Friday, March 31, 2017


Here it is finally. The last entry that was missing aproper video/live performance video, Bulgaria's Beautiful mess by Kristian Kostov. It's an interesting and pretty one, matching the music nicely, or rather the atmosphere. Now we are yet to see some live performance from him. Or Belgium for that matter, another favorite.
I'm starting to think Bulgaria could be this year's Australia finishing in Top-3 after some vote split....


Italy has revealed it's team on stage in Kyiv's Eurovision. Italy is by far the biggest pre-contest favorite to win it by bookmakers and fans alike, maybe the biggest ever as far as I can remember. Not even Loreen's Euphoria was welcomed with such euphoria as Occidentali's Karma. Let's see if the good karma brings Italy its third victory....
Francesco Gabbani and his ape (choreographer and dancer Filippo Ranaldi) will have four backing singers: Francesco's brother Filippo Gabbani. also co-writer of the song. Then there will be Chantal Saroldi aka Chanty, that one might remember from Sanremo 2015 Newcomers, Nausicaa Magarini, who has participated in both The Voice of Italy and Sanremo Giovani without much success but has toured with legendary, now retired Milva. And finally Daniele Sari, familiar from Italy's Got Talent and for his love for 50's music and rockabilly that he performs with his band all over Italy for example. 


We travel from Sweden to Latvia, and from Serbia to Israel in this year's Eurovision song contest semifinals. The production team has tried to make the best of the outcome of the allocation draw  that took place in January where the coutnries were divided into semifinals, and into their first or second half. And I think they did a pretty good job.
I always thought Sweden is as obvious opener as Finland was last year. What could have been better last year than a happy cheerful uptempo invitation to sing it away? Nothing. If the staging then fall flat on stage, well... it's not SVT's fault. This year the TV audience will be amazed by the Swedish choreography that starts backstage and Robin enters the stage well into the song and engage in this Dressman advertising kind of staging. Fans and Swedes will know it, about 99% of the watchers in Europe wil see it for the first time. A great opener indeed.
I was also hoping as late as possible slot for Finland and coming after Montenegro, that will be most likely something else many might find their inner peace and sanity in the next three minutes with the calmness and elegance of Norma John... Or so I hope!
All in all there's more variety in the first half of the first semifinal than the second for sure. Which might help the first half stand out a bit more. 
The second semifinal is more even starting with a slower beat but finishing with a bang with Israel. 

1. Sweden - Robin Bengtsson - I can't go on
2. Georgia - Tamara Gachechiladze - Keep the faith
3. Australia - Isaiah - Don't come easy
4. Albania - Lindita - World
5. Belgium - Blanche - City lights
6. Montenegro - Slavko Kalezić - Space
7. Finland - Norma John - Blackbird
8. Azerbaijan - Dihaj - Skeletons
9. Portugal - Salvador Sobral - Amar pelois dois
10. Greece - Demy - This is love
11. Poland - Kasia Moś - Flashlight
12. Moldova - Sunstroke Project - Hey mamma
13. Iceland - Svala - paper
14. Czech Republic - Martina Bárta - My turn
15. Cyprus - Hovig - Gravity
16. Armenia - Artsvik - Fly with me
17. Slovenia - Omar Naber - On my way
18. Latvia - Triana Park - Line

1, Serbia - Tijana Bogićević - In too deep
2. Austria - Nathan Trent - Running on air
3. Russia - Julia Samoylova - Flame is burning
4. FYR Macedonia - Jana Burčeska - Dance alone
5. Malta - Claudia Faniello - Breathlessly
6. Romania - Ilinca ft. Alex Florea - Yoel it!
7. The Netherlands - OG3NE - Lights and shadows
8. Hungary - Joci Pápai - Origo
9. Denmark - Anja - Where I am
10. Ireland - Brendan Murray - Dying to try
11. San Marino - Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson - Spirit of the night
12. Croatia - Jacques Houdek - My friend
13. Norway - JOWST - Grab the moment
14. Switzerland - Timebelle - Apollo
15. Belarus - Naviband - Story of my life
16. Bulgaria - Kristian Kostov - Beautiful mess
17. Lithuania - Fusedmarc - Rain of revolution
18. Estonia - Koit Toome & Laura - Verona
19. Israel - IMRI - I feel alive


