Eurovision 2015 Schedule

Needed a proper chronological list somewhere…

Date Country Selection Language Artist Song Semi-final
2014-11-03  Belgium Internal selection English Loïc Nottet   1.02
2014-11-12  Macedonia Skopje Fest Macedonian Daniel Kajmakoski "Lisja esenski" (Лисја есенски)
Autumn leaves
1.06
2014-11-22  Malta Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015 English Amber "Warrior" 2.04
2014-12-12  Netherlands Internal selection English Trijntje Oosterhuis "Walk Along" 1.08
2014-12-26  Belarus Евровидения-2015
Eurovision-2015
English Uzari & Maimuna "Time" 1.10
2014-12-28  Albania Festivali i Këngës English Elhaida Dani "Diell"
Sun
1.09
2015-01-14  Georgia ევროვიზია 2015-ის შესარჩევი კონკურსი
Erovnuli Shesarcevi konkursi 2015
English Nina Sublatti "Warrior" 1.12
2015-01-23  France Internal selection French Lisa Angell "N'oubliez pas"
Don’t forget
Final
2015-01-31  Switzerland ESC 2015 – Die Entscheidungsshow English Mélanie René "Time to Shine" 2.17
2015-01-31  Czech Republic Internal selection English

Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta

"Hope Never Dies" 2.01
2015-02-01  Cyprus Eurovision Song Project English Giannis Karagiannis "One Thing I Should Have Done" 2.10
2015-02-07  Denmark Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2015 English Anti Social Media "The Way You Are" 1.11
2015-02-11  Armenia Internal selection English Genealogy "Don't Deny" 1.01
2015-02-14  Iceland Söngvakeppnin 2015 English María Ólafsdóttir "Unbroken" 2.11
2015-02-15  Serbia Odbrojavanje za Beč
Одбројаванје за Беч
Serbian Bojana Stamenov[54] "Ceo svet je moj" (Цео свет је мој)
The whole world is mine
1.16
2015-02-17  Israel הַכּוֹכָב הַבָּא / HaKokhav HaBa
/ The Next Star
  Nadav Guedj   2.12
2015-02-19  Italy Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo 2015   Il Volo "Grande amore"
Great love
Final
2015-02-21  Estonia Eesti Laul 2015 English Elina Born & Stig Rästa "Goodbye to Yesterday" 1.03
2015-02-21  Lithuania "Eurovizijos" dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka English Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila "This Time" 2.03
2015-02-22  Latvia Supernova 2015 English Aminata "Love Injected" 2.13
2015-02-27  Ireland Eurosong 2015 English     2.02
2015-02-28  Finland Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2015       1.04
2015-02-28  Moldova O Melodie Pentru Europa 2015       1.07
2015-02-28  Hungary A Dal 2015       1.13
2015-02-28  Slovenia Evrovizijska Melodija 2015 (EMA 2015)       2.15
2015-03  Australia Internal selection       Final
2015-03  Azerbaijan Milli Seçim Turu       2.09
2015-03  Montenegro Internal selection   Knez   2.05
2015-03-01  Spain Internal selection Spanish Edurne "Amanecer" Final
2015-03-04  Greece Eurosong 2015 – a MAD Show       1.05
2015-03-05  Germany Unser Song für Österreich       Final
2015-03-07  Portugal Festival da Canção 2015 Portuguese     2.07
2015-03-08  Romania Selecția Națională 2015       1.14
2015-03-09  Poland Internal selection       2.14
2015-03-13  Austria Wer singt für Österreich?       Final
2015-03-13  San Marino Internal selection   Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini   2.08
2015-03-14  Norway Melodi Grand Prix 2015       2.06
2015-03-14  Sweden Melodifestivalen 2015       2.16
   Russia Internal selection       1.15
?  United Kingdom Internal selection       Final

Eurosong 2015

Alex Saint & friends

Ireland’s Eurosong 2015 decision is coming up this Friday and it’s not all pain. I just hope they don’t go with Charlie McGettigan’s dirge on the basis of his 1994 win with that piece of sentimental reflux Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids.

ArtistSongVideoNotesComposers

Alex Saint

“She's So Fine”

Not revolutionary but not the most clichéd choice either

Tony Adams-Rosa

Kat Mahon

“Anybody Got a Shoulder”

I have many objections to this song, but one I feel I have to mention is the English. This sounds like one of those Eastern European entries where you forgive them their weird phrasing. I’m sorry Charlie, but you do not “cry a shoulder”. That’s not English.

Charlie McGettigan

Erika Selin

“Break Me Up”

Unfresh from her failure to win Swedish Idol 2009, and Melodifestivalen 2010 (or at least the failure of her song-she didn’t sing it), Erika launches a highly-calculated melodic missile packed with all the current Euroclichés at an unsuspecting Irish public. It even contains a GKC (gratuitous key change) for tradition’s sake.

