Eurovision 2013 (P)Review – part 8 – Belgium & Serbia + wrap-up semi 1

Posted: 08/04/2013 in Eurovision 2013 Preview

Love kills and is everywhere, here’s part 8 of the run through of this year’s contestants! Will they be beautiful butterflies, or rather moths that have to hide away in the dark? We’ll know the answer for semi 1 at the end of this post!

First of all, a bit of framework for the judging – I’ll be looking at the song, the vocal performance and the stage presentation (or concept of the video if we haven’t seen a stage performance) and I’ll round up by putting them to the DIMI test (do I think it’s Dramatic, Intriguing and/or Modern enough to Include in my iTunes library?). I’ll score the entries from 1 to 5 on each of those points, resulting in a score out of a possible maximum of 20.

15. Belgium – Roberto Bellarossa – Love Kills

The Song: Oh, it’s ‘waiting for the bitter pill’?! Right, didn’t quite get that in the dozen times I’ve heard it. Didn’t quite catch the chorus either: couldn’t remember it if my life depended on it. It’s just so standard, I don’t feel it at all. And that new bridge they’ve built in feels so forced it’s almost comical. I’m afraid I’m not very much of a patriot this year.
Verdict:
The Voice: Well, he won the Wallonian edition of it so I guess he can do a lot better than we’ve heard from him in that poor excuse for a national final. And as it was on a Sunday morning and he had the flu I *guess* I’ll be waiting for the bitter pill. But that accent needs more patience.
Verdict:
The Performance: If that video is anything to go by we’re in for a boring three minutes. Roberto clearly practiced on the smolder (check: Tangled – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0Re-KecYd4) in every mirror he crosses but that will not get him very far. I shall be very curious to see how this will get sold.
Verdict:
The DIMI test: I’ve not been this *whatever* towards our own entry since 2005 and I don’t see any improvement in the next couple of weeks.
Verdict: 

PERSONAL TOTAL: 9/20
PREDICTION: I hate doing this for our own song. Of course I always hope we’ll manage to reach the final, and this starting position sure doesn’t hurt our chances. I simply can’t see it happening though, it all feels too beige and standard to possibly convince people. Sadly. I do hope he proves me horribly wrong though.

16. Serbia – Moje 3 – Ljubav je svuda

The Song: Deliciously kitschy. A bit cheesy and old skool perhaps, but there’s enough to keep me smiling for three minutes. Love the playfulness of the ‘Malo volim, malo ne volim’ bit. Dislike the rather abrupt ending though.
Verdict:
The Voice: Needs some work, me thinks. Girlfriends need to learn how to move and sing at the same time. Which this entry desperately needs.
Verdict:
The Performance: If they don’t tighten this up they’re doomed. I like the humour they used in the national final, but they don’t come across as a tight group – more like three girls that happen to be thrown together and improvise a bit. It doesn’t help this entry one bit. Can’t we have the Swedish House Wives instead?
Verdict:
The DIMI test: Yes, please. Malo volim, malo ne volim!
Verdict:

PERSONAL TOTAL: 14/20
PREDICTION: Well, it’s performed last so they’d have to screw up really badly to avoid qualification. Then again, it’s not entirely impossible from what I’ve seen this far.

Right, let’s wrap up semi 1 then!
These are the ten I’d like to see again on Saturday:
1. Slovenia
2. Netherlands
3. Estonia
4. Serbia
5. Moldova
6. Montenegro
7. Denmark
8. Ireland
9. Austria
10. Ukraine

As far as the qualifiers go I’m going to take a couple of risks and take out Montenegro & Austria from my list and replace them with Croatia & Russia. I’m just following my gut instinct. I’ll get it hopelessly wrong as per usual I guess.

Tomorrow equals the Semi 2 kick off with Latvia & San Marino!

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