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Eurovision Home Concerts – Episode 1


Eurovision 2020 – No competition this year! So a lot of projects were put on the table, from different broadcasters. BBC, Stefan Raab or SVT have planned some sort of recognition for this year’s entries. Meanwhile, “home concerts” are posted on the contest’s official youtube page.

What do you think of these different projects? Which one do you want to follow the most?

732 comments on “Eurovision Home Concerts – Episode 1


  1. Michèle Torr: “Ce soir je t’attendais” (1966) – 10th

    Lyrics:
    “I have nothing more to do
    But to OPEN the door, ’cause I hear your steps”

    (“je n’ai plus rien à faire
    Que d’ouvrir, car j’entends ton pas”)

    • Oh, Michelle Torr ❤… that’s one of the reasons I like you guys here… I know absolutely no-one who’s nerdy enough to know ESC entries like this one and you guys just do… and on top have an opinion about it :-)… I actually loved both of Michelle’s entries, 77 was a bit more polished and cuter, with a storyline and everything, whereas 66 had a more emotional, demanding quality…
      I had her on no.1, in a year with an overall very high level…


  2. Colette Deréal: “Allons, allons les enfants” (1961) – 10th

    Lyrics:
    “Let’s go children, OPEN wide your ears
    (…)
    A beautiful white page, all white, is opened now”

    (“Allons les enfants, ouvrez grandes vos oreilles
    (…)
    Une belle page blanche, toute blanche, s’ouvre maintenant”)


  3. Mary Hopkin: “Knock, Knock Who’s There?” (1970) – 2nd

    Lyrics:
    “The door is always open wide” (3x)


  4. Jean-Paul Mauric: “Printemps, avril carillonne” (1961) – 4th

    Lyrics:
    “The bees buzz
    While all the leafbuds OPEN their homes”

    (“Les abeilles bourdonnent
    Tandis que tous les bourgeons ouvrent leurs maisons”)

  5. Rogers and Astaire again; I love this routine; I remember reading that she was bleeding from her feet after this number was filmed; they were prefectionists:

  6. New and final(?) version of Serbia 2020:


  7. After Ukraine, we are sorry to announce our second DQ: Australia.
    There is not a single occurrence of the word “OPEN” (or any other derived forms) in the lyrics of the Australian songs.


  8. After Ukraine and Australia, we are sorry to announce our third DQ: Azerbaijan.
    There is not a single occurrence of the word “OPEN” (or any other derived forms) in the lyrics of the songs from Azerbaijan.


  9. Niamh Kavanagh: “In Your Eyes” (1993) – 1st

    Lyrics:
    “I built a wall around me, afraid of letting go
    But suddenly an OPEN door I never saw before”


  10. Katja Ebstein: “Theater” (1980) – 2nd

    Lyrics:
    “Theatre, theatre, the curtain OPENS”

    (“Theater, Theater, der Vorhang geht auf”)


  11. Emilio Pericoli: “Uno per tutte” (1963) – 3rd

    Lyrics:
    “Then I OPEN my eyes and that moment I realise that
    There is no one, there is no one next to me”

    (“Poi apro gli occhi e allora mi accorgo che
    Non c’è, non c’è nessuna accanto a me”)

    Please note that the song from 1956, “Aprite le finestre”, by Franca Raimondi, was not eligible, as the full results for that year are unknown.

