Fête de la Chanson 9: Guatemala City

Ütz apetenik! Welcome to the ninth edition of Fête de la Chanson, held this time in Guatemala City! Twenty-seven countries from around the world have gathered to party and host to compete the tenth edition of the contest.

Hosts: Hector Sandarti & Daniela Carpio

Venue: Gran Sala Efrain Recinos, in the Guatemala National Theatre

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Voting: Send your votes to fetedelachanson@gmx.com by Friday, 23 October 2015.


1. Ukraine Ukraine (Matt): “Russian Style” – Olya Polyakova

Explanation: When I think of a party, I think of wanting to dance and this song definitely makes me shake it.

2. US United States (Alex L.): “You’ll Be Mine” – The Pierces

Explanation: “I met you in a cocktail party while the dj was playing this song ☺

3. BE Belgium (Sedapsi): “Al Götür Beni” – Mustafa Ceceli & Lara Fabian

Explanation: “A little while back I was really sort of pining for a certain someone, and several times before we headed out for clubbing, we had some drinks and chilled in my place (with bunch of my other friends there as well). Among other stuff I managed also to play this song. Sort of seductive, with a little ethnic beat. In the long run everything with that someone went exactly as I wanted (most likely nothing to with the song, though who knows – the power of suggestion …). Anyhow, to me this song still has bit of a party taste to it. :)”

4. NO Norway (Dimitris): “Kamikaze” – Susanne Sundfør

Explanation: A party during a Cold Nordic night, you meet your crush and finally all pieces come together. Grab someone and dance to Kamikaze!

5. Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (Mermaid): “Tirnama” – Saida

Explanation: Self-explanatory 😛

6. Jamaica Jamaica (Dino): “My Day” – Tarrus Riley

Explanation: This song is all about self-confidence; about understanding yourself and above all getting terms with other people.  Adding some laid-back attitude from Jamaica, dance with us a simple and spontaneous dance routine and thank life! Because being alive is the best party 😉

7. CA Canada (Nick): “Untitled” – Simple Plan

Explanation: “The song and video tell the story of a party’s aftermath gone tragically wrong.”

8. ZA South Africa (Stommie): “Club Thing” – Yoav

Explanation: A song about people who take the club scene a little bit too serious. Over the years I witnessed that behavior a lot. And it can be difficult to not find it very attractive. But in the end the party scene is just that.

9. ID Indonesia (Bay): “Menari” – Maliq & d’essential

Explanation: Song about couple dancing together in a flowery atmosphere, full of love and joy. The video depicts group of couples dancing together, clowns, live band on stage.

10. DO Dominican Republic (Ivan): “La Llave de mi Corazon” – Juan Luis Guerra

Explanation: “A typical song you could hear playing at a party in Latin America.”

11. AM Armenia (Avat): “Stay With Me” – Haik Solar & Arni Rock ft. Sone Silver

Explanation: “One of those songs that help hunter-girls to catch the attention of their “victims” on the dancefloor. Sone Silver demonstrates all her know-how and skills in the official video.”

12. AU Australia (Andy): “The Ship Song” – The Ship Song Project

Explanation: Some of Australia’s finest artists and international guests came together to celebrate Australian culture and music. In a sing-along atmosphere they are performing Nick Cave’s iconic Ship Song on Australia’s most famous stage, the Sydney Opera House (shaped sybolically like a sailing ship) which connects this country down under to the rest of the world (for the line-up see the info below the video).

13. RO Romania (Marian): “Get A Life (Mama Yette)” – Nick Kamarera & Alinka

Explanation: “The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of a party is dancing.. This song makes me wanna go out and dance!”

14. NZ New Zealand (Razvan): “Follow the Sun” – Evermore

Explanation: It’s a quite enthusiastic feel-good song that would fit very well to a party, especially to an outdoor party, like a picnic party in the nature. 🙂

15. GT Guatemala (Tristian): “Preciosa” – Malacates Trébol Shop

Explanation: “It’s a usual Central American party song you hear in the clubs, beaches and cantinas all around the region.”

