3 Of The Best Eurovision 2019 Songs

Eurovision Song Contest 2019

With Eurovision just a mere few weeks away I've started to give in and get into the Eurovision spirit. I've been listening to all the tracks and I'm super hyped for this year's contest. Now admittedly I do think this year's songs are a bit poor, well in comparison to last year anyway. I feel like last year there were so many songs that I enjoyed. I remember writing about Mikolas Josef's Lie To Me in my catchy songs post and Eleni Foureira's Fuego in my August 2018 music faves. Heck, I still listen to Netta's Toy, Saara Alto's Monsters and Benjamin Ingrosso's Dance You Off. And don't even get me started on my love for AWS - Viszlát Nyár, Hungary's heavy metal offering which was amazing. 

Anyway, my point is, last year I loved so many tracks but this year I find myself struggling to enjoy even a handful. That being said, I have found some tracks that I like and I thought I'd chat about my top 3 that I think could be in with a decent chance of winning. Now I'm usually WAY off when it comes to picking the winner of The Eurovision Song Contest. However, these are the three songs out of the ones I personally enjoyed which I think probably have the best chance of winning. Everyone has different opinions and I'm just sharing mine. So without further ado, onto the tracks!

Victor Crone - Storm (Estonia)

My first of the best Eurovision 2019 songs is Victor Crone - Storm representing Estonia. Now I get major Avicii vibes from this track, I'd even go as far as saying it's like an imitation of Without You. Storm is a combo of acoustic guitars and dance beats. It's very catchy, has some decent lyrics and a good beat to it. I think this song will be pretty popular as it has a sound that is very well liked nowadays. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if this starts to become popular across radio stations in Europe. 

Is the song unique and innovative? Not quite. It almost sounds like something you've already heard before but it's a fairly decent tune that you can have a sing and a dance to. As Estonia doesn't automatically qualify for the finals, Victor will have to battle it out against the other semifinalists for a much sought after place in the final. However, I think he's in with a good chance due to the popular sound of the song.

Bilal Hassani - Roi (France)

The second of the best Eurovision 2019 songs is Bilal Hassani - Roi representing France. As Bilal is from a country that is part of the big six, he's automatically in the final and boy do I think he's got a good chance of winning. Roi, meaning King in English, is an empowering track about self-acceptance. Something I think should be warmly welcomed these days with all the pressure from both traditional and social media. The track was co-written by Bilal and last years French entry, Madame Monsieur. You might remember them as they sang the track Mercy.

Anyway, the song is a mix of French and English and opens with a powerful piano intro. The song progresses into a kinda R&B ballad. In some ways, Bilal reminds me slightly of Austria's 2014 winner Conchita Wurst in the sense that he's embracing himself and empowering others in the process. Also funnily enough after a Google, I discovered that Bilal even covered Rise Like A Phoenix on the Voice Kids back in 2015. Do I think he'll do quite as well as Conchita did five years ago? I think he has a good chance of winning. Although, the bilingual mix might not translate well to the international audience and I fear they'll not really get the lyrics of the track and the message behind it which is a key part of the song, in my opinion.

Darude and Sebastian Rejman - Look Away (Finland)

The third and final of the best Eurovision 2019 songs is Darude and Sebastian Rejman - Look Away representing Finland. Now almost everyone and their mother remembers Darude - Sandstorm. You know, that millennium track that became a club favourite and oddly enough, an internet meme. Well, the Finnish DJ is back alongside singer Sebastian Rejman to represent his country at Eurovision. Much like Victor Crone from Estonia, the pair won't automatically qualify for the final as they're not part of the big six. Having said that, I'd be very surprised if this doesn't make it to the final. In fact, I'd even put money on the pair earning their place.

With the massive track Sandstorm under his belt, I feel like Darude has a lot to live up to with this song. Is Look Away as good as Sandstorm? Not quite. But then again, I don't think it was ever going to be. Sandstorm was HUGE. It's iconic and people love it. I don't think the two songs can even be compared. However, the harsh reality is that those who know of that big 2000 track are going to be comparing the two songs. That being said, I still think Look Away will do fairly well. Look Away is a dance-pop song with electronic piano keys throughout. The vocals are fairly decent and I like the overall feel of the track. Admittedly I do think the chorus is a bit poor and repetitive. However, I still like the track and I reckon it will be fairly popular.

