Welcome back to this year’s previews! Let’s continue with the next three on offer in semi 1!
10. Moldova – Pasha Parfeni – Soarele și Luna
The Song: Well, someone has been listening attentively to Go_A. Or Alvan & Ahez, even though we collectively agreed to forget that ever happened. Unlike Pasha’s quirky 2012 entry or the dreamy 2013 he wrote for Aliona Moon, this sounds quite generic. And those lyrics! Good enough if you’re into crystals and astrology, and you like standing in a circle in the forest with your druid friends honoring the moon. But in the words of the legend that is Latrice Royale: Get those nuts away from my face.
Standout line: “I gave her on the 7th evening a ring with a precious stone” On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… a bucket so I could puke.
The Voice: Let’s hope they won’t take Alvan & Ahez as an example for their vocals. *shudders* But seriously, keeping his 2012 entry in mind this part shouldn’t be an issue.
The Style: I could probably copy-paste my thoughts on the song here, cause they’re so intertwined they’ll probably turn to ashes in the same forest fire.
In one line: I’d rather have an Enya album on repeat.
Why it will qualify: People feel the power of the moon and the sun and blabla.
Why it won’t qualify: The tarot cards don’t say anything about this, how strange.
Qualifier? It’s Moldova, so I don’t even dare say no.
11. Sweden – Loreen – Tattoo
The Song: Does it feel like an attempt to recreate the Euphoria magic? Yes. Does it succeed? Somehow: yes. Even though it’s a bit of a watered down version, it’s quite catchy with a clever build-up and it manages to pull together when it needs to. That is: in the last minute of the song, where Viva La Vida style strings push the angsty energy to new heights and Loreen gets to just utter some sounds instead of words. And speaking of words: will we ever get to hear them properly enunciated? Not that it matters much: my two besties hadn’t even paid attention to the lyrics and thus didn’t capture the ridiculousness of the title line, even after having sat through the MF semi ànd final. *shakes head in disbelief*
Standout line: “You stuck on me like a tattoo” It’s hard to believe, but it’s hard to find a more contrived lyric in this edition of ESC.
The Voice: When she gets it right, she’s unstoppable. But those moments are few and far between, as she often slides into high notes with questionable intensity. But I had the same apprehensiveness in 2012 and she pulled through, so let’s wait and see…erm…hear.
The Style: This as well is quite Euphoria-esque and it manages to one-up the original. The opening shot is so stunning and powerful! I love how the ginormous nails play a part on their own and Loreen’s body control is simply impressive. This is what sells it all, really. Soooo…any update on the technical feasibility? *cheeky grin*
In one line: Nailed it.
Why it will qualify: Sweden, Loreen, G:Son. Tick, tick, boom.
Why it won’t qualify: Lol.
Qualifier? Duh. And top three in the final, if not top 1.
12. Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX – Tell Me More
The Song: This sounds like it escaped from MTV’s playlist at the end of the ‘90s, with that guitar melody that sounds like Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer. No complaints here, as it transports me back to my younger years. As a choice for Eurovision however it’s quite left-field, much like the Azeri entry last year, and I appreciate it even more for that. It’s quite cute, all in all.
Standout line: “I think the reason why is all because of people” Urgh, people.
The Voice: Who can say? It’s not as if it’s such a challenging song to sing anyway.
The Style: Here I was, thinking the roaring 20s (and the political 30s) were back but the twins are jumping straight into the 50s. It suits the song rather well, and in combination with their Heartstopper charm they might seduce way more people than just the cute rugby player sitting next to them in class.
In one line: Oh, kiss me, beneath the milky twilight.
Why it will qualify: Because it’s all cute as a button.
Why it won’t qualify: Because Azerbaijan isn’t pressed to score big time in ESC any time soon.
CURRENT DIMIVISION STANDINGS
MALTA – LATVIA – PORTUGAL – CROATIA – SWITZERLAND – ISRAEL – MOLDOVA
Tomorrow: Czechia, Netherlands & Finland
2 thoughts on “Eurovision 2023 Previews Part 4: Moldova, Sweden & Azerbaijan”
Azerbaijan are the real suprise package for me this year (my preview blog is going up either today or tomorrow). I don’t think I’ve really liked any of their entries before but we’re similar ages so I’m digging the 90’s vibe as well!
Agreed, especially after reading mostly negative feedback on their entry I was pleasantly surprised. Can’t wait to read your thoughts!