Gustav Eurén, Niclas Arn, Dan Attlerud

Nikki Kavanagh

“Memories”

Starts with a yodel, which should be crime enough, but goes on to just sound shouty. This isn’t Nikki’s first offence. She also sang with the 1993 winner Niamh Kavanagh (relation?) in her entry at Oslo in 2010.

Lee Anna James, Elena Moroșanu, Simon Gribbe, Johnny Sanchez, Dimitri Stassos

Molly Sterling

“Playing with Numbers”

I don’t hate it

Molly Sterling, Greg French

Albania: Festivali i Këngës

Agim Poshka at Festivali i Këngës 2015

What I’ve learned from Albania’s Festivali i Këngës:

  • a tinkly piano intro apparently establishes that your ditty has heart even if it goes off somewhere else after that
  • why have one piano when you can have two played by a geriatric and a child?
  • being in tune is for wimps
  • if you use the work ‘rock’ often enough in your song, you must be rockin’
  • narrative voice-overs are a thing

Masochists can go straight to the YouTube playlist—ordered from losingest to the dull winner.

Not part of the competition, but who is this Aurela person?

 
PlacePointsArtistSongVideoNotesMusic/Lyrics

1

82

Elhaida Dani

"Diell"
Sun

the usual emotional warble, though often flat…Celine Dion has much to answer for. gratuitous key change!

Aldo Shllaku (m)
Viola Trebicka & Sokol Marsi (l)

2

62

Bojken Lako Band

"Të ndjej"
I feel you

possibly a rocker neutered by an arranger?

Bojken Lako Band (m&l)

3

45

Lindita Halimi

"S'të fal"
I don't forgive you

Not sure I forgive her vocal gymnastics either. Did she forget part of her costume?

Zzap & Lindita Halimi (m)
Lindita Halimi (l)

4

31

Besiana Mehmeti & Shkodran Tolaj

"Kështjella"
The castle

slightly, but only slightly kooky. possibly better when in tune.

Adrian Hila (m)
Pandi Laço (l)

5

28

Marsela Çibukaj

"S'muj"
I can't

ambiguous hat

Olsa Toqi (m&l)

6

24

Gjergj Leka

"Himn"
Hymn

old-style ballad, old singer, child pianist, mobile cellist

Gjergj Leka (m)
Zhuljana Jorganxhi (l)

7

23

Rezarta Smaja

"Më rrëmbe"
Take me away

kaval player & flounce-powered dress but otherwise dull

Klodian Qafoku (m)
Floran Kondi (Dr. Flori) (l)

8

22

Mjellma Berisha

"Sot jetoj"
Today I live

‘rock’ & ‘dress’ 

Enis Mullaj (m&l)

9

20

Venera Lumani

"Dua të jetoj"
I want to live

piano intro. apparently living is important. gratuitous backing singer micro-operatic interludes. back of her top puts the ‘vent’ in conventional

Endrit Shani (m)
Gerald Xhari (Big Basta) (l)

10

18

Emi Bogdo

"Një femër"
A woman

piano intro’d power ballad…yawn. impressive sleeve awnings

Lambert Jorganxhi (m)
Florian Zyka (l)

11

15

Erga Halilaj

"Ti s'më njeh"
You don't know me

pianist

Kristi Popa (m)
Ronela Hajati (l)

12

12

Jozefina Simoni

"Mendje trazi"
Stirred mind

fluff dress

Bledar Sejko & Markeljan Kapedani (m)
Eda Sejko (l)

12

12

Enver Petrovci

"Të vranë bukuri"
Beauty they killed you

faux tramp chic? this man is a respected actor apparently

Enver Petrovci (m&l)

14

9

Altin Goci

"Rock për gjithë jetën"
Rock for all of eternity

Rock, but not as we know it Jim

Altin Goci (m)
Klodi Shehu (l)

15

3

Saimir Braho

"Kristal"
Crystal

rockin’…not! coming to an Albanian wedding reception near you!

Saimir Braho (m&l)

18

0

Klajdi Musabelliu

"Vetëm te ti besoj"
I only believe in you

yet another heartfelt piano intro leading into a copy of every Euroballad ever

Klajdi Musabelliu (m)
Jorgo Papingji (l)

18

0

Estela Brahimllari

"Kjo natë"
This night

almost sophisticated and yet dull

Edmond Veizaj (m&l)

18

0

Agim Poshka

"Në rrugën tonë"
In our street

piano, narration that’s poignant out the wazoo, modestly draped table, waistcoats & cap…a class act

Agim Poshka (m)
Olsa Poshka (l)

Eliminated in the semi-finals

 

0

Enxhi & Xhejn Kumrija

"Njeri"
Human

Not inhuman. Not that interesting either despite contrasting hair(&clothing)styles.

Enxhi & Xhejn Kumrija (m)
Xhejn Kumrija (l)

 

0

Ana Gramo

"Në koma"
In a coma

a coma would be better than this…quieter at least

Genti Lako (m)
Ida Nurçe (l)

 

0

Grupi Aurora

"Maria"

this must be some new kind of torture technique

Gr. Aurora (m&l)

 

0

Kelly

"Nëse ti do"
If you want

look out Bruce Springsteen!

