Another week, another post about Eurovision! This time, we will focus on the songs and contestants from three countries: Australia, Belgium, and Estonia.
If you haven’t check it out already, please check out Part I, Part II, and Part III of the series. Those three blog posts feature songs from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Belarus, Cyprus, Finland, Serbia, Poland, and Slovenia.
Australia: “Zero Gravity” by Kate Miller-Heidke
“Zero Gravity” by Kate Miller-Heidke is Australia’s entry for this year’s Eurovision contest. Australia has been the odd contender since 2015 as it isn’t really apart of Europe. However, the country down under has been one of the top contenders since the first entry. “Zero Gravity” will again put Australia as one of the top contenders.
Before we start to talk about the song’s musicality, let’s look at the background. Miller-Heidke recently spoke to SBS Australia about how she wrote the song:
Well, it’s a song about coming out of depression and it tries to capture that feeling of transcending a long period of feeling low. Especially, what coming out of that feels like, and what it feels like when the world gets its colour back and things come back into focus.
For me, after the birth of my son, Ernie, I went through a long period of feeling like I’d lost my identity and feeling very sort of foggy and down in a lot of ways, and it took a couple of years after he was born for me to feel like I was regaining my strength and clarity and motivation and regaining a sense of who I was as well. And that was just an amazing feeling and so that’s what this song tried to capture.https://www.sbs.com.au/programs/eurovision-australia-decides/article/2019/02/07/kate-miller-heidke-plumbing-depths-zero-gravity-and-her-love-all-things
I love “Zero Gravity.” I love everything about it: the tone, the phrasing, the build-up, the vocals, the lyrics, and the meaning behind it. As a former vocal student who studied both classical and modern-day vocal music, I find “Zero Gravity” really refreshing as it is a blend between pop and opera. And, Kate Miller-Heidke does a great job transitioning between the two.
Many music critics have critiqued “Zero Gravity” as being “weird.” But, that shouldn’t be a bad thing. Instead, it should be celebrated as Kate Miller-Heidke has made this song her own by choosing a style she can slay. Also, this song is her message. It’s something that many new moms have faced before. But, Kate Miller-Heidke is sharing her experience with Postpartum depression her own way, and it is beautiful!
“Zero Gravity” will be at least in the finals for sure as it is a great song, both with its powerful message, uniqueness, and Kate Miller-Heidke’s operatic vocals.
Belgium: “Wake Up” by Eliot
Eliot is a new artist as “Wake Up” is his debut single. I really like the beginning as it is set in a dark minor key. Another thing that I love is Eliot as they are strong and have a bright quality to them. But, I think this song is a bit boring, sans that impressive dark synthesized opening. Eliot has excellent vocals, but they are something you have already heard on the radio a million times before.
It’s a good song but I don’t think it has that “wow” factor that is needed to make it to the finals.
Estonia: “Storm” by Victor Crone
Although Swedish, Victor Crone will represent Estonia with the song “Storm.” What I like about this song that it starts off with an acoustic guitar and ends up with the guitar and a synthesized pop sound. I kind of wished that Crone kept on strumming the guitar because I am a sucker for musicians who play their own instruments and sing. Also, I love a good acoustic song, which can turn into if played right.
Some might think that “Storm” sounds like a Maroon 5 tune as Crone’s vocals are like Adam Levine’s ones. But, I like how Levine starts off the song with him singing and his guitar. But, Crone actually has great vocals. And, “Storm” is an upbeat, powerful song that will make anyone want to thump their feet.
I don’t think “Storm” will win the competition. But, I think it will make it to the finals. I am just hoping for an acoustic version of this song at some point in the competition.
So what do you think, which song is your favorite? Comment below!
And, since I have a lot of travel bloggers and readers from the world who visit this blog, what are your favorite memories or sites in the Czech Republic, Hungary, or Montenegro? Let me know in the comments below.
Since this is an ongoing series, I am going to share my prediction scorecard at the end of each post. It is a way for me to keep track of my predictions and see if they came true in May.
Eurovision 2019: First Round
Standings at the Finals
|Hungary||Finals – MAY WIN|
|Poland||Finals – MAY WIN|
|Australia||Finals – MAY WIN|