Semis done and dusted, six left! On to the finalists! Today’s menu is Mediterranean flavored.
1. Italy – Måneskin – Zitti E Buoni
The Song: Hell. Yeah! Even without understanding the lyrics, you know exactly what this is: a not-gonna-take-this-bs-anymore punch in the face. I love how unpredictable a San Remo winner can be and I’m all here for this one. It even outpunches the Finnish entry, who’d have thought??
Standout line: “Excuse me, but I truly believe that I can make this jump” Yassss.
The Voice: I’d smoke a cig more, just to be optimally prepared.
The Style: Those silver outfits from San Remo could actually be moonskin, so go for it! It’s a nice variation from that classic black for a rock song. Just try and avoid a ‘vampire from twilight’ kinda look, I’d say.
In one line: Can’t fight the moonlight.
Why it will be top ten 10 in the final: Italians do it better.
Why it won’t be top ten 10 in the final: Finland fishes in the same pond.
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2. Spain – Blas Canto – Voy A Quedarme
The Song: Last year’s mid-tempo promised more than this delivers when it comes to being…well, interesting. This sounds so frikkin’ old-fashioned – not the vintage timeless feel of France kinda old-fashioned, alas. And WHAT is with those backings going ‘papapay’ all of the time? Drives me insane. I’m sure there’s an audience for it – the kind that is/was first in line for a Covid-vaccination. (In Belgium that was 85+…)
Standout line: “What difference does it make if the world collapses today” Well…then you’d find it quite difficult to stay.
The Voice: He’s doing a good job, he’s just got that particular range where at times it’s easy on the ear and at times…it’s not. And again – those recorded backings are quite distracting.
The Style: The NF performance was classy and is easily translated to the ESC stage. Keeping it simple and classy is the only way to go, really.
In one line: Papaya’s NOT my color, darling.
Why it will be top ten 10 in the final: That smolder.
Why it won’t be top ten 10 in the final: Safe doesn’t cut it anymore.
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3. France – Barbara pravi – Voilà
The Song: I hadn’t watched this since its NF, and while I preferred Pony X this was clearly always going to win and quite rightly so. It is just so frikkin’ impressive. All it needed was a curse word in French to really top it off, but it’s so French chanson you can just smell the pastis. The soft spoken word, the drama, the melancholy – it ticks all of the boxes. Vintage or timeless – fabulous either way.
Standout line: “Écoutez-moi, moi la chanteuse à demi” False modesty, 911!
The Voice: As French dramatique as it gets. She’s got every nudge and wink and makes a masterclass out of it.
The Style: That NF performance was magical…up until the point where the camera starts shaking like an accordion. They need to sort that out and tie it in more with those first two magical minutes.
In one line: This couldn’t be more French if you’d put her in a Citroën 2CV, a beret on her head, baguette and bottle of red wine on the passenger seat and a cigarette dangling between her fingers.
Why it will be top ten 10 in the final: It’s so French you could just die.
Why it won’t be top ten 10 in the final: What’s French for #oldskool ?
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CURRENT DIMIVISION STANDINGS
LITHUANIA – RUSSIA – BELGIUM – MALTA – SAN MARINO – ICELAND – LATVIA – ITALY – FRANCE
IRELAND – CROATIA – ISRAEL – ROMANIA – CZECHIA – GREECE – POLAND – MOLDOVA – SERBIA – FINLAND – SWITZERLAND
SLOVENIA – SWEDEN – AUSTRALIA – CYPRUS – NORWAY – AZERBAIJAN – UKRAINE – ESTONIA – AUSTRIA – ALBANIA – PORTUGAL