Eurovision 2017 preview: Iceland, Czech Republic & Cyprus

Posted: 06/04/2017 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!

 ICELAND

The Song: A swell reference to the ’80s, this. Lovely cool atmosphere, nice spacey effects. But call it the Icebreaker effect: the allegory with paper seems a bit far fetched for me. And the chorus, nice as it may be at first listening, gets a bit tiresome the third time round. Could’ve done with just that tad extra.

Standout lyric:you cut right through ” Probably the line this entire song is built around. We’ve all been there.

The Voice: Amazing. Svala’s a great singer, and I’m sure she’ll come across VERY well in Kiev.

The Performance: Some are underwhelmed by what she did in the NF. I thought it was rather cool, and I hope she doesn’t change too much for Kiev.

In one line: I would have loved Daði Freyr Pétursson even more, if I’m really honest.
PERSONAL TOTAL:
PREDICTION: This sadly has everything to fall flat on its ass like so many fan favorites before her (see: Israel 2014 ao.). Another borderliner for sure.

CZECH REPUBLIC

The Song: Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the blandest of them all? Czechia, you say? No way! In a field full of female ballads, this manages to evaporate while it’s still on. It’s nice enough, don’t get me wrong. But soooo middle of the road that it’ll be squashed like a toad trying to reach the other side.

Standout lyric:From the billion hearts to choose between ” Yes, cause it’s that simple… #4yearssingleandcounting

The Voice: Probably the positive note in this entry.

The Performance: Let’s hope they’ll come up with something more inspired than that invasion of modern dance in the video. Then again, if the shoe fits…

In one line: Wake me up when it’s over.
PERSONAL TOTAL:
PREDICTION: After the exception that was 2016, it’s probably back to NON QUALIFICATION for Czechia. Would be nice if they’d really try for once, or at least give the impression of wanting to do well in the contest.

CYPRUS

The Song: This is one I’m rather ambivalent about. It starts off rather cool, loving the suave atmosphere and the electronic effects. But once you’ve heard the first verse and the chorus, you’re basically done. It falls completely flat after the first minute. And for some reason I’m not really that keen on the lyrics. The gravity concept really makes no sense to me at all.

Standout lyric:Let me be your remedy” It’s not fire-desire, but it’s getting dangerously close in these lyrics. Is gravity a remedy? Is gravity even what they’re describing in these lyrics?

The Voice: No idea what to say, except for the obvious fact that I’m curious to hear this live. Doesn’t sound really that exciting in studio, so he’ll have to get into 6th gear to convince us all.

The Performance: Picturing people throwing things in the air that fall to the floor. Could be a nice distraction.

In one line: Where’s Sandra Bullock when you need her?
PERSONAL TOTAL:
PREDICTION: It’s got the advantage of coming right behind Czechia. It’s got the advantage of being rather unique in style in this semi. Just don’t know if that’s enough. Borderline for now. (How many do I have now? I really have no clue for this semi.)

CURRENT RESULTS

– Belgium, Portugal
– Sweden, Finland, Azerbaijan, Iceland
– Montenegro, Poland
– Georgia, Australia, Albania, Czechia, Cyprus
– Greece, Moldova
– None at the moment…

Tomorrow: Armenia, Slovenia & Latvia!

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