Another busy weekend ahead: three national finals (Hungary, Malta and Poland), Slovenia has its two semifinals, Latvia its semifinal, Portugal starts, Estonia, Ukraine, Sweden and Lithuania continue.... I will update all the results here once they happen so check in here for easy access....
Claudia Faniello was... err... 9th time lucky when she finally won the ticket to Eurovision with Breathlessly, following her brother Fabrizio's footsteps, but this blogger thinks she will outshadow his performances in the contest and finally step out to the spotlight big time! It's also a return to the contest for songwriting team Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg, with added Sean Vella.
Claudia (29) needs no presentation. This was already her 9th Malta Eurovision entry and 8th year she was taking part. Previously she has scored two second places and one third so it was about the time, too! She has released one album so far and a string of singles since 2006, when she won Festival Kanzunetta Indipendenza.
Just for the fun here's Claudia's Eurovision journey to this point:
Poland has its national final this Saturday and Kasia Mos turned out third time lucky with her Flashlight (even if she didn't seem happy about it at any point of the evening...)
Kasia (30) has been around since 2002 and comes from a musical family and studied music properly. She tried her luck for the first time in Eurovision in 2006 but her I wanna know didn't make an impact. Later she joined The Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Revue in 2011. After that more tries in talent shows and musicals and in 2014 finally her debut album is released. Last year she tried again Eurovision with Addiction and finished 6th. Now, with Flashlight she became third time lucky and flies to Kyiv.
Hungary's A Dal 2017 came to an end this Saturday and Pápai Joci won with Origo. Hungary will be bringing into contest a heavily ethnic, gipsy flavored entry sung in Hungarian. This blogger is loving it!
Joci (35), who is of Romani descent, interested in music already at early age thanks to his brother. He first tried his luck in 2005 with the local Idols Megaztar but didn't get that far. The year after he was enjoying his first hits with rapper Majka but then he had another quiet period until 2015-206 when he scored a couple of hits in collaboration with Caramel and again with Majka.
Portugal makes a welcome return to Eurovision after a year of soul searching and revamping the Festival da Canção. The expectations are high it would be finally if not in the 2010's at least in the 2000's... Anyways, 16 invited composers have all maide their winning package, four our of eight semifinalists will advance to the final after a televote-jury vote. In the final there will be regional juries and televote.
Latvia's Supernova has reached the semifinal stage. Eight songs remaining and two of them will be televoted to the final tonight, another two from the remaining ones will be selected by the jury. Some weird stuff made it this far and I don't really have a favorite here. I doubt Franco Franco wil make it, and hopefully Linda Leen won't make it with that noisy nonsense.
Poland announced their finalist for Krajowe Eliminajce on Saturday 11th, in the middle of the businest Eurovision evenings of the year. Smart move? Who knows. Anyways hardly no one noticed.
Among the artist Eurovision veteran Marcin Mrozinski aka Martin Fitch. He's return to the contest has been only a matter of time. Or years. The Polish final has been postboned to February 18 from the original 11.
Hungary's A Dal 2017 comes to an end tonight and we will know who will travel to Kyiv and try to bring the trophy to Budapest for the first time. First the juror will rank the songs and send four to the next round, where televoters will have the final say. The field is very much open here. My guilty pleasure is Joci and I wouldn't mind if Kállay Saunders wins again. I can't not think about ByeAlex when I hear Soulwave.... Let's see what the Hungarians end up with....
Malta will select its entry for the Eurovision song contest 2017 tonight in a show from MFCC Ta' Qali. Daniel Azzopardi and Charlene Mercieca are the hosts and Ira Losco will be performing, too. Malta has dropped the usual semifinal + final selection and goes for one off final instead, also goes for 100% televote to choose the winner. All this aid this is one of the most unintereting Maltese finals ever in my opinion filled with anonymous bubblegum pop. To stand out one must shine on stage, or will the ballads be strong enough to beat the pop acts? Brooke is the big fan favorite, but this blogger goes for Richard Edwards, Claudia Faniello and most of all Janice Mangion singing in Maltese. Kevin Borg could surprise as well this time around.... Maybe.
How sad it is that one is looking forward most for the interval act, The Travellers?
Melodifestivalen in Sweden continues tonight with the third semifinal. Among tonight's entries last year's Robin Bengtsson and Krista Siegfrids (Finland 2013), 87-year-old Owe Thörnqvist making his Mello debut, and The Fooo Conspiracy, who has lost the fourth member and the name for the occasion. Maybe he just didn't like the idea of Eurovision?
After the very disappointing first week, a bit better second week this third one really turns into a Melodikatastrophen. The only ones that stand out from the anonymous mass are Owe (for all the wrong reasons) and Bella & Filippa. I'm all for Krista for obvious reasons and if there's any justice she should make it this time, even straight to the final. For the rest I don't even dare to predict. And all this said after the 30 sec rehearsal clips....
Watch here 20.00 CET
Semifinal 3: 18 February, Växjö
Robin Bengtsson – I can’t go on -> FINAL
Krista Siegfrids – Snurra min jord - 7th
Anton Hagman – Kiss you goodbye -> Andra chansen
Jasmine Kara – Gravity - 6th
Owe Thörnqvist – Boogieman blues -> FINAL
Bella & Filippa – Crucified - 5th
The Fooo Conspiracy – Gotta thing -> Andra chansen