It’s been three weeks since the grand final of Eurovision 2013. As fans continue to deal with post-Eurovision depression, I thought it would be nice to look forward to the 2014 season and all the national finals and drama it will bring. Here are some of my hopes for the year ahead.
Albania to return to making the right choice. Every year I have really enjoyed the Albanian entry. For years I’ve honestly thought that Albania chose the best song in the Festivali i Këngës. Then they chose “Identitet”. I absolutely loved all of their other choices from “Image of You” all the way to “Suus”. But when they chose “Identitet” over the incredible “S’jemi Me Atje” by Kejsi Tola I really felt they robbed fans of a strong contender. That song got to me almost as much as “Suus” did last year—and “Suus” is one of the best Eurovision entries ever. To be able to convey that much emotion through singing in a language not many people understand is just awesome. Please Albania: Go back to picking the right song.
Melodifestivalen to be even better. I think I was one of the few people who really enjoyed Melodifestivalen this year. I know a lot of the fans—including the Wiwi Jury’s Melodifestivalen crew—said it was a really crap year for quality of songs, but I disagree. If the standard is normally much higher (this being the first year I watched all of it, normally I catch the final) then I can’t wait for the 2014 season. There were so many songs that could probably have done much better than Robin Stjernberg. “Gosa” and “Heartstrings” spring to mind and they didn’t even reach Andra Chansen.
A bigger Eurovision. And no, I don’t mean stadium wise. I thought the intimacy of the Malmö Arena really came off well on TV. I really didn’t expect it to. I mean that I want more countries involved—something Eurovision fans hope for year in year out. I think we could possibly see the return of Luxembourg and finally the debut of Lebanon if they want to sort out their differences with the EBU. It’s also rumoured that Kazakhstan is negotiating to join the EBU so we could see a brand new nation appear in 2014.
What are you most looking forward to in the 2014 Eurovision season?
Mo Comfort contributed this report from the U.K. Follow the team from WiwiBloggs.com on Twitter @wiwibloggs.