Alexandra Rotan

18 May 19
Joe Bennett

Intro Welcome to the 2019 Eurovision live musicology blog, now in its ninth year. This site has provided live (or pre-live) music analysis of the ESC final every year since 2011, previously during the UK live broadcast. Since 2016, the text has been written from Boston USA, 5 hours behind UK time and, this year, 7 […]

18 May 19
News Archives Uk

Eurovision Song Contest fans are getting ready for the Grand Final this evening which is taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel after Netta Barzilai won the competition last year with the song TOY. Three-piece band KEiiNO, a couple of singers Alexandra Rotan, Tom Hugo, and rapper Fred Buljo, representing Norway tonight with their song Spirit […]

18 May 19
D.T.R.O.O.W.

All rights belong to their respective owners. 1. Malta Michela Pace – “Chameleon” Music and lyrics: Joacim Persson, Paula Winger, Borislav Milanov, Johan Alkenas I’m bluer than the ocean I’m golden like the rising sun and I’m red with hot emotion And when they try to hold me down Inside the box I’ll find my […]

18 May 19
Written by Emzie

Some will watch it for Madonna, some will watch it for a laugh, some will watch it for the competition, and some only watch it just to be able to hold their own in the break room on Monday morning. Regardless of the reason, it’s a common fact that this spectacle is the world’s biggest […]

16 May 19
Metro
Keiino are bringing Joik to the Eurovision stage (Picture: NRK) Norway are aiming for their fourth Eurovision win in 2019, as supergroup Keiino and their song Spirit In The Sky take the hopes of the Nordic nation to the contest in Tel Aviv. The track is a classic Eurovision banger – catchy, upbeat chorus and all – but there’s one part that marks it out as a tad more unusual than your average song contest anthem, and that’s the presence of a strange vocal chant in the middle, courtesy of band member Fred Buljo. Wondering what that bit’s all about? Well, it’s actually a form of song known as Joik – but what’s that when it’s at home exactly? Here’s what you need to know… What is Joik, as heard in Spirit In The Sky? Buljo’s mid-song chant (fast-forward to 2:02 to hear it) is a traditional type of song performed by the Sami people – otherwise known as Lapps or Laplanders – who inhabit the Sapmi region, encompassing large parts of Norway and Sweden as well as northern Finland and Murmansk Oblast in north-west Russia. The sound, which has been compared to the chanting of some Native American cultures, is often deeply personal in nature, with each joik meant to reflect or evoke a person, animal or place. Eurovision aside, it’s found its place in popular culture, serving as inspiration for the likes of Disney’s Frozen – with the opening song, Vuelie, heavily influenced by Sami culture. However, Spirit In The Sky doesn’t mark Joik’s first appearance on the Eurovision stage, as it also featured in their 1980 entry Samiid Aednan. Sweden also had a Sami-influenced song – Jon Henrik FJallgren’s Norrsken – in the running to represent them this year, with the track reaching the final of Melodifestivalen: Who are Norwegian hopefuls Keiino and who is Fred Buljo? The band is a supergroup consisting of Buljo, along with Norwegian singers Alexandra Rotan and Tom Hugo – who formed in the summer of 2018 when Hugo and his husband Alex Olsson began writing Spirit In The Sky. The group name is taken from the name of Buljo’s home town Kautokeino, which is part of the Sapmi region. Buljo originally found fame as a rapper, producer and Sami parliamentary representative before joining the band. Since then he’s not only lent his joiking skills to Spirit In The Sky, but has given similar treatment to other songs, including Emmelie de Forest’s 2013 contest winner Only Teardrops: He has also, along with Keiino, given Lady Gaga’s Shallow a bit of a Nordic makeover: When is the Eurovision Song Contest 2019? The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is on Saturday 18 May in Tel Aviv, Israel, following semi-finals on Tuesday 14 May and Thursday 16 May. Keiino will perform in the second semi-final – in which UK viewers can vote – in their bid to win a place in the final. The semi-final is on BBC Four from 8pm, while the final kicks off on BBC One on Saturday from 8pm. [metro-fact-box id=”7022752″ title=”Got a showbiz story?” icon=”exclamation” /] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/11/41-entries-eurovision-2019-8882661/” title=””]
16 May 19
Written by Emzie

