It’s April and we have less than 60 days till the annual Eurovision contest that will happen next month. Get excited! If you don’t know what Eurovision is, I wrote a detailed post about the contest a couple of years ago. Basically, it is a singing contest where various countries around the world, mostly in Europe, compete in a week-long competition. It started in 1951 with only seven countries participating. But now in 2022, there will be forty countries competing in Turin, Italy. It is a huge event in the music world and across the globe.
(The US is currently running their own version of the contest called the American Song Contest right now on NBC. I might do a recap during Golden Week if I am lucky.)
I am back with my series “Road to Eurovision”, predicting who will win this year’s contest. Each day, I will feature a song from one of the countries. Then, I will make my own predictions of who will make it to the finals and win the competition. Good luck to those who are competing!
You can check out my commentaries on past years:
Let’s get started!
Marius Bear’s “Boys Do Cry”
Switzerland wowed Eurovision fans last year with the gorgeous tune “Tout l’univers”. This year, Marius Bear represented the country with the song “Boys Do Cry”. The song talks about how all people, including men, experience pain and shouldn’t ignore it. “I learnt very early on that I don’t need to be ashamed of my feelings. As a man, I’m not afraid to cry and to lay bare my weaknesses to my audience. I don’t want to wear emotional armour, I want to be who I am. And I want to encourage my audience to do the same.”
“Boys Do Cry” is a melodic, up-tempo classic pop song that has deep lyrics. The soundscape is peaceful and pretty, making it a song to listen to during the sunset during seasons like spring and summer. However, the song doesn’t have any pizazz that makes it so unique. Instead, the melody and vocal line just stay on the same path melodically with little twists and turns. It is a really nice song to listen to at home, but I don’t think it is a song that will be enjoyed or be memorable on the Eurovision stage. So, I don’t think it will make it to the finals.
My Eurovision 2021 Predictions
Here are my predictions for this year’s contest. These are my own opinions and I am not getting paid or endorsed for them.
|Ronela Hajati (Albania)||Finals!|
|Citi Zēni (Latvia)||Finals!|
|Monika Liu (Lithuania)||Will Not Go Through|
|Marius Bear (Switzerland)||Will Not Go Through|