Monday, May 14, 2018

Eurovision 2018: AND THE WINNER IS...

ISRAEL: NETTA - TOY!
*Chicken sounds* 
I finally had the chance to watch all the performances from the final (In good quality) and I gotta say good job to all the acts that participated this year, what a great show it was, you all should be very proud of what you did on stage! (Also thanks to RTP for giving us 3 fantastic nights)
The jury votes were all over the place (Was not a fan of their top 2) but when the televote results were revealed I had so much fun!. Im actually happy with the final results, I would have liked to see Hungary in the top 10 but yeah I knew the juries (Knowing who they were) were not going to vote for it. I loved Toy since the 1st time I heard it and even if I still dont love the performance, I think Netta really shined in the final (1000 times better than in the semi) and she deserved to win! CONGRATULATIONS TO ISRAEL!

Now I'll add some pictures from my favorite performances:

ITALY: Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro
Such a simply yet stunning performance! Seeing them in the televote's top 3 made my night!

CYPRUS: Eleni Foureira
YEAH YEAH FIRE! Eleni would have been a very deserving winner! She is not only a fantastic performer, she is also one of the nicest artists!

HUNGARY: AWS
I love these boys and I cannot wait to get more music from them!

GERMANY: Michael Schulte
One of the most beautiful performances of the night! Good job Michael!

ALBANIA: Eugent Bushpepa
THE VOICE OF 2018! Standing ovation for Eugent!

LITHUANIA: Ieva Zasimauskaitė
Adorable!

CZECH REPUBLIC: Mikolas Josef
Congratulations to Mikolas for getting an amazing result! Thats what you achieve with hard work!

SPAIN: Amaia y Alfred
I think they did their best and I got all emotional with their performance, sadly TVE still dont care about the contest and keep fucking things up. 

UNITED KINGDOM: SuRie
I dont like this song but what SuRie did after the incident left me speechless, WHAT A PRO! I get goosebumps everytime I watch the performance. She is a great artist and I hope the BBC gives her another chance, I would love to see her come back to the contest with a song as good as her!

SLOVENIA: Lea Sirk
Hvala ne ne!

PORTUGAL: Cláudia Pascoal
This didnt deserve last place!

UKRAINE: MELOVIN
Underrated by the juries!

THE NETHERLANDS: Waylon
Yeehaw!

Photos: Andres Putting (EBU) 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Eurovision 2018 - Semifinal 2: Results


Semi 2 is over and here are my opinions about the results:

All the songs I liked in this semi qualified so there are no NQ shout outs.
THE FINALISTS

10. DENMARK: Rasmussen
1st thing I'll say is VIKINGS DONT WEAR EYELINER so they better fix that for the final. I still dont like the song and I thought the performance was kinda flat.

09. SERBIA: Sanja Ilić & Balkanika
This was actually a pretty solid performance!

08. AUSTRALIA: Jessica Mauboy
I really dislike this entry but I gotta say that even if I think the whole performance was a mess, it wasnt as awful as I thought it would be, I dont know if this makes any sense but I truly believe she left her heart on stage and that's what made the audience go wild in the arena.

07. MOLDOVA: DoReDos
Im still not a fan of this song but the perfomance was fun, I enjoyed it. (BTW: Moldova 17 >>>> 18)

06. THE NETHERLANDS: Waylon
This was a great performance, Waylon knows how to move on stage and his vocal perfomance was really good!

05. NORWAY: Alexander Rybak
I love Rybak and the whole act is good but I dont think this is going to win and Im okay with that cause he is much better than this song.

04. SLOVENIA: Lea Sirk
This was amazing! She sells this song so well and even if I didnt like the "technical problem" idea, it kinda worked. Good job, Lea!


03. SWEDEN: Benjamin Ingrosso
There's not much to say about this, I think Benjamin is adorable and the staging is impressive. Do I want it to win? Hmmm nah. Would I be okay if it wins? Yeah.

02. UKRAINE: MELOVIN
He has such a mysterious aura and it works perfectly for this song

01. HUNGARY: AWS
This is probably my favorite entry of 2018 and I would love to see this winning, but sadly I dont think it will happen, however I really hope they get a great result cause they fucking deserve it. The performance was strong but it didnt give me the winner alert vibes I was expecting, still this is a quality metal song and the guys are just brilliant so please vote for them on saturday! GO HUNGARY! GO AWS!


Photos: Andres Putting/EBU

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Eurovision 2018 - Semifinal 1: Results

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The hardest semifinal in years is over and now it's time for me to give my opinions about the finalists but as always I'd like to start the post giving a shout out to 2 of the acts that didnt qualify:

Belgium: SENNEK
Love this song and Sennek is so lovely but sadly I dont think this worked on stage.

Switzerland: ZIBBZ
These 2 worked so hard and it showed on stage cause they did such a great performance and they should be really proud of it. Would have loved to see them in the final but the most important thing in ESC is showing yourself to the audience doing what you love to do and what you do best, they did that and Im sure they gained a big number of new fans today.

THE FINALISTS

10. AUSTRIA: Cesár Sampson
I like this song but to me this wasnt a good performance (in a visual way), my fear of his lack of charisma was confirmed and even if his voice is out of this world, I think he looked lost on stage.

