With the first Eurovision semi-final only a few days away, it is time to unveil my top 10 of 2015.
As I revealed earlier, I’m a bit disappointed at the plethora of ballads this year. I’m also unhappy that so many participants chose to sing in English rather than their native tongues. That being said, my top 10 does include artists who sing ballads in English.
My choices are, of course, according to my personal taste in music. Your top 10 might be very different. However, we can all agree that all the artists deserve love for stepping onto one of the world’s largest stages to represent their countries in front of millions of people.
I’ll also add that many artists surprise me during the actual competition, giving rock star performances above and beyond their official videos or previous live performances. My top 10 list usually changes during the actual competition.
That being said, let’s get to it.
1 point to Estonia – Elina Born & Stig Rästa, Goodbye to Yesterday
2 points to Spain – Edurne, Amanecer
3 points to Finland – Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, Aina Mun Pitää
4 points to Montenegro – Knez, Adio
5 points to Georgia – Nina Sublatti, Warrior
6 points to Norway – Mørland & Debrah Scarlett, A Monster Like Me
7 points to Israel – Nadav Guedj, Golden Boy
8 points to Latvia – Aminata, Love Injected
10 points to Armenia – Genealogy, Face Every Shadow
And finally… drumroll…
12 points to Italy! Bravo Il Volo. Grande Amore is a fabulous song sung to great dramatic effect by a trio of polished performers with fantastic opera-trained voices. This is the stuff winners are made of, at least in my book. I have no idea how well Il Volo will do in the competition, but I’m hoping they make it all the way to the top.
Kisses and best wishes to all the participating countries and their artists!