Monday, 1 April 2013

Eurovision 2013 - Preview of the 39 acts - The Big 6E

The Big 6

Amandine Bourgeois - L'enfer et moi

The song has a nice swag about it and is memorable in the midst of all the samey Eurovision tracks however I don't see this making it high on the leader board.

Possible finals placement - Near the Top of the bottom half

France's record since 2004

One of the Big 5 France haven't found much success at Eurovision due to its status. Their best performance was in 2009 with the emotional track "Et s'il fallait le faire" by Patricia Kaas, a personal favourite of mine. Whilst they haven't been in bottom at all they have placed below 20th for four times.

Glorious - Cascada

Arguably the biggest name in this year's crop however it isn't predicted to do very well, it's an outside bet on the bookies list and they are usually right with the favourites at Eurovision. It's typical Cascada so maybe her fans will vote in their droves.

Possible finals placement - Among the Top 10

Germany's record since 2004

Unlike the other countries in the Big 5 Germany managed to win in 2010 with "Satellite" by Lena. They have seen a recent resurgence since Lena's win but before that were finding it difficult to reach the top half of the board.

Marco Mengoni - L'essenziale

Since rejoining Italy have been welcomed with open arms. This year Italy are going back to a more muted sound like their 2011 entry. Whilst I'm not a huge fan of this track I think Italy have a good chance of keeping their Top 10 streak. However I was expecting to hear something more distinctively Italian.

Possible finals placement - Among the Top 10

Italy's record since 2004

Italy only returned to Eurovision in 2011 and were immediately reinstated into the Big 4 (obviously Big 5 now). Their best performance was on their debut where they were a shock 2nd with "Madness of Love" by Raphael Gualazzi.

ESDM - Contigo hasta el final

This song is quite different from what Spain normally enters, I don't think it's distinct enough to find its market.

Possible finals placement - Lounging near the Bottom 10

Spain's record since 2004

Spain's best performance was with their power ballad last year where they came 10th. Besides that they have faced the same problem as the other former Big 4 countries. 

Robin Stjemberg - You

Sweden send another well polished pop track, it will be a stretch for Sweden to make a back to back win but I expect Sweden to rank among the Top 10. I really like the chorus "Because of You" it makes the song distinctive.

Possible finals placement - Among the Top 10

Sweden's record since 2004

Sweden have had two great years at Eurovision, winning last year and placing third the year before. Besides that the only time they failed to make the finals was in 2010. Like Norway they are one of the few Western European countries that fares well in the competition.

Their best performance was last year's "Euphoria" by Loreen

United Kingdom
Bonnie Tyler - Believe in Me

My heart sank when I learnt that Bonnie Tyler would represent the UK. I'm not saying she isn't a good singer but she just isn't relevant as an artist anymore like Engelbert Humperdinck so the likelihood of them winning is low. The song is decent but I think on the night it will be dwarfed by the other ballads.

Possible finals placement - Near the top of the bottom half

United Kingdom's record since 2004

Out of the Big 5 the UK have possibly had it the worst. We were bottom twice since 2004 and besides Jade Ewen and Blue's success we have failed to make any impact at Eurovision. It was back in 2009 when we had our best performance when little known Jade Ewen belted out a Andrew Lloyd Weber track putting us 5th on the board, I wonder when the UK will take Eurovision seriously again.

Denmark - Emmelie de Forest - Only Teardrops
Netherlands - Anouk - Birds
Azerbaijan - Farid Mammadov - Hold Me
Norway - Margaret Berger - I Feed You My Love
Georgia - Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko - Waterfall
Sweden - Robin Stjernberg - You

There's still more than a month to go so maybe by that time my favourites will have changed.

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