I’m definitely a Eurovision fan. I watch the song contest every year and I usually get quite excited about it. And this year is the most exciting one of all because WE WON! We actually won, after 44 years, we finally won the contest again. I can still hardly believe it. But it really happened. So in today’s post, I want to talk about my Eurovision 2019 faves, I wanted to post this earlier. But the excitement got the better of me.
First off is, of course, our own Duncan Laurence with the song Arcade for The Netherlands. THE WINNER! To be quite honest, when they first announced Duncan was going to be our contestant, I was a little confused. He wasn’t known in The Netherland at the time. But when he released Arcade, all my doubts disappeared. This guy can really sing and the song is just so so beautiful. I’m so so proud of Duncan and our tiny little country. I love that this song is so simple, so small, it didn’t need fireworks on stage, it didn’t need anything. Just him, and some beautiful lighting. Which I think is quite refreshing in all of the Eurovision theatrics. And I guess Europe agreed, since WE FREAKING WON. Sorry for the capslocks, I’m just really happy ok! The last time The Netherlands won was in 1975… that was 20 years before I was even born. That’s crazy. Growing up I loved Eurovision but The Netherlands always failed, year after year. Not even going through to the final. And even though the last couple of years were better, I never imagined us ever winning. But Duncan did it with his beautiful Arcade. I can only hope that this is the start of an amazing career for him. I can not wait till he brings out new music. But until then I’m just going to have Arcade on repeat.
I also have to say, Saturday night was the most nerve-wracking night ever… The tension! Oh my goodness… They really know how to drag it out. And when the jury votes came in I honestly thought we weren’t going to make it for a while. I think everyone in The Netherlands thought that. But then slowly but surely we started getting more points. But then the real excitement came, the televoting… And that last moment when they were going to announce the winner took FOREVER. I died a hundred times… and then when they announced it, I just burst into tears. I couldn’t believe it. What a moment!
Winning also means that next year Eurovision will be in our country. Which is so crazy. I can not wait to see how we are going to organize it all. It’ll be fun. It also means that next year we’re in the final. Very excited about next year!
The second song that I really like actually came in second. And that is Italy’s Mahmood with the song Soldi. I have a weakness for Italy, I just love the country and love the language. But this song is just genuinely really good. It’s edgy, it’s modern and it has a great hook to it. Mahmood also released the album where Soldi is on, and I’ve been listening to it and I just really like it. There’s not a lot of Eurovision music or artists that I listen to past Eurovision but Mahmood is definitely going to be among the few! Loved it!
Next up is Switzerland; Luca Hänni with She Got Me. This song just makes you want to get up and dance. It’s as simple as that. It sticks in your head after only one listen and it’s just really upbeat and nice to listen to. I don’t really have anything else to say about this song, I just like it! Switzerland came in fourth. Which is definitely good and well deserved. Though I’d have prefered third place (instead of Russia), but hey that’s just my personal opinion.
My next fave is the band Lake Malawi from the Czech Republic with their song Friend of a Friend. Such a fun song! This song is the definition of an earworm. I found myself singing along to the chorus during my first listen. It’s just a nice song. It came in eleventh, but in my opinion, it should have at least been in the top ten.
The last song I want to mention is Chameleon by Michela for Malta. An upbeat pop song, that again sticks in your head. Michela is only 18, which is incredible. Being up on that big stage at that age, with all the pressure. Respect! You could definitely tell she was young, she looked a bit unsure and nervous. Especially at the semi-final, but she did a lot better at the final. She just has that likeability and innocence I guess. And a good song of course! Malta came in sixteenth. Way too low if you ask me.
That’s it, my faves of Eurovision 2019. With, of course, Arcade being the biggest of em all. See you in The Netherlands for Eurovision 2020!