Cast your mind back to 2002. I’m struggling because this is to reach into my Eurovision Dark Ages. Just like the other Dark Ages, little is knows about this period, only a few scant details of where major battles/contests took place, and limited information of the people on top at the time.
I am reasonably sure I watched Marie N claim a first ever victory for Latvia in Tallinn’s 2002 contest, but that’s about it. I can’t remember if I liked the song, but that’s something for another day. It’s incredible to think Latvia ever won the contest judging by their recent form, but yes, this is a thing that happened, and over the last few months – actually quite a lot of months, Malmö 2013 took a lot of my energy – I’ve been listening to the songs, and watched the whole contest on Youtube. Now it’s time for me to countdown my picks of the show. This was the last year before the semi-final system came in, so there are only 26 songs to get through, including the Big Four (UK, France, Germany & Spain), the host Latvia, the 19 other top scorers from 2002, 6 countries relegated in 2001 to miss the following year’s contest, and finally debuting Ukraine.
So far, so good – 2002’s Marie N (real name Marija Naumova) co-hosted with Renārs Kaupers, frontman of Brainstorm, who took Latvia to 3rd place in 2000’s Copenhagen contest. They did a reasonable job to keep the show together, but nobody could have expected how insanely close the results were going to come out…
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Nearly there! I’m back from Amsterdam now so I can finally wrap this little adventure up in the next few days.
So we are down to the last ten. The Big Five are out of the way, with Italy ending up a creditable 11th, but the presence of only one DNQ leads me to think that Europe made some decent choices this year. Perhaps it didn’t all go my way, but it was definitely a pleasure to see nearly all of my favourite songs grace the Grand Final.
You can skip back to #39-31, #30-21, #20-11 or ahead to the top 5, as well as the Malmö 2013 hub for everything I’ve ever written about this year’s contest.
I really need to wrap this up, don’t I? I mean come on, it’s like 6 weeks after the show…
So here we are in the top 20, and already a really solid selection of hot trax from Europe’s biggest music festival. There will be crazy costumes, props, big ballads and a near decade long payoff, but who will be left in my top 10? You’re excited right? Yes.
You can skip back to #39-31, #30-21 or ahead to #10-6 and the top 5, as well as the Malmö 2013 hub for everything I’ve ever written about this year’s contest.
I think I’ve been putting this off to an extent. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been busy (eh…) or lazy (closer). I wanted to finish the Madonna countdown, but perhaps it’s because I was avoiding closure. The Eurovision comedown is not an isolated phenomenon; symptoms involve hissy fits, gay comas, and not changing the CD in the car for something non-Eurovision.
But this is the last thing I have left to do – ooh, and post some photos – so I might as well kick it off while I have some time. These countdowns take ages to write up!
You can skip ahead to #30-21, #20-11, #10-6 and the top 5, as well as the Malmö 2013 hub for everything I’ve ever written about this year’s contest.
Time to wrap this up, and there can be only one victor. No doubt plenty of people would disagree with my choices, but I’m picking her biggest songs, or most influential, just the ones I’ve had the most fun with. So SUCK IT. But no, she’s got such a huge back catalogue there’s so much there for people to explore, whatever they are into. I just hope she makes yet another massive comeback in the near future.
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