Hello Dear Readers!
So, there you have it, my initial thoughts on the 2017 Eurovision field of entries. It was hard this year to choose top contenders, so many songs sound similar and parceling out those that were stronger from the weak wasn’t easy. Amongst those that sound different, I’ve tried to identify which ones were memorable for the right reasons. Below is my first prediction for 2017’s Top Ten and winner!
As of right now, I predict that the following songs will be in the Top Ten (in alphabetical order):
Armenia – it’s dazzling and intriguing; captivating and unique.
Azerbaijan – a return to form and powerful pop song
Belgium – unique, current, and incredibly popular
Bulgaria – the strongest ballad this year
Denmark – stands out with its R&B sound
France – even better than last year, very French, yet still accessible
Italy – certainly one of the smarter entries in ESC history, very entertaining, too
Macedonia – this year’s strongest entry from the former Yugoslav
Poland – dark and stirring, will outperform expectations for sure
Sweden – well-done schlager with a flashy stage routine
With that said, who do I think will contend for the title of ESC victor? Well, so far, my thoughts have not yet changed.
Denmark, Bulgaria, France
Anja has an amazing voice and the song is well composed. However, R&B does have a dicey history at the Contest. Will the audience be able to get behind this song, even though it strays from the traditional pop style?
Perfectly capturing the styling of the modern ballad, Bulgaria brings its most competitive entry to date. However, Kristian Kostov, while supremely vocally-talented, is one of the youngest performers this year, I wonder if he has the stage presence to convey this kind of song. Will Bulgaria be able to build on its success from last year by putting together a useful staging and promotional work?
An intriguing entry that does a strong job of displaying the French aesthetic without scaring those who are non-French. However, this song requires a well done staging, and we all know that is most definitely NOT France’s department. Can Alma guide the production process enough to ensure that the song presentation is both meaningful and enjoyable without it becoming a distraction?
Ultimately, if I had to choose one song right now as the winner. I would choose…
Bulgaria! Ultimately, I think Kostov has the look, sound, and stage presence to aptly perform this haunting – yet relatable – ballad. The music is stirring, yet not overly complex and the lyrics are captivating without being inaccessible. And, without Russia around, there will be more points up for grabs, particularly for those from Slavic backgrounds. Though, this song will definitely appeal to Westerners as well.
I definitely look forward to diving deeper into these entries, commentary, and internet buzz. Even more than that, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Comment below or catch up with me on Twitter!