It’s Eurovision time.
This year has gone fast. It seems only a few months back I was talking about last year’s Eurovision Song Contest. It’s one of the must-watch items on our television calendar, but lest you think all Australians watch it, they don’t. Enough of us watch it that we’ve had an entrant in each of the last three years, but none of us know what we’d do if Australia won. (I know, we’re not part of Europe. As some journalist once said, just go with it.) But it’s not a massive event on our social calendar. Not like, say Grand Final, or Melbourne Cup, which everyone watches.
We watch the final, which is on Sunday night Australian time. It’s a delayed telecast, so we try not to watch until then. Or hear who won. That’s why, as I post this, the competition is probably over, but I don’t know what’s happened yet, and I’m talking as if the semi-finals haven’t even happened.
So trends? Men with high voices. It felt like every second male sang high.
I’m a sucker for a power ballad. There are a couple that get close, but no standout for me. This year, my two stand-outs are songs that may not even make the finals.
How does rap yodel sound?
Ilinca, featuring Alex Florea, from Romania.
Or what about a little operatic background from Jaques Houdek, of Croatia? I’ve heard a version of this song without the deeper voice in the background. I love the slightly-operatic version best.
Enjoy it, if you’re watching it. Have fun.