My Top 5 Eurovision 2018 Entries

One of my friends asked me some weeks ago if I would write anything about Eurovision again this year. Honestly, I was not so sure back then because it seemed that I did not have many songs that I really like from this year’s competition. Of course, that might also be due to the fact that I did not really follow it as intense as the previous years. But still, Eurovision songs can be a good alternative to listen to if you’re bored with all the mainstream songs. So… after some contemplations (not really 😛 ), I proudly present to you my top 5 songs for Eurovision 2018! Yeyyy (/*’-‘)/**\(‘-‘*\)

1. Latvia

Latvia was one of the countries that released their entries pretty early. And among those countries, this song was the only one that immediately captured my attention. Love at the first hearing, if you may. I did not know why. Perhaps its familiarity with the more mainstream pop songs? Or perhaps because it’s such a theatrical song? Or perhaps because it spoke about the broken heart? I don’t know. But the fact remains that this song was the only Eurovision 2018 song I liked until I re-listened to some other Eurovision songs this year.

2. Lithuania

I didn’t actually know when exactly this song was released, but I stumbled upon this song when I listened to Eurovision 2018 playlist on Spotify. And like the first song, I immediately loved it ❤ I think this is such a simple yet sweet song.

3. Ireland

I just came across this song when my friends and I gathered and watched this year’s entries. I know it might sound like a repetition but I could not find a better word for this song except sweet. And I like the choreography, as well, how they moved in harmony. I hope they would perform as beautiful on stage.

4. Montenegro

Given the fast number of non-English entries this year, I should have probably added more than this song to this list. But so far, this is the best non-English entries I’ve seen. Year by year, their entries had almost always captured my attention. This song reminded me a bit of their 2015 entry, with strong strings part (and I can never say no to anything involving the violin ^^’ ) so that probably explained why I liked this song.

5. Belgium

I always thought that Belgium’s entry has always been the most… unique. When I first listened to this song, I only listened to the chorus part and I admitted that I did not really like it. But then I listened again to the whole song and it made the whole song way more dramatic than what I was expected.

Of course, anything can happen and what we saw as beautiful in the video or Spotify might not be executed as great on stage. But based on all the songs I have listened so far, these 5 are my favourites. As usual, I have no expectation for them winning (honestly!) because it varies A LOT between entries and sometimes I wondered if we really make a fair comparison in this contest. Probably not. But anyway.

What about you? Do you follow Eurovision? What’re your favourites? Tell us in the comments! 🙂


My Top 8 Guilty Pleasure Songs (Eurovision 2017 Edition)

After I shared my top 5 favourite Eurovision entries, it’s time to share my ultimate guilty pleasures list XD

These are the songs that might be quite unpopular to be liked, with eccentric/strange packaging, disastrous live performance but good radio version or vice versa, or other kinds of flaws… but I still find them enjoyable at some point in my life. So… here we go!

8. Slovenia

This song came to my attention only because I was searching with ‘my’ keyword in Eurovision 2017 Spotify playlist. I was looking for ‘My Friend’ (Croatian entry) and I didn’t delete the keyword and this song was played immediately afterwards (weird story, I know ^^’ ). This is another ballad which some people might find a bit boring, but it was not that bad, actually. Well, to be honest, the one in Spotify is better than the live performance ^^’

7. Estonia

I always have a high hope for Estonia since Elina Born & Stig Rästa‘s performance in 2015, but honestly, this one is no match for that. In spite of that, I keep listening to this song over and over again. I don’t know. I like it when they sing the ‘Aaaaaaaa…’ part in the refrain ^^’

6. Cyprus

🙄 was my immediate reaction when I first listened to this song. It did not help when I watched the video clip either but somehow it helped when I finally saw the live performance: I think Hovig hit it off. I appreciate the choreography and although it was often compared to Belgian 2015’s entry, in terms of packaging, I think this entry has a better song (more melodious, probably, I don’t know). It’s still not a song that I like head-over-heels but I’ll say not bad for now (what a huge change of mood ^^’ ).

5. Ukraine

Again, another song I found accidentally through the Spotify playlist. In the sea of ballads, this song feels kind of refreshing. It certainly reminds me of The Rasmus, or Muse probably. I might not like the visual (live performance), but this is an okay song to listen to.

