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Eurovision 2023 Early Preview

This is a bit early considering the finals are 2 months away, but with the final national selections being made we now know nearly every song for Liverpool 2023, and I've gotta say this is the 3rd year in a row since the cancellation of Eurovision 2020 that I believe the standard of music to be pretty high. Recent winners, including 4 of the last 6 having been sung primarily or entirely in a non-English language, have enabled more experimentation in the pool. If you compare the quality and diversity of music to even 5 years ago it is night and day and 2023 might yet be the best I have ever seen. This is my allocation de points so far
1Luke Black
Samo mi se spava


Serbia do like to weirden it up a little. This one could yet be another fan favourite with it's rap-whispered verses and grinding electro bass. Personally, it's missing a bit of meat when it's coming to the choruses and there are other songs I'd rather dance to on this list, but it's a decent effort.

Language: Serbian

National final:

Verdict: Un point
2La Zarra


After last year's Breton-dance banger was undeservedly maligned in the standings, the French selection has reverted back to the formula that was so successful in 2021 with “Voila”, mixing the tradition of chanson with bombastic, catchy and modern production. This is probably the weakest and most generic of the last three French entries but it's still pretty good.

Language: French

Music video:

Verdict: Deux points
3Let 3
Mama SC


I have to include this just for how unhinged it is. Clearly an anti Russia song, this band are apparently very well known and choatic punk rockers in the former Yugoslav states. I still don't really know what to make of this so I'll just leave the links below.

Language: Croatian, ŠČ

National final:

Music video:

Verdict: ŠČ points
4Joker Out
Carpe Diem


Don't let the name fool you, this is a pretty decent indie/pop rock song in the vein of bands like Interpol. Bonus points for singing in Slovene. In semi final 2 but may get lost in the noise in the final.

Language: Slovene

Live showcase:

Verdict: Quatre points


Australia's first forays into Eurovision haven't met with much outstanding success, despite enthusiasm and a wealth of talent. I had never heard of Voyager and with no national final to boost hype I nearly missed this, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear Australia go slightly rogue for the first time with a prog metal band. “Promise” is closer to Journey or Nightwish than Tool though, and that's fine. This song starts slow but it isn't too shabby at all; the chorus is big and glorious and I love that big sexy bridge. I hope this surprises people cos Australia isn't really on people's radar at the moment.

Language: English

Music video:

Verdict: Cinq points
6Teya & Salena
Who The Hell Is Edgar?


There seem to be a fair few songs this year that straddle the border between hip hop and dance pop and do so pretty well. This particular...homage, is a catchy, well produced and tongue in cheek critique of the music industry. Any other year it could be placed a bit higher but it does waver a bit cheesy for me. Expected to sail through the semi final 2 as most of the favourites are in semi final 1 and could be a fan favourite.

Language: English

Music video:

Verdict: Six points


The bookies' favourite, returning winner Loreen. I think I might actually like this song more than the one that won it. It is what you would expect from Loreen and Sweden; a majestic voice that emanates in a live setting, immense stage presence and production quality. Sending this is almost cheating but it remains to be seen if the stage design seen in Melodifestivalen is even replicable come the grand final.

"Tattoo" is a darker song than "Euphoria". There is no dancing to this one, but it might just win it. Not my favourite though.

Language: English

Verdict: Sept points

Melodifestivalen semi final -
8Pasha Parfeni
Soarele si Luna


Moldova is one of those countries that always seems to hit it out the park for goofy and party, even if they constantly send the same 3 artists. I don't actually remember this singer's last entry in 2012, but this one certainly levels it up a gear for Moldova. Definitely check this out if you were a fan of Ukraine's Go_A a couple of years ago. This song bounces like a party coach down the Carpathian mountains. This is the sort of thing I'd expect to hear at those midnight forest LSD raves southern French kids love to host in the Summer. I would like to learn Romanian just so I too may Soarele this Luna.

Language: Romanian

National Final:

Music Video:

Verdict: Huit Points
My Sister's Crown


Feminist folk dance rap and it fucking slaps? I shouldn't even be surprised at this point. The lead is doing that half rap/half sing thing and her voice really fits it, and like many songs this year that groovy production is here in spades. And then the chorus hits you. Could be a sleeper pick for the winner if the stage performance elevates it.

Language: various

Music video:

Verdict: Dix points
Cha Cha Cha


Anyone order Rammstein K pop fusion for this year's winner? With a dose of rap and a banging electro (*cha-lectro) refrain? Too bad. This has everything I want in a Eurovision entry. Irreverent, hilarious, heavy??? and catchy as all hell. And then there's the stage performance that elevates it to a whole new level. This absolutely steamrolled a strong line up in the national final. You just have to see it...

Language: Finnish

National Final:

Verdict: Douze points
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