It’s Thursday and time for the Second Semi Final of ESC 2019. Being the stronger of the two Semi Finals, this evening will treat us to a whole bunch of the entries that is predicted to end up top 10 on Saturday, among them Swedish John Lundvik who’s currently ranked in 2nd place by the […]

11 May 19
Metro
It’s Eurovision time, people! (Picture: Shutterstock/Rex/Metro.co.uk) It’s that time of year again, people. The Eurovision Song Contest is being held in Tel Aviv, Israel after Netta’s win in 2018, and it’s a tough year. We have fresh and current ballads, traditional numbers, upbeat bangers and even a dash of industrial BDSM – truly, we are being spoilt rotten, but there’s a lot to take in. So, the selfless people we are, we at Metro.co.uk listened to all 41 entries, ranked them, and decided who will be making it to the final, who hasn’t got a chance, and who will be taking home the title. Grab a glass of bubbly and wrap yourself in your nation’s flag – this might take a while.  Albania  Ktheju Tokes – Jonida Maliqi What is it? A powerful, warrior style mid-tempo number sung by one of Albania’s most successful female stars. Singing in your own language, ie not in English, is always a risk, but with this style of music, it pays off. It’s oddly seductive without even understanding the message. The message, by the way, regards the topic of Albanian immigration, particularly in relation to the Kosovo war – and after Jamala’s win with 1944, we know how well a political song can do. Verdict: 7.2/10. This has all the markings of a left hand side of the leaderboard song. It’s traditional but not alienating to non-Albanian speakers, and Jonida is beloved – so her fame could really bag those votes. I hope this one makes the final for a bit of variety.  Armenia Walking Out – Srbuk What is it? A very solid mid-tempo pop track from Srbuk, a former X Factor and Voice of Armenia star who is very popular in her hometown, and could be quite popular in Tel Aviv. It will all depend on the staging, though – as it’s mid-tempo, it will need an injection of va va voom to stick in people’s heads.  Verdict: 7/10. I actually really like this, but fear it might be forgotten. Armenia have quite a good track record when it comes to Eurovision, reaching the top 10 seven times since they joined the contest in 2006, so I’m hoping this makes the final – although she is in semi-final two, a very tough contest.  Australia Zero Gravity – Kate Miller-Heidke  What is it? A dramatic operatic/electronic number from one of Australia’s most well known indie opera stars (who knew that was a sub genre?). Opera pops up every year at Eurovision and I for one love it. How much camper can you get? Well, you can add a light up dress and an acrobat on a pole. Kate claimed that the staging would be dramatically changed, but UK semi-final commentator Rylan Clark-Neal told us the acrobat has made the cut, thank god.  Verdict: 7/10. I’m always rooting for Australia in Eurovision because they throw everything but the kitchen sink at their performances. This entry is technically brilliant thanks to Kate’s voice but absolutely bonkers in every other respect, so I’m really hoping it makes it to the final so Europe can join in on the spectacle. Every year needs a six foot tall light-up skirt.  Austria Limits – Paenda What is it? First thing’s first – Paenda is very cool. She has blue hair, and I might take a picture of her short cut to the hairdressers for inspo. Secondly, the song is very cool. The ballad is understated, breathy and ethereal, and Paenda’s voice will give you goosebumps. However, the lack of bells and whistles make it hard to stand out – but some quieter numbers have made the final  in recent years. Verdict: 7.1/10. I really like Paenda and Limits, but semi-final two, where she is competing, is very strong this year. She’s up against Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Russia, so it will be a tight squeeze to make the final. Azerbaijan Truth – Chingiz What is it? A bit of a bop, tbh. If this was played on Radio 1, you wouldn’t question its place, despite the slightly out of place guitar strumming over the verses and chorus. But that chorus! I have been singing ‘shut up about it’ all morning and I’m not mad.  Verdict: 8.5/10. This is a great pop track, one even Sweden would be proud of, and deserves to be a crossover hit. Azerbaijan have good form at Eurovision, winning in 2011 and have made the top five five times since 2008. They missed out on the final last year, though, and it would be a travesty if Chingiz didn’t make the final this year – although, again, he’s in the toughest semi.  