Pictured Spain's national flower carntion

Spain's national final Objetivo Eurovision didn't lack drama. There was a share of it already in the online Eurocasting phase but the real drama came in the final where Manel and Mirela first finished with the same points (why this always happens in Spain?) and then the three judges decided on Manel, only that one of the judges maybe was a bit too close to Manel to be there in the first place. He re-performed his winning entry amongst booing and people walking out of the studio, and apparently even gave the finger to the audience at some point. The whole drama ended up even in the parliament.... But here he is. Not immensely supported by the heated Spanish fandom. Do it for your lover is written by Manel himself with Antonio Rayo

Manel (21) shot to the fame from a local talent show, Catalunya Teen Star, where he earned a recording deal and released his first single in late 2014. Next year he was signed to Sony, released second single that went to viral #2 in Spain and by then he already had a lot of screaming teenage girls as fans. He's yet to release his debut album, and the Eurovision (jury) vote rigging accusations and the whole affair hasn't maybe really played for his favor at this point.

So, is it worth all the drama? No. I find his voice and vocals quite weak to be honest. The song is rather irritting and annoying guitar pop that will secure Spain another 20something placing in the final. (And no, I wasn't in #teamMirela)  It goes on and on going nowhere and developing into nothing. A wasted year again for Spain. 2/10

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Last year Amir took France back to Eurovision success and became himself one of the most succesful artists in France in 2016 with his hit album and Eurovision track J'ai cherché and follow up single On direit. The album also includes Oasis. Now it's time to hit another success with the title track of the album, Au coeur de moi. The video gives plenty of images if you happen to have a foot fetish. I don't but I know some you do.... Enjoy!


Pictured is Lithuania's national flower rue

Fusedmarc won the 11 week long national selection process starting as an outsider but getting better results every time they performed (4th, 3rd, 1st). In the final they won both the televote and the jury vote resulting in a convincing win and leaving the fan favorites home. Their song Rain of revolution is written by Denis Zujev, Viktoria Ivanovskaja and Michail Levin.

Fusedmarc is an alternative electric pop group with a strong visual image made of lead vocalist Viktorija Ivanovskaja, multi-instrumentalist Denis Zujev, and visual designer Stasys Žakas. Their debut album - and the only one so far it seems - was released in 2005 and earned them an award as the breakthrough artist of the year. Other awards have followed and they seem to be considered some kind of pioneers in what's fresh and new in music in Lithuania. Over the years they have performed all over Europe.

The song is a strong contrast to how the band describes itself, as new and fresh and alternative. The song is a retro pop straight from the 80's, nothing new, nothing special. Been there, heard it. In the 80's. It has it's moments and nice rhythm, and Viktorija's experience on stage shows. For some reason I'm thinking of latest Madonna productions and her love revolution propaganda. And I prefer her. 2/10

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


France is living some kind of Eurovision  fever after Amir's success last year and Alma is set to follow her friend's footsteps on the left side of the scoreboard for sure. And French fans can get their pop corn, 8 euro ticket and a souvenir postcard signed by Alma, sit back on cinema's comfortable chairs and enjoy the show on megascreen and great audio in the 39 CGR Cinema Multiplexes all over the country. 
France is promoting this as the first ever "Eurovision in cinema" in the contest 62 years of history but that's not quite true. It's true in this dimension, of course, but some OGAE clubs have been watching the show in a proper cinema before.....


Pictured is Belarusian national flower Common flax

NaviBand won the Belarusian national final on January 20. They won the juryvote but the televoters only placed them 5th but it was enough to secure their win ahead of Nuteki, who was just behind of them in both votes while the other votes spread all over the place. 

NaviBand aka Arciom Lukjanienka (25) and Ksienija Žuk (26) already tried to get to Eurovision last year but finished 4th in the national final. Now they won and are quite popular in the pre-contest polls. They have been making music together for four years have just released their third album. All their music is performed in Belarusian language and this Eurovision entry makes no difference. 

The song? Well, thankfully it's in native language and it's not some Mello reject. But it's shouty and not the right kind of shouty like Ruslana's Wild dances was. I'm not a fan. I know I'd like to like this a lot more than I do but I can't. I find this a bit messy and irritating, like if they are in a terrible rush to get somewhere but they always lose the way when they start shouting around instead. 2/10

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Obrigazo Portugal, grazie Italia, köszönöm Magyarországon and дзякуй Беларусі! 

