Eurovision 2015 – My Top 10

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!

12 Points To…

Some of you might remember last May when I decided to check out Eurovision, became a fangirl and burbled on about it through the entire month and a little beyond.

Others of you may wonder, what the heck is Eurovision?

Eurovision is an annual international song contest. About 40 or so nations send their chosen artists to perform in an internationally televised event. Viewers, along with a professional jury, decide on the winner. The catch, and it’s one I truly love, is that you can’t vote for your own country.

This year, rather than take up space in this blog, which is more about reading and writing, I decided to start a new blog. It’s called 12 Points To… 12 points being the highest score a performer can earn from each nation.

If you’re already into Eurovision or want to learn more, you might want to check it out. Currently, the participating countries are choosing their performers. Some countries do this through televised contests that can be very exciting. In other countries, the broadcasters decide which artists to send. The performers can be either amateurs or professionals.  In my blog, I’m taking a first look at the chosen participants.

In my Lori Writer menu, I’ve replaced my poor, neglected Tumblr, 6 Words, with 12 Points To… This will take you to my Eurovision website. Enjoy!