Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
Hello Dear Readers!
I’m back for another awesome year of Eurovision — my ninth! Though, for fast counters in the audience and long-time readers, you’ll know this is actually the eleventh Contest I covered on this blog.
I will be traveling to attend the Contest live once again! So, look for me in Lisbon! (WHO thought that would EVER be the case?) Over the next few days, you’ll be seeing my reviews of each of this year’s entries. Written before I dived too heavily into the fan communities and betting odds. Since I’ve looked at them…let’s just say I have a few controversial opinions.
A few notes about this year.
- There seems to be an uptick in political entries, including Italy, Iceland, Switzerland, and Serbia
- Speaking of which, anyone else notice that seems to be a particularly weak year for the former Yugoslav?
- Hooray for the increase in non-English songs! We even have a non-English, non-native song from Estonia. This is actually the most non-English entries we’ve had (13) since 2013 Malmo (17 non-English songs)
- We also see the return of Alexander Rybak who is hoping to become just the second ever performing artist to win more than once.
This will also be the first Contest after passing of a Eurovision legend. The “Mother of Eurovision,” Lys Assia, who was the winning artist of the very first Contest in 1956 and competed several more times, and almost won a second time, passed this year. She will be missed, but her Refrain shall live on forever.
Come back over the next few days as I give you my thoughts and opinions on this year’s 43 entries. And, of course, next week we’ll be having our annual “Contender or Pretender” series.
Also, back for it’s third year! The 2018 Eurovision Tournament check back at the end of the week to see how I completed the bracket! I’d love to see yours – you can connect with me here, on Twitter (@escobsession), or even on Reddit.