Eurovision acts need to up their game

So there you have it, three songs that I personally enjoyed and think will do fairly well at the final, granted two of them make it through the semis of course. Like I said at the start of my post, I think this year's song offering is a bit poor. It could well be that I just need to listen to some of the tracks more. They may grow on me. However, I know that the majority of people who watch Eurovision only watch the final. They don't tend to listen to any tracks beforehand. With that being said I think with Eurovision you simply can't represent your country with "Growers." You need to enter with songs that instantly grab people and for me, the three mentioned above did just that for me. 

Regardless of the songs, I'm looking forward to the actual performances on the big night. Not everything is about the song, staging and live performance is equally important. Who knows, on the night my top three might nosedive and someone unexpected may become my favourite. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Roll on the 18th of May!

Who is your early favourite?
   
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Is Food Truck Tycoon For Nintendo Switch Really Fun?

Food Truck Tycoon for Nintendo Switch


For a while now I've been obsessed with my Xbox. I've thoroughly enjoyed playing games like Resident Evil 7, The Gardens Between, Crackdown 3 and of course my beloved Fortnite. I mean just last week I was discussing some of my favourite pretty Fortnite skins. However, I do also love a handheld console. I've been playing Animal Crossing New Leaf on my Nintendo DS quite a bit recently. In anticipation of the new Animal Crossing game coming out, I decided to purchase a Nintendo Switch. I've been having a whale of a time playing the likes of Stardew Valley, Scribblenauts: Showdown and Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. Although I must say the latter has been a little disappointing. Anyway, I got to browsing the Nintendo eShop and I came across Food Truck Tycoon which was on sale so I decided to give it a try. And today I thought I'd review it.

A fun food management game

Not heard of Food Truck Tycoon? Well, it's pretty much a food management game. You basically have a food truck, customers come and request certain dishes and combinations. You serve them and receive coins. Each level has a coin goal to complete and a star rating to achieve. Basically the more coins, the higher the star you'll receive. The obstacles of the game? You have to serve customers quickly before they leave. Not only that but you have to keep an eye on multiple things at once. The last thing you want is to go burning your sausages and end up having to throw them out as this will cost you precious coins.

If you've ever played Cooking Fever for mobile (Great game in my opinion) this is similar. However, in Food Truck Tycoon you don't have those pesky microtransactions. Although I would say Cooking Fever is much more in-depth with more levels and food options. But enough about that. Food Truck Tycoon is a great game if you're into the food management style of game. The game isn't particularly hard especially if you use your coins wisely to upgrade your food and equipment at the right time as this makes the game fairly easy. In my personal opinion, I'd say the game is more of a casual game rather than something super exciting. It's pretty much something you can pick up and put down as you please. Although don't be surprised if you find yourself somewhat slightly addicted. 

Food Truck Tycoon gameplay on Nintendo Switch

Food Truck Tycoon achievements give you something else to aim for

One thing I really liked about the game was the fact that there were achievements to achieve. I love a good achievement and I feel like the Switch could have really benefitted from an achievement/trophies feature as the Xbox and PlayStation have implemented. I know achievements pretty much mean nothing but I personally love having additional things to aim for. Call me sad or whatever but I love achievements! Anyway, the achievements in Food Truck Tycoon were certainly welcomed with open arms by me and somewhat fulfilled that achievement shaped hole. Let me tell you, I took great pleasure in completing each and every one of them.

Food Truck Tycoon achievements for Nintendo Switch

The controls take getting used to but once cracked you'll soon complete the game

When it came to playing Food Truck Tycoon I found everything pretty easy. The only thing that I found difficult at first was the controls. I found myself getting muddled up by having to use pretty much all the Switch buttons. That being said this could just be down to the fact that I am a relatively new Switch user. One thing that fairly frustrated me was the fact that the game doesn't utilise the Switch's touch screen function. Instead, I found myself having to fiddle with my stick to try and do what I was supposed to do. Most of the time this was fairly easy. However, there were a few times where I ended up accidentally throwing dishes in the bin and putting the wrong items on plates. This was frustrating and sabotaged a few levels. That being said I pretty much learned to live with the issue thus I still enjoyed playing Food Truck Tycoon. 

