Time for some declarations of love (in multiple ways), here’s part 11 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?
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.
5. Finland – Krista Siegfrids – Marry me
The Song: This must be one of the most contemporary sounding entries we’ve ever gotten from Finland. A perfect little pop song that could’ve easily featured on the latest Katy Perry album and I could see this attacking charts around Europe. There’s only one big BUT: the theme is so oldfashioned it can’t even be called vintage or retro. I mean, marriage? The lyrics are lovely quirky, yes, but there have got to be fresher subjects than that. Does provide a good excuse for those very effective chiming bells. Uh oh, uh oh oh ding dong!
The Voice: In fact, Krista could well be Katy’s distant cousin as she does sound like her A LOT. Do you think she’s the girl Katy kissed and now Krista wants to take it up a notch? I’m getting sidetracked. Krista’s got that pop vibe down, with perfect timing and cheeky intonation that fit the rythm and pace very nicely. Doesn’t sound too polished and that’s exactly what this cheeky entry needs.
The Performance: Of course there will be a wedding dress. Won’t be the traditional gown I suspect, more along the lines of what we saw in UMK. In other words, she’s gonna Kesha it up a bit. Which makes the marriage thing come across less dowdy, huzzah! Just hope the backings and dancers will fit the theme a tiny bit better. Krista found the perfect balance in her NF performance between moving around enough to give us involvement and standing still enough to keep up vocally. Clever girl, this one. Ow, you might want to check out the official video where she really showcases the fact she got a screw loose up there. Love.
The DIMI test: Quirky’s my middle name. Uh oh, uh oh oh ding dong!
PERSONAL TOTAL: 16/20
PREDICTION: This one’s a bit low profile at the moment but I don’t see any reason why this shouldn’t qualify and do unexpected things in the final. Unless people can’t get over the marriage thing.
6. Malta – Gianluca Bezzina – Tomorrow
The Song: Cute. That’s the key word here. All you need is a ukelele, simple but effective lyrics, a nice singalong chorus with a couple of catchy uh-oh’s and you’ve got an entry that sounds like it could warm hearts all around Europe. This kind of troubadour song has always done well and this one’s up there with the best of them.
The Voice: Cute. Gianluca tells the story really well as his timing and phrasing are very effective and he plays the part of troubadour as if it was always meant to be.
The Performance: Cute. I like the video, even though it’s just a tad clumsy at times. The live performance doesn’t need any forced staging though, just let the vibe of spring and summer come in through the music. Gianluca’s twinkle in the eye will provide for enough to look at.
The DIMI test: Cute. Gosh, I suddenly realise I like the Maltese entry. I need some comfort food now.
PERSONAL TOTAL: 15/20
PREDICTION: This might be the surprise of this year’s edition. I can easily see this pulling a Tom Dice.
Tomorrow: Bulgaria & Iceland