16. IS Iceland (Rob): “The Spell of Platonic Reversal” – Just Another Snake Cult

Explanation: The video perfectly sums up what I believe a party should be…

17. SE Sweden (Ovidarch): “Dry My Soul” – Amanda Jenssen

Explanation: “This is an energetic and uplifting rock/pop song, that makes you want to get up and dance! The music video shows Amanda rocking the Buddy Holly-look which, along with the raspiness in her voice and overall theme of the music video, throws you back to the wild parties of the 1950’s and 60’s! :)”

18. RU Russia (Max): “Na Morya” – Arash feat. Anna Semenovich

Explanation: “What better way to Celebrate recent international events than old enemies Max and Vlad P coming together again to enter Russia in the FDLC and throw the biggest party song sent so far. If your not up and shaking it in time with Anna and Arash you either have mental difficulties or are paralyzed from the neck down! Let’s celebrate freedom and basic human rights, with hot guys, hot girls wearing what they want, having fun, playing music, partying on the beach from morning to night, in one explosion of unadulterated fun. Also any straight or bi guys reading this (small pond im fishing in there I know) , Anna’s dance from 2:20 is sure to start a party in your pants.”

19. MX Mexico (Patrick): “The Peter Pan Syndrome” – Descartes a Kant

Explanation: The song uses imagery from birthday parties to talk about aging and the relationships people have surrounding growing older, from the outward celebration to the inward fear or disgust of aging.

20. NL Netherlands (Gregor): “Disarm Yourself” – Dash Berlin ft. Emma Hewitt

Explanation: Its a trance festival/”club” song! And its about to just let your fears on the dancefloor or in life go away and just go for it! 🙂

21. Panama Panama (Ren): “La Banana” – Aldo Ranks, Makano, Eddy Lover, Niko King, Monthy & Joshua

Explanation: It’s a fun, dance-y reggaeton tune celebrating the banana. Perfect for tropical-themed parties in this dreary time of year!

22. SI Slovenia (Toggie): “The Fall” – Torul

Explanation: “Slovenia is throwing a dark 80s tribute party.”

23. South Korea South Korea (Jon): “Party” – Girl’s Generation

Explanation: “A song about a group of Korean teenagers getting drunk and stoned on a Thai beach.”

24. Iran Iran (Tecku): “Juliya” – Saeed Kermani

Explanation: The song represents Saeed has met this girl named Juliya at a party and really likes her but he cannot have her.

25. EE Estonia (Donnie): “NYC Taxi” – Getter Jaani

Explanation: Party in a cab 😉

26. GB United Kingdom (Ellie): “Bernadette” – IAMX

Explanation: “Even though not strictly an uplifting party song, it revives the spirit of Halloween, with its costumes, bonfires, and haunted tunes. Trick or treat?”

27. Pakistan Pakistan (Arpatilaos): “Khul Jaye Botal” – Mika Singh, Tehreem Muniba, Shani Arshad

Explanation: Movie Pakistani Party


  • Pakistan Pakistan (Arpatilaos)
  • Jamaica Jamaica (Dino)
  • MX Mexico (Patrick)
  • EE Estonia (Donnie)
  • NZ New Zealand (Razvan)
  • AM Armenia (Avat)
  • Iran Iran (Tecku)
  • NO Norway (Dimitris)
  • SI Slovenia (Toggie)
  • ZA South Africa (Stommie)
  • RO Romania (Marian)
  • Ukraine Ukraine (Matt)
  • Panama Panama (Ren)
  • US United States (Alex L.)
  • GT Guatemala (Tristian)
  • DO Dominican Republic (Ivan)
  • South Korea South Korea (Jon)
  • GB United Kingdom (Ellie)
  • NL Netherlands (Gregor)
  • Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (Mermaid)
  • SE Sweden (Ovidarch)
  • RU Russia (Max)
  • CA Canada (Nick)
  • AU Australia (Andy)
  • IS Iceland (Rob)

Need to Vote:

  • ID Indonesia (Bay)
  • BE Belgium (Sedapsi)

989 thoughts on “Fête de la Chanson 9: Guatemala City

  1. Well now that everyone has voted I can share my predictions. 🙂
    I think Sweden is gonna win this edition quite easily! I’m not too sure about the rest of the results, but I think that these countries will do well: UK, Jamaica, Norway, Guatemala and Slovenia.


