Eurovision 2015 (P)review – part 12 – Sweden & Switzerland

Posted: 04/04/2015 in Eurovision 2015, Eurovision 2015 Preview
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All of this year’s songs have been selected, which means it’s time to start the countdown (cue Final Countdown) for the 2015 edition of our beloved Contest! I’ll be tackling the semis & the final in alphabetical order – on the menu today: Sweden & Switzerland from semi 2!

SWEDEN

 

The Song: Not all that fascinating, if you ask me. I don’t feel the first verse, in which Måns goes surprisingly low, and I don’t feel the anthemic chorus, which is way too ‘been there done that’ for my liking. Literally, apparently, as David Guetta has a very similar song in his portfolio. It’s a nice pop song, yes – but nice doesn’t cut it for me. Though, as with Azerbaijan, I acknowledge its wide appeal. Just not my cup of tea.

The Voice: As said, that first verse just feels weird – is he trying to be Lucky Luke? The rest of the song is delivered in a rather expected way: polished, well sung, if not a bit…by the book.

The Performance: I know artists need to possess self confidence, but Måns tends to flirt with the boundaries of the acceptable when it comes to looking smug. (I’d still do him anyway, but don’t tell him that) The visual presentation is rather cutting edge, love the interaction of the whole thing. But. Gnomes? Really? Why? What? Who? Anyone? No? #weird Bring along the sign language interpreter I say!!

In one line: In need of a cape.
PERSONAL TOTAL: 74%
PREDICTION: Très dangereux, bien évidemment. But will this really win?

 SWITZERLAND

 

The Song: Ow, this is quite nice, actually. Well, the verses and the bridge are, anyway. The chorus…not too convinced, a bit run of the mill I feel. Rihanna wouldn’t touch this with a stick. Nice to hear a mid-tempo song anyway, with no piano in sight, yay!

The Voice: Fits the song perfectly – powerful enough to go with the lyrics. The song kinda prevents her from…eum…shining, though.

The Performance: I suppose that NF performance will get some serious pimping done? Not the Michael Von Der Heide way, but give us at least sómething to look at… [update after having watched the videoclip] And no Pocahontas references either, okthxbai.

In one line: Shine bright like a diamond… or at least try a bit more
PERSONAL TOTAL: 68%
PREDICTION: Can this sparkle enough to make the final? I’m leaning to a no, at the moment.

Current Standings:

Total:

  1. Slovenia – 89
  2. Latvia – 85
  3. Estonia – 84
  4. Belgium – 81
  5. Norway – 80
  6. Ireland – 79
  7. Sweden – 74
  8. Czech Republic – 73
  9. Denmark – 71
  10. Cyprus – 70
  11. Romania – 69
  12. Portugal – 68
  13. Switzerland  – 68
  14. Netherlands – 67
  15. Lithuania – 66
  16. Azerbaijan – 66
  17. Georgia – 65
  18. Armenia – 64
  19. Moldova – 63
  20. Albania – 62
  21. Finland – 60
  22. Poland – 59
  23. Serbia – 55
  24. Montenegro – 55
  25. Greece – 53
  26. Belarus – 52
  27. FYR Macedonia – 51
  28. Malta – 46
  29. Iceland – 40
  30. Russia – 38
  31. Hungary – 32
  32. San Marino – 20
  33. Israel – 18

Semi 1:

  1. Estonia – 84
  2. Belgium – 81
  3. Denmark – 71
  4. Romania – 69
  5. Netherlands – 67
  6. Georgia – 65
  7. Armenia – 64
  8. Moldova – 63
  9. Albania – 62
  10. Finland – 60
  11. Serbia – 55
  12. Greece – 53
  13. Belarus – 52
  14. FYR Macedonia – 51
  15. Russia – 38
  16. Hungary – 32

Semi 2:

  1. Slovenia – 89
  2. Latvia – 85
  3. Norway – 80
  4. Ireland – 79
  5. Sweden – 74
  6. Czech Republic – 73
  7. Cyprus – 70
  8. Portugal – 68
  9. Switzerland – 68
  10. Lithuania – 66
  11. Azerbaijan – 66
  12. Poland – 59
  13. Montenegro – 55
  14. Malta – 46
  15. Iceland – 40
  16. San Marino – 20
  17. Israel – 18

Prediction time then – I’d say 7 of my personal top 10 would make it, with Czech Republic, Switzerland & Portugal failing to the advantage of Azerbaijan, Poland & Iceland.

Tomorrow: Australia, Austria & France as the first finalists!

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Comments
  1. Cathal says:

    Swedem – i really cannot deny that love sweden this year, although objectively i can acknowledge that its an average song, i think it will qualify comfortably ( top-3 in the semi for sure) but then in the final the best they can hope for is top 3 imo, it will do what Eric saade did in 2011 do really well in tele voting but do rather average in the jury, because you must remember its 50% jury and can a jury rank this higher than the likes of Russia,Norway,Latvia,Azerbaijan or even songs like Ireland? i don’t think so.

    Switzerland – even with a great draw of being 14th in the semi i simply cannot see it qualifying, the song is just plain average and i seriously cannot see it coming top 10 in either jury or tele voting meaning i cannot see it qualify, and its switzerland and switzerland usually struggle anyway. the only thing going for it is that she’s hot but thats it! plus being follow by Sweden means it will be memory-holed.

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