I feed you my thoughts, here’s part 15 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.
13. Norway – Margaret Berger – I feed you my love
The Song: YES! Thank you, Norway! A contemporary entry that could’ve easily comefrom the back catalogue of The Black Keys or could feature on the soundtracks of The Fifth Element or The Matrix with those deep & slow electronic effects and those haunting drums. The lyrics are slightly bewildering and a bit in your face, with the title on top, which only makes this entry more intriguing.
The Voice: Miss Berger has a talent show history and she is in fact a vocal talent, but this composition sounds like a challenge for her. Well, it really is an exhausting song to sing which has an impact on those last high bits but if she wants the trophy she’ll need to be able to keep it up all the way through. Looking forward to hear those omnipresent harmonies with a live backing vocal as well…
The Performance: Ow, I hope she’ll keep the demure approach for Malmö! The start, with focus on her, the dress and the effective armography, really showcases how in-your-face the composition is and by the time the second verse kicks in it’s already so hypnotizing any random visual tricks or choreography would break the spell. Fingers crossed they don’t change one single bit.
The DIMI test: L.O.V.E.
PERSONAL TOTAL: 19/20
PREDICTION: Should sail into the final and my gut feel tells me this is one to watch for the trophy. If people ‘get it’. I think they will.
14. Albania – Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko – Identitet
The Song: In this diverse semi it only has one direct competitor and this entry wipes the floor with Armenia. It doesn’t sound a lot more contemporary, I am reminded of some Eastern European entries in the mid ’90s, but it’s got a good build-up & some clever hooks that keep me interested all the way through. I can even sit through the electric guitar solo, just iemaygien!
The Voice: The switching of singer in certain parts gives a certain kind of dynamic and they complement each other in a great way. For a rock song. At Eurovision.
The Performance: I suppose this will be supported by huge amounts of pyro effects. I suppose that fits. The more in your face this will comes across, the better.
The DIMI test: Not my favourite this year. By a long shot. But it’s a nice addition.
PERSONAL TOTAL: 12/20
PREDICTION: I’m struggling to see this qualify – I adored their attempt in 2011 which gave me the same vibes and that got stuck in the semis. In this diverse field however this one might just scrape through.
Tomorrow: Georgia & Switzerland