4. Greece

I love the singer and I wished she had sung in Greek. I was kind of disappointed when they chose this song instead of the other one. I disliked the video clip they released but the live performance was a little bit better, actually. I wish she would hit the high note, though. I think it will boost her performance, but let’s see!

3. Germany

I really feel guilty for actually liking this song because the beginning sounds like a copy and paste of Sia’s song. But otherwise, this is a catchy song – or at least easy to listen to. And thanks to the familiarity of the melody, I find myself sing along to this in no time (facepalm).

2. Moldova

I always like the song that makes me dance. And weird as it can be, it’s – always – hard – for – me – not – to – like – a – song – with – violin. So there it goes with this one. Catchy rhythm: check, killer dance moves: check, energetic team: check, dress transformation: yesssss! how did they do that?? XD In two words: sleek performance.

1. Montenegro

This entry is on top of my guilty pleasure list. And to make it worse, I have actually known (but did not want to admit) since I first listened to the song. As opposed to the entry from Moldova, I did not actually like the live performance (or the video clip, for that matter). But then again, I can never refuse the song that tempts me to dance. So yeah… this is my ultimate guilty pleasure (facepalm) XD

So here you are. My ultimate guilty pleasure list. I don’t know why I have so many guilty pleasure songs this year. What about you? Do you have a song that you like but don’t dare to admit? :p


My Top 5 Entries for Eurovision 2017

It’s the time of the year again! Well well. It’s been so long since I updated this blog (facepalm) but today I would like to share some of my favourite entries from Eurovision Song Contest!

(A quick note: it’s annual international song competition, although the participants are mostly from Europe. Sweden won 6 times since participating in 1958 and ABBA was one of the winners 😉 )

But of course, we shouldn’t dwell in the past! Because this year we have a number of great songs (well, great according to me, that is). So if you’re looking for an alternative to music to listen to, you’re welcome to check them out!

1. Sweden

Ah. Robin Bengtsson. Wonder why he’s so gorgeous. 😍 I have been captivated since I watched his first performance in Melodifestivalen (the Swedish selection for Eurovision). He was not a favourite for Swedish public back then so it came as a surprise that he won. But not for me. He had a quite consistent performance throughout the competition and of course, I’m glad that he made it to the final! Lycka till, Robin!

2. France

France was among the first countries that announced their song for this competition and I completely fall in love with this song at that very moment!!! 😍😍😍 although my French ability is a big zero, I just hit it off with this song! Too bad they modified it for the final version and I like this version better but nevertheless, best of luck, France!

3. Portugal

This song is so dreamy, like coming straight out of fairy tale. Again, I have no idea on Portuguese (language) but this song touched my heart just like that! 😍 I think he had the best performance during the semi-final. Undoubtedly the best entry from Portugal for the past 3 years. I hope it goes well in the final! Good luck, Salvador!

4. Croatia

What’s with me and tenor singers? I can not NOT love song that is sung by tenor singer! And it begins with a violin! How can I NOT like that? I know that some people think this song is weird, some kind of failed mashed up between opera and pop but for me, this song is sooooo way underrated! I hope Jacques performed well though. I’m looking forward to his live performance!

5. Austria

Ah, Austria. Beautiful country with no less beautiful singer.
Ok. Maybe cute is a better word to describe Nathan Trent. Honestly, I first fall in love with the video clip and not the song itself (facepalm). But it didn’t take long for me to start liking the song. I know the song is simple, too simple for some, perhaps. But for me, this is the charm of this song. It’s an easy-listening song that you play when you’re together with your friends or with the cute guy next door that is Nathan Trent (I wish!!! Haha 😂😂😂). Good luck Austria!!