Another thing I will say is that I would have loved the game to be longer. In total there are 60 levels to complete with 50 different dishes to serve. This may sound like a lot but along with completing the achievements, I managed to do everything in under 5 hours. Although for the price of three pound something I cannot complain, I simply didn't want the game to end. I really enjoyed playing. Food Truck Tycoon is one of those games that get you hooked but at the same time, it is something you can sit and play whilst watching TV on an evening. It's simple relaxing gameplay to help you de-stress and unwind.

A fun and fulfilling game

All in all, despite a few frustrating controls I really enjoyed Food Truck Tycoon. Is it something new, exciting and innovative? Not quite. But for something easy to play on a weeknight after a long day at work, it is fulfilling and lots of fun. The cartoon graphics were vibrant and pleasing on the eye. The sounds were good and the levels were satisfying. All in all, I enjoyed the game.

Have you played Food Truck Tycoon?
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The 3 Best Songs On BTS Map Of The Soul: Persona Album

BTS Map Of The Soul: Persona Album


It's been a week since the much anticipated BTS Map Of The Soul: Persona album was released. The album was incredibly hyped and rightly so. BTS is HUGE nowadays. But did the album really live up to the hype? I think so. During my first listen I was a bit sceptical. However, I've now had a good chance to listen to each and every track in full, multiple times in fact. Many of the tracks have really, really grown on me. I can hand on heart say that I am really enjoying Map Of The Soul: Persona. Therefore, I feel like now is a good time to share some love for my three favourite tracks on the Korean boyband's sixth extended play. 

Now many of you might be shocked to see that the much talked about Dionysus hasn't made it on to my little list. Honestly? It's a banging track. However, I've just found myself wanting to listen to the other tracks mentioned below that little bit more. But that doesn't mean to say that I don't really like Dionysus, because I do. Anyway, without further ado, here are the 3 best songs on the album, according to me of course.

Boy With Luv (feat. Halsey)

The first of the 3 best songs on BTS Map Of The Soul: Persona for sure has to be the title track Boy With Luv. This track is super upbeat and has a kinda disco vibe which is sure to make you want to have a little dance. It kind of reminds me of TXT's Crown in some ways. The track is super happy and will for sure get stuck in your head, even after just one listen. Boy With Luv also features US female singer Halsey. I'm always a bit sceptical about collaborations but Halsey's vocals work surprisingly well on the track. For me, the highlights of the song have to be Jimin's angelic vocals and Suga's unbelievably deep rap.

Make It Right

The second of the 3 best songs on BTS Map Of The Soul: Persona would have to be Make It Right. This is a track that was co-written by Ed Sheeran. However, oddly I don't think it has that signature Ed Sheeran sound to it. However, in my opinion, I'd say that's a good thing as BTS really have put their own stamp on the track. Make it right is an R&B pop track that features a prominent synth trumpet which I'd usually find highly annoying but it adds another satisfying layer to Make It Right. 

For me, the highlight of the song is definitely Jungkook’s falsetto. I also really like V's vocals on the track. That's not to say I don't enjoy all the other member's parts, because I really do. I just feel like Jungkook & V stand out on Make It Right. I feel like Make It Right is definitely an underrated track that deserves more love as it really is great quality.

Mikrokosmos

The third of the 3 best songs on BTS Map Of The Soul: Persona would without a doubt have to be Mikrokosmos. Out of all the songs on the album, I'd have to say that I personally find Mikrokosmos the most beautiful track. The song features trap drums and rock guitars throughout. It contains some of the most beautiful lyrics and I feel like it really showcases the group's vocals. This is fairly different from your typical K-Pop track and I like it a lot. Perhaps this is the direction BTS will be heading in the future? Who knows. One thing is for certain, Mikrokosmos is an absolute tune and one I've had on repeat. 


So there you have it, my favourite 3 tracks from Map Of The Soul: Persona. What do you think of the album? How do you think it compared to the likes of Love Yourself: Answer? Do you think Boy With Luv is just as good as BTS's previous title track Idol? Which member do you think really shines on the new album? Although I enjoy each and every member, I feel like Jimin, Jin, Jungkook and V have really stood out on this album. The vocals just seem to be incredibly strong. That's not to say the rap line hasn't been good because it's been epic. It's just I feel like the vocalists have grown so much and that's really shown throughout this extended play.  
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4 Of The Prettiest Fortnite Skins In The Game Right Now

Fortnite Malice Skin With The Star Wand Pickaxe

I absolutely love Fortnite and one of my favourite things about the game is the fact that you can customise your character. You can purchase harvesting tools, weapon wraps, back bling and of course skins. Over the last year of playing Fortnite, I've acquired a nice little collection of skins and although I do like pretty much all the skins in my locker, there are a few that stand out. After talking about my top Fortnite weapons I thought it was time to share some love for my favourite skins.

