Yesterday, it was that time of year again: The Eurovision Song Contest finale happened and brought to the stage Europe’s cheesiest acts. Although this time, it wasn’t bad and cheesy, at all. There was not one performance that made me want to cut off my ears or scratch out my eyes. I was positively surprised and love that it was a lot more about the music, because it’s one of the most important things in my life and I do prefer good quality.
So as every year, I sat on my bed with my notebook, my phone to tweet along and a score sheet (I admit, I only had it like halfway through the show, cause my laptop was OF COURSE updating.) and judged every single performance. I didn’t know any of the songs beforehand. Not even the one from my own country. I just like being surprised and unbiased.
I didn’t give out 12 points on my sheet because for some reason, I never do. I’m hardly ever so enthusiastic about a performance that I think there is nothing better, but my top 3 all had double digits. Spain, Germany and Lithuania were my absolute favorites which certainly shows that I’m into a certain type of music. All three songs were very emotional, gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes. Obviously, I was a huge fan of Portugal last year, cause it just fits right in with my kind of music. I want to be touched. I want to really feel it, even if I don’t understand a word. I want to be taken on a journey into somebody else’s soul, cause that’s what music really is for me.
Man, it’s so exciting when all the results slowly come in. And Israel won. I can live with that because for a second, I was sure it was going to be Austria and he just wasn’t that good. Netta is super cute and her message couldn’t be more right for this time and age. And it was a proper Eurovision performance. I’m really happy about a great fourth place for Germany, though. We we’re so good this year and it’s nice to see that Europe agreed. But why the hell didn’t Spain get more love? They were adorable.
Overall, it was a good show, although the opening and half time show were not really spectacular. But OMG, Kenzi from Navy CIS LA was one of the hosts. Love her! Anyway, here is what I thought about every performance and I would absolutely like to hear your personal thoughts.
01. Ukraine: Mélovin – Under The Ladder
I liked the vampire touch but it really didn’t go with the song. I want something mystical to go with that, but the music was more on the lame side. Sorry not sorry.
02. Spain: Alfred & Amaia – Tu Canción
These two sweethearts were my absolute favorite. It only took me like five seconds to have goosebumps and I just wanted to hug them. I couldn’t understand one word, but I felt every single one and for me, that’s what music is about. It went straight to my heart.
03. Slovenia: Lea Sirk – Hvala, ne
Her attitude was amazing. You go girl! The dancers were super hot, some part of the song like the bridge were really good but the supposed-to-be-rap part not so much. And the whole bouncy beat really put me off. Her involvement of the crowd was brave and a nice change, though.
04. Lithuania: Ieva Zasimauskaitè – When We’re Old
This was also in my top three but didn’t do all too well. I thought she was adorable and the song also gave me goosebumps. The whole performance was so not spectacular, which worked really well. So simple, so beautiful. She has a unique voice, the background images were lovely and her giggles toward the end, when her actual husband stepped onto the bridge, were so cute.
05. Austria: Cesár Sampson – Nobody But You
Highly overrated! I mean sure, it wasn’t terrible. I could see him singing with a great gospel choir but not as a solo artist on a huge stage like this. And what the hell were that shirt and his pants? Satin? Latex? I thought it was all pretty boring and emotionless. He wanted to be the “cool guy” of the show, but I really wasn’t feeling it.
06. Estonia: Elina Nechayeva – La Forza
She deserved points just for wearing a dress that weighs eight kilo. It looked amazing though and I know that a lot of us want that for the next party. Can anyone lend me 65.000 Euros and an entourage to help me move around? I really like good opera singing and her high notes were truly amazing. She also looked great. That make-up was on point.
07. Norway: Alexander Rybak – That’s How You Write A Song
He’s still a likeable guy but I wasn’t a huge fan when he won with “Fairytale” and I will never be one. He’s a damn good violin player but the dancing and everything was not really authentic. It was kind of cute and fun but that’s about it. In the end, I guess the question is though: Does he know how to write a song?! Just sayin…
08. Portugal: Cláudia Pascoral – O Jardim
Her black dress went great with her pink hair. Unfortunately, it didn’t get me, at all. And her earrings looked like black pieces of plastic she fished out of the trash.
09. United Kingdom: SuRie – Storm
It started of good with the crown really chiming in, but I was not a fan. I honestly didn’t think she was good enough. However, when some idiot entered the stage and took away her microphone, she handled it like a pro and deserves major props for that. But the song and all was highly disappointing. The UK can do much, much better. Can you please bring BLUE back? Thank you!
