Sigh. Eurovision 2014 in Denmark is so close yet so far. In our endless day dreaming we’re now wondering whether the off-season would be a bit better if we knew Lebanon was “coming back” to Eurovision. Let me get the back story straight for all y’all that don’t know.
Lebanon wanted to take part in the ESC 2005, held in Kiev, Ukraine. They internally selected Aline Lahoud for the contest in Kiev. But in December they decided to withdraw due to ‘financial-problems’, denying reports that it was because Israel were taking part in ESC 2005. Five days later, the EBU talked with Lebanon and they decided to say. In February, they decided that Aline Lahoud would sing “Quand tout s’enfuit”, a beautiful French chanson. The pretty song gave way to some ugly politics. In March Lebanon revelaed that it “may block Israel’s performance” due to the fact any Israeli television program is banned in Lebanon. That forced their withdrawal and led to a three-year ban.
Since then many artists, most famously Mika, have hinted strongly that they would represent Lebanon. But none have. The country’s ban has ended so Beirut are now allowed to play with the rest of us again.
Lebanon has a great music scene which remains somewhat undiscovered by westeners. From pop that smacks of the United Kingdom or the United States (that was a compliment) to ballads that could make your heart melt, Lebanon can bring it.
So what do you think? Would you like Lebanon ‘back’ in the Eurovision? What artists should they send if they join us? We want your comments people!