  12. Countries where it’s alright to be locked in in green:

  13. ESC song of the day:

  14. I am re-doing all sorts of rankings these days, so here is my personal TOP30 of 21st century.

    My number 8 (and 13) will probably raise many eyebrows, but it is what it is :-)))

    Here we go:

    30. Lost and forgotten – Peter Nalitch & Friends (RUS 2010)
    29. Complice – Miodio (SMR 2008)
    28. No dream impossible – Lindsay D (UK 2001)
    27. Tell me who you are – Malene (DEN 2002)
    26. Miss Kiss Kiss Bang – “Alex Swings Oscar Sings” (GER 2009)
    25. Et s’il fallait le faire – Patricia Kaas (FRA 2009)
    24. The war is not over – Walters & Kazha (LAT 2005)
    23. Wer Liebe lebt – Michelle (GER 2001)
    22. Dance alone – Jana Burčeska (NMC 2017)
    21. Drip drop – Safura (AZE 2010)

    20. Love kills – Roberto Bellarosa (BEL 2013)
    19. I can – Blue (UK 2011)
    18. Više nisam tvoja – Claudia Beni (CRO 2003)
    17. Children of the Universe – Molly (UK 2014)
    16. Le grand soir – Nuno Resende (BEL 2005)
    15. Nobody but you – Cesár Sampson (AUT 2018)
    14. La mia città – Emma (ITA 2014)
    13. Tu canción – Amaia & Alfred (ESP 2018)
    12. Frauen regier’n die Welt – Roger Cicero (GER 2007)
    11. Tears getting sober – Victoria (BUL 2020)

    10. Lejla – Hari Mata Hari (BIH 2006)
    09. L’enfer et moi – Amandine Bourgeois (FRA 2013)
    08. Verona – Koit Toome & Laura (EST 2017)
    07. Running scared – Ell & Nikki (AZE 2011)
    06. Euphoria – Loreen (SWE 2012)
    05. It’s my time – Jade Ewen (UK 2009)
    04. Quédate conmigo – Pastora Soler (ESP 2012)
    03. What about my dreams – Kati Wolf (HUN 2011)
    02. Kuula – Ott Lepland (EST 2012)

    and…

    01. L’essenziale – Marco Mengoni (ITA 2013)


  15. Klips ve Onlar: “Halley” (1986) – 9th

    Lyrics:
    “Let it be good news… the world OPENED the door”

    (“Müjdeler olsun… dünya aç kapıyı”)


  16. Birthe Kjær: “Vi maler byen rød” (1989) – 3rd

    Lyrics:
    “Have a look around, OPEN your eyes, come out and hammer away”

    (“Tag og se dig omkring, luk øjnene op, spring ud og slå til”)

  17. So just as I was re-doing 1980 (lol) the EBU wants fans to send their videos singing “What’s another year” in their bedrooms and living-rooms. I have to say that’s quite a bizarre choice lyrics-wise. As if they’re saying who cares if a year is lost.

    It is commendable that they want to go a little further back than Foureira and Loreen in their tribute though.

    • I think it’s quite bizarre of them to demand fans to do anything at the moment. Maybe Reference Group could do this? With the troll they sent here to do crisis communications? As for the song choice the one who chose it quite didn’t get Johnny’s classic lament. It’s also a very difficult song to sing.
      Ding-a-Dong, anyone?

    • If they thought that this was funny, well no, it is not!

      Not only they are adding salt to an open wound with every statement they make, but now they are mocking ESC fans.

    • well I wouldn’t care WAITING for a year with these songs, or 6 months and having esc 2021 right away. But saying goodbye to all songs and to many artists is cruel :/

      • They need new a head of communications ASAP. And social media and ESC savvy marketing director as well. They really couldn’t have been able to handle this whole thing more unprofessionally. EBU is such an opaque seedy club of old men totally detached of reality. It shows.

  18. The first semi of Eurovisison 2020 organized by ESC United forum is today! It is live now on YT:

    It lasts max 1,5 h..

    Russia performs now..

    Can’t wait for the results.. :P

    The second semi where I voted as part o Serbian jury will be on April 10th! :D

  19. Since we mention songs about opening something (eyes, a door etc.). This one contains the line “We open our eyes (open up)”.

  20. I don’t know if anyone has posted this:

  21. Instead of “What’s another year” I hope eurofans start covering “Every way that I can” to send a message to the EBU about what they didn’t do this year.

