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Five Eurovision songs about water

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Paula Sánchez
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This week marks the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. After Netta's victory with the song "Toy", last year in Lisbon, the festival celebrates its Grand Final on Saturday 18 May, not without controversy.
Apart from political speeches and territorial favouritism, such as that of all the faithful Eurovision fans, in this blog entry I wanted to compile some of the best water songs that have passed through the festival, to show that in Eurovision are also aware of the water discourse.

"Water, Bulgaria 2007

In 2007, Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov represented Bulgaria at the festival in Helsinki with the song "Water". For a country like Bulgaria, which since its first participation in 2005 has only qualified for the final four times, being in the top five three times is an achievement. The song "Water" sung in Bulgarian managed to make it to the fifth position.  Sadly, it did not mark Eurovision fans much. 

Waterline, Ireland 2012

The Irish brothers John and Edward who form the Jedward duo were chosen in 2012 for the second consecutive time to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest.

"Waterline", which tells the story of an overflowing love, like a wave, that surpasses all limits, managed to finish 19th in the final of the Festival, despite having finished 6th in the semi-final.

The staging, with a fountain that, I hope, was a closed circuit spring, was not enough to impress the public.

"Dancing in the rain", Spain 2014

If there is one performance that Spain can be half proud of, it is that of 2014 with Ruth Lorenzo.

Ruth represented Spain at the festival, held in Denmark, with the song "Dancing in the rain", in a mixture of Spanish and English, and went on stage with wet hair and LED lights (I hope low consumption) that imitated drops of water.

The water saving was bad, but the staging was spectacular.

The song, which again is about love and dancing in the rain because you don't care and you're very much in love, managed to make it to the 10th position, one of the best results in Spain in recent years.

Há um mar que nos separa", Portugal 2015

In 2015, Portugal surprised Europe with a proposal that looked nothing like a fado.

The very young Leonor Andrade defended with much desire and very little tuning "There is a sea that separates us", but her conviction to dry the seas that separated her from her love (oh, surprise, another love song), was not enough for her to qualify for the final, remaining in the penultimate place.

Against all odds, the following year Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest.

"Walk on Water", Malta 2016

Ira Losco, the Maltese representative of 2016, knew how Eurovision worked off by heart, as in 2002 she had also represented her country with "7th Wonder". On that occasion, she won an honorable second place, and was on the verge of winning the crystal microphone.

In 2016, Ira achieved 12th place with the song "Walk on water", which compares "walking on water" with what it feels like to be deeply in love.

And the fact is that the subject of water is present everywhere, even in the most surprising events, like the stages of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Who said that Eurovision does not talk about water?

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