Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Hungary


Welcome to part 16 of our 39 part run up to the Eurovision Song Contest. Today’s edition is brought to us via Budapest by way of the Big Apple. Will this American connection give András Kállay-Saunders a greater chance of European success? Let’s find out!

Artist: András Kállay-Saunders

Song: “Running”

Analysis: I was all set to pan this for being another depressing ballad, but then he hit the drop and turned it into a very well done pop DnB/garage track. The official video is kind of disturbing (if I got the message, about spousal and child abuse from a child’s perspective), but he absolutely murked this live. This dude can sing. Sing in the actual sense, and sing in the popstar sense of the word. Think Bruno Mars and JT, with maybe a hint of Lenny Kravitz. My one issue is that, at times, he does not sound confident while singing. This could be the reason why holds the word ‘crazy’ a beat longer than he should, and the word ‘life’ a beat shorter. It may also explains his lack of punch on the first note of the second half of the chorus, but even then I don’t think those are fatal hits.

Verdict: He’s in the finals, guaranteed. If Kállay-Saunders can pull this off live, and they keep the DnB beats on it, then he’s got a real good shot to bring Budapest a show. This is probably going to end up being my either number one or number two pick right here especially since this was my personal pick when the songs were just starting to get released.


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