Happy New Year 2020 to all of you…

Hi,

Another usual special post not related to the usual topics on my blog, this time made the day before the new year begins. To the people who see the blog I created back in March 2012 a very Feliz Ano Novo 2020 (Happy New Year 2020). Hoping that next year will be a good year as well, if not much better than the year of 2019

I couldn’t finish this post without posting the videoclip of this classic 1980 song by ABBA (eventhough the lyrics aren’t as positive):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

Merry Christmas 2019 to all of you…

Hi,

As always, a special post for Christmas Eve. To the people who see my blog I created back in March 2012 a very happy Feliz Natal 2019 (Merry Christmas 2019) and let there be joy and love for all of you and your beloved ones on this special day

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

Happy New Year 2019 to all of you…

Hi,

Another usual special post not related to the usual topics on my blog, this time made the day before the new year begins. To the people who see the blog I created back in March 2012 a very Feliz Ano Novo 2019 (Happy New Year 2019). Hoping that next year will be a good year as well, if not much better than the year of 2019

I couldn’t finish this post without posting the videoclip of this classic 1980 song by ABBA (eventhough the lyrics aren’t as positive):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

Merry Christmas 2018 to all of you…

Hi,

As always, a special post for Christmas Eve. To the people who see my blog I created back in March 2012 a very happy Feliz Natal 2018 (Merry Christmas 2018) and let there be joy and love for all of you and your beloved ones on this special day

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

jESC 2018: Ireland – Taylor Hynes – IOU

Hi,

In less than a month, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will start (this will happen on Sunday, 25th November 2018 and it will be held at the same venue in which jESC 2010 was held (Minsk Arena) in Minsk, Belarus)

In early-October 2018, delegations from the 20 participating countries (the highest number of countries for a jESC edition ever. The previous record was 18 countries back in 2004) came to Belarus for, between other duties, the delivery of informations regarding their own entries

From this moment on, I’ll give my opinion on each of the 20 songs and that’s going to be made by the order in which they were first revealed – the actual draw will only be known during the jESC 2018 week (my opinion could change, though, after the release of the jESC 2018 Official CD and the live performance in jESC 2018)

The last one is Ireland, whose entry was chosen in a National Final on 11th November 2018. Taylor Hynes will represent the country with a dance-pop entry titled “IOU”. The song was written by Taylor himself, Niall Mooney and Jonas Gladnikoff (the latter two have already written two ESC entries for Ireland (2009, “Et cetera”, Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy11th in Semi 2 and 2010, “It’s for you”, Niamh Kavanagh, 23rd) + one jESC entry for Ireland (2015, “Réalta na mara”, Aimee Banks, 12th). Jonas himself was one of the co-writers of another ESC entry for Ireland (2014, “Heartbeat”, Can-linn ft. Kasey Smith, 12th in Semi 2)

My opinion on the entry: A pretty nice catchy tune with a set of simple and easy-going lyrics and nice enough vocals… in studio, as his live performances in the preselection haven’t been the best (I mean, his vocals were OK… but they were really off at times. And the staging doesn’t seem to be that coordinated). Hoping the visual and vocal performances won’t be that messy in Minsk – otherwise, I see this struggling really hard in terms of results (especially with the jury. I wonder if they’ll have a better result with the online voting). We’ll see what happens next week…

And that’s it – I’ve given my opinion on all of this year’s jESC edition’s 20 entries from 20 different countries. Soon, the show will start and will have three presenters hosting the live event: Evgeny Perlin (who’s been the belarussian commentator for ESC since 2013 and for jESC since last year), Zinaida Kupriyanovich (who tried to represent Belarus in jESC back in 2015 and 2016) and Helena Meerai (who represented Belarus last year and got 5th with the entry “I am the one”). Wishing all the best to the jESC 2018 team and hoping it’ll be a great show

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)