Belarus Like It – Zena What is it? Oh look, Anne-Marie is representing Belarus. Honestly, when the verse started, I thought I was listening to FRIENDS. And that’s not a bad thing. Verdict: 6.8/10. Totally solid, if not generic pop song. If this were in the second semi, I don’t think Zena would have a chance. But she was drawn for the decidedly easier first semi, and maaaay just slip through to the final. But it wouldn’t be the worst if she didn’t.  Belgium Wake Up – Eliot What is it? Classic Belgium at Eurovision, this is. Belgium is consistently sending the coolest entries to the song contest, and Eliot is continuing that grand tradition with this mid-tempo number with a dramatic slowed-down chorus. Fun fact – Eliot is only 18. Which is quite obvious when you see his ickle baby face. Verdict: 6.9/10. I am a Belgium stan, but this isn’t as strong as previous years for them. That being said, it won’t have any problem sailing through in semi-final one.  Croatia The Dream – Roko What is it? A ballad that basically took the bag of top Eurovision themes and put them into a blender. Dreams, love, dreaming of love, not giving up on dreams, angels for some reason, war, turning war into hope and also art? I don’t know.  Verdict: 5/10. Roko’s voice is good, so there’s that.  Cyprus Replay – Tamta What is it? You know when your friends at school took your homework, so you asked them to change it a bit so nobody noticed it was copied? That’s what Cyprus have done with Eleni Foureira’s Fuego. And you know what? We’re not mad about it. Replay is a bop, there’s horns, and we’re still bitter about Fuego not winning.  Verdict: 8/10. This is a summer song and it will do well. Unfortunately, if Fuego couldn’t win, this won’t either. It’s first up in semi-final one, though, and it will breeze through to the final.  Czech Republic Friend Of A Friend – Lake Malawi What is it? We’re not entirely sure, tbh. It’s about four songs stitched together, sewn up by members of DNCE and Flight Facilities. After the somewhat confused beginning, though, it’s actually pretty catchy. But the talking bridge is like Marmite. Verdict: 6.7/10. I’m not entirely sold, based on the weird intro, but once they get into the swing of it, these boys next door may win everyone over. It’s in semi-final one, so I can see it getting to the final.  Denmark Love Is Forever – Leonora What is it? Sugary sweet, head bobbing cuteness from Denmark. Leonora’s soulful voice stops this from going into painfully saccharine, but it’s a very fine line. I do love the addition of Danish lyrics, though. Verdict: 6.8/10. Do I like it, or is it giving me a toothache? I’m not sure. This one will be tough to break out of the second semi-final.  Estonia Storm – Victor Crone What is it? Basically a lost Avicii and Aloe Blacc song. There’s a sort of country tinge, then an electronic drop. I can see this being pretty popular, even if it’s not my up of tea. Entirely inoffensive and current. Verdict: 6.9/10. Won’t have a problem getting out of semi-final one.  Finland Look Away – Darude and Sebastian Rejman What is it? Darude! Actual Darude! Sandstorm Darude! Darude that timed the Sandstorm drop with midnight being chimed in on New Year’s Eve! Darude! Verdict: 7.4/10. Right, it’s not Sandstorm, but if Darude doesn’t get through to the final, that is utter disrespect and Europe should be ashamed.  France Roi – Bilal Hassani What is it? A strong ballad with French and English lyrics that could make it to the top five. Bilal is  proudly gay YouTuber, and his queer persona is almost as important as his song this year, after he was targeted by homophobic abuse online. Much like Conchita Wurst, Bilal represents so much more than France at Eurovision, and this one could definitely do well this year.  Verdict: 8.1/10. A very strong song with an emotive message, and has been doing well in the odds and with fans. Plus, as part of the Big Five, France are already in the final. A dark horse.  Georgia  Keep On Going – Oto Nemsadze What is it? A dramatic ballad with gritty vocals sung in Georgian, with a lot of drums. For all the drama, it’s sadly forgettable, and we’ve heard it many times before. Verdict: 5.1/10. It’s not bad, per se, but we can’t see this in the final.  Germany Sister – S!sters What is it? S!sters have an exclamation mark in their name, so you’d assume they’d be serving Carly Rae Jepsen levels of upbeat, but that is not the case. But it doesn’t mean it’s a bad song. The vocals are good, and the melody and tone are a departure from everything else we’ve heard in the contest.  Verdict: 6.6/10: Pretty middle of the road, and doesn’t have a chance of winning. But it’s in the final, and could rank reasonably well.  Greece Better Love – Katerine Duska What is it? Dua Lipa and Ellie Goulding’s baby doing Eurovision. I am kind of obsessed with Katerine’s voice, and her pipes carry a solid but unremarkable song. But Greece didn’t qualify for the final last year, and I’m hoping they can correct that in 2019.  