The Eurovision Song Contest was on this past weekend. It is an event that I look forward to each year. I first watched Eurovision when I was a kid; my dad introduced me to it. I loved the kitsch, outlandish nature of the performances. It was pure entertainment. I can’t remember what year I first watched Eurovision, but I know that I have been watching it almost every year since I was eleven-years-old, which was in 2005, only missing it in 2009 and 2010.
Something I have noticed in the competition overall is that it has moved further away from the zany with each passing year, which is somewhat of a blessing, because we’re not subjected to as many terrible songs and singing. At the same time, some of the charm and cultural diversity has been sapped from the show. Not as many contestants are singing in their own language, opting to sing in English instead, which is disappointing.
Despite that, I think the Grand Final performances were fairly strong this year. There were not many songs that I thought were outright bad. Even so, I did have my favourites, which I am going to share with you.
My Top 6 Eurovision 2015 Performances
1. Loïc Nottet – Rhythm Inside (Belgium)
I especially liked the choreography during this performance. It was simple, but interesting and effective. It was different to any of the other performances. I did like the song, too, and Loïc Nottet’s vocals were great.
2. Elina Born & Stig Rästa – Goodbye To Yesterday (Estonia)
I enjoyed this song. Born and Rästa did a pretty good job, but I think that this song could be covered by some other artists, who have stronger singing abilities, and be even better. I also liked the use of the shadows on the stage.
3. Aminata – Love Injected (Latvia)
For some reason, this gives me The Fifth Element vibes. I love the quirky, artistic element to this performance and song. Aminata looked amazing on the stage.
4. Guy Sebastian – Tonight Again (Australia)
When it was first announced that Guy Sebastian would be representing Australia, I thought that he was a serviceable choice, but I was underwhelmed by it. Once I heard a preview of the song he was going to sing, Tonight Again, I was more optimistic. Seeing his actual performance on the night of the Grand Final, I can now say that he was a great choice. The song is catchy and he outsung practically all of the other contestants.
5. Nina Sublatti – Warrior (Georgia)
I’m not sure why I liked this song as much as I did, but I did, so there.
6. Maraaya – Here For You (Slovenia)
I’m not a huge fan of the song itself, but Marjetka Vovk’s vocals were striking, which is the main reason why I enjoyed it as much as I did. Also, you gotta love the headphones and the intense air violinist. Pure Eurovision.
I cannot end this post without talking about what an historic occasion, and an exciting one, this year was for Australian Eurovision fans, like myself. As you can see by my list, Australia officially participated in the contest this year as part of Eurovision’s 60th anniversary celebrations! This meant that, for the first time ever, I was able to vote. It was pretty exciting stuff, guys. I had to get up at 4:30AM to watch the Grand Final live at 5AM, but it was worth it. I voted for Belgium twice, Estonia, Latvia, and Slovenia once. There was some problems with the voting, so I don’t think all of my votes were counted, but I was able to participate in Eurovision like I had never been able to before and that was good enough for me.