What do these three countries have in common this year at the Eurovision song contest? If your answer is three beautiful women with strong stage presence, all singing ballads, you would be correct. But there’s one more thing.
What they have in common is actually what they don’t share in common: they are all singing in their natives tongues. This year’s Eurovision is not only Balladvision; it also Anglovision. Only seven countries (Finland, France, Italy, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania and Spain) aren’t presenting songs in English. It’s a trend that has to stop, so I dearly wish one of these countries will be the winner.
Can one of these three women make it to the top? Let’s take a listen.
Lisa Angell was chosen by internal selection to represent France with her song N’oubliez Pas (Do Not Forget.)
Leonor Andrade was chosen by national selection to fly the Portuguese flag in Vienna with her song Ha Um Mar Que Nos Separa (The Sea that Separates Us.)
Edurne was chosen by internal selection to represent Spain with her song Amanecer (Daybreak.)
First things first. Hey, leather vest Spanish dude: you don’t turn and run from a tiger! You back away slowly, not making eye contact. Haven’t you ever watched National Geographic or whatever the Spanish equivalent is? Yeesh.
Had to get that off my chest.
That aside, I would say that Edurne is the strongest singer and Amanecer is the best song of the three. Lisa Angell is a close second in terms of voice, but N’oubliez Pas isn’t as exciting. Portugal has an exciting song, but Leonor Andrade isn’t nearly as good a singer as these other two women.
Honestly, I don’t see any of these women as a winner. I think Spain has a decent chance of making the top 10, depending on when they perform in the finale. If Edurne is in the midst of a batch of weaker ballads, she could very well stand out enough to win votes.
Best wishes to all three of these women and heartfelt thanks for keeping it real and resisting the urge to go Anglo.