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 #16 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Estonia, “Storm” by Victor Crone, written by Stig Rästa, Vallo Kikas, Victor Crone, Sebastian Lestapier, and Fred Krieger. The song is performed in English, and will be performed 14th at the first semi final on May 14th.
Victor Crone was born and raised in Sweden, and first got into music at the age of 15. He moved to the states when he was 18, and had the opportunity to work at his craft alongside legendary songwriters like Diane Warren and Desmond Child. He began his performing career while in the US in 2014 and has been at it ever since.
OK, as much as I love this song, and have it placed pretty high in my picks, I have a number of problems with it. First, thematically it’s almost identical to a song from the 2018 contest…and that song also had the same title. “Storm” by SuRie, the entry from the UK last year, talks about weathering life’s storms and making it through. Victor Crone‘s “Storm“…has the EXACT same sentiment, and the same outcome. As noted it even shares the title. But Crone does offer a “gender flip” of the song from last year – it’s clearly from a male point of view. He also has grace and charm on stage, the ladies think he’s very handsome, and he has a great voice as well. Plus, it’s more uptempo than the SuRie entry from last year. So that’s why I have it so high. Plus, like I said, I genuinely love the song, because the performance is out of this world.
Estonia made its EuroVision debut in 1994, taking part in 24 contests to date. They have one Grand Final championship under their belt as well, with 2001’s “Everybody” by Tanal Padar, Dave Benton, and 2XL. They failed to qualify for the Grand Final in 2017, but came roaring back in 2018; the operatic “La Forza” by the marvelous Elina Nechayeva, finished in 8th place in the grand final
Check out the stylish performance video from the Estonia finals…it’s pretty damn cool…
Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through this year’s finals on May 18 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! My daily song countdown will appear on all three sites, with some additional material coming to both Planet BM and TKR in the days and weeks’ ahead. I missed a few days due to personal issues, so I’m playing catch-up now, and will have two or three entries per day with my #1 pick being revealed on Sunday May 12.
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Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And hopefully, we’ll get to see the finals again this year somewhere – American fans, with Logo dropping coverage this year, let’s let AXS know we want to see it become the American home of EuroVision!