The third annual esctoday.com awards are currently being held. While you can still cast your votes until 23rd December, we will take a closer look on the nominees and the categories in random order. Part six is dedicated to the Lyricist of the year category.
This award was introduced last year and and it went to the lyricist of the winning song from Serbia: Saša Milosevic Mare. The complete results were as follows:
- Saša MiloševiÄï¿½ Mare (Serbia)- 33%
- Peter Fenner (Iceland) – 21%
- Aleksandra MilutinoviÄï¿½ (Bosnia & Herzegovina)- 20%
- Julija RitÄï¿½ik (Lithuania) – 14%
- Kobi Oz (Israel) – 12%
The following lyricists are nominated this year:
- Mira Craig for the Norwegian entry Hold on be strong
- Dejan IvanoviÄï¿½ for the Serbian entry Oro
- Kerem KabadayÄ±, Harun Tekin, Burak Güven &Kerem ÖzyeÄï¿½en for the Turkish entry Deli
- Dana International & Shay Kerem for the Israeli entry The fire in your eyes
- Andreea Andrei & Adina Åï¿½uteu for the Romanian entry Pe-o margine de lume
Follow the links above to read the lyrics (along with their translations) on diggiloo.net.
Norway's Mira Craig wrote the song Hold on be strong when she was a teenager. Like most Nordic entries in the Eurovision Song Contest, it was performed in English in Belgrade. From the perspective of a parent, a child is told to never give up in life and love depsite disppointments, because there is always someone waiting out there:
You might be saying: "Ooh, I don't wanna be lonely"
"Ooh, I don't wanna be by myself"
"Ooh, don't wanna be lonely"
"Why ain't anybody lovin' me?"
But there's always someone out there who'll be there for you
There is always someone out there who'll care for you
There's always someone out there who'll be true, true, true
Hold on, hold on, be strong
Dejan Dejan IvanoviÄ� wrote the lyrics of the second Serbian entry in the contest and Oro was performed in the national language just like the 2007 winner. In the lyrics, the protagonist asks to be put asleep to get over a sad valedcition and not to be waken up before Vidovdan (28th June), a religious holiday that is related to many historical events:
| Ko li zaigra oro moje
Neka ne igra za nas dvoje
Klasje, mene uspavaj
Nuna nej, nuna nuna nuna nuna nuna nej
The one who dances my Oro
Nuna ney, nuna nuna nuna nuna nuna ney
Like rock bands usually do, Turkish group Mor ve Ötesi wrote the lyrics to their entry Deli (Crazy) themsleves. After a song in English in 2007, Turkey returned to the national language again for Belgrade. In the lyrics, the protagonists thinks about his contradictory personality and tells the owner of his soul to not waste his time and treat him right:
Bir yarÄ±m akÄ±llÄ± bir yarÄ±m deli
I am half sane, half crazy
Raise me up
1998 Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana International teamed up with Shay Kerem to wrote the lyrics of the song The fire in your eyes, which mas mainly performed in Hebrew but with a few lines in English. In the lyrics, the protagonist tells how hard it is to keep being reminded of a former beloved one:
Lo or kochav
Come along, come along
Come along, come along
Andreea Andreiand Adina Å�uteu wrote the lyrics of the Romanian entry Pe-o margine de lume together. In Belgrade, the song was performed both in Romanian and Italian, two languages that are strongly related. The entry is a romantic an optimistic love song with two lovers making promises and telling each other how much they are in love:
O noapte întreagÄ� Å�i-o zi
Vieni e stringimi la mano
A whole night and a day
Come and give me your hand
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