Only four countries this year rely on their own national language: Portugal, Italy, Hungary and Belarus. France and Spain both have added English to their song and Croatia some Italian to the otherwise English mix. 
That's quite a drop from 2013 when 17 songs were not in English, but then in 2014 the change came when only four did so (plus four mixed ones), in 2015 five (and two mixed ones) and last year three (and five mixed ones).
I throw in an idea: When Eurovision has its 65th edition let's make it special: Bring back the language rule for one year. If United Kingdom or Ireland wins again, you can then drop it for good, the point is proven for once and for all. No excuses. 
All this said 2017 could be the year when non English song will win for the first time since Helsinki 2007's Serbian Molitva... Maybe. 

*We can't forget that United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and Malta also sing in their official language, only it being English but hey, that doesn't count really in this case, does it?


Pictured is the Netherlands national flower tulip

OG3NE aka the sister trio Lisa, Amy & Shelley Vol (aged 21-22) were internally chosen to represent The Netherlands this year. The song Lights and shadows was announced later, it's written by Rick Vol (their father) and Rory De Kievit. 

The trio is no stranger to Eurovision as they already did the Junior Eurovision ten years ago. Later they made themselves known in The Voice of Holland that they won. They have released three albums, the latest released in fall 2016 hitting #1 in the Dutch charts. 

The song is based on various harmonies with their voices and the girls sure can sing well together and have pretty voices. But the song is so 80's American nonsense, they could have done so much better I suppose. I'm bored already after the first chorus and it doesn't get any better and for me it's a very long three minutes. Uninteresting, boring, unoriginal and highly forgettable. With a good staging this could come alive though. Maybe. Propably not. Therefor 2/10

Monday, March 27, 2017


Francesco Gabbani's three official videos have gathered already over 80 million views already. The official video on Vevo is nearing 75 million, the live from Sanremo on nearing 5,5 million and the 3 minutes Eurovision version on is over 0,4 million. And the numbers keep growing every day.... one can only wonder what they are in May!
And then there are dozens of parodies, covers, unofficial remixes and the videos from his live performance this weekend in Coca Cola Onstage awards, where he was invited to perform while fellow Eurovision stars Marco Mengoni and Emma picked up awards. While scimmia nuda balla.....
Meanwhile he has added new dates and cities to his summer tour in Italy 
and tickets are selling fast....

06/07 Fontaneto D'Agogna (NO) - Open Air Festival
16/07 Molfetta (BA) - Luci e suoni a Levante - Anfiteatro di Ponente
21/07 Firenze - MusArt Festival - Piazza della Santissima Annunziata
28/07 Palermo - Teatro di Verdura
29/07 Zafferana Etnea (CT) - Anfiteatro Falcone e Borsellino
09/08 Alassio (SV) - Riviera music fest - Porto Turistico Luca Ferrari
18/08 Lecce - Piazza Libertini 
19/08 Caulonia Marina (RC) - Piazza Bottari
25/08 Castagnola Delle Lanze (AT) - Festival “Contro” - Piazza San Bartolome


Pictured the national flower of Croatia, iris

Jacques Houdek (36) was internally chosen to represent his country with My friend, a song he co-wrote with Tony Roberth Malm, Siniša Reljić, Arjana Kunštek, Fabrizio Laucella and Ines Prajo.

Željko, who likes to be called Jacques, is a familiar name in Eurovision world and in the Balcan area. He has studied in the Berklee Collage of Music in California, and in France, Italy and Greece. He has tried to get to Eurovision many times before failing to win the national final: 2002-2006 every year. Then again in 2011 when he lost in the final match to Daria Kinzer to sing Lahor/Celebrate. He has also tried his luck in the UK in Open Mic UK and X Factor. He has been recording artist since 2004 and has collected a pile of silver, gold and platinum discs. But music isn't his only interest.
He has been involved in politics supporting conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and later supported a populist mayor candidate. Afterwards he said he's apolitical and those where only work. Ok.
He has also been named The Homophobe of the Year in 2006 and nominated as the Homophobe of the Decade in 2011 for his remarks that gay people cannot be equal to others and saying same sex marriage is sick, earning him the questionable title of "the biggest homophobe in the Croatian showbiz". He has stated later he has nothing against love of any kind and he's very gay friendly. Ok.

Well, what about the song? First hearing I thought it's kinda funny, bizarre but in a good way. The second hearing left we totally irritated. In a bad way. This is bad. But not bad enough to be good. A joke. The singing in two voices is maybe liked by someone but not me. And these fake pop operas with Italian lyrics put together from love letters and pizza menus are so corny and cliché I have no words. Il Volo is art compared to this cheapness. Actually I dare to listen to this only third time now when writing this review and no, it's not getting any better. 1/10 from me.  And yes, it's all Frozen in some lines. A bit too much. Let it go, let it gooooo....

