Next morning: the results
[edit – posted the next morning, Sunday 13th May 2017]
My predictions were:
- Portugal (correct!)
- Italy (actually 6th)
- Sweden (actually 5th)
- (or 5.) Bulgaria (actually 2nd)
Not my best year so far, but not my worst either.
- Successfully predicted the winner (Portugal)
- All my top 3 were in the top 6
- I was too snarky about the Moldovans (though I maintain it’s a terrible song)
- I was right to stick up for plucky Bulgaria
- The voters liked Belgium’s misery-fest more than I did
- Italy might have scored higher but apparently self-sabotaged their performance on the night with a dancing gorilla.
[original pre-live blog below, with videos embedded]
[Written at at 9:14pm GMT on May 13th 2017, before voting begins]
(Bulgaria also somewhere in the top 5)
How to use this blog entry
When the show begins, scroll down to the first performer (Israel) and read the text live along with the show, or just watch the videos. Intro
Welcome to the 2017 Eurovision live musicology blog, now in its seventh year. This site has provided live music analysis of the ESC final every year since 2011, previously during the UK live broadcast. Since 2016, the text has been written from Boston USA, 5 hours behind UK time and 7 hours behind the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev.
The Contest is now broadcast in the US, which would be a 3pm start time here, but the final usually (as this year) coincides with my students’ Commencement. So blog will still be ‘pre-live’, but the comments and predictions are published an hour or so ahead of the live broadcast of the final. This means I’m working from the published running order and watching the videos on the ESC website. For any non-Europeans who are unfamiliar with Eurovision, the Wikipedia page gives a great overview.
As before, I’ve posted predictions of the winners before the voting begins. 2015 is the only year so far that all three were correct, and in the correct order, but I’ve gotten close with the top few most of the time.
(scroll down along with the show, or if you’re reading this after the show has ended, watch the videos)
1 Israel – IMRI – I feel alive
Lots of builds here, harmonically and dynamically. The whole song form is three big ramps; the first is from the intro through verse 1 to the end of chorus 1; the second from verse 2 to the end of chorus 2; then a drop bridge, with a final ramp to the end. There are really two 8-bar pre-choruses, both of which use the chorus chord loop of Ab | Cm | Bb | Fm – so you get the feeling of chorusyness two, arguably three times. The song could be called ‘breaking me to pieces’ and have a perfectly good chorus, but when he hits the high autotuned C note on the title’s “I feel alive”. I’m typing this based on the video – so for those watching it live, see how they manage that high falsetto note. His ability to hit it (or mime convincingly to it as a ‘backing’ vocal) could affect the score bigly. Sorry, typing this from America.