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: Spain & Germany! Plus: a total recap!
5. SPAIN – Quédate conmigo
Oh my. Where Estonia, Finland and the UK (and Azerbaijan to a lesser extent) manage to sweep me off my feet with a beautiful and intriguing melody (and lyrics) this leaves me stone cold. I have had it with the Celine belting/shouting and I prefer to hear some real musical instruments instead of having everything coming out of one synthesizer when it comes to ballads. Not my cup of tea at all and I actually hope Europe will hear just how outdated this sounds. No criticism on Pastora Soler though, I just hoped she would have selected something more in her own playing field.
Daft? Her choice of song is – this should never have made her top 3.
Intriguing? Not in a million years.
Modern? In Las Vegas perhaps.
International? Fifteen years ago yes.
Personal score: 8/20 – Prediction: Bottom half of the final.
6. GERMANY – Standing Still
After Germany’s track record of the past 2 years I was disappointed with the lackluster national final they had this year and even though they picked the evident winner I’m still not convinced. Roman Lob is cute as a button but doesn’t have the presence this song needs to be sold to an international audience: he should be engaging the camera much more instead of making it a wannabe heartfelt performance (ie. open your eyes man!). This song needs a bit of spice to really bring out the cry for help it’s trying to convey – the piano intro might resemble ‘Someone like you’ but the rest of it is going somewhere else and Roman Lob seems to have trouble to follow. I like the song but I fear it will get lost if it doesn’t get performed the way it should – this is not a great match.
Modern? The Britpop sound is.
International? If he can connect with the audience: why not?
Personal score: 12/20 – Prediction: Bottom half of the final.
So this is the end, my friend, the end!
Here’s Dimivision’s Official Top Ten Before the Contest:
- FYR Macedonia
- United Kingdom
Good luck to all of them. Especially now they’ve got my doom hanging over them!
As far as winning the entire thing goes I think Sweden will walk with it and only Norway or Italy might be able to stop them. Possible outsiders include Ukraine, Austria, United Kingdom, Azerbaijan & Russia (sadly)…
Let the games begin! Feel free to share your own top ten (personal & prediction) so we can compare after The Event – curious to see what you think!
Stay tuned for more Eurovision fun – we went to Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam and have got a couple of interviews in the pipeline for you!