Verdict: 7.5/10. I can see this qualifying from semi-final one, and I hope it can make it to the left hand side of the leaderboard, because Katerine’s voice is stunning.  Hungary  Az en Apam – Papai Joci What is it? Hungary’s 2017 entry Papai Joci is back again with a folk-inspired number sung in Hungarian. Papai did quite well in 2017 with Origio, coming in eighth place, but I fear Az en Apam won’t do as well. It’s a bit too understated to make an impact, and I’ve found myself forgetting it as soon as I move onto another track Verdict: 5.2/10. Sorry, Papai, we don’t see this making the final.  Iceland Hatrio mun sigra – Hatari What is it? Ever since Lordi won Eurovision, I have been hoping for another rock song to challenge Eurovision, and in the year 2019, we have been gifted with Hatari, who describe themselves as industrial BDSM. PRAISE THE LORD.  I am honestly obsessed with this Rammstein meets Die Antwoord track, which is accompanied by the band leading men around the stage on leashes, while dressed in leather, latex and collars. It is brilliant, and the song, even without all the spectacle, is right up my street. Plus Hatari have been absolute gold on the promo trail – including saying, with absolutely straight faces, that they would like Theresa May as their Eurovision guest of honour because of her dance skills. Verdict: 9/10. If this does not make top five, we revolt.  Ireland 22 – Sarah McTernan What is it? An easy-listening mid-tempo number with powerful, soulful lyrics all about the nostalgia of high school sweethearts.  Full disclosure – I am Irish, and I am still hanging on for our renaissance at Eurovision. Sweden are coming for our win record, and I will simply not allow it. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re winning with this one. Verdict: 6.8/10. It’s a lovely song, but it will be a hard sell – particularly because Sarah has landed in semi-final two. There may be a miracle, but Ireland may be sitting out the final again. My heart.  Israel Home – Kobi Marimi What is it? A bit of a classical number with an operatic tinge from the reigning champions. The host countries always play it a bit safe – truly, who wants to host Eurovision two years in a row? And after the juggernaut that was Netta’s Toy – eccentric, catchy, over-the-top – this just falls flat. Verdict: 5.2/10. It’s already in the final, it will get a good cheer in Tel Aviv, but won’t make a dent on the leaderboard. Italy Soldi – Mahmood What is it? Italian trap. Mahmood mixes Italian with one line of Arabic, infectious beats and catchy refrains, and it is a winning combo. This has been consistently a favourite amongst fellow Eurovision competitors as well as the fan clubs – Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l’Eurovision voted it their top entry. Verdict: 8.9/10. If Netherlands fail to nail the performance, this could be Italy’s time to take the crown. It’s a very cool song, and Mahmood is sure to put on a show. However, he is at a slight disadvantage being in the final already, as Europe will only see him perform the once.  Latvia That Night – Carousel What is it? Of Monsters And Men take on Eurovision. Very low-key, effortless folk with bluesy vocals. It’s very inoffensive, and you wouldn’t bat an eyelid if it played on the radio – but all that does not a Eurovision success make. Verdict: 6/10. It’s absolutely fine. But does it deserve a place in the final? I’m inclined to say no.  Lithuania Run With The Lions – Jurijus What is it? Eurovision is loving a mid-tempo number this year. This is very OneRepublic if they wrote Freaks from Eurovision: You Decide. Inoffensive, but very middle of the road. Verdict: 5.9/10. It’s really not setting my world on fire, and I can’t see it making the final. On the upside, Jurjius has lovely hair. Malta Chameleon – Michela  What is it? Oh look, as well as representing Belarus, Anne-Marie is singing for Malta. However, she’s putting more into this one, because Chameleon is a bit of a banger. The chorus entirely changes tack from the generic pop choruses, which adds interest, and it’s pretty current and catchy. Malta do well with upbeat numbers, and they could do well again this year. The odds are ranking Michela highly, so they could be a good bet for top five.  Verdict: 8.10. This is an absolute bop, and it would be a real disappointment if it didn’t make it out of semi-final two. If it does, this is a surefire top 10 hit.  Moldova Stay – Anna Odobescu  What is it? We’re back down to earth with a classic Euro-ballad with plenty of high notes and violins. But there’s something about this track with Anna’s distinctive voice that feels off to me – I’m not sure if they entirely gel. As for the song, we’ve heard it all before. Verdict: 5.4/10. For all the high notes, this will strike a bum note in the second semi-final.  