    • I’m really happy that Indonesia and Belgium have voted now as well, means no-one has to be DQ! 🙂 I’ll be making some predictions here of who will win/do well in Guatemala for FdlC9, forgive me if I’m repeating this again. My gut instinct tells me that this edition won’t be as predictable as people expect it to be (results-wise) when the votes are revealed, and my gut instinct normally doesn’t let me down that easily (I guessed right that Edurne’s entry would end up 21st unfortunately in ESC 2015 after 1st listening). #sadface.

      I believe that these countries will do very well tomorrow evening: Slovenia, South Korea, Iceland, Ukraine, Norway, Sweden and Dominican Republic (possibly)?
      Good luck to everyone, may the best song win! 🙂


  2. Slovenian votes

    1 pt – there has been a lot of confusion regarding the bones
    2 pts – you can find those in Australia too
    3 pts – it is best in April and May
    4 pts – no heathland in sight
    5 pts – it is all about the 15th and 16th centuries
    6 pts – you can’t count them in a day
    7 pts – justice blossoms here
    8 pts – it has an airport too
    10 pts – it lost its independence in 2004
    12 pts – they were on an island long ago

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  3. Just got back home to see predictions going wild!
    Still no hints from Patrick. 😛
    One thing though : In previous edition noone mentioned Guatemala 😉

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  4. Sorry guys.

    It’s been a really, really stressful day. We’re having severe storms, and it knocked out the power at the place I worked. I’ve never been yelled at so much in my life, even though we had nothing to do with it. I’m putting Bay’s and Sedapsi’s votes into the sheet, and then, I’ll make some hints for you.

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  5. Hints:
    1) In the end, the top 10 consists of entries from four continents.
    2) 5 countries reached 100 or more points this edition.
    3) The winner has a sizeable margin of victory (Sizeable being >12 pts.)
    4) 2nd place has more than double the points of 10th place.
    5) As individual pairs, each of the three flags in the top three share at least two colors. However, as a trio, they all only share one color.


    • ”As individual pairs, each of the three flags in the top three share at least two colors. However, as a trio, they all only share one color”

      Which means, USA, ISL and RSA aren’t the top3.


    • I gave it a thought. RSA can still be part of a trio but it can’t be with two countries who have white, blue and red in their flag. Also, part of the top3 could be a tricolour flag with less popular colours yellow? green? black?


    • As individual pairs top 3 share at least two colors, and as trio only share two colors.

      It means that none in the top three are two-colored flags


    • NOOO I’ve tried to forget about this atrocious entry for years … and now, that I was almost there, you post it. All that money for the shrink wasted …

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  6. I am watching a lot of good films this weekend as we have a movie fest going on…4 movies in a day is a bit too much but I can’t risk losing them😊
    Now I am on my way to see the first movie of the day,see you later tonight😊

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  7. Clues for the results of the Swedish vote:
    12 points – Every high school in this country may hold 1 pound of uranium and 1 pound of thorium for conduction nuclear experiments. 😛
    10 points – Skyscrapers
    8 points – The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
    7 points – Forest/Trees
    6 points – East meets West
    5 points – Five/<3
    4 points – Candyman/Fishy video
    3 points – Black & White
    2 points – Countryside
    1 point – They love to play a bit of chess
    Feel free to guess as many as you can before the results re revealed tonight! If your not sure, it's always nice to have a go anyway. I'll be revealing the reasoning behind my clues after the Swedish jury's votes has been revealed by Patrick. 🙂

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  8. Off-topic: Yes! I have finally finished my list of places in Greece worth visiting. I was very systematic and thorough. I downloaded the census excel sheet from the Greek Statistical Office and checked every single place listed there. 🙂
    In the end, 2863 places made it onto my list. 123 were listed as must see grade A destinations (sometimes only a church or a museum, sometimes a bunch of villages, sometimes a historic town (big or small), sometimes an entire small island like Ithaka …). 203 were listed as must see grade B destinations. The following regional units did not get a single place into my top 325: Kilkis, Kozani, Karditsa, West Attica and Kea-Kythnos. 😦

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