All of this year’s songs have been selected, which means it’s time to start the countdown (cue Final Countdown) for the 2014 edition of our beloved Contest. I’ve only heard a couple of songs before writing this (p)review as I wanted to simulate the sensation of the regular viewer. Curious to see how thàt will turn out? Me too…
The Song: Call me crazy but I kinda dig this. It could have easily been sliding down the pitfalls of the Anti Entry but this is a clever little song – I suppose the fact that it was a hit before it got asked to go to Copenhagen might have something to do with that. It’s like the Polish version Black Eyed Peas, isn’t it? Out of the box, and I like me some out of the box stuff.
The Voice: Girlfriends got a couple of balls there. Sell it! Curious to see how they’ll handle the omnipresent backing vocals…
The Performance: …and how that will influence that act from the video, as I kinda think it fits the buzz of the song. The DJ in the booth doesn’t really have to be there for me, but I suppose your local Will.I.Am needs to be included…
Daring? It actually is – folk meets hip hop, a match surprisingly made in heaven
Intriguing? It rather is!
International? Despite the language I can see this crossing barriers, yes.
In one line: Eat that, Fergie.
PERSONAL TOTAL: 76%
PREDICTION: Final, left hand side of the scoreboard. Top ten perhaps, IF juries don’t disregard this.
The Song: This needs to die. Seriously, how old fashioned does this sound? And how repetitive is this? This sounds like something that would entertain the crowd at halftime in a soccer match at the World Cup. Or like something that would end up 7th in Melodifestivalen 2002. It does NOT belong at ESC 2014.
The Voice: Well, Suzy can certainly sing – when she’s not moving. Which hurts the performance of course, either way you look at it.
The Performance: It’s a mix of Ireland 2013 and Portugal 2003 – a recipe for disaster, eller hur. Bring a bit of fun into it (no, I’m not looking at you, painted man) and this might be saved. Might be.
Daring? Daringly outdated
Intriguing? Far from it
Modern? N to the O!
International? Once it gets to Brazil maybe. That is far from Copenhagen, by the way.
In one line: I was excited by Portugal’s return to ESC. Past tense.
PERSONAL TOTAL: 14%
PREDICTION: It’s up tempo, so perhaps this might crawl out of the ballad heavy first semi. But I don’t really see it happening.
The Song: Ow dear. The duo that claimed my douze points in 2010 with a fun, flirty song is back and something’s gone awfully wrong. It’s like they took the Danish 2010 entry and had it remixed by one of AVICII’s less talented cousins. It’s all just so…sterile. Formulaic. Soulless. Pity.
The Voice: There’s no contesting these two can sing – I just wonder why they’re singing against each other, rather than with one another…
The Performance: The bit with the visual trickery is cute but adds little to the performance which is very Denmark 2010 again, including the walk to the satellite stage at the end. In need of a make-over.
Daring? They wish.
Intriguing? They wish.
Modern? Well, I *guess* it has some contemporary elements, yes
International? I suppose this could interest people around Europe (who have never heard of AVICII and co.)
In one line: If this is a Miracle then I’m Angeline Jolie.
PERSONAL TOTAL: 42%
PREDICTION: A most probable finalist. And if Dracula could go left hand side of the scoreboard last year I fear this might as well. I’ll be very surprised if this goes top 5 though. Unless they resolve the stage act.
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