Eurovision 2016 – Every selection seas comes up with memorable moments and even controversial moments. Here I will look at the highlights and some of the controversial moments of the selection season that has just been. I may get opinionated in parts so feel free to comments below.
A fix in Malta?
So National Finals are used a lot in Eurovision but should you still use them if you already know who you want to represent you?
Well this year Malta shortlisted Twenty songs for their Selection and two of those were submitted my Ira Losco. She managed to take only one to the Final and that song was “Chameleon” which ended up winning. The thing is, immediately in a press conference after she said she would be singing another song at Eurovision.
The question is… Why shortlist two songs by the same person if those songs were never intended for Eurovision? Why allow her to sing two songs at all? Well I guess that would be to give her a better chance of winning adding to the fact she was second to last to sing in the Final.
Eventually, shortly after deadline her song “Walk on Water” was revealed and Malta are now up in the top 5 of the Bookies Betting so maybe this was the best choice for Malta but…. Couldn’t they have saved the Maltese Public voting money if they had just internally selected her?
Germany Withdraw Xavier Naidoo
In November 2015, NDR announced that they had internally selected Xavier Naidoo to represent them in in Stockholm. This however met immediate back lash from German (and international) fans due to the singers previous controversial moments. Xavier has shown to be both racist and homophobic in the past and is also a supporter of the Reichsbürgerbewegung movement.
A week later Thomas Schreiber, ARD’s entertainment coordinator announced that they had withdrawn their offer to Naidoo and later reveal that a National Selection wou.ld take place instead
Controversy in Ukraine
Ukraine are one of four countries returning to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 and they have come back with a bang. Ukraine used a National Selection this year which took the form of two semi finals and a final. Two of this years contestants caused some controversy during this time, those tow being SunSay and eventual winner Jamala.
SunSay won the second semi final getting full marks from the jury and the public at home for their song “Love Manifest”. Shortly after the win it was revealed that a different version of the song had been released on YouTube at the end of 2014 raising questions about the songs eligibility as songs had to be younger than September 2015. The video never got a lot of views however and the song as it was sounded too different to the final product that NTU declared it eligible.
Jamala was also very popular in the National Selection winning the first Semi Final and of course going on to win the final as well but it wasn’t known if the EBU would allow it to be performed at the contest. Her song “1944” is a message about the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in the Soviet Union ordered by Stalin in the same year. Political songs are not allowed under the EBU rules of the contest and some people believe that “1944” fall under that umbrella. The EBU feel differently however and say that the song does not directly support any political message or following.
Disappointment in Poland
Leading up to the Polish National Final the country were tipped as favourite to win the contest in May. The reason was due to the singer Margaret who was taking part with her song “Cool Me Down”. A huge favourite with the fans it looked a certainty that she would win the final but she was beaten by Michal Szpak with his song “Colour of Your Life”. After the final ended the betting on Poland started going down although the country is still a respectable 16th in the odds at the time of writing.