Today is May 5 and with nine more days left until the start of Eurovision, I decided it’s time to pick my top five countries. I haven’t yet decided who I will give my 12 points to, but it will probably be one of these countries. I think only one has a chance of actually winning Eurovision. These are my winners in alphabetical order.
Adrian Lulgjuraj and Bledar Sejko, “Identitet” (Identity)
I’m a rocker chick at heart and I love me a good rock anthem. This is a great rock anthem! I love Adrian’s voice and Bledar’s badass guitar playing. Will this win Eurovision? Not a chance. I’m not even sure it will final. Don’t care. I love it.
Elitsa & Stoyan, “Samo Shampioni” (Only Champions)
This hits my sweet spot when it comes to something both traditional and modern. Love the drums, the bagpipe and Elitsa’s extraordinary voice. I hope they get enough votes to make it to the final, but I think they’re too ethnic and unusual to win. Too bad, because they are awesome.
Emmelie de Forest, “Only Teardrops”
“Only Teardrops” has been acknowledged the current frontrunner and for good reason. It’s haunting and beautiful, and Emmelie de Forest has a lovely voice as well as a unique and graceful stage presence. Denmark has a strong chance of a very deserved win.
Koza Mostra & Agathonas Iakovidis, “Alcohol is Free”
I’m thinking my fellow Gogol Bordello and Pogues fans are with me on this one. I love the folk punk genre and this nails it. I’m so glad Greece went with something high energy and fun. Won’t win and might not final, which would be too bad, because this song is a party and deserves to be heard twice.
El Sueño De Morfeo, “Contigo Hasta El Final” (With You Until The End)
Celtic rock is another favorite genre of mine and hearing it in Spanish makes it even more special. As a band, El Sueño De Morfeo is fresh and appealing. I’d love to hear more from them. Since Spain is one of the so-called “Big Five” sponsors of Eurovision, ESDM is already a finalist, which is actually a shame. I think they’d get more support if people could watch them twice. I don’t believe they’ll win, but they could make the top 10.