So, the countdown of all countdowns continues……
Song: “Mr Nobody”
Artist: Anzej Dezan
Position: 16th in Semi Final
When I first saw the official video for this, I thought, way over the top camp but it was more toned down at Eurovision which is a good thing and he sang very well. Not sure about the ladies around him, they didn’t quite seem to gel that well, looked a tad messy!
Song: “We’ve Got The World”
Artist: Mickey Joe Harte
What can I say? I loved everything about Mickey Joe’s performance, great voice, great emotion and great energy. I don’t think however, the dresses did anything for the backing singers at all! A small price to pay though and Mickey Joe did us proud, I still love hearing that song!
Country: United Kingdom
Song: “Knock Knock, Who’s There”
Artist: Mary Hopkins
This was a very cutsie, feel good song from the U.K. in 1970. From what I know, Mary Hopkins was not happy with this song and regretted doing Eurovision afterwards. Mary, you have nothing to be ashamed about, this was a good entry!
Song: “Addicted To You”
Really enjoyed Laura’s performance with this song. She made a huge effort to inject energy into this song and it worked for her. A decidedly catchy number from Finland which was not appreciated enough by Europe in my book!
Song: “Pump Pump”
Artist: Fredi & Friends
Now this is a very guilty pleasure of mine and for many others! That girl with the perm is crazy and I love watching her, she is addictive, along with the very gigantic Fredi himself! Also, I think the male backing singer may actually be a puppet, he barely moved for the entire performance!
I enjoyed this song the first time I heard it but I was severely let down when I watched the live performace. This song has only made it to my no:75 because of the song and not the singer. She was without any sex appeal, decent choreography, sassiness or personality!
Song: “Man Mou”
Artist: Hara & Andreas Konstantinou
The piece of music at the start of this had me gripped before being led into a sound from Cyprus I have come to appreciate over the years from having family there. This was probably my 2nd favourite in 1997 after the actual winner. (The dress didn’t help her but she’s forgiven!)
Country: Bosnia & Herzigovina
Song: “Call Me”
Position: 14th in Final
I first heard this while at work with my best friend and we both got excited when we heard this. The performance was high energy, high pitch and high teeth but it was instantly catchy, instantly a hit. Wonder what they thought after when they realised that they thanked Copenhagen after the song instead of Kiev who where hosting the show?
Song: “Comme Ci, Comme Ca”
Position: 15th in Semi Final
Had never been a fan of Evridiki before this performance but she converted me, great powerful dramatic performance which should definitely in my opinion reached the final! The song along with her outfit were ultra modern and she had a very severe look that just drew you in. Loved it!
Song: “Feeling Alive”
Artist: Stelios Konstantos
Don’t understand how this ended up 20th as this song was one of my favourites in 2003. Shame on Europe! However, those dancers around him, especially the blonde one pictured above, really deserves a slap. She’s hanging out of him like a cheap handbag…says it all really! Still love the song though and Stelios performed it brilliantly!
Song: “Moja Stikla”
Position: 12th in Final
Severina has a crazy look in her eyes like she needs to be assessed however as you go through my Top 100, you will notice there are a certain amount in here partly for their crazy behaviour. She put on a great show, maybe a bit too much in that dress. Very upbeat, very cool and it’s all about a stiletto…what more could you want? Also, being in the audience that year, I nearly took flight with all the excitement for this!
Song: “Rock Me”
Only my second winner so far in this 100 countdown, I really fell in love with this song, it was typical 80′s but with a more quirky sound. The outfits & presentation was brilliantly 80′s, over the top but wonderfully like a cheap tacky nightclub that you have fond memories of!
Song: “1 Life”
Position: 23rd in Final
I first heard this on the official Eurovision cd and it was an early favourite with me. I enjoyed Xandee’s performance and I think she should have placed much higher. Maybe her female dancer having a wardrobe malfunction didn’t help and it was also a year with a high standard of songs.
Song: “Forogj Vilag”
Position: 12th in Final
I didn’t fall in love with this when I first heard it or even when I saw it but it really grew on me afterwards & that can often happen with certain songs in Eurovision which is a problem when you want to be instantly memorable. I just wished the singer might have smiled a bit more like she was enjoying it, she was quite stern looking!
Song: “Playing With Fire”
Artist: Ovi & Paula Seling
Position: 3rd in Final
Great song, wanted it to do really well at Eurovision but did not expect the great performance they gave! They were amazing, they rocked the stage and they had some very good competition in 2010!
Artist: Giorgos Alkaios & Friends
Position: 8th in Final
Greece have a good record in Eurovision and I thought this would go a bit higher than it did. Very good song, great dancers, extremely catchy. My only issue with this whole entry is the lead singer. I think he is way too confident, too cocky. In my view, he can’t dance and he does not contribute enough, they should have sent someone in his place!
Song: “Rimmi Rimmi Ley”
Position: 13th in Final
This is one of my other guilty pleasures, Gulseren also posesses that craziness that I enjoy from some performers. She is wacky and did enough screaming for a woman giving birth but I still loved it.
Song: “Jan Jan”
Artist: Inga & Anush
Position: 10th in Final
Another crazy pair of sisters….great song, great staging! From the moment I heard this in their national final, I thought they would do well and I was happy they made much more of an effort when they got to Eurovision.
Song: “Je Ne Sais Quoi”
Artist: Hera Bjork
Position: 19th in Final
Wonderful song, very good singer, staging wasn’t the best but a shame it didn’t come higher up in the voting. A great song for a club, just leave that dress at home!
Artist: Silvia Night
Position: 13th in Semi Final
Silvia Night…..what a performance! I was near the stage for this performance and the audience really booed her before she even sang. She put on a great show but that is her thing! She went ballistic on stage after her name was not called to go though to the final, shouting and screaming. Everyone was stuck to their seat just watching her! She is great entertainment…love her or hate her!
So….there you have songs 80 down to 61!
What do you think so far?
Which ones would you have further up in your list or not in your list at all maybe?
There is always one entry in any given year, that “guilty pleasure” that you know you shouldn’t like but for some unexplained reason, no matter how hard your good taste trys to stop you, you can’t help but secretly fall in love with a song and performance. One of those songs and performances for me was Romania’s entry in 2004…
Sanda Ladosi entered with “I Admit”, an uptempo Eastern infused number about her admitting to her lover (which I am guessing was NOT her stylist) that she loved him and hoped he wasn’t a dream.
Now there are so many things wrong with this performance, her look, her lack of rhythm, her outfit, as one commentator put it, the “less clothes, more hair” approach to fashion, but for some reason that I cannot explain with any sense of logic, I love this.
I love that fact that she looks like an extra from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, that she couldn’t decide on what to wear so wore her “sexy” nightie, I particulaly love the little shoulder dance she does on “I admit, I admit”, the dancer who decided to wear a see-through meshed vest ala Miranda’s gay work colleague in that Sex & the City episode. I love the by now obligatory feel up by her backing dancers, the Marcel Marceau hand movements and the throwing of gold dust for no apparent reason, maybe just to distract viewers from that hair for 2 seconds.
Anyways, when I got both the DVD and CD in the post after the Contest, it was this song and this performance that I ended up listening to and watching on repeat….
So there is my guilty pleasure, what’s yours?