Montenegro Heaven – D-mol What is it? This mid-tempo (buzzword of the year) entry is last in many of the odds, and it’s not hard to understand why. This track is very confusing – there’s 90s style bridges, messy harmonies, and odd instrumental breaks that feel like they’re part of a different song, and the result is a bit of a jumble.  Verdict: 4.9/10. Valiant effort, but this is not meant for the final.  North Macedonia Proud – Tamara Todevska What is it? This is the first time North Macedonia are in the Eurovision as such, and they have quite a good entry for it. This ballad is pared back with just piano, violins and Tamara’s unique husky vocals.  Verdict: 7.5/10. It’s a shame this one is in the second semi-final, as it will be a bit of a battle to get into the final, but I hope Tamara can do it.  Norway Spirit In The Sky – Keiino What is it? Keiino are made up of Alexandra Rotan, Tom Hugo and Fred Buljo, and Spirit In The Sky is their upbeat entry, all about the struggle for equal rights regardless of sexuality, gender identity or race. sounds deep, but this is EUROVISION. If Spirit In The Sky were a stick of rock, you’d crack it open and a stream of glitter and traditional instruments played by Vikings would fall out.  Spirit In The Sky mixes a ridiculously catchy chorus with joik, a traditional form of Sami chanting that ticks the national tradition box. I have had this stuck in my head since it was released, and that’s no easy feat. Plus, with Keiino promising an Arctic version of the Lion King for their staging, what more could you want? Verdict: 8.6/10. This has a very good chance of making the five, if not being a dark horse for a win, betting odds be damned. Will definitely make the final.  Poland  Fire Of Love (Pali Sie) – Tulia What is it? EUROVISION, everyone. We’re getting traditional with Tulia, who will be wearing traditional Polish dress and singing in Polish, but that won’t stop the chorus from getting embedded in your brain. Catchy AF.  Verdict: 7.9/10. This has the touch of madness that the final needs, and should have no problem getting out of the first semi-final. It’s oddly low in the betting odds, though, so may not get to the left hand side of the leaderboard on the night. A shame, tbh.  Portugal  Telemoveis – Conan Osiris What is it? Not sure, really. It’s a ballad, then a bit of an art rave, but I kind of enjoy the journey? You most definitely won’t tune out of this one, even if you think it’s actually three songs.  Verdict: 6.8/10. I’m not sure whether this is great or a bit of a mess. But has a decent chance of getting out of semi-final one.  Romania On A Sunday – Ester Peony What is it? Ester Peony, what a lovely name. On A Sunday is a sultry, dramatic number, with the song making more impact from the second verse onwards. But I’m not sure it’s strong enough to go shoulder to shoulder with the other mid-tempo entries. Verdict: 5.8/10. In any other year, might have made it to the final on the balance of probabilities, but   I don’t think 2019 is Romania’s year. Russia Scream – Sergey Lazarev What is it? All of the drama from Sergey, who is back after representing Russia in 2016 with the rather brilliant You Are The Only One. This effort keeps the strong vocals from their third place track, but is much slower, and more theatrical in nature.  Verdict: 8/10. I’m finding it be hard to be super enthusiastic about this, as You Are The Only One was much better. However, Sergey sounds great and will give it is all, and the bookies are loving it – so it’s a shoe-in for the final, and could end up top five.  San Marino Say Na Na Na – Serhat What is it? Absolute lunacy. Cheesier than a quatro formaggi pizza. Serhat is a Eurovision legend thanks to his 2016 entry I Didn’t Know, which didn’t make the final – quite frankly, an abomination of a decision. There’s no point really trying to describe Serhat. He is simply Serhat.  Verdict: I can’t rate him. 10/10 for effort. Actual score, questionable. Will he get through? No.  Serbia Kruna – Nevena Bosovic What is it? A moody ballad with ceiling-shattering vocals on the chorus. While the first third is all a bit predictable, then come in the guitars and violins and add to a new layer to the ballad. A pretty good effort from Serbia. Verdict: 7/10. Who doesn’t like a rock ballad? This could sneak on through to the final, as Nevena is performing in semi-final one.  Slovenia Sebi – Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl What is it? A lo-fi, moody mid-tempo number with seductive vocals from Zala. The duo was only formed in 2018, but they already sound slick. I’m really into Sebi, it’s one of the coolest and most interesting entries this year, and I hope the Eurovision voters feel the same. Verdict: 8.3/10. This falls into the Belgium school of London Grammar-esque type tunes that may not scream Eurovision at first, but tend to do well. I’m hoping they can get out of semi-final one to do just that.  