHM - Life (Sun luo) Teemu Roivainen - Uusi alku

ITALY: HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRANCO BATTIATO - LA VOCE DEL PADRONE

The Italian legend and Eurovision veteran Franco Battiato turns 76 today, but the main reason this year is to celebrate his La voce del padrone album that turns 40. The album was the very first album in Italy to sell over one million copies and changed the Italian music scene forever and influenced other artists and does so even today. In most every voting by critics ever since it is considered as one of the most important Italian albums ever. And no wonder considering the songs on it, that are all classics these days. The album and its songs were hits also in Spain, France, the Netherlands and Germany among others. Remaining in Eurovision theme his Eurovision veteran partner Alice covered several of them in her stolen jewels album Gioilli rubati in 1985.  Now for the 40th anniversary the album is re-released in various limited edition formats and remasterings, including the one being most alike to the original (after remastering in 2008) with minor changes Battiato now considers sho

MALTA: DESTINY DELIVERS JE ME CASSE, HER ENTRY FOR EUROVISION 2021

Destiny , no doubt a great vocalist, Junior Eurovision winner but still very much lost with her style and musical direction. Je me casse mixes pop and electro swing, a winning combination at Eurovision as we know..... not.

GEORGIA: TORNIKE KIPIANI BRINGS YOU TO EUROVISION 2021

Georgia's Tornike Kipiani underlines the fact that even if your song isn't the best written or produced with borderline silly poor English lyrics it feels more real and authentic that all those well studied polished and over produced ones. I want to like this. And that's a lot to achieve. 

AZERBAIJAN: EFENDI RELEASES SEQUEL TO CLEOPATRA FOR EUROVISION

Last year she was all about Cleopatra, this time another female legend Mata Hari. This entry is the most shameless watered down rewriting of last year's popular entry having the same sounds and effects, and it even mentions Cleopatra and that's just about all I can remember. Add the mummy murmur that is done by herself this time and awful lot of awkward posing that comes across very unnatural to her. 

SWEDEN: TUSSE WILL BRING VOICES TO EUROVISION 2021

Tusse took a clear victory in Melodifestivalen 2021 final winning both jury and televotes against all wishes by the usual fandom that wanted Eric Saade or most of all Dotter simple because who they are, no matter what they sing. Readers of this blog know I'm not so fond of Mello finding it very overrated and in my opinion the best song won this time. It had some realness in it, a catchy melody and hook and Tusse sung better than most. And yes, Dotter was beaten by The Mamas again by one point! Why do I find that rather amusing? Full results: 1. Tusse - Voices (jury 79 + televote 96) 175 2. Eric Saade - Every minute (69 + 49) 118 3. The Mamas - In the middle (50 + 56) 106 4. Dotter - Little Tot (57 + 48) 105 5. Clara Klingenström - Behöver inte dig idag (39 + 52) 91 6. Klara hammarström - Beat of broken hearts (43 + 36) 79 7. Danny Saucedo - Dandi dansa (39 + 35) 74 8. Charlotte Perrelli - Still young (32 + 28) 60 9. Arvingarna - Tänker inte alls gå hem (22 + 22) 44 10. Alvaro Estr

ICELAND: DAðI OG GAGNAMAGNIð PRESENTED 10 YEARS FOR EUROVISION

Daði og Gagnamagnið won the Icelandic national final last year earning the ticket to Rotterdam 2020 with Think about things that went viral on internet and became quite a phenomenon. Despite that Icelandic television took their time to confirm them also for 2021 instead of staging the national final again. If Daði sung about his newborn daughter last year with his wife and friends, this year he sings about the wife and their 10 years relationship. 

SWEDEN: MELODIFESTIVALEN 2021 FINAL TONIGHT

The Mamas could become the 27th artist from 2020 season to have it another go this year, if they win tonight Melodifestivalen 2021. Besides them Eurovision 1999 winner Charlotte Perrelli (1999, 2008) and veterans Eric Saade (2011) and Arvingarna (1993) are in, with previous fan favorites and runner ups Dotter (2020) and Danny Saucedo (runner up for both Eric Saade 2011 and Loreen 2012). Another favorite is Idols 2019 winner Tusse and a total outsider against all odds Clara Klingeström. The songs are the usual Mello mix, polished but rather uninteresting and soulless perfection with thought after stagings but at least this year it's quite open and interesting to see who eventually wins.  Danny Saucedo - Dandi dansa *** Klara Hammarström - Beat of broken hearts ** Anton Ewald - New religion ** The Mamas - In the middle ** Paul Rey - The missing piece * Charlotte Perrelli - Still young ** Tusse - Voices **** Alvaro Estrella - Baila baila *** Clara Klingenström - Behöver inte dig idag

