Eurovision 2017 preview: Finland, Azerbaijan & Portugal

Posted: 04/04/2017 in Eurovision 2017

All of this year’s songs have been selected, the running order has been decided: let’s get this show on the road!  I’ll be reviewing all of this year’s participants three by three in running order. Lord, gimme strength… Let the Hunger Games…eum…fun begin!

 FINLAND

The Song: Simple and lovely and simply lovely. Perhaps a tad too simple – I adore the storytelling and the lyrics, but I do secretly wish they’d taken it a step further instead of giving us the same chorus three times over. The piano part is a bit difficult for me – it kinda breaks the mood. Which it’s obviously supposed to do as it’s the Blackbird that sings, but it feels like too much of an interruption. Minor criticism though, I still adore it.

Standout lyric:Now you remind me of something I’ll never have” We all have that song, that smell, that movie that takes us back to a certain place we don’t necessarily want to revisit anymore.

The Voice: I like the way Leena hits the high notes and phrases the story. It’s a bit on the panic side at times, so I hope she can keep her nerves under control.

The Performance: Something simple as in the NF would be just fine. Nothing morbid like in the preview video – I know you’re Finnish, but pull yourself together, people!

In one line: Ba-ba-ba bird bird bird, bird is the word.
PERSONAL TOTAL:
PREDICTION: Could go either way. I wonder if there’ll be enough people to really get this. I sure hope so. Borderline for now.

AZERBAIJAN

The Song: Follows perfectly into the footsteps of what they’ve sent before. Nifty production, this one. The entire atmosphere really captivates. But THOSE LYRICS – they make absolutely no sense at all. Plus, that abrupt ending is really clumsy. All the more because they should’ve gone with ‘bad boy’ as a closing statement, if you ask me.

Standout lyric:Surrounded by thorn jeans” You tell me, cause I’m flabbergasted. It’s a nice representative for the entire song lyric. I wondered what thorn jeans were, cause I thought I was mistaken. I wasn’t. You’re welcome.

The Voice: I’m very curious to hear this live, especially those high bits in the bridge. If Dihaj and her backings manage to pull it off, this’ll be something. But please do something about that accent. I hear “I’m a skeleton” every single time.

The Performance: Will it be OTT like 2010 or Just Right like 2011? With their track record: could go either way.

In one line: Bad girl.
PERSONAL TOTAL:
PREDICTION: Despite the clumsy lyrics, I think this is VERY dangerous. If they get it right, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if we go to Baku next year. Obvious QUALIFIER.

PORTUGAL

The Song: Pure magic. It doesn’t really sound NOW, because it’s simply timeless. It’s got the same qualities for me as the likes of Moon River. The simple orchestration, the subtle pace, light as a breeze … and then those poetic lyrics – I’m head over heels in love with this.

Standout lyric:My heart can love for both of us instead ” We’ve all been there.

The Voice: This is what made me fall in love with this entry to begin with, however. Salvador’s voice is so gentle, it’s like butter that melts in the palm of your hand. Chills down my spine.

The Performance: So, he has his quirks. To me that only adds to the charm. Though I get that some people won’t be able to look past it. Hoping they’ll give him at least some sort of wardrobe make-over for Kiev, though. (Yes, I know he has got some health issues – but that’s no reason to look like you could be homeless.)

In one line: *stares into the open, starry sky and dreams away*
PERSONAL TOTAL:
PREDICTION: This could either gain momentum and go BIG, or it could just not be understood. I’ve got a feeling this could give Portugal its best result ever, but I might be blinded by my unconditional love for it. So I’m calling it a borderline qualifier for now.

CURRENT RESULTS

– Belgium, Portugal
– Sweden, Finland, Azerbaijan
– Montenegro
– Georgia, Australia, Albania

Tomorrow: Greece, Poland & Moldova!

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