How beautiful is the new logo for Eurovision in Moscow?!? It's called Firebird and I love it. Usually it takes a while for me to adjust to the new logo but this time I instantly liked it. Not like the Finland 07 logo which I thought looked awful until I got used to it and changed my mind completely.
Tonight: UK, Finland and Denmark are selecting songs. It's all very exciting! Come back for updates tomorrow.
But this year Montenegro is sending something completely different. Something you'd expect Slovenia or Croatia would come up with on a good day. I fear I will grow tired of "Just get out of my life" after a few months since it is no understatement saying it's repetitive. But at the moment the song is stuck in my head and I'm very happy for Andrea and her country. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a live performance of the song but my hopes are high that she'll give a good performance in Moscow.
Montenegro. Andrea Demirovic - "Just Get Out Of My Life"
MGP 2009 semi 1 - Velvet - "Tricky"
The style of the song is like something you'd get by blending Kylie, Britney and Girls Aloud together. Not bad at all. I hope Velvet walks it in Spektrum, Oslo in February.
Thomas Bröndbo will go with them to the final while Espen Hana and Surferosa will meet again in Siste sjansen.
Waldo's People - "Lose Control"
Signmark feat. Ismo Ikonen - "Speakerbox"
Remu - "Planeetta"
Check Beck's new place to hear all songs. I'm saying Waldo's People to win on Jan 31. What are you saying?
- How do I live
- Because you loved me
- If I could turn back time
- Un-break my heart
- I don't want to miss a thing
- Can't fight the moonlight
- Don't turn around
What have all of these songs in common? Other than having been big hits?! Any guess? No? Diane Warren of course. This miracle woman of songwriting has been a favourite of mine since the early 90s. The first time I fell in love with her words (I think) was when I heard Celine Dion singing "Water from the moon" from her 1992 album "Celine Dion" also containing "If you asked me to" and "Love can move mountains" (by - surprise surprise - Warren).
In 2009 Diane Warren will compete in Eurovision! This is a dream come true for Posh. I was happy enough to have Andrew Lloyd Webber compose a song for the contest. Yesterday I found out that he will have Warren by his side writing the lyrics for his song. I'm in heaven! Some of my absolute favourite singers have recorded songs by Diane Warren. Celine Dion, Dusty Springfield, Elaine Paige... The list goes on and on. Now let's hope the Brits vote for Jade in Your country needs you and this could be a future ESC-classic!
Your country needs you (heat 1). Jade - "Deja vu"
More Diane Warren songs that I love is:
"Wherever would I be" - Dusty Springfield
"Heart don't change my mind" - Elaine Paige (in this clip Barbra Streisand)
"Any other fool" - Dusty Springfield (in this clip Patti Austin)
With Terry Wogan gone and a production team that actually give a damn this could be the turning point for Britain in the big ES of C. Good luck BBC!
- Velvet - Tricky
- Chicas del Coro - Men, men, men
- Espen Hana - Two of a kind
- Wenche Myhre - Alt har en mening nå
They are extremely unlike - pop, schlager, 60s and 40s sound - and I suppose that is why they stand out from the middle-of-the-road-pop-singer/songwriter-material. If I may be so bold I'd say already at this stage that the Norwegians should select "Tricky". I can't wait to hear the whole song and see the girls on stage. I hope to God that they can sing live but based on their CVs that shouldn't be a problem.
Also, I'm thrilled to have good ol' Wenche back in the game. Perhaps the song isn't as strong as I'd hoped for but she's Wenche for Godness sake! That makes up for almost anything in my book... However, 1992 is the year she was totally and utterly robbed of victory. Schlager at its best!
MGP 1992. Wenche Myhre - "Du skal få din dag i morgen"
Sweden 1988. Tommy Körberg - "Stad i ljus"
English version HERE called "Unchained Lights". Beautiful lyrics by Py Bäckman (I presume?!).
Norway 2008. Maria Haukaas Storeng - "Hold On Be Strong"
I would also like to add this video that I found on YouTube. Here's Maria in Norwegian Idol 2004. She finished 6th. What a voice that woman has. Amazing!
€5* and Posh continued the evening by going down memory lane watching Eurovision 2003. A year voted the best ESC-week ever by us who were in Riga. The fun we had. Crazy. The parties we went to. Crazy. The people we hung out with. Crazy. Ah, those were the days. I had forgot a lot of songs and some I wish never would have surfaced my consciousness again (hey Cyprus! hey Israel!) but also some gems that I really like. This is one of them. I didn't rate it at the time but afterwards it grew and grew on me and the singing is perfection to the last note.
I give you Portugal 2003.
Rita Guerra - "Deixa-me sonhar"
To hear the whole song in English, called "Keep the dream alive", click HERE.
Two countries have already choosen their entries - Albania and Turkey. I'm not convinced on Albania yet but the Turkish song has potential. Let me know your views!
Albania. Kejsi Tola - "Me Merr Ne Enderr"
Turkey. Hadise - "Tüm Tek Tek"