Recap of Initial Thoughts and Predictions
Hello Dear Readers!
So, there you have it, my initial thoughts on the 2016 Eurovision field of entries. After listening to the 43 songs, nearly non-stop, all week, I am still able to stand by my predictions. While there are a few songs I like better now than a week ago, such as Poland, Belgium, and Cyprus, but most stayed about the same.
So, Italy has finally released its ESC-version of No Degree of Separation. My opinion is unchanged. I still think that this song is boring.
As of right now, I predict that the following songs will be in the Top Ten (in alphabetical order):
Azerbaijan – a pop entry that recreates the formula that has brought AZR so much success these years
Bulgaria – is replacing the United Kingdom in my Top Ten prediction because it is catchy, it is unique without being inaccessible, and just fun
France – fun, catchy, definitively French without being too French
Iceland – mysterious, gripping, and impactful – musically and visually
Malta – powerful pop tune sung by someone with ESC experience, a lot of potential for success
Serbia – powerful song about overcoming a bad relationship that will have the backing of most of the Balkans
Spain – most popular dance tune this year, uplifting, and will definitely get every viewer up and dancing
Russia – electric dance track, surely bound to outperform Russia’s last attempt with this style (2011) by a country mile!
So, with that said, who do I think will contend for the title of ESC victor? Well, so far, my thoughts have not yet changed.
Iceland, Czech Republic, Russia, Serbia, and Spain.
Iceland is mysterious and has the benefit on being on Nordic soil. However, there is balance when it comes to dark songs; is it dark enough to captivate viewers without scaring them away?
Czech Republic is my vote for dark horse of the year; it’s an utterly riveting song that is sung magnificently. Though, will it leave a big enough mark to win, especially if it is in the first half of the night at the Grand Final?
Russia is the bookies’ favorite thus far and has quite the fan following. It’s fun and invites the audience in. Will Russia’s real life politics derail their chances at ESC? Will the song be able to woo the juries better than in 2011?
Serbia is another option for a dark horse. I know Croatia is supposed to be tops among the former Yugoslav countries, but I think Serbia has broader appeal when it comes to televotes. But, will the song come across authentic, as it is the least “Balkan” sounding entry from Serbia thus far?
Spain is probably the best dance entry this year and is the brightest (that is, uplifting) song, as well. But, will the staging be able to live up to the energy of the song without detracting from the music?
Ultimately, if I had to choose one song right now as the winner. I would choose…
I Stand is, in my opinion, the most complete song this year when taking into account the lyrics, the composition, and the performance. It catches your attention and has the benefit of being a powerful ballad amongst a sea of uptempo numbers. It will stand out, regardless of where it is in the running order, and will take the crown – being the first true ballad to win the Contest since 2011.
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