And while those are on my top list, I have made another list of song that… maybe not as great, but they become my guilty pleasure anyway. I will tell more in my next post! 😉

What about you? Do you watch Eurovision, too? Which song is your favourite? Please share! 😉


My Favorite Entries in Eurovision 2015 (Updated)

Let me clarify. I’m no music expert and this year is the first time I’m fully exposed to Eurovision Song Contest. But so far the experience has been so pleasant. I mean, there are many songs I like. I honestly don’t know what the criteria to win ESC is and some of the songs I’m going to present here are said to ‘will not be able to win’, or ‘not a Eurovision song’, but well… I don’t care 😀 So, here the list goes*… (in no particular order)

*not including songs from Russia, Sweden, Norway, Azerbaijan, Australia, San Marino yet. Either because the official videos/songs haven’t been released/chosen by the time this post is written

  • Italy: Il Volo – Grande Amore

The first time I listened to this song I melted instantly. Their voices reminded me of some of my favorite Italian singers: Il Divo, Andrea Bocelli, especially. And they were so young! How could they have such beautiful voices??? This song can win, in my opinion. Go Il Volo! XD

  • UK: Electro Velvet – Still in Love with You

Seeing Melodifestivalen 2015 had made me thought that the national selection process for Eurovision must have been done that way in every country (open selection). Apparently, that’s not the case of UK. According to what my friends told me, Eurovision’s entry for UK has always been chosen by BBC and the same goes for this entry. In the past few years, UK had been struggling in this competition, so many people might expect more from this year’s entry. Honestly I like this song. The video clip, especially. It’s funny :)))) (for me) And I like that the lyrics have some kind of ‘public health messages’ on it :)))))

Don’t go out in the pouring rain
You might get wet, I’d be upset

You’re bound to get sneezes
Or nasty diseases
Take good care when I’m not there
I’m still in love with you

While I’m on vacation
You be a good patient
Take your medication
I worry so each time I go

Whoever wrote this song must have been quite health-conscious. Or was it related to the famous health system in the UK? We’ll never know 😛

  • Cyprus: John Karayiannis – One Thing I Should Have Done

I first knew this song from my Cypriot friend (Hi Marios! If you read this blog :)))) and I immediately like it! Apparently that was not enough to convince him that I like this song because of the song itself and not because I have a friend from Cyprus ^^’ (the singer is also cute, by the way 😛 ) Well, even my friend thought that this kind of song was not Eurovision song, but anyway….

Actually, I prefer his first arrangement (the one he performed in Cyprus’ final) rather than this new arrangement. But it might be ‘too plain’ for Eurovision’s entry so they might have changed it a little bit (more strings in the latest version). Anyway, good luck for Cyprus! 😀

  • Slovenia: Maraaya – Here For You

When I first watched this video I was kinda like… 😐 And the singer’s voice was… unusual. And what’s with the dancer??

But then I started to like this song and I think this song is really great!! The pianist was really playful and the music was great! Kind of song I really like. Although I’d rather have a real violinist playing in the background rather than the dancer who acted like she played the violin ^^’ Just FYI, according to their official website, the singer & the pianist are married (how cute is that? :3)

  • Estonia: Elina Born & Stig Rästa – Goodbye To Yesterday

I never thought I would be really paying attention to this country’s entry but this song is great! Their musical style reminded me of my favorite band back in Indonesia – Naif, and also of Kings of Convenience (I don’t know if that’s correct, though). Nothing more I could say about this song, but this is another song I can fully enjoy so far 🙂

  • Greece: Maria Elena Kyriakou – One Last Breath

I had been hesitating to write about this, actually because I know my view will be heavily biased ^^’ and so I didn’t include this entry when I first published this. And like the Slovenian’s entry, when I first listened to this song, I was like… :/ It’s supposed to be a sad song, but this song can’t immediately tear my heart apart ❤ I need to listen really carefully and relate to some sad moments in my life (i.e. when I’m learning statistics, which makes me want to beg anyone to take me out of the fiery hell of statistics) to finally appreciate this song. Well, honestly, what I like from this entry is not the song per se, but rather the singer herself. I admire her. She has beautiful voice and impressive track records behind (check her Spotify also!). So, anyway. She’s on my list as well. (I told you this one would be heavily biased! 😛 )

So… here’s my list! What’s your favorites for Eurovision 2015? 😉

P.S. Sweden has finally chosen its entry for Eurovision 2015 when I updated this post! Perhaps I’m gonna write about it in the other post! 😉


