Good evening, Europe! Good morning, Australia!
Hello to the rest of the world who might be
Eurovision ended a week ago, but I’m still riding that high. We got a full contest after two years and it was glorious! Italy finally won the contest after winning the televote, Switzerland won the jury vote, the public won because Sweden didn’t get many votes, and Cyprus won simply by pissing off the Greek Orthodox Church. From the performances to the straight-up brutal voting announcement (seriously, watch the public votes if you haven’t- you won’t regret it), it all added years to my lifespan!
So, today I’ve decided to try and match the Top 10 songs with books. This year was the first in a decade that my favourite won and I’m totally satisfied with the results. I’ll start with number 10 and move to the top. So, without further ado, let the Eurovision Song Book Matching Contest begin!
(I hope the videos aren’t geoblocked)
10. Greece – Stefania- Last Dance
We begin our countdown with my country and our girl Stefania! I still can’t believe we made it back into the top 10 after 8 years! Personally, I’m not a big fan of our entry but we must have done something right for both the public and the juries to place us 10th (shout-out to the French jury for giving us douze points! we still wonder why). Last Dance tells the story of an electrifying and exciting relationship, so I’ll match it with the only contemporary romance book I’ve read, Me Before You. Does it fit completely? I’m not sure, but I’ve run out of options.
If the dreams we made are made of fire I would give a life just to live the dream again if our hearts are hanging on a wire let’s forget the world below and dance until the end
9. Russia- Manizha- Russian Woman
Russia brought an anthem this year! In her lyrics, Manizha recounts the history of Russian women overcoming hardship, gender stereotypes and war, but the song applies to all women across the globe. Since this is an ode to Russian women, I couldn’t match it with anything else other than Anna Karenina by . Leo Tolstoy, which recounts the life of one of the most prominent female figures in Russian history.
Every Russian woman needs to know (Ha, ha) You're strong enough, you're gonna break the wall (Hey, hey) Every Russian woman needs to know (Ha, ha) You're strong enough, you're gonna break the wall (Hey, hey)
8. Lithuania- The Roop- Discoteque
Lithuania came in with a bop! The Roop sing about the best activity in the world, aka dancing alone around your home. I was sitting there, thinking about which book I could match to this and then it hit me. The Martian by Andy Weir. It’s disco and it’s about dancing alone. Just imagine Mark Watney vibing along with it!
It's taking over me, it's slowly kicking in My eyes are blinking and I don't know what is happening I can't control it, don't wanna end it There's no one here and I don't care I feel it's safe to dance alone (Dance alone)
7. Malta- Destiny- Je me Casse
Destiny brought a song to empower women and, while I’m not a big fan personally, I must say that the message is strong. I decided to match this song with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, as it tells a story about women resisting and attempting to gain individuality and independence in a patriarchal society.
So baby, it's not a maybe Yeah, I'm too good to be true But there's nothing in it for you
6. Finland- Blind Channel- Dark Side
Finland said “METAL” and we said “HELL YEAH”! The song is very energetic and it’s for all of us who went through a teenage emo stage. I’d love to match it with a book that fits the lyrics and the concept, but every time I look at its title and all the red lights in their performance, only one book comes to mind: Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden.
Every psycho in the scene Hands up and follow me saying (Hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo) Empire of the freaks, all drinks on me
5. Ukraine- Go_A- Shum
FOLK RAVE BABY! Televoters placed this second and that’s exactly where this song belongs (juries can die mad about it). Go_A in their song combine traditional ukrainian soudns with electronic music and sing about nature. In ukrainian folklore Shum (The Noise) is an ancient dance to summon a spring season. I decided to match this with Uprooted by Naomi Novik, since that book gives me folkloric vibes and- if i remember correctly- it features many natural elements.
Hey, come on, come on. Let’s plait the Noise and have a good time
4. Iceland- Daði og Gagnamagnið- 10 Years
Just watch the performace if you haven’t. Do it.
This song has the cutest lyrics. It’s all about the relationship and love between the singer and his wife (the lady on the keyboard) and it’s so goddamn sweet! I matched this with Emma by Jane Austen, because I can totally picture Emma and Mr. Knightley singing this to each other.
How does she keep getting better? Every day our love finds a new way to grow The time we spent together Hmm, simply feels good We got a good thing going
3. Switzerland- Gjon’s Tears- Tout L’Univers
The beautiful lyrics of this song talk about taking the risk to love again, even when we’ve been hurt in the past and praise the power the love between two people holds. I really need to start reading more romance books if I’m to do this type of posts, I’m running out of ideas. Does Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë sound like a good fit? I think it kinda does, so I’m gonna go with that, since I can’t think of anything else.
At the centre of the rifts and the aftershocks We will meet at the point of impact How can we heal our exploding hearts The whole universe
2. France- Barbara Pravi- Voilà
This is the most French France has ever been on stage and they bring the Eiffel Tower with them every year. Voilà is the voice of a woman who wishes to take ownership of herself and fullfil her dream to write music and sing. Naturally, to honour both the message and the frenchness of the song, I matched it with The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, and more specifically with the character of the opera singer Christine Daaé.
Listen to me, me, the wannabe singer Talk about me to your loves, to your friends Tell them about this girl with black eyes and her crazy dream Me, what I want is to write stories that reach you That’s all
1. Italy- Måneskin- Zitti E Buoni
I have no words for this performance. From what I understand the whole continent was left speechless and deservedly so. On top of winning the contest, this song also won the award for best lyrics. Zitti e buoni, “Shut up and behave”, talks about all those people who are different and treasure their uniqueness no matter what the world says. There are many books celebrating uniqueness out there, I’ve matched it with Atonement by Ian McEwan, solely because I want to dedicate the title to Briony from the bottom of my heart.
People talk, unfortunately, they talk They don't know what they're talking about
There you have it!
Europeans (and Australians) have spoken, this is our top ten for this year. But, there were so many amazing performances in the contest, so I suggest you check them all out (I highly recommend Germany and Denmark’s entries if you’re in desperate need of a cheer-up).
What do you think of my choices? What books would you match to these songs?
Fellow Eurofans, tell me your thoughts on this year’s contest if you will. My brain is still locked there.