IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!
Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, I did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last year never made it to public consumption. So this year, rather than just cover the songs, I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such. Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary.
Next up on my countdown, it’s #37, it’s the official entry from Belgium, “Wake Up” by Eliot, written by Eliot Vassamillet and Pierre DuMoulin . The song is performed in English, and will be performed 10th on the first semi-final on May 14.
18 year old Eliot was a contestant on season seven of The Voice Belgique, and co-wrote the song entered in an internal selection by Belgium’s Eurovision committee
I have yet to figure out the ESC Fandom’s rabid support of Belgium and their totally lackluster tunes. This has happened every year I’ve been watching the contest. Everyone was gaga over the 2017 entry “City Lights” by Blanche, which was at best only so-so (and also written by this year’s co-writer DuMoulin), and which went on to finish the contest in an inexplicable fourth place, placing ahead of far better tunes. Last year’s entry, “Sennek’s “A Matter Of Time” also had a rabid following among the fans, but while it was better than the previous year’s entry, a lackluster live performance banished it from the grand final. That brings us to this…this milquetoast bland and totally boring “Wake Up” which is actually more likely to put people to sleep. The video is deadly boring, and while Eliot is a nice kid, easy on the eyes for the girls, and has a beautiful singing voice, this song is just blaaaaah. Even the lyrics, which are dark and mysterious, with hints of a relationship issue, are just meh. I’d actually compare it (and not favorably) in style if not substance to last year’s entry from Iceland, “Our Choice” by Ari Olafsson, which the ESC fan community utterly loathed, and I don’t understand the love for this song in any way, shape, or form. It’s frequently in the top five on fan YouTube countdowns. For me…nopity nope nope…it’s just TOO…DAMN….BORING…he might be able to save this with an amazing live performance at the semifinals…but I’m not counting on it…although even if the judges see what a bland song it is, teh fans will probably push it through the televoting, even though he doesn’t necessarily deserve it…
Belgium made their debut in EuroVision in the very first contest in 1956, and have participated sixty times – the three years they missed – 1994, 1997, and 2001 – they were relegated out due to low scores from previous contests. They have one Grand Final win under their belt in 1986’s “J’aime la Vie” by Sandra Kim. They have finished last eight times, with two “nul” points years in 1962 and 1965. Their fortunes have greatly improved of late – they have had four top ten finishers since 2010. But as noted above, they missed the cut for the grand finals last year.
Here’s the official music video…don’t watch it if you’re sleepy…:-)
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