We will offer to readers of this website the chance to take part in various competitions and to win items from KYIV 2017 like the official program book, the press bag and various promo CD’s (which of course we do not know as it depends on which countries have promo CD’s available).
There will be at least 6 competitions. Each one will be introduced separately over the next few days. Website readers will be informed exactly what to do with each one as obviously they are of different in nature. Some of the competitions will last for a week or so as they have no right or wrong answers and a panel will judge the best answer. Others will continue until Eurovision as they depend on what happens in Kyiv and these will have a correct answer to win.
Of course we would like as many fans to take part in the competitions but even if just one person takes part in a competition, it is fine.
Switzerland each year opens the field so wide that every Tom, Dick and Harry can upload a video on the internet and be in the running. Yet their results over the years while they have been using this method were not good enough when you potentially can get songs from every corner of the world. What are they doing wrong? Swiss TV has asked you to give them some advice and share ideas how to ensure that they end up with a top 5 placing in Stockholm.
For me the problem is that although potentially artists from all over the world can enter, when the finalists are picked, 90% of them are Swiss artists. They must look back at 1988 when they had Celine Dion from Canada and won. So it really is stupid to have artists entering from many countries but that should also reflect then the finalists that come to TV.
You have to pretend to be the head of delegation of Moldova. You have seen the success felloe CIS country GEORGIA had with songs composed by Swedish composer Thomas Gson (Waterfall and Warior) and so your idea is to contact Thomas and ask him to compose a song for Moldova for 2016, seeing that Eurovision is in Stockholm. So you have to tell us what guidelines you are giving Thomas in terms of a song.
My first guideline to him will be, also a song with a one word title, easy to remember (afterall he composed Euphoria). Maybe something called TORPEDO would be quite a dramatic title.
The United Kingdom has realized they are selecting the correct entries for Eurovision and have asked fans now to come with suggestions. One of the ideas is to again to look at an OLDIE like Engelbert Humperdick and Bonnie Tyler to make a come back to their careers.
Now you as fan have to tell them if there are OLDIES they could look at and who they never even should consider. List between 3 and 5 such artists.
I will have a look at one male singer, one female singer and one group.
TONY CHRISTIE had a great run of success in the 70’s and he has a good voice and if he gets a chance with a song similar to I DID WHAT I DID FOR MARIA, I think he could be considered.
SUZI QUATRO had some great hits in the 70’s composed by NICKY CHINN and MIKE CHAPMAN like SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU so that is someone I would look at given the correct song, she is a MAYBE.
BAY CITY ROLLERS – they caused phandemonoum around the world in their distinctive outfits but could they do it in Eurovision? I do not think so, so they are a definite NO NO.
Finally we reached the end of the ABBA songs.
Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing
Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing
Well, we had to end the whole ABBA saga off with this song, it is such a classic. Thank you ABBA for all the music and the songs we are constantly singing.
The question is name 3 Eurovision songs you constantly feel like singing
For me it is Cliff Richard and Congratulations every time I see someone is having a birthday. Then Mouth and Macneal with I see a star, and often it is the Afrikaans lyrics of it. Lastly Nicole’s Ein bisschien frieden, after all I have many versions of it (53 in total) and in 21 different languages.
We are almost finished, here is the second last song
Hasta manana, ’til we meet again
Don’t know where, don’t know when
Of course we know where most of us will meet, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
And we know when, MAY 2016
But maybe you want to look into your crystal ball and think about MAY 2017 – where you you think we will meet for Eurovision?
Mem;ries, good days, bad days, they’ll be with me always
And EUROVISION is known for memories – good ones and bad ones. So share with our members some of those from your Eurovision days. I can write a book on it because I have been extremely lucky to have been able to attend it every year since 1993, some were such highlights, TALLINN, RIGA, BELGRADE, others quite awful – especially BIRMINGHAM and GUILDO HORN.
I have a dream, a song to sing
Now your dream is given – to participate in EUROVISION as an artist and now I want to hear for which country and the song from their entries you would like to sing.
I would take GERMANY and their 1982 winner EIN BISSCHIEN FRIEDEN and do it even in a few more languages like SWAHILI and CHINESE etc.
All the things I could do, if I had a little money
Another song by ABBA with repeat words. So this time we look at WHAT YOU WOULD DO IF YOU HAVE A LITTLE MONEY – and we narrow the field down to say what you have to spend in on Eurovision.
I would use that money to pay the participating fee of Croatia so they could join Eurovision.