LATVIA: THE MOON IS RISING FOR SAMANTA TINA'S EUROVISION 2021

Samanta Tina won the Latvian national final last year after about a zillion attempts and was internally re-selected for this year's Eurovision represent. Tonight she revealed her entry The moon is rising . Not my cup of tea. 

POLAND: RAFAŁ TAKES POLAND ON EUROVISION 2021 RIDE

Poland is one of those few countries that didn't give a chance to their last year's winner and participant (Alicja Szemplińska) but instead hand over the ticket to  RAFAŁ , last year's Junior Eurovision song contest host Rafał Brzozowski instead with internally chosen The Ride .  

NORTH MACEDONIA: VASIL PRESENTS HERE I STAND FOR EUROVISION 2021

Today's second release comes from North Macedonia and Vasil . Like most everyone also he was confirmed for 2021 after having been internally selected for 2020. Like James Newman for UK also he brings a different side of himself to the contest this year, a boombastic ballad Here I stand .

UNITED KINGDOM: JAMES NEWMAN BRINGS EMBERS TO EUROVISION 2021

BBC took their time but confirmed James Newman , their internal choice for Eurovision 2020, also for 2021 and today he has released his new entry, Embers . Nicely different from last year's entry, but.... well....

BULGARIA: VICTORIA IS GROWING UP AND GETTING OLD FOR EUROVISION 2021

Bulgaria is today's 4th country to reveal their entry, and internally selected Victoria for 2020 was the one for also 2021. For the final decision and release they had a bit more adventurous idea than staging an usual multi song national final: earlier this year she released an EP A little dramatic with five new songs and the decision was between those and one earlier released song after they asked and received feedback from fans and professionals alike. Tonight she performed all of them with the rest of her entire discography in a concert on a roof top in Sofia city center. In the end it was between Growing up is getting old and Imaginary friend , she told and the first one was then the chosen one. 

GREECE: STEFANIA PRESENTS LAST DANCE FOR EUROVISION

Third song release today comes from Greece, and yes, it's Stefania who was internally selected last year at it again this year. And it's with delight I see the lovely revisited 80s sound so much present in most national finals makes its way to Eurovision 2021 as well. This one, too, could be straight from Flashdance soundtrack. In my book it's a good thing.

SWITZERLAND: GJON'S TEARS PRESENTS TOUT L'UNIVERS FOR 2021

Switzerland is one of those many countries sticking to its internal choice of 2020 aka Gjon's Tears and today he has presented his internally chosen entry for Eurovision 2021: Tout l'universe . Again in French - hooray for that! and at least with the first hearing the one with the most similar song to last year's, even if a lot more uptempo and rhythmic. But it has all his trademark sounds that made him one of the favorites to win it all last year. 

AUSTRIA: VINCENT BUENO PPRESENTS AMEN FOR EUROVISION

Today's first release comes from Austria. Vincent Bueno was internally chosen last year and also for this 2021 edition of Eurovision song contest. This year he brings something quite different from last year's entry Alive . Amen continues this year's minor semi  gospel/religious theme.....

RUSSIA: MANIZHA BRINGS RUSSIAN WOMAN TO EUROVISION 2021

Russian Channel 1 kept quiet about their Eurovision plans for 2021 and the theory is they planned/wanted to go with Little Big again but when they presented Sex Machine as their entry panicked and pulled together a last minute mini national final for the first time 2012 when the grannies won. The compensate the lack of entries they filled the studio with likes of Philipp Kirkorov, Dima Bilan, Polina Gagarina who also performed, Dima Koldun, Julia Saicheva, Diana Garipova and even Moldova's Natalia Gordienko, and many more. Therr Maitz (Anton Belyaev) - Future is bright 24,6% #2Mashi - Bitter words 35,7% Manizha - Russkaya Zhenschina (Русская Женщина) 39,7%