The 60th Eurovision song contest takes place tonight in Vienna
It’s that time of year again, when musical excellence is decided over back stage political sidings, tactical voting and petty past grievances. I don’t mean X-Factor, I can only be talking the Eurovision Song Contest. This year Austria host, and it’s shaping up to be a great year for Euro-Sex-Pop and quirky performances.
After the Semi Final’s one of the most forward thinking Eurovision acts ever won’t be present. Sadly Finland didn’t get enough votes, along with Moldova, Netherlands, Macedonia, Belarus, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Malta, Portugal, Czech Republic, Iceland and Switzerland, and wont be performingin the Grand Final. This is a massive shame as Finland’s Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät have an interesting story along with an amzing song. Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät are a punk band who formed in a charity shop in 2009. Since then they’ve taken the country my storm, and look set to conquer the rest of Europe with their frank songs about social inequality. The final will be slightly less enjoyable now they’re not performing.
While it’s disappointing about Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät absence there are plenty of performances to get excited about. Thisyeairnmusic’s man in Vienna has given us the lowdown on the songs he thinks will be pushing for a podium finish.
Måns Zelmerlöw has given Sweden the biggest chance of Eurovision glory with Heroes. It basically has everything a Eurovision song needs to win. Catchy chorus, mixing of genres (faux country guitars meets dance beats). Heroes is also the booking favourites as they are the Chelsea of Eurovision.
Nadav Guedj performs a nigh octane that mixes traditional Israeli sounds, with a Western pop sensibility. This track is definitely worth a punt each way.
Loïc Nottet has bumped up Belgium’s chances of winning with this Lorde inspired single Rhythm Inside. This is another one that should finish on the podium, so maybe an each way bet wouldn’t be a bad idea.
This is the wildcard bet, but our insider thinks Elina Born & Stig Rästa could pull off a surprise win with their song Goodbye to Yesterday. It has a soaring chorus and enough indie charm that might grab them the top spot
The last entry that deserves a mention is Australia’s entry. Yes I did say Australia. For the first time ever they’re taking part, still not entirely sure how Australia are part of Europe, but they’ve been included. Whether they’ll be successful and win the whole thing will remain to be seen.