Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas for you. May it bring joy to you. 🙂

Below are the Christmas songs/carols for you to enjoy from around the world.

Poland

Dzisiaj w Betlejem (Today in Bethlehem, traditional carol)

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On EuroMusic and Eurovision 2014

EuroMusic Contest 2014 and Eurovision 2014 should be not a new topic for those who follow and read my blog regularly (thank you!).

With this summary I’ll end the topic of Eurovision 2014, which had its grand final on 10th May 2014. EuroMusic will have a final on 30 June, so until the beginning of July you can be sure I’ll still write about it.

It’ll be a really long post, but with some music and videos as well.

Ladies and Gentlemen… let’s start.

Winners

EuroMusic Contest 2014

The number one artist from all 40 countries was Daniel Kajmakoski from Macedonia. He got over 11.000 votes from public.

Eurovision 2014

Number one is Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst with a song “Rise Like a Phoenix”. Voted the best by both public and juries.

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Eurovision 2014 final

I wanted to write a post commenting all the final songs in Eurovision, but ummm…. I got too hooked in and commenting with friends on Facebook, etc.

Below I’ll present my TOP 10, based on the fun factor, and my own taste. My opinion was also influenced by the lyrics or by the language of the song. Montenegro stayed till the end in my TOP 10, because I applaud so rare (on Eurovision) singing in his native language. The order is based on alphabet, not the exact grades. And after that I’ll write the official TOP 10.

My TOP 10 Eurovision 2014

Armenia

Aram MP3 – Not Alone

Austria

Conchita Wurst – Rise Like a Phoenix

Azerbaijan

Dilara Kazimova – Start a Fire

Denmark

Basim – Cliche Love Song

Iceland

Pollapönk – No Prejudice

Montenegro

Sergej Ćetković – Moj Svijet

Slovenia

Tinkara Kovač – Round and round

Sweden

Sanna Nielsen – Undo

Switzerland

Sebalter – Hunter of Stars

Official TOP 10 Eurovision 2014

Austria

Conchita Wurst won with 290 points. This time I voted on Austria.

The Netherlands

Second place with 238 points. I dislike the country music, so they didn’t capture my heart.

Sweden

218 points. Don’t undo her after the contest.

Armenia

174 points. Aram MP3 is definitely not alone!

Hungary

143 points. Run, Forrest, Run!

Ukraine

113 points. I wonder how much the votes reflects the political support.

Russia

89 points. The public in Copenhagen didn’t boo on artists (luckily) but there was booing whenever any country decided to give them high notes. Definitely political. I’m not sure I like it.

Norway

88 points. Tho it never got to my TOP 10, I enjoyed this song. So here, a special treat.

Denmark

Only 74 points this year and 9th place.

Spain

Also 74 points. The song put me off.

That concludes the TOP 10. Only 5 of my songs got into it, tho more songs I supported along the way.

Btw, Poland got 14th place in the end.

Who did you vote? Did you enjoy the contest? Do you like the songs?

Eurovision 2014 2nd semi-final

On Thursday, 8th May 2014 there was a second semi-final of the Eurovision contest. 15 contestants, 10 went on to the Saturday’s final.

On Tuesday, 6th May 2014, 7 of the songs I counted on went to the final. On Thursday, 6 of my chosen songs went to the final. Including the song that I voted on.

My 6 songs in final

Malta

Firelight – Coming Home

Austria

Conchita Wurst – Rise Like a Phoenix

Finland

Softengine – Something Better

Switzerland

Sebalter – Hunter of Stars

I voted for them!

Slovenia

Tinkara Kovač – Round and round

Romania

Paula Seling & OVI – Miracle

The other 4

Israel

Mei Finegold – Same Heart

Georgia

The Shin and Mariko – Three Minutes to Earth

Lithuania

Vilija Matačiūnaitė – Attention

Ireland

Can-Linn (ft. Kasey Smith) – Heartbeat

All the rest

Polish song  of Donatan & Cleo – My Słowianie – We Are Slavic got to the final. I’m Polish, I should be happy, right? I’m not… see a video.

However they’re trying to explain “it’s just a joke” and “it’s a laugh on stereotypes of Polish” I can’t just accept that. They are rather further spreading the stereotypes. I wouldn’t vote for them even if I could. What do you think about this song and music video?

The others that got to the Saturday final: Norway, Greece and Belarus.

The unmentioned yet: Macedonia. Definitely the worst song (singer) in this semi-final.

 

Did the song you vote for got to the Saturday final? Who did you vote for? Do you have your Saturday favourite or not yet?

 

EuroMusic Contest 2014 again

I’ve already written about the idea behind EuroMusic Contest 2014. Remember, you can vote for your favourite artist/band once a day until 10th May.

I also wrote about one of the contestants, Ukrainian ElectroMush. Petra sings folk songs from around the world in their original languages.

So here are 5 more artists/bands from 5 countries that I like.

Poland

Ifi Ude

I discovered this singer from my hometown, Warsaw, only in the contest. I’ll write a full post on her another time, so now… I present you with the music video she submitted – ArkTika. If you like her songs, you can buy them (or full album) on iTunes.

Greece

10 Code

I discovered this rock band from Athens thanks to the contest. On September 2013 they debuted with EP the connection ep. which you can download on Jamendo. It’s free and legal, but if you like and can support them, please give them a donation.

Austria

Amity in Fame

I heard this band on Jamendo, a long time ago (I think). Tho their contest page might look poor, they already have 2 albums. You can download them on Amity in Fame’s Jamendo page.

Iceland

Audio Nation

A rock band from Reykjavik. If you like their songs, you can buy a single or album on iTunes.

Romania

Life On Mars

A pop band from Bucharest. Known mostly for their lives. I wouldn’t mind going to one, if I could. 😉

How do you like the artists/bands? Who will you vote for?