Now all the Eurovision Song Contest contenders for 2017 have been unveiled, we’ve got the joy of sifting through the entries to find some diamonds in the rough. The Kyiv-hosted competition will see a huge number of ballads taking part – none of which have particularly grabbed us – but neither did Jamala’s drab winning entry 1944, so what do we know? But not to fear, several nations have ensured that 2017’s ESC will play host to some upbeat anthems which we think are likely to stand out on what is shaping up to be quiet an emotive, overtly serious night.
Nathan Trent hopes to restore the glory achieved by Conchita Wurst with his track, Running on Air. Picture a tolerable Ed Sheeran track and you can see what Austria are aiming for.
The Netherlands – QUALIFIED
OG3NE – Lights and Shadows
Wilson Phillips are reborn for The Netherlands’ latest entry, Lights and Shadows. The country-pop ballad showcases the vocals of its singing trio and is a sumptuous little anthem that could stand out on the night.
Belgium – QUALIFIED
Blanche – City Lights
Belgium’s low-key electronic anthem has already generated quite a bit of buzz online and is likely to land on the upper left of the leaderboard if its not sabotaged by block voting.
Levina – Perfect Life
Another electronic mid-tempo could prevail on May 13th. Levina delivers a Sia-esque pop anthem with Perfect Life.
Jana Burčeska – Dance Alone
Jana Burčeska may stand out on the night with contemporary pop anthem Dance Alone. It’s high energy, has a cool tinge of auto-tune on the vocals and feels like the sort of track that would be blasting out of a hip high street retailer. That’s good in our book.
Icleand – FAILED TO QUALIFY
Loreen might not have made it through for Sweden, but there are echoes of her in Svala – Iceland’s entry. It’s a slick scandipop anthem with a mood as dark as the Icelandic winter.
Demy – This Is Love
Starting with a mid-tempo ease, Demy’s This Is Love turns into a popping club track as it hits the one minute mark. Bring that key change, girl!
Anyone order a camp space anthem? We don’t care if you didn’t because Montenegro is serving it with Slavko’s aptly titled, Space. It’s high camp disco with a space context – what’s not to like?
Of course, not every nation has the impeccable taste that the countries previously mentioned do. Ukraine look set to avoid any chance of hosting again with their dodgy rock entry and Ireland have sent us to sleep with weepy tween performer Brendan Murray. The UK are also aiming to bore us into submission with Lucie Jones’ dour ballad. Romania have sent a dubstep yodeller (obviously). Australia have also dropped the ball for the first time since their participation began with Isaiah’s weepy It Don’t Come Easy (think Sam Smith lite). Russia have followed the incredible Sergey Lazarev with a wheelchair bound performer and a drab ballad. Bring those sympathy votes Eastern Europe.
Edit: Russia have subsequently been withdrawn from the contest. Don’t be too sad, just walk Sergey Lazarev’s banging performance from last year.