  22. Speaking of What’s another year and Every way that I can (Michos’s comment above), here is what I think of the ESC winning songs since 1977 (my first eurovision):

    LOVE:
    1977, 1978, 1994, 1996, 2007, 2016, 2017 (77, 78, 94, 96, 17 my personal winners as well).

    LIKE:
    1983, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2019.

    OK:
    1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2018.
    (85, 00 are more of ok/dislike category, 05, 06, 18 have been downgraded from the Like category)

    DISLIKE:
    1979 (yes, I’m the odd one on this), 1988 (see 1979), 1992, 1999, 2002, 2003 (see 1979 as well), 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014 (13 and 14 have been downgraded from the OK category).

    HORROR:
    1984, 1989.

    • I’ve not seen all the contests but I’ve heard all the winners. Here’s my thoughts:

      Love: 1957, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, France 1969, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2012, 2016, 2017, Iceland 2020 (My winner hehe)
      Like: 1956, 1961, 1967, Netherlands 1969, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019
      Ok: 1959, 1960, 1966, Spain 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1986, 1989, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003
      Dislike: 1958, 1968, United Kingdom 1969, 1971, 1984, 1990, 1992, 2008, 2011
      Horror:

    • We agree on many and disagree on some, 1979, 1996 and 2003 f. e.

      I will try to tackle the 95 and 96 contests over Easter because Easter has been cancelled this year. :(

    • France 79 should have won.

    • I didn’t really like most of the winning songs, except 1987, 1988, 2011 and 2012.
      No winning song was ever my favourite (2011 and 2012 were both my second favourites), but some winners did make my TOP5 (1987, 1988, 2017).

      I somewhat liked 1983, 1986, 1991, 1997, 2007 and 2018.

      All the others were very average, or below average.

      My “horror” category include 1982, 1985, 1996, 2014, 2019, and my absoulte “WORST OF THE WORST” are 1995, 2000, 2009 and 2013 (yes, unfortunately it is 2 times Denmark and 2 times Norway, which is coincidence).

      • Glad to see the 2017 winner making it to your top 5 that year.

        • Yes; back then it was for a while even my number 1, but soon went down.
          It is a good song, altogether, but not the one that would be among my favourits.

          However, 2017 was not a strong year for me.

          I am glad to see that we agree on 13 and 14. Simply horriffic, especially that fake “fairy from the wood” from 2013.

    • Ι like this game! I have heard all the winners but I will only go after Gigliola’s win in 1964 and will rank them by decade:

      GREAT
      64, 65, 69 (FRA, NLD)
      71, 72, 74, 75, 77, 79
      95
      03, 04, 07, 09
      10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19

      GOOD
      67
      73, 76, 78
      80, 83, 86, 87, 88
      90, 98
      05
      15

      OK
      69 (ESP, GBR)
      70
      81, 82, 85
      91, 96, 97, 99
      06, 08

      NO
      66, 68
      84, 89
      92, 93, 94
      00, 01, 02
      11

      So when it comes to winners, it seems I like the ’70s and the teens but not much like the ’90s. Not a single great winner from the 80s though.

      • Our biggest disagreements: 79, 03, 94.

        • The only reason I think 2005 is simply good, it’s because of two great winners in the same genre that preceded it. Those were iconic, game-changing performances.

          • 2005 used to be my winner back then. Not anymore. Those lyrics…
            Btw, I could agree regarding Ruslana but not regarding Sertab. I could never warm up to Every way that I can.

            • The lyrics were fine in conveying the “we are here to win” message. Hungary is the only song that’s better that year and Switzerland was also very good.

            • 2005 is the edition that I cannot decide on my winner even after so many years.
              Yes, Hungary is the song that could be my #1 for that year. Her vocals were weak though.

