It is Eurovision week! The first round of the semi-finals happened yesterday. It was an excited time as songs from sixteen countries competed. Some of the results were a surprise or were expected. I will share my Finals scorecard on Saturday and talk about my thoughts about the two semi-final rounds.
For now, enjoy the songs from the Big Five and Netherlands. the Big Five are countries that are automatically entered to the finals. The five countries are Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Italy. Netherlands gets an automatic acceptance to the finals as they are the host country for this year’s competition.
Listen to all six songs and tell me which ones you like in the comments!
Germany: Jendrik’s “I Don’t Feel Hate”
At first, I thought this song was a silly song. But, as I listen to it more and more, it grew on me. I really love the horns section of the interlude. It is a funky song, but there is an important message inside the lyrics: don’t hate.
Italy: Måneskin’s “Zitti e buoni” (Shut up and behave)
If you like Pearl Jam or gritter rock acts, I think you will like this. This is a headbanger for sure with its rhythmic bass lines and the vocals in the chorus.
France: Barbara Pravi’s “Voilà”
If you are into cinematic pop or rock, then this song is for you. It such a pretty song, especially the chorus parts. I feel like this song is more of an art piece as you feel like the singer (and the music) is painting the story of the song with the music.
United Kingdom: James Newman’s “Embers”
A funky pop song that will get you to stand up and dance! With a dance beat and some fine vocals, it will make you dance and sing along in no time!
Spain: Blas Cantó’s “Voy a quedarme” (I’ll Stay)
A feel good modern pop songs that starts off soft but then packs a punch at the chorus. If you like modern pop acts like James Blunt or Ed Sheeran, then this is for you.
Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy’s “Birth of a New Age”
A very inspiration tune that reflects back on the events of the past year. It is very soul but also incorporates kawina in the chorus. Kawina is a music genre that is from Suriname primarily, where the artist was born. It is such a soulful inspiration that harks on the beginning of the new age with resilience and authenticity.