Spain La Venda – Miki  What is it? Spain have opted for tradition this year, and I’m glad – you can’t listen to La Venda without smiling. You know those songs that are played at your holiday resort that nobody knows at home but you end up listening to for weeks on end? This is La Venda. It’s pure Spanish music, and Miki pulls it off with charisma.  Verdict: 8.4/10. Spain is already in the final, and the bookies are already loving Miki. I’m predicting a top 10 finish.  Sweden Too Late For Love – John Lundvik What is it? It’s Sweden, therefore it’s great. They cannot do wrong at the Eurovision. Honestly, what is in their water? Did Loreen cast a spell on every competitor since 2012 to produce content for the Radio 1 playlist?  The chorus is great, John’s voice is great, and there’s a very X Factor choir on the chorus. Inoffensive, perfect calculated pop. Fun fact – John also wrote the UK entry this year, and used to be a professional sprinter, because he’s just THAT talented.  Verdict: 8.2/10. Sweden will make the top five, and they deserve it. I don’t think it’s a win for them this year, but there’s no denying it’s a great tune. A shoe-in for the final.  Switzerland She Got Me – Luca Hanni What is it? Liam Payne ft CNCO does Eurovision. This sexy, mid-tempo pop song is all about pursuing a girl in the club, and the Latin vibe makes it super current and fresh. Another song that could be a chart crossover, and one that could shock on the night. Verdict: 8.5/10. Switzerland will have no problem reaching the final, and could be on track for a top 5 finish, if not higher. This is the direction Eurovision should be going in. Netherlands Arcade – Duncan Laurence What is it? This is the firm bookies’ favourite to win, and it’s not hard to see why. If you still think of Eurovision as tearaway costumes and Polish milkmaids – which it sometimes still is – you might not peg this one for an instant win, but it’s the embodiment of modern Eurovision; a good-looking man singing a very solid ballad that wouldn’t be out of place in the charts. Think Sam Smith, if Sam Smith’s staging included lots of lasers. This could easily be a crossover hit after 18 May. Verdict: 9/10. This is really Duncan’s contest to lose. Not only is his voice great and the song pretty brilliant, but Duncan has been playing a blinder on the promo trail – you won’t talk to a nicer man. As seen in bookies’ Europe wide, this is the safe bet for victory. Of course it will make the final.  United Kingdom Bigger Than Us – Michael Rice What is it? It’s the UK’s chance to make it back to the left hand side of the leaderboard, and Michael could be the man to do it. Very much in the X Factor winner’s song school of music, there’s a big chorus, there’s choir background, there’s a catchy refrain. It’s a solid effort, and Michael has a truly amazing voice.  Verdict: 7.4/10. Whatever you think about the song, Michael himself could be the UK’s saving grace this year. The other delegations are loving him, he’s been getting stuck into the promo, and his voice is on point – he deserves a good finish.  [metro-tag-post-strip] Our predictions  It’s a really tough year, with a lot of variety, which means Eurovision fans will be getting quite the show. From semi-final one, I suspect Cyprus, Finland, Poland, Estonia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Iceland, Australia, Greece and Slovenia will go through.  And on semi-final two, I’m predicting Armenia, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Albania, Norway, Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Malta and North Macedonia make the cut. And on the night? It’s the Netherlands’ to lose. Arcade is a great song and Duncan Laurence has been playing the part to perfection. Other than him, Switzerland, Norway, Italy and Sweden could round out the top five, and I’m hoping Iceland, Spain, Malta, Cyprus and Russia join them in the top 10. Well, what I’m actually hoping for is Iceland to take the whole contest, and for everyone to have to explain to their mums what industrial BDSM is. But as we all know – anything can happen at Eurovision.  The Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals are on 14 and 16 of May, with the grand final in Tel Aviv on 18 May.  [metro-fact-box id=”7022752″ title=”Got a showbiz story?” icon=”exclamation” /] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/08/mans-zelmerlow-feels-no-need-wash-eurovision-stamp-off-teases-tel-aviv-performance-9452019/” title=”Måns Zelmerlöw ‘feels no need to wash the Eurovision stamp off’ as he teases Tel Aviv performance”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/01/dance-bangers-dancing-grannies-top-20-eurovision-songs-past-10-years-9376319/” title=””]
10 May 19
Eurovision NI

