Eurovision Song Contest 2021

Absolutely!! I hope she wins and does well in Rotterdam

Festival da Cancao has a forgone conclusion and that is Carolina Deslandes is going to win. And it's not a bad thing because her new EP is excellent, the visual video accompanying is amazing and she is such a talent and deserves all the success she gets.

 
Festival da Cancao has a forgone conclusion and that is Carolina Deslandes is going to win. And it's not a bad thing because her new EP is excellent, the visual video accompanying is amazing and she is such a talent and deserves all the success she gets.



It's not ever a forgone conclusion with FdC. The voting system isn't proportional and the juries hold most of the power; last year everyone thought Bárbara was gonna win...only to be tanked by the jurors.
 
It's not ever a forgone conclusion with FdC. The voting system isn't proportional and the juries hold most of the power; last year everyone thought Bárbara was gonna win...only to be tanked by the jurors.

When Medo de Sentir became a hit in Portugal it wasn't obvious that Barbara was going to win. Plus, Barbara came in second with a result that could have easily been a draw.

Carolina is very different from Barbara. The most important being her song doesn't sound like a French Eurovision entry. Also, Carolina strikes a better balance with a song that has a message, with a great pop image that is familiar but not mainstream and she is currently one of the best songwriters in Portugal.

And she has a new look

 
I think it's between Carolina and NEEV, if the juries for once let go of the language prejudice.
I would add Karetus to this short list of favorites, as they were already very popular before they appeared at FdC. NEEV song has a very strong lyrics but musically I find it extremely boring and I love Carolina but in this contest there are some better songs.
 
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I think it's between Carolina and NEEV, if the juries for once let go of the language prejudice.
Other than Karetus (which was mentioned), I'd include Sara Afonso. I'm seeing A LOT of Portuguese fans in love with the song in Eurovision forums and Facebook groups. Maybe even Valéria as a dark horse.

That being said, the main Portuguese Facebook group (aka Tugavision) is head over heels for Neev; the Portuguese people on forums are not as hyped for it. I wonder how the average FDC viewer is supporting.
 
Yes, i wrote this last night, too. TIX mimed, and perhaps some others, too. Also in Finland, the interval acts were hardly live it seems

TIX didn't mime - he was just well backed up by pre-recorded vocals.

It's more obviously live on the reprise as he plays around with languages, adlibs and ducking notes.



The video on the official Eurovision channel is dubbed with the studio version.
 
Raylee was definitely singing live, but with some really, really loud pre-recorded vocals. Honestly, I think this is something we're just going to have to get used to - the pre-recorded vocals drowning out the live vocals. Melodifestivalen (and probably other ESC-related shows too) has been doing this for years and it will infect Eurovision eventually, now that not all vocals have to be live.

Have they come out with any restrictions regarding this in Eurovision, by the way? Like, can the artists have some of their vocals pre-recorded as well or is it just the backing singers' vocals? And if only the backing singers', how many different singers can there be? 5? 10? 100?

The article that announced the rule-change in the first place says

"As part of the measures to ensure the sustainability of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Reference Group has decided on a one-year trial basis to lift the ban of backing vocals (harmonies) from the backing tracks.

"All lead vocals performing the melody of the song, including an eventual use of a so-called lead dub, shall still be live on or off stage in the arena."

Are there requirements for the content of the backing track?
The backing track cannot contain Lead Vocals, Lead Dubs and/or any other vocals that would have the effect of, or aim at, replacing or unduly assisting the Lead Vocals during the live performance on stage.


I suspect that means that TIX, for example, will need a live backing singer to support him.

It will be interesting to see how strictly they enforce this rule.

Would The Mamas have got away with the amount of backing they had on their choruses last year? Could you have a full choir?

And it sounds like the pre-recorded vocals have to be harmonising with the lead vocal rather than just boosting it.
 
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The article that announced the rule-change in the first place says

"As part of the measures to ensure the sustainability of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Reference Group has decided on a one-year trial basis to lift the ban of backing vocals (harmonies) from the backing tracks.

"All lead vocals performing the melody of the song, including an eventual use of a so-called lead dub, shall still be live on or off stage in the arena."

Are there requirements for the content of the backing track?
The backing track cannot contain Lead Vocals, Lead Dubs and/or any other vocals that would have the effect of, or aim at, replacing or unduly assisting the Lead Vocals during the live performance on stage.


I suspect that means that TIX, for example, will need a live backing singer to support him.

It will be interesting to see how strictly they enforce this rule.

Would The Mamas have got away with the amount of backing they had on their choruses last year? Could you have a full choir?

And it sounds like the pre-recorded vocals have to be harmonising with the lead vocal rather than just boosting it.

Thanks! I completely missed this back then!
 
Reach for the glue, girls, because Gaia is coming for wigs at Sanremo:

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And get absolutely fooled by that flamenco-ish pose because early reviews of "Cuore amaro" unanimously report it as a Rosalía-pretending-she's-Latina kind of summer bop gig. Early reviews also say that despite this edition being probably the youngest, most left-field ever, the percentage of sugary ballads and sentimental midtempos is still sky-high, so approach with caution.
 
A rumor went around about a few months ago that ZENA was playing at pro-Lukashenko rally's at the height of the Belarusian political drama in order to comeback to Eurovision. I guess those rumors were right! Messiest way to make a comeback ever.
 
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