Los geht’s! We’re running up to the 2012 Contest, all entries for Baku have been chosen and it’s time to take a closer look at what we can expect to see and hear at the end of May. I’m reviewing everything in order of draw: I’ll first give my general thoughts on the countries’ choices, then I’ll subject them to the DIMI test and finally I’ll score them, accompagnied by a predicition of how I think they’ll do in Baku. I’ll be tackling them in pairs & on the menu today: Montenegro & Iceland. Hold on tight, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
1. MONTENEGRO – Euro Neuro
Well this is… a special opener. After their past half hearted entries this is a whole different caliber really. The video clarifies Rambo Amadeus’ intentions and they’re clearly not to be taken all too seriously – even though it seems he’s trying to convey a social-economic message (which nobody will understand) it’s all a bit rebellious really and I don’t mind it that much. Just curious to see how he’ll be translating this on stage. In other words: will Donkey be there too?
Daft? Is a frog’s ass watertight?
Intriguing? The video makes it work, without it I fear this won’t stand on its own
Modern? Hardly, unless you qualify Balkan hiphop to be so.
International? I can’t see people getting this
Personal score: 8/20 – Prediction: Stuck in the semi
2. ICELAND – Never Forget
I actually wanted Regina Osk to go but I liked this one as well – in the Icelandic version. I’m still getting used to the English one and while I still think the musical build-up is great the vocal harmonies seem to have lost their power a bit. Or am I focusing on the lyrics too much? I suddenly don’t know if this will do as well as I originally thought it would, it will all depend on how magical they manage to make it on stage. Jonsi’s still a big plus though. And so is the haunting melody. *confused*
Daft? Not at all.
Intriguing? The musical build-up is rich, the harmonies work like a charm
Modern? Not really no, but it isn’t exactly old fashioned either
International? I don’t really see this taking charts by storm actually
Personal score: 15/20 – Prediction: Final
Tomorrow: Greece & Latvia