Artist: KEiiNO Song: Spirit In the Sky Country: Norway Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ Ranking: 10th Betting Odds: 41/1 Norway’s hopes for Eurovision 2019 are placed in the hands of KEiiNO. The three piece will perform ‘Spirit in the Sky’ in Tel Aviv. Find out what we thought of the song.

18 May 19
The Scottish Sun
NORWAY are hoping to win the Eurovision Song Contest for a fourth time with the help of pop group, KEiiNO. But how did the supergroup get picked for the honour and what is their Eurovision 2019 song like? Who is Norway’s 2019 Eurovision entry KEiiNO? KEiiNo are a Norwegian pop super group that consists of rapper Fred Buljo, 31, and singers Alexandra Rotan, 22, and Tom Hugo, 39. The group were actually put together in 2018 especially for Norway’s Eurovison selection process, the Melodi Grand Prix. KEiiNO revealed that their band name is inspired by Buljo’s hometown, Kautokeino. The last part means “way” or “road” which they felt perfectly represents “the road that brought us together”. KEiiNo is Norway’s entry for Eurovision 2019 What is Norway’s Eurovision 2019 song called? Spirit in The Sky was written by Tom Hugo Hhermansen and his husband, Alex Olsson, with the pair taking inspiration from the historic struggles for equality. They are expected to perform at the second semi-final on May 16, 2019. Norway has a mixed track record with the Eurovison because they have finished last more times than any other country. [pod_component pod_component_config_id=”20190508-accordion-XZD3UUbvj” pod_component_config_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-component-config-prod/20190508-accordion-XZD3UUbvj.json” pod_component_config_loader_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-loaders-prod/1.54.0/componentLoader.js?117420″ src=”https%3A%2F%2Fiframe.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-widgets-prod%2Fiframe-pod.html%3Fid%3D20190508-accordion-XZD3UUbvj%26script%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-loaders-prod%2F1.54.0%2FcomponentLoader.js%3F117420%26config%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-component-config-prod%2F20190508-accordion-XZD3UUbvj.json”] But they have also seen themselves nab the top spot three times, including Alexander Rybak’s 2009 victory with his song, Fairytale. He broke all previous records with his score of 387 points and the track topped the Eurovision charts once he won. His album Fairytales was released in 25 countries. So KEiiNO will be doing their best to replicate his success. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE ON EUROVISION” term_id=”14249″ posts_number=”6″ /] When and where is the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 taking place? The Eurovision 2019 final will take place TONIGHT (Saturday, May 18, 2019). BBC One will broadcast the song contest live from 8pm 0 with the winner expected to be announced shortly after 11pm The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv. The first and second semi-finals were broadcast on BBC Four.
18 May 19
The Irish Sun
NORWAY are hoping to win the Eurovision Song Contest for a fourth time with the help of pop group, KEiiNO. But how did the supergroup get picked for the honour and what is their Eurovision 2019 song like? Who is Norway’s 2019 Eurovision entry KEiiNO? KEiiNo are a Norwegian pop super group that consists of rapper Fred Buljo, 31, and singers Alexandra Rotan, 22, and Tom Hugo, 39. The group were actually put together in 2018 especially for Norway’s Eurovison selection process, the Melodi Grand Prix. KEiiNO revealed that their band name is inspired by Buljo’s hometown, Kautokeino. The last part means “way” or “road” which they felt perfectly represents “the road that brought us together”. KEiiNo is Norway’s entry for Eurovision 2019 What is Norway’s Eurovision 2019 song called? Spirit in The Sky was written by Tom Hugo Hhermansen and his husband, Alex Olsson, with the pair taking inspiration from the historic struggles for equality. They are expected to perform at the second semi-final on May 16, 2019. Norway has a mixed track record with the Eurovison because they have finished last more times than any other country. [pod_component pod_component_config_id=”20190508-accordion-XZD3UUbvj” pod_component_config_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-component-config-prod/20190508-accordion-XZD3UUbvj.json” pod_component_config_loader_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-loaders-prod/1.54.0/componentLoader.js?117420″ src=”https%3A%2F%2Fiframe.