From the time artists first present their Eurovision songs to the big moment when they compete with them at Eurovision, there is plenty to do. This includes promotional tours through Europe, performing in Amsterdam, courting positive PR, making music videos, and going through rehearsals, interviews, and press conferences. There is no time for anything to go wrong. But sometimes something does—and the artist has to start over with an entirely new song. Although no songs were thrown out this year, this has happened several times in the past couple of years. Today, we ask you: Which withdrawn entry would you have enjoyed watching in the Eurovision semi-final and final?
Quand Tout S’Enfuit
This was due to be Lebanon’s debut entry back in 2005. Sung in French (a language nearly everyone in Lebanon speaks fluently) by Aline Lahoud, who later went on to participate in The Voice of France, this entry was withdrawn when the broadcaster learned that they would have to show the Israeli entry. Since everything Israeli is banned in Lebanon, the broadcaster had no choice to withdraw and except a three-year ban from the contest. Israel went on to place fifth with the wonderful Shiri Maimon, who recently coached a lesbian careworker to victory on X Factor Israel.
This was Bulgaria’s original choice for Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov in 2013. This number was quite light and featured Elitsa and two of her friends harmonizing in very short verses. It was withdrawn after officials learned that composer Jonatan Tesei was not originally credited and that he refused to give up the copyrights to BNT. Since Eurovision rules state that broadcasters must have possession of each song’s copyrights, this entry was disqualified and replaced with Samo Shampioni, which had tied in the national final but lost because televoting prevailed over jury votes.
Bulgaria’s neighbor, FYR Macedonia, also had a bit of trouble in 2013 when their beautiful ethnic club song, Imperija, was suddenly replaced with the mish-mosh that is Pred da se razdeni. This was done, reportedly, after Macedonian music critics panned the song and its artists. Wiwibloggs, however, would beg to differ, after a previous poll found 70% of readers to favor Imperija.
Now we move to Belarus, who rules the roost in changing up their song in a heartbeat. The band 3+2 originally won their national final with the (extremely loud and annoying) song Far Away, which is much more club-ready than their cheesy ballad (the one that became their Eurovision entry), Butterflies. There was no explanation given for the change.
Rhythm of Love
While we are on the topic of Belarus, let’s look at Alyona Lanskaya. Twice in a row, her original entry was replaced. The first time, it was her ballad All My Life, that was disqualified after President Lukashenko conducted a search to find that she and the producers had rigged the results. Since she was replaced by the (dreadfully underrated) Litesound, instead of going with another song, let’s look at her other entry instead. Rhythm of Love is a more clubby song, but Lanskaya felt as if she wanted more songs for her new album to use as potential Eurovision entries. She decided to send the beach-inspired Solayoh instead, without any formal explanation.
Which of these would you have liked most in Eurovision? Vote in the poll!