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Pictured above is also poppy, Albania's national flower

Lindita Hamili (28) was the first chosen artist and song this year when she won the Festivali i Këngës on December 23, 2016 with clear numbers. She sung in Albanian of course, and it took months before Botë was transformed into World, but this time the song hasn't gone major changes but the language, refreshed arrangement, mixing and fitting it into the 3 minutes rule. The song is written by Klodian Qafoku and Gerard Xhari.

Lindita was born in Kosovo and has made her career through various talent shows from Albanian Idol to American Idol passing through local Top Fest that she has won twice, and other talent shows. Her first attempt in the Albanian selection was in 2009 and then again two year's ago finishing then third. She has released 15 singles since 2007 but no album yet. 

The song is yet another ballad, like some would say. For once it makes no difference if it's in Albanese or in English, I don't get it either way. The piano in the beginning is wonderful, but when the song progress I like it less and less just like her voice gets louder and the notes longer. Sadly I don't even like her voice particularly even if she does belt out some notes. I think it's very messy from the half way through with the choir and not going really anywhere. If it's a metaphora of today's world that is a mess then she really nails it. But it's not for me. Therefor only 1/10

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Pictured khinkali, Georgian dubling in absense of any national flower

Georgia was one of the first countries electing its represant and song this season. The national final on January 20, 2017 in Tbilisi featured 25 entries chosen from an open call, and the winner was chosen by international jury-televote.

Singer, songwriter and actress Tako Gachechiladze (34) won with the self penned Keep the faith. She already almost got to Eurovision in 2009 being then part of the winning team Stephane & 3G with We don't wanna Put in, the song that was withdrawn/disqualified in the middle of the Russian-Georgian war and Putin being the prime minister at the time. She also participated in the national final in 2008 placing 10th. She kept the faith and is back now - again with some more or less hidden political statements, in the backdrop at least.

The song is a typical Disney ballad with very American style motivated lyrics, apparently aimed at women to be strong, believe in themselves and not hide behind a veil among other things. She's quite a strong performer as well and maybe can really nail it live when it matters but.... I find this bland and boring, it doesn't touch me at all in any level. Forgettable and uninteresting and therefor from me only 1/10 and a yawn.

Friday, March 24, 2017


Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson are in San Marino rehearsing and not only, Valentina has taken Jimmie around the tiny country showing him the sights. And of course they posed also under the already iconic poster of Miss Monetta anno 2014. 
While rehearsing Ralph Siegel was present via Skype keeping eye on his latest couple. 
Jimmie Wilson has posted a lot of photos on his Facebook, so be sure to follow him 
as well as Valentina
Have a look at SMRTV news piece on the couple (in Italian) here


Tulips that is. The new variery of tulips was presented and baptized by Jamala in the Flower Expo Ukraine ealier this week in the International Exhibition center, the very same that will host the Eurovision song contest in less than two months. The red and yellow beauty is created by the Dutch bulb specialists StoKolex. I think I want a bag of those for my garden......
I don't know why but Jamala and tulips made me think of this......

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Pictured Russia's national flowe camomille
In light of today's events I can as well publish this Russian review that was ment to be published in coming days along with the other  country reviews.  I haven't modified the text in any way, this is how it was ment to be published sometime next week. Originally this was my number 42....

Russia chose internally Julia Samoylova with Flame is burning ending speculation whether they will participate at all. But the decision to send a singer in a wheelchair was met with disbelief and outrage abroad as it was seen as an attempt to stop booing and critizism. Then came the news Ukraine might ban her as she has performed in the annexed Crimea in 2015.... Headlines guaranteed and the political soap opera goes on.... And poor Julia in the middle of it all victimized. As that's the overal impression I get. 

Julia (27) was born in Republic of Komi and started losing the function of her legs after an unsuccesful poliomyelitis vaccination it seems. At 13 she was diagnosed with spinal amiotrofiya. She's been in wheelchair since childhood and has been getting treatment and operations in Finland lately to better her conditon. She started performing for oil workers in her hometown, later founded a band TerraNova where she sung alternative heavy music (!!!) and studied psychology. She has also taken part in many conpetitions since childhood winning some along the way. In 2013 she took part in the Russian X Factor in Alla Pugatsova's team and finished runner up. 