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-widgets-prod%2Fiframe-pod.html%3Fid%3D20190508-accordion-XZD3UUbvj%26script%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-loaders-prod%2F1.54.0%2FcomponentLoader.js%3F117420%26config%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-component-config-prod%2F20190508-accordion-XZD3UUbvj.json”] But they have also seen themselves nab the top spot three times, including Alexander Rybak’s 2009 victory with his song, Fairytale. He broke all previous records with his score of 387 points and the track topped the Eurovision charts once he won. His album Fairytales was released in 25 countries. So KEiiNO will be doing their best to replicate his success. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE ON EUROVISION” term_id=”14249″ posts_number=”6″ /] When and where is the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 taking place? The Eurovision 2019 final will take place TONIGHT (Saturday, May 18, 2019). BBC One will broadcast the song contest live from 8pm 0 with the winner expected to be announced shortly after 11pm The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv. The first and second semi-finals were broadcast on BBC Four.
18 May 19
The Sun
NORWAY are hoping to win the Eurovision Song Contest for a fourth time with the help of pop group, KEiiNO. But how did the supergroup get picked for the honour and what is their Eurovision 2019 song like? Who is Norway’s 2019 Eurovision entry KEiiNO? KEiiNo are a Norwegian pop super group that consists of rapper Fred Buljo, 31, and singers Alexandra Rotan, 22, and Tom Hugo, 39. The group were actually put together in 2018 especially for Norway’s Eurovison selection process, the Melodi Grand Prix. KEiiNO revealed that their band name is inspired by Buljo’s hometown, Kautokeino. The last part means “way” or “road” which they felt perfectly represents “the road that brought us together”. KEiiNo is Norway’s entry for Eurovision 2019 What is Norway’s Eurovision 2019 song called? Spirit in The Sky was written by Tom Hugo Hhermansen and his husband, Alex Olsson, with the pair taking inspiration from the historic struggles for equality. They are expected to perform at the second semi-final on May 16, 2019. Norway has a mixed track record with the Eurovison because they have finished last more times than any other country. [pod_component pod_component_config_id=”20190508-accordion-XZD3UUbvj” pod_component_config_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-component-config-prod/20190508-accordion-XZD3UUbvj.json” pod_component_config_loader_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-loaders-prod/1.54.0/componentLoader.js?117420″ src=”https%3A%2F%2Fiframe.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-widgets-prod%2Fiframe-pod.html%3Fid%3D20190508-accordion-XZD3UUbvj%26script%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-loaders-prod%2F1.54.0%2FcomponentLoader.js%3F117420%26config%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-component-config-prod%2F20190508-accordion-XZD3UUbvj.json”] But they have also seen themselves nab the top spot three times, including Alexander Rybak’s 2009 victory with his song, Fairytale. He broke all previous records with his score of 387 points and the track topped the Eurovision charts once he won. His album Fairytales was released in 25 countries. So KEiiNO will be doing their best to replicate his success. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE ON EUROVISION” term_id=”14249″ posts_number=”6″ /] When and where is the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 taking place? The Eurovision 2019 final will take place TONIGHT (Saturday, May 18, 2019). BBC One will broadcast the song contest live from 8pm 0 with the winner expected to be announced shortly after 11pm The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv. The first and second semi-finals were broadcast on BBC Four.
29 Apr 19
Talk About Pop Music

Eurovision 2019 – Norway by Christopher Smith The Norwegian song is called ‘Spirit In The Sky‘ and is performed by Keiino. ARTIST KEiiNO are a Norwegian-Sámi lovechild born in late Summer 2018. With a goal of creating arctic pop-bangers they combine sami joik, nordic folk and camp pop in a synth heavy sound. Their debut-single […]

13 May 19
Good Evening Europe

KEiiNO er ​​et norsk-samisk projekt mellem kunstnerne Fred Buljo, Alexandra Rotan og Tom Hugo. Sidstnævnte begyndte sammen med sin mand Alex Olsson at skrive en sang inspireret af historiske kampe for lighed uanset etnicitet, køn og orientering. Den samiske befolkning har måttet kæmpe for accept for deres kultur i lang tid, og temaet gjorde det […]