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!
The Song: Again a bit of a weird sensation. It sounds like something I should love, with its nifty ethnic influences that vaguely remind me of their 2003 entry. But perhaps I’m too spoiled by artists like Indila & Nadiya, who score hits in Belgium as well thanks to our French speaking part: this sounds a bit uninspired in comparison. By the third time the chorus is repeated, I’ve officially had it with this song. #sorrynotsorry
Standout lyric: ” Ce soir enfin je n’ai plus peur ” (“Tonight finally I’m no longer afraid“) Famous last words?
The Voice: Her performance in the Ukrainian NF was better than expected, but still somehow lacked a bit of spice. Hope she’ll turn it up a notch when she returns to Kiev.
The Performance: You never know with the French, do you? But I’m putting money on a wind machine anyway.
In one line: Requiem for a dreamless sleep.
PREDICTION: Don’t know why this is so high up with the bookies. I don’t see this troubling the top ten.
The Song: Anyone who denies this has got ‘Titanium’ written all over it, is just fooling themselves. But it’s its wallflower-little-sister with a less powerful production and toe-curl-inducing lyrics.
Standout lyric: ” Sometimes it’s wrong before it’s right ” #eyeroll
The Voice: Okay enough I suppose. Even SIA wouldn’t be able to rescue this, I presume.
The Performance: If that NF performance is anything to go by, this’ll pass people by before they can say ‘this sounds rather familiar’.
In one line: Not at all bulletproof, lots to lose.
PREDICTION: It’ll be hard to crawl out of the bottom five again with this.
The Song: Where do I begin? As a song, it’s nice enough. Especially loving the chorus, which just sneaks into your brain with its singing violins and poppy vibe. But. The three minute cut is a bit clumsy, especially at the switch after the first chorus. And the much praised lyrics are a bit on the forced side for me – with all those sound-alike’s and recognizable phrasings it’s trying a bit too hard, I feel.
Standout lyric: ” Namaste, allez! ” I know he’s trying to be ironic, but come on.
The Voice: That almost quintessential nasal Italian sound feels quite okay, except for when he’s doing the Singing In The Rain bit. Or maybe that’s his accent bothering me, dunno.
The Performance: That good old Italian charm is really working to this entry’s advantage. Almost makes up for the naked ape dancing. Which to me is too much of a gimmick to even remotely appreciate. Thank God there’s Francesco to stare at.
In one line: Karma-karma-karma-karma-karma-karmaleon.
PREDICTION: No idea why so many people seem to think this is a runaway winner. It’s a bit too much of a crowd pleaser to my ears. Hm, I just countered my own doubts there, didn’t I? Anyway, top 5 should be possible – more than that? Maybe.
– Belgium, Portugal, Armenia
– Sweden, Finland, Azerbaijan, Iceland, FYR Macedonia, Norway
– Montenegro, Poland, Latvia, Serbia, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel, Italy
– Georgia, Australia, Albania, Czechia, Cyprus, Austria, Netherlands, San Marino, Switzerland, France
– Greece, Moldova, Slovenia, Malta, Romania, Germany
– Russia, Croatia
Tomorrow: Spain, Ukraine & United Kingdom + a wrap-up!