Today we begin the countdown of our top 40 songs of 2018 from past Eurovision participants. There was a wealth of great songs in 2018, here are our favourites 40-31!
Fresh off the back of her Eurovision appearance in May 2018, Saara Aalto has released new album ‘Wild Wild Wonderland’. The album features the three tracks that were under consideration for Finland’s 2018 Eurovision bid; ‘Queens’, ‘Domino’ and the song that was selected ‘Monsters’. Saara has been busy promoting the new album, touring it extensively throughout Europe in the past few months. Now she is set to bring the tour to our fair shores, when she comes to Belfast’s Oh Yeah Centre on 10 October.
Cyprus were one of the first Eurovision acts to announce their candidate for 2016 when they chose rock band Minus One by internal selection in November. Since then all has been quiet in the Cypriot camp until it was revealed earlier today that the song they would sing in Stockholm would be called ‘Alter Ego’.
Georgia’s history at Eurovision is still in its infancy. They made their contest debut in 2007 when Sopho Khalvashi’s ‘Visionary Dream’ secured them twelfth place. Apart from 2009, when they withdrew over controversial lyrics regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin, Georgia have competed in every contest since. Their best position to date is ninth which they obtained on back to back occasions in 2010 with Sopho Nizharadze’s ‘Shine’ and 2011 with Eldrine’s ‘One More Day’. They have had their fair share of stinkers as well, having failed to qualify from the semi finals twice. In particular their 2014 entry by The Shin and Mariko ‘Three Minutes to Earth’ was hailed as a disaster by most critics and finished dead last in its semi final. They returned to form in 2015 when Nina Sublatti’s ‘Warrior’ gave them 11th place.
Cyprus have competed in Eurovision 32 times since they debuted in 1981 with Island. Since then Cyprus’s best result has been fifth place on three occasions with Anna Vissi in 1982, Hara & Andreas Constantinou in 1997 and in 2004 with Lisa Andreas. More recently Cyprus hasn’t fared as well, failing to qualify from the semi final stage on six occasions out of their last ten attempts. Last year’s entry saw Giannis Karagiannis finish in 22nd place with his song ‘One Thing I Should Have Done’.
Russian twins the Tolmachevy Sisters advanced through to the Eurovision Final on Saturday 10th May following a performance at last night’s first semi final. However it wasn’t all good news for the ‘Shine’ singers
Nobody really knows who is going to win for sure at the Eurovision. You can use various different sources as indicators to the popularity of each song. You could go with the bookies’ odds, marks that critics and experts give each entry, what the fans have to say through polls or comments or the amount of followers each act has on Twitter.
Here at Eurovision 2014 Blog, we have decided that we are going to
Twins have had a decent run in the past few years at Eurovision. Most notably there was two successful appearances for Ireland with Jedward in 2011 and 2012. On the other side of the coin Slovakia’s TWiiNS in