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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine, Italy and Armenia

Mika Newton - Angel

Ukraine has been in every Eurovision Song Contest since their début in 2003. They have won the competition once, in 2004, with the truly excellent song Wild Dances sung by Ruslana. Their worst placement was number 19 in 2005.
As for this year, a bit too much screaming for my taste and a ballad that doesn't really give me very much, rather boring really.
Ukraine – 3 points

Raphael Gualazzi – Madness of love

Italy used to participate in most Eurovision Song Contest from 1956 until 1997, but after that they opted out of the competition, so 2011 is a come back for Italy. They have won twice, in 1964 and 1990, but the song I really want to promote when it comes to Italy in Eurovision is their act from 1958 which came in 3rd place: Domenico Modugno – Nel blu, dipinto di blu. It is hard to pick my number 1 of all Eurovision Songs ever, but this would be one of the top 5 candidates. Love it! Love it! Love it!
As for this year’s song: Italy has so many good songs and good singers, and they have had some great songs in the past, so I had quite high expectations this year when they’re finally back in the competition. But… It starts out quite well, a jazzy, swinging thing in Italian, and I’m thinking I quite like this, but… about a minute and a half into the song, the singer switches to English and jazzes it even more up, and it just doesn’t work. Sorry, Italy, after having stayed away for such a long time, I expected a lot more from you:
Italy – 3 points

Emmy – Boom Boom
Armenia first entered the Eurovision Song contest in 2006 and has participated in every competition since then. Their best place is number 4, in 2008, the worst is number 10 in 2009, which means that they have done fairly well in this competition so far. And I quite liked last years entry Eva Rivas – Apricot Stone, which had a very catchy refrain.
And that is pretty much what can be said for this year’s entry as well: I quite like it, and it has a catchy refrain. I would not be surprised to see Armenia ending up among the top 10 again this year.
Armenia – 5 points.


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