Now when it comes to purchasing skins I tend to stick towards purchasing the female versions of skins. This isn't because I dislike male skins. I quickly snapped up the Fallen Love Ranger and was happy to part with my cash to get my hands on the Molten Battle Hound as part of the Lava Legends pack. It's simply just because I find the female skins more appealing as they tend to be prettier and I enjoy playing as a female. So now that I've cleared that up, I'll get on to talking about the four skins that I think are the prettiest in Fortnite right now.

Malice

The first of the prettiest Fortnite skins that I love is Malice. She's a legendary skin that'll set you back a hefty 2,000 V-Bucks. She first appeared in the item shop on the 21st March 2019 and that is when I snapped her up. As soon as I spotted her I fell in love. Malice is pretty much a female devil complete with horns and tail. She sports black leather attire consisting of a jacket with chains, short shorts, black boots and a crop top. She has the most incredible green eyes, stylish black bob and some badass black lipstick. She's basically amazeballs. She also comes with back bling in the form of Malice Wings, however, I personally think the Molten Valkyrie Wings that you get in the Lava Legends pack suit Malice way more.

Fortnite Malice Skin

Dark Bomber

The second of the prettiest Fortnite skins that I love is Dark Bomber. She's a rare skin coming in at 1,200 V-Bucks. She first appeared in the item shop on the 4th of October 2018 and is for sure a popular rare skin. If you're aware of Brite Bomber, Dark Bomber is pretty much a darker version. Dark Bomber sports a purple and black suit embezzled with purple rune symbols which are associated with Kevin the cube (RIP fella!) Also on her suit is a fire breathing llama which is pretty cool. 

As for Dark Bomber's face, she has a pale lilac complexion with some funky pink eyes and lips. She's got dark tied up hair along with sunglasses plonked on top of her head and black fingerless gloves. Oh, and she comes with Dark Bag back bling which sports the same picture as her top. It kind of reminds me of a lunch bag plus it has a little mini Kevin the cube keychain which is cool.

Fortnite Dark Bomber Skin

Arachne

The third of the prettiest Fortnite skins in Arachne. She's a legendary skin much like Malice and will set you back 2,000 V-Bucks. She first appeared in the item shop on the 20th of October 2018. Arachne is basically a badass spider skin who rocks a black and red leather outfit like an absolute boss. If you're a fan of darker skins, this one is definitely for you. Arachne not only sports a cool AF outfit, but she's also got this awesome spider eyes headwear which means her human eyes are covered and you only see her dark lipstick and the lower half of her face. She rocks this short grey hairdo and has web-like patterns on her upper arms which are super effective. Arachne also comes with the Long Legs back bling which is pretty much a spider and only adds to the skin's amazingness.

Fortnite Arachne Skin

Lace

The fourth and final of the prettiest Fortnite skins is Lace. She's an epic skin so will set you back 1,500 V-Bucks. Lace first appeared in the item shop back on the 12th January 2019. This is when I decided to add her to my skin collection. Lace is basically an anime style girl who sports Kabuki-style makeup. She has a striking white face, pink lipstick and some cool winged eyeliner. She's also wearing some round Harry Potter style glasses. 

Lace has the most amazing pink and purple pigtails, a huge black hair bow, a single lace glove and a fantastic black, pink and grey outfit. Her long sleeved top bears the mark of a dragon in a figure of 8 and her skirt has a black floral pattern with a hot pink trim. She also wears two different thigh high socks and some really amazing chunky black boots. Lace also comes with the Stitches back blink which is a one-eyed black and pink teddy bear. This is by far my favourite back bling and I pretty much wear it 90% of the time when playing. 

Fortnite Lace Skin


So there you have it, four of the prettiest Fortnite skins. I can't wait to see what Epic have up their sleeve and live in hope that even prettier skins are released in the near future as I'd love to add more into my collection. That being said I think my bank balance has other hopes!

What's your favourite Fortnite skin?
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