Dare to Dream: The Race to Eurovision 2019 (Part VII: Ireland, Moldova, and Switzerland)

Part seven of the Eurovision series! I can’t believe that in about a month’s time, this amazing competition will happen! This post will feature artists and songs from these three countries: Ireland, Moldova, and Switzerland.

If you haven’t check it out already, please check out Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, and Part VI of the series. Those three blog posts feature songs from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Belarus, Cyprus, Finland, Serbia, Poland, Slovenia, Australia, Belgium, Estonia, and Iceland, Georgia, Portugal, Greece, San Marino, and Armenia.

Ireland: Sarah McTernan – “22”

Interestingly enough, Sarah McTernan first wanted to be a nurse as she took a pre-nursing course after she graduated from college. However, her heart changed, and she went on to study music for a while at the Limerick Institute of Technology.

McTernan first got into the music industry when she formed the band THE JEDS. Then, in 2015, she was on The Voice of Ireland for a short while. And, four years later, she represented Ireland in the Eurovision Contest. Another interesting fact is that McTernan auditioned to be the representative for San Marino in 2018.

“22” is a soothing that showcases the Irish singer’s husky vocals. It is a perfect song to spend Sunday afternoon, relaxing and listening to these types of songs. It’s a feel-good song, but I think it lacks a certain spark to it. McTernan’s vocals are great but there nothing from the song that gives it that “wow” factor that previous finalists have. Unless this singer does something amazing for the semi-finals, “22” will not make it to the finals. I like the song as it has a really relaxed atmosphere, but it is too ordinary.

Moldova: Anna Odobescu – “Stay”

Has there bee

Have there been any songs you have listened to before remind you of another artist?

I swear “Stay” could easily be a Céline Dion, like one her 90s hits but modernized. Can she make a cover of this song? Please?

“Stay” is Anna Odobescu’s debut song but her vocals don’t sound like she is a new singer she sounds more like a pro! They are strong and powerful! And, the song has dramatic turns that help elevate the Moldovian’s vocals to greatness. Now, she is no Céline Dion. But, Odobescu has the same vocal color and energy as Dion. Due to this and the brilliance found in “Stay,” Odobescu will definitely perform brightly at the semi-finals and win a spot for the finals.

I love “Stay” and it will be a fan-favorite leading up to the finals.

Switzerland: Luca Hänni – “She Got Me”

Luca Hänni is a self-taught guitarist, pianist, as well as a singer-songwriter from Switzerland. The Swiss singer became one of the first non-Germans to win the TV show competition Deutschland sucht den Superstar in 2012. He garnered a recording contract with Universal Music Group and released his first single within the same year, named “Don’t Think about Me.” The single was a hit in his home country as well as Germany, becoming the first #1 by a Swiss in 52 years!

He released many albums and singles since his debut. And, when it became 2019, Hänni was selected to represent his home country for the Eurovision contest.

“She Got Me” is slick, Latin beat tune that will have you want to get up and dance. I love the Latin beat! It is refreshing and so addictive! But also, Hänni’s vocals are perfect for this song as the vocals changes tonal colors in certain sections. With the vocals, the melody, and the Latin-influenced beat, “She Got Me” will be a favorite in the finals and will have the crowd dancing.

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.

My Predictions!

Semi-Finals First Round

Standings at the Finals

BelarusPOWER PLAY SAVE – Finals
Czech RepublicEliminated
HungaryFinals – MAY WIN
PolandFinals – MAY WIN
AustraliaFinals – MAY WIN
San MarinoFinals

I have edited the first half’s chart to add Belarus into the finals pool. The reason is that there should be at least 10 finalists in each half of the semi-finals in order to have 20 winners from the semi-finals and 6 pre-qualified contestants to make 26 entries in the finals.

Semi-Finals Second Round

Country Standings at the Finals

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This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. georginawangui

    I absolutely love Luca Hanni. He’s my favourite artist on the list, and his songs are simply wonderful.

  2. briezyy97

    This is the first I am hearing of this show, but watching the videos were amazing! That’s gonna be one tough decision for who wins.

  3. You, Me and Benny

    Switzerland Luca Hanni!!! For sure!!

  4. Chad

    This is awesome!!! I love all three of them but the first one, Ireland is so awesome.

  5. Raynita

    This is a pretty intense competition. I enjoy hearing different music from all around the world.

  6. samantha

    This is a cool competition! Music is great from all genres!

  7. owengigg

    I grew up on this stuff when Terry Wogan used to present Eurovision. Thanks for sharing the latest info.

  8. 3under3andme

    LIVING for this blog post series on Eurovision! I love watching it every year so much!

  9. Kenneth C. Agudo

    This Eurovision is so interesting and it shows the beautiful singers with their beautiful songs. Great competition

  10. Razena

    My favorite is Luca Hänni – “She Got Me”. The music and vocals are more complimentary and melodic to my ears. Love that Latin vibe 🙂

  11. Razena

    My favorite is Luca Hänni – “She Got Me”. The music and vocals are more complimentary and melodic to my ears. Love that Latin vibe 🙂

  12. sara lafountain

    I enjoy listening to all the amazing songs! Thank you for sharing this list with us.

  13. Blythe Alpern

    I can’t say I have a favorite out of these three songs. They all have amazing vocal range but the songs have a been, there done that vibe.

  14. Joanna

    I can’t wait for the Eurovision. I usually don’t listen to the songs before, I hear them for the first time during the final. Usually the songs that are favorites never seem to win, haha.

  15. Samar

    Enjoy listening to the songs that you post on the blog. I keep surfing it whenever I am free….
    wonderful music blog 🙂

  16. Alexandra Cook

    Oh wow, Been reading blog about this Eurovision. Seems like all the participants are really great!

  17. Preet

    Sounds like a great competition. So many great artists in Europe. Love the one from Ireland!

  18. Flavia

    I was rooting for the Irish singer. Too bad she was eliminated. Thanks for sharing! It was a fun read 🙂

  19. blueskydreamers

    There’s so much talent in the world 🙂 All of them sang beautifully!

  20. Kalyan Panja

    Thanks for sharing this nice post on the fresh sensations of Eurovision 2019, which is one of my favorite events.

  21. Shanz

    A love Celine Dion I’m sure a cover from her would sounds beautiful although I’ve never heard that particular song.

  22. jeannette9712gmailcom

    So, I usually love all things Irish so I was hoping I would love the song from the Ireland artist, but I think the best is Switzerland; Luca Hänni – “She Got Me”. It just has better vibes and rhythm.

  23. Nomadic Shoes

    I haven’t heard of Luca Hanni, reading all the comments I feel I have missed out on great music. Let me hear him out.

  24. Danielle W.

    This sounds so amazing!! Definitely want to learn more!

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