There are 43 songs participating at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 — and if you’re reading this post, you’ll understand most of them. That’s because 36 of this year’s songs are sung completely in English, while Croatia has gone 50-50 with an English-Italian song. Today we look at the six other songs that work an artist’s national tongue.
In this year’s poll, we’re counting the four songs sung entirely in other languages, plus the two countries that have just a bit a bit of English in their entries. Those are Portugal, Italy, Hungary and Belarus, plus France and Spain, as their entries are mostly sung in French and Spanish, despite adding some English. Which is your favourite?
Belarus: Naviband with “Historija Mayho Zyccia”
It’s been 13 years since their debut at Eurovision and Belarus have finally selected an entry in their national language. And they’ve chosen a strong one in the form of Naviband’s cheerful folk act “Historija Mayho Zyccia”.
Belarus has sung in Belarusian at Junior Eurovision three times, and all of their entries placed in the top 10. Will Naviband equal those results in the adult version?
France: Alma with “Requiem”
When France revealed the final version of their entry “Requiem” earlier this month, they added a tiny bit of English to a part of their chorus. Eurodrama ensued as fans screamed, “Mon dieu!”
However, we’re still counting Alma’s entry in this poll as it’s still mostly in French.
France has mixed English with French several times in the past, from Sébastien Tellier to Twin Twin. The results have varied significantly. Their last attempt at Frenglish (Amir’s “J’ai cherché”) finished in a very respectable sixth place.
Hungary: Joci Pápai with “Origo”
After three years singing in English, A Dal 2017 seemed to come down to two Hungarian language powerhouses: Joci Pápai and Gabi Tóth. In the end, it was the Romani singer who took the trophy and will try to earn Hungary’s first victory in neighbouring Ukraine.
Hungary last sang in Hungarian four years ago, when ByeAlex finished tenth in Malmö with “Kedvesem”. The country’s best result (their debut entry “Kinek modjam el vetkleimet”, which finished fourth in 1994) also came in Hungarian. However, their best result in recent years was Kallay Saunders, who sang “Running” in English in 2015.
Italy: Francesco Gabbani with “Occidentalli’s Karma”
Bookies‘ favourite Francesco Gabbani will sing in Italian in Kyiv, opting to work with the original lyrics of “Occidentalli’s Karma” (despite all the speculation that he wouldn’t). Will la scimmia nuda break language borders and enchant Europe as much as it did with Italy at Sanremo?
Italy has mixed English with Italian in recent years with disparate results. The last time they sung fully in Italian was in 2015, when Il Volo won the televoting and finished third overall.
Portugal: Salvador Sobral with “Amar pelos dois“
Portugal returns to Eurovision after a one-year break. And for the first time ever, RTP allowed songs not in Portuguese to compete at Festival da Canção. But in the end, the charm of Salvador’s dreamy entry “Amar pelos dois” stole the corações of all the country.
Portugal remains one of the few countries that have always included their national language in their Eurovision entries. They have sung fully in Portuguese in their last eight appearances.
Spain: Manel Navarro with “Do it for your lover”
Despite the English title, Manel’s entry only contains two sentences in English. Repeated to death, but two sentences in the end. It marks a return to majority Spanish lyrics following last year’s “Say yay!” which was fully in English and caused a stir at home as a result.
Spanglish has also had mixed results at Eurovision, with the likes of Ruth Lorenzo and Rosa hitting the top 10, but Soraya and d’NASH finishing at the bottom of the table. Where will Manel place?
Which is your favourite? You can vote for as many acts as you’d like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.