About Eurovision and Melodifestivalen 2015

Before I came to Sweden, I honestly thought that Swedish’s (pop) songs were not really my thing. I had no interest, at all. But it was all changed when my friends introduced me to Eurovision and Melodifestivalen. At first I thought Eurovision was a competition among European countries in science and technology, or a broadcasting company that spread across Europe. But no. It was actually a song contest among European countries (and the song has to be original, no less). And Melodifestivalen is a national competition to select Sweden’s entry for Eurovision. Do you see just how far I was from the truth? ^^’

The first selection for Melodifestivalen this year was held at the beginning of February. It was Saturday night, and I was struggling alone in my room trying to finish my home exam for the first course in the spring semester when my best friend announced that he was about to watch the first semifinal for Melodifestivalen this year. Can you guess what happened next? Yep. I abandoned my exam and ended up watching it ^^’ *no surprise here*

So for each semifinal there were 7 entries competing for 2 positions to go directly to the final and 2 others to go to second chance round. In this very first semifinal, my favorite song, didn’t even make it to the second chance round! Ooooohhhh I was so disappointed!

My favorite song from the 1st semifinal of Melodifestivalen – I’ll be Fine by Molly Pettersson Hammar. For me this is the only good entry that night 😛

This is another entry that made my friends and I :)))))))))))) a lot:

Hello Hi by Dolly Style. Cute, aren’t they? XD This kind of appearance might be usual in Asian countries, but seeing it here really took it to another level :)))

I didn’t watch the 2nd semifinal because I had a gathering with Kampung Stockholm Perjuangan (Temu Musim Cinta ❤ ) But the day afterwards, my friends who watched it seemed to be bewitched by this following performance and in no time, we became huge fans:

Möt mig i Gamla stan by Magnus Carlsson. If you ever read this, Magnus, worry not, you have a huge fan-base here in Stockholm XD XD XD

The 3rd semifinal was probably the most interesting, because my friends and I watched it on a cruise!!!! (Which gave us chances to criticize every single performance together 😛 ) I couldn’t say much about this week’s performance. No particular favorites, but perhaps the following 2 were okay (although at that time we were like…. seriously? ^^’ ) :

I See You by Kristin Amparo. Like Adele?

Bring Out the Fire by Andreas Weise. I didn’t fancy the ‘dum dum dum’ at first, but later I thought it was OK >:D

Both entries went to second chance round, although none of them made it to the final.

Anyway, here’s the winner for the 3rd week:

Jag är fri by Jon Henrik Fjällgren. I have to admit that his performance was the most unique of them all (on the 3rd week), but the flying backing vocals/dancers really scared the living daylights out of me.

The last semifinal (4th week), was, I think, the best semifinal throughout this year’s Melodifestivalen. Although I was sad that one of my favorite songs didn’t make it to the final 😦

Black Swan by Caroline Wennergren. This is the BEST performance for me for that week! Too bad she didn’t even make it to the second chance round 😦

But at least one of my favorites made it to the second chance and even to the final! XD

Guld och gröna skogar by Hasse Andersson. I know many people dislike this performance, but this is one of the songs that could make me happy and smile whenever I listen to it 🙂 Reminds me of summer and how I’m looking forward to it! And I like the performance as well! Especially since there’s a violin involved 😛 and green trees. lots of green trees 😛

This is another performance that made it to second chance round and eventually to final (after winning a duel against Dolly Style):

Make Me (La La La) – Dinah Nah. I kinda like this song, it’s good for dancing, don’t you think? :))) Although I know that my friends wouldn’t agree. Hahahahaha. But she made it to the final, anyway 😛

The following performance is… ah. How should I say it? I didn’t like it at first, but then the song got stuck in my head for days :)))

Don’t Say No – Midnight Boy. I hate this song at first. I hate the performance. But I have to say that compared to many of the previous week’s performers, this guy had a control over his vocal quality (yeah, the others were that bad sometimes). But I strongly suggest that you don’t watch the video. Just. Listen. :))))

I still have a lot to be written about Melodifestivalen and Eurovision but I’m gonna stop here now 😛 (otherwise this will be an endless post). Next week the final will be held in Stockholm and I’m soooo looking forward to it! 🙂 So… see you in the next post!