I didn’t watch the Eurovision this year. Well, I usually don’t.
I’m not interested in listening to about 50 pop songs.
There are countries that sometimes promote artists who don’t play pop, but they’re mediocre most of the time.
Plus, over 25 languages are spoken in Europe, but most songs are in English.
I’m not saying Eurovision is dumb, unfair or useless; it’s not my cup of tea, that’s all.
I’m not even motivated to cheer my own country, because the entry Italy chooses is the Sanremo winner. Sanremo is the national music competition, and it wasn’t made to bring artists that could compete in the Eurovision. Most Italians are singer-songwriters and sing in their native language.
The audience can’t understand the lyrics, but thankfully, they can feel the emotions, and some songs keep on playing in the hearts of people, despite what the Eurovision results are.
Well, I’m done with my rant for now.
This year, Netherlands won and Italy made it to the 2nd place.
I decided to make a list of the top 6, so I can make my own top 5 out of those.
I have to exclude my own country, you know.
Please, use the up/down votes to choose your favorite.
Mahmood also won the Composer Award.
Am I going to be unbiased about this one? I can't promise.
Not a pop song! Not a song about love!
Perhaps this can be seen as pop because it's mainstream, but I can definitely confirm it is not about love.
It's about family. Mahmood tells about his father, who left his family because he ran after money (soldi). Very touching, if you can understand the lyrics.
I love ethnic music, or whatever has some folklore into it.
The vocals are peculiar, but it's a phrase that makes the song truly exotic.
Waladi waladi habibi ta'aleena, it's Arabic and means "My son, my son, darling, come here".
Mahmood (Alessandro) is Italian but got Egyptian roots from his father.
Yes, the same father who left home for SOLDI, SOLDI, SOLDI.
Placement in my top 5: N/A
Elettropop. The music brings me back in time.
This song has yoik! Yoik is the singing style of the Saami (Northern Scandinavia), similar to the Native American vocalizations. This choice really boosted the song, as far as I'm concerned. I've already told you I like ethnic music.
Placement in my top 5: 1st place!
Another pop song about love. When John sings "Is it too late..." I get Justin Bieber in my mind that says "... now to say sorry".
However, I can't be cruel with such a perfect voice.
Not my genre, but it's a beautiful song nevertheless.
You may wonder about his nationality. He's Swedish.
Okay, he was adopted when he was a week old. He was born in London, UK.
Alright, alright. John is of Nigerian origin. You happy now?
Placement in my top 5: 3rd place.