09. BULGARIA: Equinox
I wasnt a big fan of this song when it was released but it grew on me a lot, I still dislike the aura of desperation around it, like I dont feel anything with it and to me the performance needs more heart and honesty, they are great singers but there is like all this fake plastic around them and I just want them to get rid of all those rehearsed moves and just jump and show who they really are. (Zhana's reaction to their result was adorable and it showed me a side of her that I have seen a bit on interviews but never on stage so I hope they all let themselves free for the final performance)

08. FINLAND: Saara Aalto
This song is alright, there are too many things happening on stage but that's her style and let's be honest, it could have been worse. I would like her to have more fun on stage, I want too see that "living my dream" sparkle in her eyes!

07. ESTONIA: Elina Nechayeva
I think she did her best, but sadly the camera work didnt, her Eesti Laul performance was so much better.

06. CZECH REPUBLIC: Mikolas Josef
After following the rehearsals I was expecting this to be my fav from this semifinal but even if I liked it a lot, I didnt go crazy for it. There is something missing on it but I dont know what it is.

05. ALBANIA: Eugent Bushpepa
Eugent is one of the best singers of this year and Im so happy we will get to see him perform again on saturday! GO ALBANIA!

04. IRELAND: Ryan O'Shaughnessy
Wow, this just worked on stage so beautifully! One of the best performances of the night!

03. ISRAEL: Netta
I love this song and Netta is such a star! The performance is not a winning perfomance but it is fun and it looked like she was having a great time on stage! (I would take out the pyro from the 1st chorus)

02. LITHUANIA: Ieva Zasimauskaitė
This is such a pretty performance, it truly gets to your heart. Well done Ieva! GO LITHUANIA!

01. CYPRUS: Eleni Foureira
911? THERE IS A BIG FIRE ON THE ESC ARENA! Im so impressed by her stage presence, like damn! I wasnt expecting this to be a contender but guess what Europe?...IT IS! Eleni is a PERFORMER and the Eurovision stage was made for her to burn down! GO CYPRUS!

Photos: Andres Putting/EBU 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sennek: "I make timeless but still modern music"

Photo: VRT/Marie Wynants
It's time to post a new interview and Im very happy about it cause this act is one of my top favorites of this year, so I hope you all like it as much as me. Here are Senneks answers:
Name: Sennek
Birthday: the 30th of April
Height: 1,72 meters
Favorite color: black ;)
Favorite food: Japanese ramen
Where are you right now? I’m at “Het depot”, a music center in the Belgian city of Leuven
3 things that make you happy: cats, cats and red wine ;)
What’s your strangest talent? I can shake my eyes
What are you really good at? Making excuses
What are you really bad at? Saying sorry (oops)
Childhood idol: Leonardo Dicaprio
Childhood memory: playing on the street
Celebrity crush: Leonardo Dicaprio
Tell me something no one knows about you: I have no secrets!
What would you do if you were invisible? Tickle people
Favorite movie: Titanic
Favorite TV series: Friends
What is your guilty pleasure? Watching Doctor Phill at 2 pm in my pajamas
If you were a boy for a day, what would you do? Wiggle wiggle ;)
Name a song that never fails to make you happy: Happy by Pharrell Williams
Can you teach me some interesting words in dutch? Goesting is a really cool Dutch word, but it’s hard to translate
Photo: VRT/Marie Wynants
Hey Sennek! Welcome to the Eurovision universe! How are you doing?
Good, thank you!

How would you describe yourself as an artist?
I would describe myself as a strong confident woman, with some drama and philosophical influences. I make timeless but still modern music.
Photo: Jean-pol Sedran
You were selected by VRT to represent Belgium in Lisbon. How did it all begin?
Well, they had been following me career for a while, apparently. I didn’t say yes to their proposal right away, because this is a big deal and I wanted to think it through. I’m very happy that I accepted and I hope to make Belgium proud.
Photo: VRT/Marie Wynants
“A matter of time” is the title of your song, and it’s written by you, Alex Callier and Maxime Tribeche. How was it to work with them?
It was the best experience of my live ever!

What’s the story behind the song?
A Matter Of Time is about being able to see beauty in things that are fleeting. The tension of watching something precious slip away and finding the beauty in that. There’s also a bit of a special anecdote; I was with Alex Callier in the studio and he had just made me some tea. But while he was getting it ready, the elegant glass teapot suddenly broke. The next day, we came up with the first words of the song: “Sometimes it feels like it’s meant to be broken”. That's why we also included the glass teapot in the video. I saw the beauty in this broken thing.
Photo: VRT/Marie Wynants
Describe the song with 4 words:
Drama, drama, tea pot, drama ;)

What can we expect to see on stage for the performance?
I can’t tell you yet! You’ll have to wait and see
Photo: VRT/Marie Wynants
Tell me about the official video of “A matter of time”:
The video was directed by Edouard Valette. I wanted to be closely involved in making of it, so I made a whole lot of moodboards. I want people to see my signature in it. Something understated, minimalist and emotional. I specifically asked the director to incorporate the glass teapot in the clip, since the whole story started on Alex’s kitchen counter. I didn't want a narrative clip, but one that’s based on an atmosphere. I wanted to take an artistic approach with a lot of photography and architecture.
What do you like about Eurovision?
It brings people together and celebrates music.

What do you dislike about Eurovision?
So far it’s been the best experience of my life. True story!
Photo: VRT/Marie Wynants
Tell me the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word:
Live music: best thing in life
Nightmare: I like it, it’s a cheap horror movie ;)
Chicken sound: Easter eggs
Art: best thing in life after live music
Future: can’t wait
Dreams: a good sleep
What are your plans for 2018?
Working and making music

Is there anything you want to say to close the interview?
See you later, alligator!
Photo: Thomas Richard Mertens

Thanks to Sennek for the interview! I'll be cheering for her in May! Go Belgium!

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