Fête de la Chanson 11: The Final Results

Góðan dag! Thirty-one songs have competed, and we have lost some along the way, but it is time to reveal the winner of Fête de la Chanson 11!

DK Denmark: Anders


FI Finland: Razvan


CA Canada: Jeri


ID Indonesia: Bay


GB United Kingdom: Oxi


CL Chile: Dino


PT Portugal: Shevek


EE Estonia: Sedapsi


NZ New Zealand: Rob


CY Cyprus: Emmo


IS Iceland: Ovidarch


DE Germany: Arpatilaos


SE Sweden: Niclas


MX Mexico: Matt


Kosovo Kosovo: Patrick


FR France: Ellie


IT Italy: Donnie


GR Greece: Dimitris


TR Turkey: Mermaid


Brazil Brazil: Alex L.


RO Romania: Toggie


AU Australia: Gregor


Philippines Philippines: Ren


RS Serbia: David/Xello


MK Macedonia: Tehoe


CN China: Jon


JP Japan: Marc


AM Armenia: Avat


US United States: Tecku


RU Russia: Nick


And that’s it! Below are the results in list form and a grid, as well as the results for both semis 1 and 2.

Scoreboard: http://tummiweb.com/scorewiz/scoreboard/view/140059/fte-de-la-chanson-11-reykjavik

Results (List): http://tummiweb.com/scorewiz/scoreboard/result/140059/fte-de-la-chanson-11-reykjavik/C4B7Ku6s

Voting Grid: http://tummiweb.com/scorewiz/scoreboard/sheet/140059/fte-de-la-chanson-11-reykjavik/C4B7Ku6s



Semi Results:

Semi 1: http://tummiweb.com/scorewiz/scoreboard/view/140083/fte-de-la-chanson-11-semi-final-1

Semi 2: http://tummiweb.com/scorewiz/scoreboard/view/140088/fte-de-la-chanson-11-semi-final-2



837 thoughts on “Fête de la Chanson 11: The Final Results

  1. Ok, it is a bit hard for me to concentrate as my neighbour is once again holding a party with high hiphop and techno music and a lot of shouting – it’s annoying as hell 😦 But I will make an attempt to continue my thoughts about my points:

    8 points: Iceland – “Unravel” – Björk – 1997
    I see Björk as one of the greatest and most original artists to come out of the 90’s. Post (1995) is one of my all time favourite albums. Homogenic – from which this song is taken – does not entirely live up to it, but it is still a very fascinating mix of electronic music and elements of several other styles: folk music, classical, jazz, rock, pop etc.

    One of the things that fascinates me the most about Björk – and it will get very technical now – is her use of the old church modes (scale-based keys), some of which are typical of many types of folk music btw. In a song like “Unravel” f.e. the harmony is based on the Lydian scale: a major scale with a high IV step (that is: if you go from F to F on the white keys of a piano, you get an F-Lydian, and a C-Lydian will have an F-sharp instead of an F… and so on). If you listen to that with a pair of ears that are used to functional harmony (which has dominated most European art music from approximately 1600 and up till today), you might hear the chords here as somewhat unresting because the main chord here sounds like the IV chord in functional harmony where it traditionally leads to the V chord and then back to I (a so-called tonal cadence).

    But of course this is not just about harmonics, and Björk’s vocal phrasings is another fascinating aspect here. She is using almost all corners of its sonic possibilities: from silent to very loud, from soft to hard, from cool to expressive, and in this track everything solistic lies in the vocals. As the instrumentation represents the element of stability, she can perform freely and relatively independent of the rhythm.

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  2. And the second to last song:

    10 points: Greece – “Αυτή η Νύχτα Μένει (This Night Is the Only Thing that Remains)” – Dimitra Papiou – 1997
    It can sometimes be difficult to explain why you like one song more than the other, and it may well be the case here. But the fact is that “Αυτή η Νύχτα Μένει” is very, very complete and well balanced.

    There are many great details in this song, f.e. the use of a diminished minor key followed by an ordinary minor key (creating chromatics), as well as the time signature which is 9/8 – and once again not divided in 3+3+3, but more in 4+5. And I absolutely love the melancholic and resigned feeling in the song which is carried by the minor key, the many melodic downwards movements, the heavy and very low bass key on the piano, and in particular: Dimitra Papiou’s very, very beautiful vocal performance. It is very dynamic, and the glissando notes adds to the sadness in a great way, f.e. when she starts the first note in the chorus at the I step and then glides up to the III step as if it was a bit difficult to get up there. The song as a whole also uses the dynamic spectre in a great way, from very silent to loud, and it makes the composition very living. I caught myself almost not breathing.

    I thought it was a serious winning candidate, and I was very surprised that I was the only one to award it more than 8 points.

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    • Thanks for the analysis Anders.I agree 100% although i wouldn’t be able to use this very specific music terminology.I also love this passing from the low key verses to the explosive,dramatic chorus and Dimitra’s vocal performance.It’s as if her voice carries all the pain and despair of her unrequited love.

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  3. And we have come to the last song:

    12 points: Romania – “Maine toti recrutii pleaca” – Maria Tanase – 1943
    When I first awarded this one 12 points in the semi final, I hadn’t read a translation of the lyrics yet, but you could already hear from the music and the way the song was performed, that it was a strong statement about something not so nice. It turned out to be about war which makes perfectly sense with respect to the music – and indeed to the time in which it was written.

    It seriously makes me shiver, the pain that is expressed in the music here. Some of the vocal elements that appear in the Greek song are present here as well, but they are taken a bit further. Maria Tanase brilliantly glides from note to note to an extent that it almost resembles Sprechgesang – with the difference that Sprechgesang is usually not based on notes. The painfulness is perfectly expressed in the very long and heavy notes in the melody, and once again the dynamics are very subtle.

    You may also note the orchestration which lacks a rhythmical base. Like the melody, the chords are played in a very heavy and “tired” way, and the many septime chords create an enormous tension (in that a septime chord – a major chord with a lower seventh added to it – is usually leading up to the chord 4 steps above).

    “Maine toti recrutii pleaca” is true art. A masterpiece.

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  4. It was worth the long wait. 🙂 And I agree that you can unsterstand what the song is about without understanding the lyrics, the way great music can be truly universal. When I submitted this song (I was torn between several of Maria’s songs), I did not know thy lyrics either. But I felt that this song was about sth very important and truly universal.
    Thank you Anders for taking the time to comment on the songs you gave points to. It is a gesture of great respect towards the other HoDs. 🙂

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