EUROPE – The annual oikopanel review and votes for the Eurovision Song Contest participants begins. Today we present you the positions 14 to 6 as voted by the editors and affiliates of oikotimes.com: Fotis Konstantopoulos, Morten Kaiser, Luka Popovic, Jaime Solloso, Victor Cruz Lafuente, Olivier Rocher, Anastasia Bachas, David Hache, Geoff Lozano, Fred Medeiros, Darren Tompsett, Kyirakos Gold and Elias. Let’s see though how our editors feel about the overall participants in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Today we present you the overall review by David Hache from Belgium and Morten Kaiser from Denmark.
DAVID HACHE FROM BELGIUM
In my opinion, Eurovision 2017 look a little bit boring. All countries seem to have started a race to modernity and sophistication. And for me it results in a canopy of boring songs with very few interest. But on the other hand, good songs are awesome and should all remain as big Eurovision hits. Italy, Azerbaijan & Belgium are, for me, clearly above competition. With their own style, those 3 entries have everything to win the competition. I would like to point Belgium in competition. We were so used to hear the famous “Belgium one point” but we are facing since 2013 a tremendous change as Belgium is one of the best countries since then! A little bit behind we find Romania, Australia, Hungary, and… The Netherlands ! I would probably be the only one here placing Netherlands so high, but this is probably the most harmonic song of the competition. If perfectly sang, it is a delight for ears. But at least we have some melody here. The funniest song of the competition is for me United Kingdom. If you close your eyes, you could imagine her singing on Dover’s cliffs, wrapped in the EU flag, looking to Calais…
On the disappointing side we find Sweden that played the easy card probably afraid to be in position to win again !? Russia is probably the smartest stupidity we’ve ever seen, to be taught in schools for politics. Unable to win competition they use handicap as a sensitive string. France is also disappointing for me as it seemed last year that they have understood the competition. Countries that are sending songs that are supposed to refer to the image of a country are not working. But countries that are sending songs which refer to artists with their own imagination and talents even if it is not referring to the image that people have of the country, are in general winning songs. But more me, we have other global problems, at least 2. First one, is when you have a good song, you first have to look is the country wants to organize competition! So maybe EBU has to thing another way for electing hosting city, it would help to improve quality of the songs. As second, and this is in my opinion the most redundant problem: copycat!!! Every year it comes on the table but going more and more every year. I speak about Germany here! What a fraud, what disappointment! The only result is to lower quality of the show and give extremely signals to all artists of Europe that are craving to make music. All about politics and money… we go generally in a wrong way Sir EBU!
MORTEN KAISER FROM DENMARK
The class of 2017 is a good collection of songs in many directions. At first Eurofans were worried about the many ballads chosen in the national finals, but seeing the overall selection of songs there are many different styles in music this year. I think 2017 is a strong year and there will hopefully be a fight between many countries when the winner will be decided. A concern about 2017 is that many of the songs are good radio hits. That doesn’t necessary make a good Eurovision song. In Eurovision you have to nail it on the stage live and I could worry that countries like Belgium, FYR Macedonia, France and Serbia doesn’t deliver on the stage. Italy is the one everyone is talking about this year and I do understand. The song stands out and the happy performance could make many people vote for it – and let’s not forget that people all around Europe likes to hear the Italian language in the songs.
But Italy will hopefully get a strong competition from Bulgaria. Kristian is delivering a really good and strong performance and I really hope Bulgaria will do well this year after last year’s success with Poli! In my top I also see FYR Macedonia, Israel, Serbia and Azerbaijan which has really grown on me. In the other end I have countries like Croatia, Slovenia, Malta and San Marino. They doesn’t speak to me at all and they all sound very outdated. Jaques from Croatia probably has a good voice but the weird changes in style in the song really makes me wanna scream: “NEXT PLEASE!” But I’m looking so much forward to seeing all 42 songs on the stage and everyone should have a fair chance to qualify and nothing has been decided before the live shows. That’s the lovely thing about Eurovision. Maybe we will see a surprise winner? Let’s celebrate diversity together and may the best song win!
OIKOPANEL 2017 RANKS 14 – 05