I think it’s time to take a break from JESC, partly for those of you who roll your eyes at Junior Eurovision and partly for me because I’m tired of typing ‘JESC’ and ‘Junior’ every second word.
Today’s post is a hybrid, featuring the second installment of my new (ish) Most-Played series, as well as a quick look at the results of everyone’s favourite second chance contest: the OGAE SCC.
But first up, that list of most-played songs. Last time it was winners (you can read/re-read that here: https://eurovisionbyjaz.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/new-most-played-esc-winners/) and this time, as you most likely figured from the title, it’s national finalists – the songs that have tried and failed to get to the big show, but have found their place on the iPods of NF followers everywhere. Check out my list, and then comment me the ones you’ve played the most since…well, ever. Pretty please?
#1 | Kom by Timoteij (Sweden 2010)
Timoteij are to me now what the Spice Girls were to me fifteen years ago – I love everything they’ve ever produced and think they’re totally fabulous in every way (and if Timoteij had their own brand of perfume, I’d probably buy it too). The first of their two Melodifestivalen songs may have come 5th in the final, but for many it will be one of those potential ESC entries that got away. It did win the 2010 OGAE Second Chance Contest however, so that’s some *sniff* consolation *sniff*.
#2 | Nada Es Comparable A Ti by Mirela (Spain 2009)
#3 | Breathing by Bryan Rice (Denmark 2010)
#4 | En Una Vida by Coral (Spain 2010)
Here’s an epic ballad in the mould of Mirela’s and/or Pastora Soler’s Quedate Conmigo, both of which I love unconditionally. Having been beaten in Spain’s 2008 final by none other than Mr. Baila El Chiki-Chiki, I bet Coral thought she had a win coming two years on when she stepped back on the NF stage with only a curly-haired, clown-toting guy who’d been in the stage adaptation of High School Musical to defeat. Unfortunately she thought wrong, but she’ll always be the rightful winner in my eyes.
#5 | Emotions by Mista (Slovakia 2010)
#6 | You’re Out of My Life by Darin (Sweden 2010)
#7 | Nótt by Yohanna (Iceland 2011)
#8 | La Histeria by Marquess (Germany 2008)
Germany had a super-strong (or über-strong) national final in ’08. Caroline Fortenbacher! Monrose! Cinema Bizarre! It couldn’t have had more star power unless there were more famous people competing (duh). Anyway, none of those artists managed to win, and neither did Marquess – but their entry La Histeria is so much fun. Albeit more Spanish fun than German fun. I think it would have done much better in Belgrade than Disappear, a song which many fans wish would do just that.
#9 | Dear Mama by Blaxy Girls (Romania 2009)
#10 | Elektrisk by Anniela (Sweden 2011)
#11 | Forever Or Never by Cinema Bizarre (Germany 2008)
#12 | My Heart Is Refusing Me by Loreen (Sweden 2011)
Loreen was another ‘one that got away’ from Melodifestivalen, but she kind of compensated by coming back in 2012 and, you know, winning Eurovision, et cetera. The song that brought her and her wacky taste in clothing to ESC community attention was different to, but just as kick-ass as Euphoria. I still can’t believe it didn’t get out of the second chance round.
#13 | In The Club by Danny (Sweden 2011)
#14 | Better Or Worse by Julia Alvgard (Sweden 2011)
#15 | Tid Att Andas by Simon Forsberg (Sweden 2011)
#16 | Surrender by Passionworks (Finland 2009)
#17 | Or by Chen Aharoni (Israel 2011)
I am nothing if not a member of Team Dana International, but even I have to say that sending her to Düsseldorf instead of Chen was a MASSIVE mistake on Israel’s part. I swear to Mr. God that he would have qualified and made the top 10 had he been given the chance. Or is everything I want in a Eurovision song – ethnic but contemporary, catchy, dramatic, performed by a hot guy…sigh.
#18 | Do You Wanna? by Gipsy.cz (Czech Republic 2009)
#19 | Sleepless by Anna Noa (Denmark 2011)
#20 | Drømmen by Jeffery (Denmark 2011)
This is quite a humble number that slipped through the cracks, failing to make the super-final of DMGP last year. I think it’s my fondness for Scandinavian languages in hip-hop/r & b-type music that keeps me playing it. It probably wasn’t right for Eurovision, but as a listening song, it ticks all the right boxes.
The results are in: OGAE 2012
For those of you who don’t know, the OGAE Second Chance Contest is where the songs that failed to make Eurovision go to try and redeem themselves. Nominated songs from each national final are voted on by official fan clubs all over the world to determine the best of the could-have-beens.
Last year, it was Iceland’s Yohanna who won the contest with Nótt (a song that coincidentally, or nótt, made my above playlist). This year, another powerhouse female vocalist took out the competition – Pastora Soler, the most successful Spanish ESC entrant since 2004.
- Spain – Tu Vida Es Tu Vida by Pastora Soler
- Sweden – Amazing by Danny Saucedo
- Norway – High On Love by Reidun Sæther
- Denmark – Take Our Hearts by Jesper Nohrstedt
- Austria – That’s What I Am by Conchita Wurst
- Iceland – Hugarró by Magni Ásgeirsson
- Russia – Back To Her Future by Dima Bilan & Yulia Volkova
- Slovenia – A Si Sanjal Me by Eva Boto
- Estonia – Mina Jään by Lenna
- Cyprus – You Don’t Belong Here by Ivi Adamou
- Germany – Quietly by Ornella de Santis
- Netherlands – Chocolatte by Raffaëla Paton
- Portugal – Gratia Plena by Ricardo Soler
- Belgium – Safety Net by Iris
- Finland – Lasikaupunki by Ville Eetvartti
- Greece – Killer Bee by Cassiopeia
- Latvia – She’s A Queen by Roberts Pētersons
- Ireland – Mercy by Donna McCaul
- Lithuania – Why by Beissoul
I am a little surprised that Pastora managed to win. I’m not a huge fan of Tu Vida Es Tu Vida, possibly because I love Quedate Conmigo so much; and anyway, I figured Norway or Ireland would romp to victory. But she is a stellar performer, so my pointless-since-she’ll-never-see-this congratulations go out to her.
Just because, here are my personal picks of the bunch:
May we all celebrate the brilliance of these national finalists, ‘til the upcoming selection season erases them from our memories!
What do you think of the OGAE results? And don’t forget to tell me about your most-played national finalists!
NEXT TIME: It’s back to the JESC recaps as I look back on Rotterdam 2007. Then, prepare yourselves for a very frightening Halloween post as I count down the top 10 Scariest Eurovision Moments of All Time…BOO!