Happy Halloween, Eurofreaks!
If you’re an ESC fan who doesn’t mind a good scare, then this is your lucky day…if you scare super easily, because all I’ve done is prepare a playlist of contest entries that evoke the most frightening time of the year. In comparison to the most blood-curdling, heart-pounding experience I’ve had today (waiting in the online queue for Melodifestivalen tickets, which I scored two of with surprising ease *screams like a banshee*) the following is pretty tame. Still, whether you’re celebrating Halloween with a group of guys and ghouls, or by yourself with a scary movie on your screen, here’s some Eurovision music to set the mood switch of your evening to ‘Suitably Macabre’. Enjoy, or a zombie will eat your brains.
A Monster Like Me, Mørland & Debrah Scarlett (Norway 2015)
Brujería, Son de Sol (Spain 2005)
Taken By A Stranger, Lena (Germany 2011) You can’t tell me you’ve never had a nightmare that either faintly resembled this performance, or was a carbon copy of it. Happy-clappy ESC of yore it is not.
When Spirits Are Calling My Name, Roger Pontare (Sweden 2000)
L’Enfer Et Moi, Amandine Bourgeois (France 2013)
Minn Hinsti Dans, Paul Oscar (Iceland 1997)
Hour of the Wolf, Elnur Huseynov (Azerbaijan 2015)
Hard Rock Hallelujah, Lordi (Finland 2006) Use the words ‘scary’ and ‘Eurovision’ in the same sentence, and even an anti-fan will think of Lordi…though I personally think the scariest thing about the band must be the smell when they remove all of that latex after a show.
Nocturne, Secret Garden (Norway 1995)
Takes 2 To Tango, Jari Sillanpää (Finland 2004)
Nomads In The Night, Jeronimas Milius (Lithuania 2008)
Work Your Magic, Koldun (Belarus 2007)
Birds, Anouk (The Netherlands 2013)
Day After Day, Elnur & Samir (Azerbaijan 2008) Angels, devils, the spillage of an ambiguous red liquid…Azerbaijan went all out for Halloween in ’08. I’m assuming that was the event they thought they’d been invited to, anyway.
One Last Breath, Maria Elena Kyriakou (Greece 2015)
Running Scared, Ell & Nikki (Azerbaijan 2011)
Better The Devil You Know, Sonia (United Kingdom 1993)
Suus, Rona Nishliu (Albania 2012)
Black Smoke, Ann Sophie (Germany 2015)
Ghost, Jamie-Lee Kriewitz (Germany 2016) Singing about a spooky staple and looking like a long-lost member of Dolly Style – while surrounded by a fake but somewhat eerie forest – Jamie-Lee practically personified Halloween in Stockholm. She could easily have attended a costume party this weekend as herself.
Deli, Mor ve Ötesi (Turkey 2008)
Hope Never Dies, Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta (Czech Republic 2015)
I Feed You My Love, Margaret Berger (Norway 2013)
Wild Soul, Cristina Scarlat (Moldova 2014)
Vampires Are Alive, DJ Bobo (Switzerland 2007) Did you think I’d forgotten this? As if! It’s integral to celebrating Boo-rovision. If you can only force your party guests to listen to one creepy contest classic before they run screaming into the night, make it this masterpiece.
Well, that’s about all I’ve got in my brain box until next Halloween, with regards to the scary side of our favourite song contest. Also, my Jamie-Lee costume for 2017 is going to take an entire year to put together, so I’ve got to stop doing this and get on to gluing that.
I’m hoping (though not expecting) that this playlist was terrifically terrifying, so let me know below if you peed your pants with fear at all while you were checking it out. Just a simple yes or no will do – I don’t need any more info than that.
Plus, to reduce the chance of me haunting you dressed in a bed sheet with eye holes cut out of it, comment me your answer to this question: if you were off to a Boo-rovision Halloween party, which ESC act would you dress up as?
Until next time *coffin creaking closed just because*…