Why Why can’t this moment last forever more Tonight Tonight eternity’s an open door No Don’t ever stop doing the things you do Don’t go In every breath I take I’m breathing you
Euphoria Forever, ‘til the end of time From now on, only you and I We’re going u-u-u-u-u-u-up Euphoria An everlasting piece of art A beating love within my heart We’re going u-u-u-u-u-u-up
We are here We’re all alone in our universe We are free Where everything’s allowed and love comes first Forever and ever together We sail into infinity We’re higher and higher and higher We’re reaching for divinity
Euphoria Forever, 'til the end of time From now on, only you and I We’re going u-u-u-u-u-u-up Euphoria An everlasting piece of art A beating love within my heart We’re going u-u-u-u-u-u-up
Forever We sail into infinity We’re higher We’re reaching for divinity
Euphoria Euphoria We’re going u-u-u-u-u-u-up Euphoria An everlasting piece of art A beating love within my heart We’re going u-u-u-u-u-u-up Euphoria Euphoria We’re going u-u-u-u-u-u-up
The "wow" effect of the Eurovision winners in the last five years
In 2012, Euphoria won. And I think that during the song, the time stopped during three minutes. Loreen CARRIED the mood of the song with her. It had something magical. And it was only her and the stage, and she brought the song to life. And it’s still popular and still heard in clubs. It had the dance factor, but without limiting the type of dance that could go with it. It truly carried something special.
In 2013, we had Only Teardrops. It had something eternal, something of an evergreen in it. It was musically interesting and had something of a fairytale… on a dancy, rapid rhythm, that chases away the boredom and creates a whole new beautiful world. I still hear it in shops and in the street!
The 2014 Conchita victory was fireworks. It seemed like one extremely important victory, on one hand due to the performer, and on the other, due to the song itself, which is amazingly crafted, both musically and lyrically. It’s soft yet powerful and Conchita was able to dose her voice to make it stronger. The music itself encompasses classical elements but has a James Bondesque finish… it wasn’t a radio song, but it was a SONG, and a good one. It was definitely a WOW song, and I remember the feeling of awe when listening to it for the first time. It had something deep and just magnificent.
And then Heroes in 2015. It was one of my favourite Eurovision songs, personally. Because it presented itself as a David guettaesque song, good for the dance floor, but hid something very rich beneath. The visuals most definitely aided the wow factor… but it wasn’t overdone! It didn’t sound artificial or made just for the sake of the wow effect! If flowed with the song naturally, and yet influenced the stagings of the years to come. It was beautiful. And the song itself was amazing. On a deceptively simple idea of a pop-song, you have a beautiful, yet natural and non-preachy message of hope. It doesn’t wallow into something heard so often that it lost its impact; it sounds honest and true. And empowering still. And the song has something that I actually can’t put my finger on, which makes it sound every time like it was the first, and which immediately has that strange effect on your belly, like a mix of hearing it for the first time, or as if it was there since the dawn of time. And I still hear it everywhere. And every time, I can feel myself flying when I hear it. As if everything was okay and as if I was the master of my story.
The last year’s winner had something incredible too. On top of having an extremely musically interesting song, with blends of a strong and even rapid rnb rhythm on a slow classical and traditional main melody, it had a creepy, dark atmosphere that Jamala rendered with her voice. It was not only a song - and it wasn’t a radio song for sure - but it was more than that. It was a full performance, and a complete performance. It was captivating when you were looking at it, because Jamala has the energy to tell her story… and the darkness of it is counterbalanced by the strength Jamala holds as a performer.
All deserved victories. All amazing victories. All wow victories. And all honest. And true. And beautiful.