Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Top Picks

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 starts with the first rehearsals next week already began with their first rehearsals in Kyiv, Ukraine, so I’m kinda late to the party this year. But however late I may be, I still wish to present to you my Top 10 favorites for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

Before we proceed here’s a refresher on all the entries joining Europe’s biggest music contest this year (except Russia):


Now it’s time to Celebrate Diversity with my top picks for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. “Thanks for amazing show,” as many a spokesperson has quipped. 😂 Here are the points from the  Amiciness jury… (Kidding, I’m only one person! 😳)

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My Favorites of Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Another year, another Eurovision. This year, for Eurovision Song Contest 2016, Europe (and some other Asian countries plus Australia) is coming together in Stockholm, Sweden this year after the country’s victory in 2015 with Måns Zelmerlöw and the song “Heroes.”

Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw won the Eurovision Song Contest last year. Also on photo is 2014's winner Conchita Wurst. (Elena Volotova, EBU)
Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw won the Eurovision Song Contest last year. Also on photo is 2014’s winner Conchita Wurst. (Elena Volotova, EBU)

I went through and listened to all 43 participating entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 and I have trimmed the list down to my top 10 favorites this year:

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Eurovision 2015 Semi Final 2 Results + Postmortem

I got to watch the Second Semi-final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest after the fact, albeit a bit earlier than the first. Watch the full Eurovision 2015 SF2 on Youtube, and also check out the International Sign Language version, which is a new addition to the contest this year.

© Andres Putting (EBU)

To start things off, let’s find out how Europe (and Australia!) voted on the songs that are part of Semi-final 2. Here are the second semi-final results in their running order (the ones marked in bold qualified to the final):

  1. Lithuania — Qualified to the Final
  2. Ireland
  3. San Marino
  4. Montenegro — QF
  5. Malta
  6. Norway — QF
  7. Portugal
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Israel — QF
  10. Latvia — QF
  11. Azerbaijan — QF
  12. Iceland 😮
  13. Sweden — QF
  14. Switzerland
  15. Cyprus — QF
  16. Slovenia — QF
  17. Poland — QF

Thanks to the votes from all across Europe (and Australia!) Sweden, Slovenia, Poland, Norway, Montenegro, Lithuania, Latvia, Israel, Cyprus, and Azerbaijan are all through to the finals on Saturday (Sunday morning in Australia, and where I live). Now that I’ve watched the full second semi-finals show (thanks to Youtube), here is how I rank the qualifiers going into the final:

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Eurovision 2015 Semi Final 1 Results + Postmortem

Since I’m both a Eurovision fan and timezone-challenged, I only got to watch the First Semi-final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest after the fact. However, I’m luckier than the Aussie fans who have to watch this at 5 in the morning. The dedication!

To start things off, let’s find out how Europe (and Australia!) voted on the songs that are part of Semi-final 1. In their running order (the ones marked in bold qualified to the final):

  1. Moldova
  2. Armenia — Qualified to the Final
  3. Belgium — QF
  4. The Netherlands
  5. Finland
  6. Greece — QF
  7. Estonia — QF
  8. F.Y.R. Macedonia 😢
  9. Serbia — QF
  10. Hungary — QF
  11. Belarus 😭
  12. Russia — QF
  13. Denmark
  14. Albania — QF
  15. Romania — QF
  16. Georgia — QF

Thanks to the votes from all across Europe (and Australia!) Albania, Armenia, Belgium, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Russia, and Serbia are all through to the finals on Saturday (Sunday morning in Australia, and where I live). Now that I’ve watched the full first semi-finals show (thanks to Youtube), here is how I rank the qualifiers going into the final:

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Amiciness Picks Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Top 10

Here are my top ten picks for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Fingers crossed that all of them score high on the finals scoreboard. (Read my previous Eurovision post for my picks 20-11.)

10. Austria
The Makemakes — I’m Yours

This sounds like a classic rock ballad from yesteryear. That’s a good thing considering this sound is sort of making a comeback on the airwaves, with the popularity of Sam Smith and Hozier among many. Will this song win? Probably not. But I’m expecting this to at least be on the left side of the scoreboard come finals.

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Amiciness Picks Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Top 20-11

Here is the third part of four of my countdown, i.e. from my least favorite to most favorite to win, for my Eurovision picks this year. (Read my previous Eurovision post for my picks 30-21.)

20. Israel
Nadav Guedj — Golden Boy

Sounds like three different songs mashed together, one of which is an Ed Sheeran sound-alike. And nobody believes Nadav is a teenager. But to hell with all of that, this is the funnest song this year. You know, the kind you sing along to at the club in your drunken state. I’m a golden booo-ooo-oy.

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Amiciness Picks Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Top 30-21

Here is the second part of four of my countdown, i.e. from my least favorite to most favorite to win, for my Eurovision picks this year. (Read my previous Eurovision post for my picks 40-31.)

30. Czech Republic
Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta — Hope Never Dies

This definitely sounds like a Bond theme meets Nickelback song.

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Amiciness Picks Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Top 40-31

It’s the 60th year of the Eurovision Song Contest, and we’re #BuildingBridges to Vienna. While I’m a relatively new fan — the first Eurovision I watched in full is the Baku edition; forgive me, I’m not from Europe — I’m all for joining in the festivities.

Australia is joining for the first time, which might mean more points for the UK (they have to, right?). And the East seem to be upping their game this year, producing strong entries.

Here is the first part of four of my countdown, i.e. from my least favorite to most favorite to win, for my Eurovision picks this year:

40. San Marino
Anita Simoncini & Michele Perniola — Chain of Lights

Are we supposed to vote for this song? You get the answer within the first five seconds of this song: No! As Graham Norton (sarcastically) quipped during the 60th anniversary concert, Ralph Siegel’s songs are “classic.”

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014: My Favourites Going into the Final

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 season is coming to a close, and this Saturday is this year’s final. The top 10 from each semi-final, the big 5 (UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain), and last year’s winner, Denmark battle it out for the Eurovision trophy.

These are my top 10 songs for Saturday’s final:

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