The song is written by Leonid Gutkin, Netta Nimrodi and Arie Burstein and it's an inspirational ballad of sorts.Very sugary and filled with clichés though, in lyrics and in arrangement. The recording of Julia's voice is also rather irritating with the very broken English. Politics and the fact this is Russia aside, and the wheelchair and all that should make me be more tender with this song... I just don't like it. This leaves me cold in all its standardism, this one is plain bad. The melody is kinda beautiful but heard a million times before, the standard arrangement works but one can't but wonder if Russia is deliberately sending this mediocre nonsense? And is poor Julia only used as a vehicle for who knows what plans they have?  1/10 from me. 


Several new agencies are reporting today that Ukraine’s security service has banned Russia’s contestant from this year’s Eurovision song contest because she performed in Crimea. Samoylova has toured in Russia-annexed Crimea without entering it by going through the border with the Ukrainian mainland. Under Ukrainian law, that allows authorities to block her entry into Ukraine.
Ukrainian Security Service spokeswoman Olena Gitlanska said that the service has banned Samoylova from the country for three years “on the basis of information received about her violation of Ukrainian law”.
Therefor she won't be able to participate in the Eurovision song contest in Kyiv in May. What about Armenian Artsvik?
Russia calls the decision "cynical and unhuman". What about their decision to send her in the first place? Pure provocation. They also promise to boycott the future contests if the organizers don't stand up for the singer. Is that a promise? :-)

UPDATE: EBU has just confirmed the news too.  Can we just now move on and forget Russia exists?


Have you wondered how the magic was done in a few days short of the deadline for submitting the entries for the Eurovision song contest 2017 in Kyiv? Here's a Making of the Sammarinese entry featuring the backstage and insight to the project featuring comments from Valentina, Jimmie and others. Enjoy!
And here's the final result:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


The Sammarinese commentators Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo are making history this year by becoming the ones who have commentated the Eurovision song contest in Italian the most times beating all the Italian commentators and the legendary Swiss one, Giovanni Bertini, who did it 21 times from 1961 to 1983. Lia and Gigi has done it 24 times after this year's season is over, or rather all three nights the eight year's San Marino has taken part.
And as an icing on the cake they will be also this year's spokespersons for the tiny nation!


Alessandro Capicchioni, Sammarinese hesd of delegation, tells eurofestivalnews EBU's Executive Supervisor has apologized how they have handled the proposed voting changes by San Marino (or rather not considering them at all). He says EBU and SMRTV are now talking and when both sides know what the other one thinks and expects some solution will be found in the end. The talks will continue in Kyiv and EBU has provised to consult and inform SMRTV for eventual changes in the future. 
San Marino also candidated itself for the Reference group to look after the other small nations but as we know the three big ones were revoted in for another period. San Marino would have also stressed the economical side of the contest. The big countries and broadcasters manage but the small ones struggle and in the recent years the absenses have been caused just because of the economical problems. Small stations close while the big ones just adjust and make some cuts and survive......
Capicchioni doesn't want to reveal too much about his opinions on the other songs this year but he thinks Italy has all it takes to win: it's joyful, entertaining without being trash. And most of all universal. 


After several Sanremo artists, including Francesco Gabbani, released their entries as old good 7" limited edition vinyl single, the Eurovision song contest 2017 will be released on a limited edition, numbered box sets! 
For the first time in history of the Eurovision Song Contest, we are presenting a Limited Collector’s Edition ESC 2017 Vinyl Box Set! 
The box set gives you the chance to dive into the music and the artists from the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Here you get hours of entertainment, and for the first time ever you get the chance to listen to the Eurovision songs on your record player as all 43 songs come on 24-bit vinyl of the highest quality. If you prefer CD or download, that’s included too. The set also gives you the possibility to read all about the 43 artists, and dwell on gorgeous photos, while you flip through the beautiful coffee table book. Sounds cool, ha? Get it here. 
Also the Bluray makes a return along with the usual CD and DVD, poster but the annual guide book seems to be missing!? Has it been sacrificied for the coffee table book in the vinyl box?



It's no secret last year's French participant Amir - who brought France back to success after an eternity - and this year's Alma are friends and have been working together since forever. Time will tell if she will better Amir's 6th place. And now they deliver us a lovely acoustic version of this year's entry Requiem. S'il vous plait.....

Monday, March 20, 2017


Eurovision bubble is something many artists tend to return, or at least try. This year again in various national finals we have several previous participants trying again, including winners. But the sad fact is that usually the comebacks aren't so succesful. Previous winners in recent years from Dana International to Niamh Kavanagh and Charlotte Perrelli have tried and failed. But sometimes it works, like Poli Genova last year. In May we will know how it will go for these lucky ones who are back at it:

Omar Naber from Slovenia returns to Eurovision, and even to Kyiv where he represented his country for the first time in 2005. Back then he failed to make the final placing 12th in the semifinal.

