#2019Points - Bon Soir, Europe (et Bonjour, Australie!)
We are travelling to Lisbon next year thanks to Portugal’s success with the first entirely non-English language winning entry in over 10 years. How times have changed. In the early days of Eurovision, French was preeminent and songs in that language won on 14 occasions. As late as 1972, and with Ireland sending an entry in Irish, the UK was the only entry in English. By stark contrast, Salvador was the only singer in his semi-final this year that did not sing in English.
Over the years, songs in 57 languages and dialects have been heard, including the odd made up one. Fragments of many other languages, such as Sanskrit and Swahili, have provided colour to many others. The UK and Azerbaijan are the only countries that have only presented entries in English.
In celebration of Eurovision’s linguistic diversity, we thought we would try and find OGAE RoW’s favourite non-English Eurovision song ever entered. In the process, we hope to recall some classic songs and discover many new ones.
The search will take place in 3 rounds:
Round 1. Nomination of songs. (5 points available)
· We would like members to nominate 5 non-English language Eurovision entries (1 point per valid song).
· Of your 5 nominated songs, at least 3 different languages need to be represented. This is to encourage a wider variety of languages represented, and there are 56 to choose from!
· Of your 5 nominated songs, at least 2 must come from Contests before 1999 (the year the language rule changed allowing countries to sing in any language). This is to encourage members to look beyond recent entries and include some of the wonderful entries from the past.
· Songs must have been performed in one or more non-English language(s) on the Eurovision stage in either the Final or Semi-Final (songs sung in non-English languages at the national final but performed in English at Eurovision are not allowed).
· Songs predominantly in one or more non-English languages, but containing a few lines in English, are allowed (but only up to 25% on the song.)
Please submit your votes in the form below. Ensure you have included your membership number in order for the vote to be valid. Please remember to nominate your favourites by Country AND Year only.
This will be open until 12:00 noon CET on Wednesday 22nd November. Any nominations received after this time will not be accepted and no points will be credited.
Round 2 will start Friday 24th November at 12:00 noon.
If you require any assistance with the form, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have an absolute blast!