A while back, I did a couple of posts that gave the top songs from the Eurovision Song Contest, both for 2015 (then the current year) and 1974 (the year ABBA placed first with “Waterloo”). This year’s contest ended last Saturday, with Portugal’s Salvador Sobral winning for his song “Amar Pelos Dois.” It was the first time Portugal won the contest, and the first time they placed in the top five in the 53 years they’ve participated. Congratulations to them.
#5: Robin Bengsston (Sweden), “I Can’t Go On”
#4: Blanche (Belgium), “City Lights”
#3: Sunstroke Project (Moldova), “Hey, Mamma!”
#2: Kristian Kostov (Bulgaria), “Beautiful Mess”
#1: Salvador Sobral (Portugal), “Amar Pelos Dois”
This year’s winners left me with that “meh” feeling. Most of the contestants were chosen from their home country’s Idol or The Voice program on TV, and almost all the songs in the final round were sung in English. I guess this is a byproduct of Europe becoming more or less one country, but I could be wrong.
That’s The Friday Five for May 19, 2017.