ESCountdown 2019: #33 – “That Night” by Carousel, Latvia

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.

In at #33 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Latvia, “That Night” by Carousel, written by Aleksandrs Volks, Mārcis Vasiļevskis, and Sabīne Žuga. The song is performed in English, and will be performed 5th on the second semi-final on May 16.

Mārcis Vasiļevskis and Sabīne Žuga have been performing as Carousel since 2015.

This is a nice, pleasant little story song, reminding me of classic national folk styles…but that’s about it. The vocals are very pleasing and the song is very “minstral”-like, telling a story and they hit the mark they intended to hit. It’s not bad, not great, it just is. That’s about the best I can say about it, unfortunately, it really doesn’t do much for me, although  I do really enjoy it’s stark difference from other Eurovision entries this year…

Latvia made their debut in EuroVision on the cusp of the 21st century in 2000, and have participated 19 times since They have captured the Grand Final championship once, in 2002 with “I Wanna” by Marie N. Their 2017 and 2018 entries failed to make the Grand Final and they are looking for a return…but I don’t think it’s really in the cards…

Here’s the official music video…enjoy…

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