Yes, Thursday means it’s time to look back on the world’s greatest song contest again, Eurovision, and today we are looking at power ballads over the years. As you can imagine, there have been some brilliant ballads pounded out with soul and feeling over the years. Here are some of my favourites.
- Angel (Chiara, Malta, 2005)
Chiara’s second (of three) entry to the contest is my favourite of her’s, and she does not hold back. Could well have won, but in the end I’m pretty sure managed second.
2. Hold Me Now (Johnny Logan, 1987, Ireland)
I’ve already included this one, but it ticks a lot of boxes! And it’s a winner too. Brilliant!
3. Molitva (Marija Serifovic, 2007, Serbia)
Oh my! This one is wonderful, it’s Serbia’s only win to date. Enough said, enjoy this! Also, it’s great to see a woman in a suit with short hair win, isn’t it??
4. Is it True? (Yohanna, 2009, Iceland)
This one is skirting the line between ‘ballad’ and ‘power-ballad’, but it builds nicely to the finish and is sung with a lot of passion.
5. Hasheket Shenish’ar (Shiri Maymon, 2005, Israel)
Here’s one that could have won, but didn’t quite again. A true power ballad will often get close to the win. And in this one, Shiri belts it out in legendary form.
6. My Impossible Dream (Glennis Grace, 2005, The Netherlands)
And here’s the exception to the year. This didn’t make the final even! Is it because she starts a little shaky? I don’t know, because a great power ballad needs to build. First time I heard and saw this, I had goosebumps but yet Europe didn’t see fit to see it past the semi-final. Sometimes Eurovision is frustrating I tells ya!
7. Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi (Celine Dion, 1988, Switzerland)
And finally, to the QUEEN of the powerballad. She got a call with a request to represent Switzerland in Ireland in 1988 and the rest is history! This song is goosebumps from start to finish. Oh, and the set is BRILLIANTLY 80s.
So…. what do you think? Any take your fancy? Or did I leave out your favourite? Please comment below, and May the Journey Never End!