10. Serbia: Sanja Ilic & Balkanika – Nova Deca
I really thought I’d love this for like the first few seconds. The sounds of the flute and drums were beautiful, but then it just all went really wrong. The harmonies sounded awful, those electronic beauts fully killed the vibe and the performance was terribly boring. This was actually the act I liked the least.
11. Germany: Michael Schulte – You Let Me Walk Alone
I am not one of these people, who just support their own country because honestly, if it’s not good, it’s not good, and I’m all about the music. But this year, we were damn good. I was super touched by his song, especially because it’s about his father, who passed away. It was touching, authentic and just really beautiful and even a win would’ve been absolutely deserved. I had tears in my eyes.
12. Albania: Eugent Bushpepa – Mall
When Eros Ramazzotti meets Prince this happens, but not on such a high level. Outfit and song were cool, it was an overall good performance, but it wasn’t anything I will remember.
13. France: Madame Monsieur – Mercy
First off, I love their name and French is just such a beautiful language. But why the hell were they favorites? I had high hopes but was really disappointed. I thought it was so emotionless and the song annoyed me. I mean, they actually sing “My name is thank you” and I don’t get it.
14. Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef – Lie To Me
The performance was something different but I liked it. The backpack was funny and of course the somersault at the end was cool. Apparently, it went wrong during rehearsals, so props for still doing it. The beat was fun, the singing good, the rapping not so much.
15. Denmark: Rasmussen – Higher Ground
I like this whole viking thing and something mystical always gets me, but unfortunately, I didn’t think they were very good. It was a solid performance, nothing spectacular, so I will hardly remember it.
16. Australia: Jessica Mauboy – We Got Love
Public Service Announcement: Australia isn’t even close to Europe! I will forever find this weird. The song was nice, the girl was pretty, but unfortunately, she was dressed in wrapping paper. Some proper background dancers and just a little more something would’ve been fitting.
17. Finland: Saara Aalto – Monster
Man, she pulled off some really cool stunts and always kept singing, very well. Her vocals were on point. I’m just not a fan of those uninspiring electronic pop beats, even though I love electronic music. It’s almost never authentic or fitting.
18. Bulgaria: Equinox – Bones
Doesn’t Equinox have something to do with sports? But that’s a different story. The group with fake Sia had some truly great vocals, at least individually. I’m not sure if I liked them all together. But they seemed really cool and all so different and I’m all for it. Also really loved the outfits.
19. Moldova: DoReDoS – My Lucky Day
Finally, there was some real fun going on on stage. That wall with the optical illusions was amazing to look at. The song was quirky and fun and made me want to shake what my mamma gave me.
20. Sweden: Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off
He thought he was the son of Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and The Weeknd. He was not. Not even close. He wanted too much and I was just annoyed by his voice and dance moves. I know that Sweden always get’s a lot of love, but often enough, I really don’t understand why when it comes to the ESC.
21. Hungary: AWS – Viszlát Nyár
Well, I’m not big on heavy metal, but I have lots of respect for everyone who sings in their native language. And with the singer, someone finally used the whole really awesome stage. He was good, his band mates had trouble hitting the notes, though.
22. Israel: Netta – Toy
Ok, it was fun. Not the greatest voice or song, but the message was an important one and I thought it was great that she was not an ESC-cliché singer. She was plus size, quirky, flashy and she was a true boss lady on that stage. It was fun and fitting for the contest. #I’mtakingmyPikachuhome
23. Netherlands: Waylon – Outlaw In ‘Em
The singer was a part of The Common Linnets, which I absolutely loved and I generally enjoy that country guitar sound. But crumping dancers??? They were a bit irritating.
24. Ireland: Ryan O’Shaughnessy – Together
The most upsetting thing about this performance is the fact that two guys holding hands is reason enough for countries to not broadcast it. It’s infuriating. The more important it is for this to be done and shown. There are not just heterosexual couples on this planet, so we shouldn’t just see boys and girls together. It was so great to hear the applause, when the two guys crossed the bridge. The song was really sweet, but I think the visual message sure was more important.
25. Cyprus: Eleni Foureira – Fuego
Great body, great outfit, great hair. The song was ok, the voice was ok and this was the most typical ESC-performance of all. A pretty face with a little talent who can shake her booty. Sure, she was truly on fuego, but totally overrated.
26. Italy: Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro – Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente
I honestly wish, I could’ve understood the message of the song. But to be honest, I was not fully paying attention, anymore. After 25 artists, I needed a little break and the performance wasn’t one to capture my full attention.