Reviewing Eurovision 2017 Entries – Automatic Qualifiers

We’re at the last installment of the Eurovision 2017 entries reviews! We finally get to wrap up our reviews of the 42 participating countries, plus Russia. I have to end the series now since today’s the beginning of the rehearsals, as we get to view the songs in a different light by this time as they plan their stagings and other aspects of the performance.

 

All the previous installments (including this one) are already compiled in the announcement post, so check them out if you haven’t.

 

Now these entries have the advantage of already being in the final. Customary to the contest is the inclusion of the previous contest’s winner in the final which is normally the host country, and the Big 5 countries – they that have the biggest contributions in the broadcasting union.

 

We’ll begin with the host country.

 

Ukraine

O.Torvald – Time

 

 

The host country is giving us what is closest we can have to hard rock this year. It might sound more slick than gritty because of the vocals, but it helps it to be quite accessible. They’ll have to rely on a striking yet inoffensive staging (probably something like their NF finals performance shown above) to do well.

 

Now we have the Big 5 entries.

 

France

Alma – Requiem

 

 

France is on a roll lately with their on-point internal selections; the selection of Alma is just a proof of that. The original version which was released before it was chosen as the entry was something I repeated over and over. The revamped version (with English lyrics and more pronounced strings and piano) made me abandon it for a while because it sounded awkward for me, but I can’t help myself – I listened to it again and got hooked again somehow. It also helps that she has improved with every live performance, and is a certified belle (♥ ♥ ♥).

 

Germany

Levina – Perfect Life

 

 

Does this sound familiar to you? If you think this sounds like a particular song, you’re not alone. I can say the production has been the weakest link in this song. Other than that, this has okay-ish lyrics and she can sing decently. The previous two entries, however decent, ended last place. Will this avoid a hat-trick of last places for Germany?

 

Italy

Francesco Gabbani – Occidentali’s Karma 

 

 

If you’re looking for this year’s front-runner, here you are: an intelligently written song disguised as a fun one. People might see it as a gimmicky one on the night, especially with the gorilla being a part of the performance. It also doesn’t help that the song was cut significantly for Eurovision, but Francesco’s charisma and energy might just be enough for people to dance and shout alé!

 

Spain

Manel Navarro – Do It For Your Lover

 

 

It’s another bilingual effort for Spain, which went full English last year. Listening to this summery song is like sipping a cold drink on the beach (which is most likely soda as this doesn’t click too much with me). Everything works well for this song – melody, lyrics, vocals – but Manel has to exude a warmer aura for the audience to love him and vote for him.

 

United Kingdom

Lucie Jones – Never Give Up On You

 

 

Lucie has arguably one of the best voices this year. The song, co-written by Emmelie De Forest, is a grower for me. I initially thought the song was okay and the lyrics were cheesy (plus Lucie’s theatrical approach to the song). The revamp with some more beats added the drama I was looking for and made it more contemporary, and I’m liking it so much since it came out. Brexit shouldn’t stop this song from doing well with the juries at least.

 

And we’re done! Thank you to those you followed this series of entries reviews! I know I can still work on scrutinizing the songs further, and will do my best to present the songs better next time. I might do more ESC-related posts, so stay tuned! Until then, enjoy listening! 😀

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