#eurovision 2017 Rapped: Hip Hop Hooray!

Before this year’s Contest, most fans would probably agree that hip hop is the one genre that has not done nearly as well at the Eurovision when compared to its global popularity. Although 2003 champion Sertab Erener rapped her way through the bridge of Every Way That I Can. the song, however, was more a Turkish pop song with a bit of rap.

The 2017 Grand Final top ten had two hip hop entries: from Romania and Hungary. Both entries also had skewed voting distributions. Hungary  came out of the second semi-final with a lot of momentum (they were 2nd behind Bulgaria’s Beautiful Mess). Romania’s ranking in both its (also the second) semi-final and the Grand Final were nearly identical. Let’s take a look.

Hey, all you out there!

Romania’s  Ilinca and Alex Florea’s Yodel It! finished 7th: of their massive 282 points it was again the public (224 points) rather than jurors (58 points) that elevated them. Unsurprisingly Moldova awarded Illinca and Alex both the jury and televote douze points. Romania also won the Irish televote; in fact, only the Georgian, Macedonian and Montenegrin public awarded Yodel It! null points.

Great tourist board video! (Source: YouTube:

After last year’s shocking disqualification from Stockholm, Romania earned its fourth best ever result in 2017. In 2005 Luminita Anghel & Sistem’s Let Me Try finished third: ditto Paula Selling and Ovi’s 2010 entry Playing With Fire. The following year Mihai Trāistariu’s banger Tornero finished fourth.

To conquer my heart

Hungary’s Joci Pápai took Origo to 8th place: his 200 hundred points were mostly from the public (148 points) rather than jurors (52 points). Croatia awarded Origo both its douze points: Serbia’s public also ranked Hungary first, and their jurors had him second (10 points).

The Armenian, Australian, Cypriot, Czech, Georgian, Greek, Moldovan, and Spanish public all blanked Joci—in other words, he received points from 33 out of 41 possible countries.

Great preview video! (Source: YouTube/Magneoton)

Hungary’s 2017 result was their third best ever result. Friderkia Bayer took Hungary’s début entry, Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet, to third place in 1994; András Kállay-Saunders’ 2014 entry Running finished third.

Why hip hop, why now

In 2017 hip hop is a global musical genre, one which transcends language and culture. Origo’s lyric about racism fits easily into a musical tradition that uses rap to highlight injustice: using traditional musical motifs combined with the rapping to craft an unique, well sung and well staged entry.

Yodel It! represents a more accessible and mainstream version of the genre: Illinca also is a classic Eurovision archetype: the ingénue…who is a vocal powerhouse!

Rather interestingly, the only significant chart impact of either entry (outside of their domestic music markets) was Origo‘s 12th place in the Dutch singles chart.