    • We agree on quite a few of them:

      Love
      1994, 1997, 2017

      Like
      1977, 1979, 1980, 1988, 1995, 1996, 2010, 2012, 2016

      OK, mixed
      1978, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015

      Meh
      1983, 1986, 1990, 1991, 2001, 2002, 2014, 2019

      Don’t like
      1984, 1992, 2003, 2011, 2018

      Strongly dislike
      1998, 2008

      • Pre-1977

        Love
        1962, 1963, 1969FR

        Like
        1957, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1974

        OK, mixed
        1960, 1966, 1967, 1969ES, 1969NL, 1970, 1975, 1976

        Meh
        1956, 1959, 1969UK, 1972, 1973

        Don’t like
        1958, 1968, 1971

      • I remember you liking Israel 2018. Is it too much for you now?

        • I decided to give it a chance back then due to its quirkiness. However, the more I listen to it, the less I like it. It became increasingly hysterical and enervating to me. It’s very much a “with attitude” kind of entry as I hear it, and I have always had a strong dislike for such things (which, to me, usually means pretentiousness, fakeness, surface above content, and things like that). I prefer “with substance”…

          • Same here. “Toy” isn’t ageing well for me. Hence the downgrade from “Like” to “Ok”.

            • Interesting, btw, that the song people seem to remember from that year is “Fuego”.

            • That one was not of my taste to begin with, but Eleni was pitch perfect on stage.

            • Indeed she was. It’s probably an OK song, but not something I would want to buy in any case. The whole package was more about sex appeal than music though, and that’s why I was never really fond of it.

      • Glad to see that we agree on 94, 17 and 03.

      • Dare I move 1980 to the love category.

      • Second places (excl. 1956 and 1969)

        Love:
        1963, 1973, 1974, 1990, 1991, 2011, 2014

        Like:
        1965, 1966, 1970, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2008

        OK, mixed:
        1960, 1975, 1977, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019

        Meh:
        1957, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2009, 2010, 2016

        Don’t like:
        1958, 1959, 1968, 1985, 1987, 2017

        Outside any category:
        2007, 2012

        • “Outside any category”

          How polite you are :)

          • The thing is, they kind of fascinate me in their own way, but I could never really support them. They can be seen either as calculated ways of getting attention (and then votes), or as attempts at doing something “far out” and different. So it is not necessarily that I dislike them strongly, but more that I can’t judge them on the same level as the other songs. And I can’t decide which of the two categories above they fit into.

            • I was thinking your category would leave interpretation up to the reader, though placing them at the bottom of the list could also be seen as a sign of what you thought of them.

              I completely get what you mean, however. They really aren’t competing as songs, moreso as acts and the personas surrounding them.

    • Sounds like a fun game. I’m hopping in, but to give things a little spice I am using Gemma Collins quotes as categories, because why not. From top tier down to rock bottom:

      NEXT LEVEL! GUYS, THIS IS NEXT LEVEL: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969 (NED & ESP), 1971, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2014

      WELL, I’VE WOKE UP FEELING POSITIVE: 1957, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2016, 2018, 2019

      I DON’T THINK ABOUT YOU AT ALL: 1956, 1958, 1960, 1966, 1968, 1969 (FRA & GBR), 1970, 1972, 1973, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2015, 2017

      GET THAT FIRE EXIT DOOR! I’M OFF: 1983, 1984, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2011, 2013

  23. I recommend to check the picture of the Queen in EK’s article. :)

    https://esc-kompakt.de/esc-songcheck-kompakt-20-island-think-about-things-von-dadi-freyr/


  24. Bob Benny: “Hou toch van mij” (1959) – 6th

    Lyrics:
    “Tenderly, because the sun OPENS its petals” (2x)

    (“Teder, omdat de zon haar ontluiken doet”)

    First song from the 50’s! Yay! :)

    Please note that both songs from Belgium in 1956, (“Messieurs les noyés de la Seine” and “Le plus beau jour de ma vie”), were not eligible, as the full results for that year are unknown. They both featured the word OPEN, tho… :)

  25. ESC song of the day:

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