Eurovision 2018 🇵🇹 international styles prevailed, rejected songs/artists justified, geopolitical smell in the results and are Swedes out of 2019?
EDITORIAL – Just a Eurovision 2018 aftermath storm of thoughts of mine based on what I noticed and what I learned from various sources. Things that might bring some extra discussion to the Eurofan round table and never with the intention to insult. Whether you agree, like or not your comments are welcomed on the specific views and not in my rightful posted editorial.
Let me start with the fact that the top rankings included the European / Eurovision versions of Beth Ditto (Israel), Beyoncé (Cyprus) and Ed Sheeran (Gerrmany). It is also nice to notice that we have two milestones for the winner as the victory of Israel marks its 40th anniversary since its first victory and 20th anniversary since its last (in 1998 with Dana International). It’s the first time that Japanese look and decoration used and win the contest and the first time an animal sound won! A chicken (eat that Dustin The Turkey).
Butt did you notice something? Austrian song won the jury voting while the song was originally submitted to the UK, Denmark ended up in the top ten with a song which was rejected by Melodifestivalen. Cyprus entrant Eleni Foureira was rejected by Greek broadcaster for the last four consecutive years. The only wise choice was the choice of Ukraine picking up Mélovin instead of Alekseev who went after all with the eliminated from the Grand Final, Belarus.
The elimination of Russia proving for some that US Elections can be hacked but not Eurovision results, elimination of Poland, Greece and Romania with the argument that their diaspora didn’t work are key elements in the British press why Eurovision 2018 was thee least political event.
OK French message about baby girl Mercy didn’t go through (but then again tell me one average viewer who realised or listened teen commentators saying that it’s a name and not the thank-you-word in French). Malta’s health message also didn’t do well but Italian song with thee anti-terrorism message went top five.
But the British newspaper Metro forgets (probably the author is not aware of the geopolitical developments in the region) that Eurovision 2018 were actually a nightmare for Turkish President Erdogan. Israel and Cyprus, two rivals of Turkey got the first places in the scoreboard. Have in mind that both countries are signing exploiting / transfer deals for oil in the region something with which Turkey is absolutely against.
Did Cyprus score well because Greece was not in the final? Well I don’t see how this would have worked with the Greek Diaspora which rarely supports the country in Eurovision (with the exceptions of Greece 2005, 2009 mostly) especially when Cyprus was represented by an Albanian signer. Also with Albania in the Grand Final (and the Albanian singer in the Italian duo), Albanian Diaspora also failed to give full support to Cyprus.
Would Cyprus victory cause problems? Well not sure if Eleni’s potential victory would have brought Turkey on the edge of war with Greece and Cyprus but for sure there would have been hysterical references inland for her descent. Don’t forget that Cypriot singers became known through Greek music market and Eurovision trying for years to doo well in the contest. Can you imagine (some might say) an Albanian to bring them their first victory?
But according to some Heads of Delegation Cyprus was what many countries needed this year. Why? Because on the other hand it’s clear that Europeans and the European juries are kinda reluctant over Israel due to their policies with Palestine and the Jerusalem issue but on the other hand they couldn’t ignore the success and popularity of the song alongside the talent of Netta. This is why they actually ranked it 3rd in the jury voting but still many of them didn’t even vote for it.
Now, when you want too avoid something, you search for something equal to promote. What a great solution to bring a rival to Israel and stop its potential landslide victory. Eleni was perfect during the rehearsals, she is gay friendly, she has a message to spread (poor girl from Fieri Albania, who managed to get her way to success). Plus that Cyprus was closely collaborating with Sweden this year (composer, composing team, advisory by Christer Björkman). That would be a perfect way to stop Israel from winning and bringing the contest to a turmoil region.
But is Israel actually a region where you are in danger? Personally never felt that during my three year annual visits in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Police and army are present everywhere but always discreet. But in the end my answer and argument on the question is: is Paris, London and Berlin safer than Israel? I guess you heard thee terrorist attack in Paris during the Grand Final last Saturday.
Though the victory of Israel is now creating pain to the EBU / Björkamn sleeping nights. Israel is not intending to use Swedish people onboard and Swedish / German companies (the ones we are used to see every year in Eurovision lately and they always get with unknown procedures work worth of millions). Secure sources from Israel say that they have their own production companies (probably the one who does the talent show “Next Star”) which they will hire for the job. Therefore the money will stay inland. Now my personal opinion and worry is whether the newly established broadcaster and Israeli Eurrofan / Eurovision powerful community will succeed.
After all their main concern right now is the host city. One the one hand Jerusalem wants it and on the other hand there is one spot on thee web saying that Tel Aviv declined hosting it. According to Hebrew news portal globes.co.il Tel Aviv is out but there is not a single confirmation. I doubt Tel Aviv is spending millions every year to promote the city as a tourist and LGBT friendly city and paying for the huge Israel Calling party. The truth is that we will need to wait for a big battle for which city will hast the event having in mind that Jerusalem is a hot issue for the government right now are recently recognised as capital of Israel by the US Government which relocates its embassy there. Not to forget of course Netta’s own statement during her victory on Saturday “see you next year in Jerusalem”. But I believe that we will need to wait quite few weeks to find out what will eventually happen.
Last but not leat this thing with the juries is turning hilarious: boosting Australia and Sweden and destroying Portugal and Ukraine will not gonna get you anywhere!
Well right or not, liked or not, here are my thoughts… Based on impressions, insanity and secure sources