Kelly (m&l)

 

0

Grupi Offchestra

"Bajram"

slightly off, hip Balkan

Faruk Banjska (m)
Gr. Offchestra (l)

 

0

Florent Abrashi & Sigi Bastri

"Eklips mbi oqean"
Eclipse over the ocean

slightly awkward duet, not always in tune

Sokol Marsi (m)
Florent Abrashi (l)

 

0

Julian Gjojdeshi

"Himn jetës"
Hymn to life

horrible in a fairly unique way, gratuitous key changes worthy of Lloyd Weber

Vasil S. Tole (m)
Fatos Arapi (l)

 

0

Revolt Klan

"Më mungon"
I miss you

boy-band rap intro by two grown men in suits leads to (disappointing obvs) ballad

Bruno Pollogati (m)
Febi Shkurti (l)

More info about this than anyone needs @ Wikipedia: Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015

Macedonia: Skopje Fest

Miyatta at Skopje Fest

What I’ve learned skimming through the finalists in Macedonia’s Skopje Fest:

  • triangles are still really ‘now’ in Macedonia (maybe they are everywhere and I haven’t noticed)
  • dull songs win national competitions too often
  • Vera Janković was a drag queen in another life (or maybe this one)
  • Xena apparently now lives in Macedonia

Masochists can go straight to the YouTube playlist—ordered from losingest to the dull winner.

 

Place

Points

Artist

Song

Video

Notes

Composer(s)

1

22

Daniel Kajmakoski

"Lisja esenski"
 Autumn leaves

Joacim Persson,
Aleksandar Mitevski,
Daniel Kajmakoski

2

20

Tamara Todevska

"Brod što tone"
  Sinking ship

 

Robert Bilbilov

3

18

Evgenija Čančalova

"Da ne te sakam"
  If I don't love you

Bond-esque,
inspired by Conchita?
Tug-o-war dancers

Grigor Koprov,
Jelena Bulinac

4

8

Dimitar Andonovski

"Se što ti vetiv"
  Everything I promised

 The cage action can’t save it.

Lazar Cvetkoski,
Magdalena Cvetkoska

5

8

Aleksandar Tarabunov & Toni Mihajlovski

"Marija"
  Maria

 Puppet dancers

Robert Bilbilov,
Toni Mihajlovski

6

7

Nade Talevska

"Znam"
  I know

 Dancers in white

Aleksandar Masevski,
Biljana Pašarikovska

7

7

Viktorija Loba

"Edna edinstvena"
  One and only

 

Jovan Jovanov,
Elvir Mekić

8

6

Sanja Gjoševska

"Sakam da letam"
  I want to fly

 

Duke Bojadziev

9

6

Aleksandra Janeva

"Vo tvojot svet"
 In your world

 

Vančo Dimitrov,
Ana Pandevska

10

5

Tanja Carovska

"Ako mi se vratiš"
 If you return to me

 

Tanja Carovska

11

5

Joce Panov

"Ni Lj od ljubovta"
 Neither "L" from love

 

Saša Dragić,
Vlado Janevski

12

2

Miyatta

"Zaljuben"
 In love

Xena? Glad she has warrior-princessing
to fall back on.

Tanja Carovska

13

2

Nina Janeva

"Bluz za..."
  Blues for...

 

Davor Jordanovski,
Toni Mihajlovski

14

0

Lena Zatkoska

"Alo"
 Hello

 Classic Europop

Risto Samardziev

14

0

Vera Janković

"Se plašam"
 I'm scared

I’m scared too!
Drag inspired?  Or drag?

Darko Tasev,
Vesna Malinova

14

0

Risto Samardžiev & Vlatko Ilievski

"Sever-Jug"
  North-South

 Lame gender trickery!

Vladimir Dojčinovski,
Risto Samardziev

14

0

Aleksandra Mihova

"Srce čuva spomeni"
 Heart keeps memories

“na, na-na-na naaaa”...nah

Andrijana Janevska,
Veronika Stojanovska

14

0

Lidija Kočovska & Marijan Stojanovski

"Sonce niz oblaci"
 Sunshine through the clouds

 Mega duet

Trajče Stavreski,
Maja Pavlovska

14

0

Goran Naumovski & Sanja Kerkez

"Mig bez tebe"
  A moment without you

Opera can be groovy...maybe not.
I think I now value all moments without Goran.

Andrijana Janevska

14

0

Verica Pandilovska

"Samo za tebe"
 Just for you

 

Salvatore Monetti,
Jasmina Kantardzieva

More info about this than anyone needs @ Wikipedia: Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015

And so it begins...

Даниел Кајмакоски: Лисја есенски · Daniel Kajmakoski: Lisja esenski (“Autumn Leaves”)

Daniel Kajmakoski is the winner of Skopje Fest and will represent Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Is it just a co-incidence that his family moved to Vienna (host city for Eurovision 2015) when he was 7 years old? Will layered greys matched with bright yellow shoes become the signature look this year? Such weighty questions to ponder!