EUROPE – The annual oikopanel review and votes for the Eurovision Song Contest participants begins. Today we present you the positions 42 to 33 as voted by the editors and affiliates of oikotimes.com: Fotis Konstantopoulos, Morten Kaiser, Luka Popovic, Jaime Solloso, Victor Cruz Lafuente, Olivier Rocher, Anastasia Bachas, David Hache, Geoff Lozano, Fred Medeiros, Darren Tompsett, Kyirakos Gold and Elias. Let’s see though how our editors feel about the overall participants in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Today we present you the overall review by Olivier Rocher from France and Victor Lafuente from Spain.
Olivier Rocher from France
A good line-up this year! After Jamala’s victory, most countries seem to have understood this was a song contest above other things. Even if a TV show, you cannot win anymore with a too average act or a too average voice…
No surprise, as every year almost, my absolute favourite is Italy. From the very first time I heard the song when I was in Sanremo, I could feel the Eurovision appeal of the entry. Charisma, great music, interesting lyrics, clever gimmick, international success already… well Francesco has it all to win the trophy.
Then, there is a bunch of really promising entries: the slow happy feeling Austrian song, the modern Azerbaijani entry, the great ballads of Bulgaria and Ireland, the classy Czech act, not to mention the very emotional and poetic Finnish song, the catchy Swedish tune or the Montenegrin phenomenon of the year. A special mention should be given to the Portuguese entry. A big “Wow” for once. This old fashioned, very well written emotional ballad could really surprise us all!
Other countries can be seen as dark horses. Once again, Belgium is sending a modern entry with high potential, France is giving us a modern but very French song, but the big surprise of the year could come from FYROM. It is the first time the small republic is sending a really good song, and probably the best danceable act of the year.
At the very end of this year’s line-up stand Lithuania and Armenia (oddity doesn’t always mean quality guys!), Spain (a pointless and cheap entry in my opinion, a very disappointing song given the other acts Spanish viewers could choose from) but above all Russia. Put aside the issue with Yulia’s participation (I just don’t care if she takes part or not, since she’s judt an innocent puppet of the system) this entry is just disgraceful from Lazarev’s country. Old-fashioned, cheesy, falsely emotional and a peace message than many countries but Russia can sincerely deliver. We’re back to old Soviet propaganda… Thank God, Russia will eventually stay home this year…
Anyhow, the contest is still weeks away and it’s too early for me to make a definitive chart. Indeed, the staging will have a deep impact of the final outcome. After all, as Jamala said in our interview last year, radio edit, music videos, social media campaning, promo tours or pre-Eurovision extravaganzas are rather useless and made for Euro fans only (who are, after all, a minority of the 200 million viewers voting panel…). All that matters is what will happen on stage on the big night, and I couldn’t agree more! Can’t wait!
Victor Lafuente from Spain
This year I have a great dilemma with my favorites to win Eurovision. On the one hand the commercial song from Italy with a fresh and dance song and on the other hand the beautiful Portugal that finally managed to find the perfect song for Eurovision: good composition, good lyrics, good singer, emotional … if you understand the lyrics and the meaning of the song it’s impossible not to get excited but will Europe understand? It is hard work that the Portuguese delegation has to do if they want to make history this year, as they have to convince entire Europe to understand the song.
Other songs that will be successful for me are the dance entries (Israel, Moldova, Montenegro and Sweden). this year there are also mediocre mid-tempo songs which might neutralise each other at the voting. Personally I love the Swiss entry from all those mid-tempo entries.
The biggest disaster for me is Spain after all those accusations for fraud. I consider the song not memorable, meaningless for Eurovision and without great vocal skills for a live performance. Will Hans Pannecoucke do the best job of his life to save Spain from the bottom? We will see it in Kiev. Malta has been completely wrong, of all the songs she has submited all years (which are not few) is the worst by far. A song out of any modern commercial or music taste of today. Germany has not found the good Eurovision way for years, this year brings us a singer with zero charisma and a copy of a famous song of the past. Is Eurovision a karaoke contest? No, next …
Netherlands … I really have to listen to this song again? The worst Dutch proposal for years, for a country which found their way to Eurovision the recent years, fail to repeat a successful recipe. Ukraine, I suppose when you host you can allow yourself to risk and present songs like this, but it’s out of my personal taste. United Kingdom, if I were British, I would be ashamed. Having the best music industry in the world and send this to Eurovision? It is a tradition to which we are too accustomed to the UK. Song totally out of fashion, poorly produced (with new version have improved). At least it seems that the girl sings well live, finally something new from the UK!
OIKOPANEL 2017 RANKS 32 – 23
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