Koit Toome and Laura from Estonia have both represented their country separately in the past. Koit placed 12th in 1998 and Laura as a member of Suntribe also did Kyiv 2005 but the girlband failed to make the final placing only 20th in the semifinal.

Moldova's Sunstroke Project did Eurovision 2010 with Olia Tira narrowly making the through from the semifinal and finishing 22nd in the final. Now the Epic sax guy & co are back with mamma instead.

Then we have Georgia's Tako who already was supposed to do Eurovision 2009 with Stephan & 3G and We don't wanna Put in, the song that never made it all the way to Moscow for obvious reasons. Now she's back as solo and is not disqualified nor withdrawn.

Besides them we have various backing singers stepping to the spotlight this year, like Israel's Imri and Serbia's Tijana.
And then we have Valentina Monetta returning for the 4th time after 2012, 2013 and 2014. She has done better every time she participated so this time she needs to make the final again and place better than 24th to keep up with the trend :-) 

But besides these lucky (or let's see if they are "lucky" after the final in May...) ones we have a long list of names that tred and failed.

In Sweden we had two previous winners and two other participants taking part and hoping for the ticket to Kyiv. But both double winners of the past Roger Pontare (ESC 1994 and 2000) and Charlotte Perrelli (ESC 1999 winner and 2008) didn't survive the semifinals placing 5th and 7th. Finland's 2013 entrant Krista Siegfrids also came 7th or last in her semifinal and that was it. The previous winner and pre-contest favorite Loreen (ESC 2012) managed only access to second chance round and failed there to make it to the final.... Such a statement.
In Slovenia previous entrant Maja Keuc withdraw even before the semifinals and opted for other career moves..... Maybe a wise decision?

In Spain Javi Soleil of D'NASH from Helsinki 2007 Eurovision didn't make the cut and access even to the second round.

In Estonia among the participants were three previous winners. Ivo Linna (5th in ESC 1996) placed 6th, Elina Born (7th in ESC 2015) placed 12th and last, and Lenna Kuurmaa (from Sunstribe in ESC 2005) placed 10th, but as said before, two other previous winners did win it.

In Hungary András Kallay Saunders with his band (5th in ESC 2014) scored zero points in the national final and placed in the shared last place.

In Malta Richard Edwards of Firelight fame (23rd in ESC 2014)  managed only 13th.

In Italy's Sanremo festival Eurovision double veteran Al Bano  (7th both in 1976 and 1985) was knocked out before the final.

Lithuanian Sasha Song (23rd in ESC 2009) managed only to the semifinal stages. Even worse for Vilija who was kicked out after the first performance. She narrowly missed the final in ESC 2014 placing 11th in the semifinal.

In Norway Wig Wam's Åge Sten Nilsen (9th in ESC 2005) with his new band Ammunition finished 2nd in the national final. 

In Romania MIHAI in his zillionth attempt to get back to Eurovision lost to the yodelin couple clearly and stays home yet another year. 


This year the Eurovision song contest is a very young one what comes to participants ages. Bulgaria's Kristian Koslov is the youngest, and the very first Eurovision song contest artist born in the 2000's. He just turned 17 on March 15. But the oldest one isn't old at all: San Marino's Valentina Monetta just turned 42 on the March 1 and seems to be the oldest of them all proving the fact age is just a number! 
Divided in decades we have 2000's one, 1990's 22, 1980's 23 and 1970's two (Svala besides Valentina). *
The most populated years are 1991 (Levina, Lucie Jones, Demy, Imri, Alex and Navi band's Ksienija)* and Carola won Eurovision song contest in Rome....
... followed by 1989 (Hovig, Lindita, Julia, Dihaj, Jowst, Salvador)* with six each. Now no more existing Yogoslavia won the contest that year....
1995 comes next with five artists born .(Timebelle's Emanuel and Miruna, O'G3NE's Shelley and Amy, Anja) (*When writing this i I miss the dates of the guys in Triana Park, most of O. Torvals, Fusedmarc and Jimmie Wilson but it seems they are in their 30s anyways)

It's also a very even year what comes to division between female and male artists: 17 female soloists versus 14 male soloists. I wonder if it has ever been this even? Then we have 5 female/male duos, one female and one male trio, two trios with a female and two males, one male duo and two groups only. If we listen to the singing only it's 22 female voices versus 17 male voices plus 4 mixed duets.

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