Welcome to part 22 of our 39 part run up to the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s Austria’s turn to prove that they’ve got the talent to bring the party to Vienna next Year. Can Conchita Wurst deliver?
Artist: Conchita Wurst
Song: “Rise like a Phoenix”
Analysis: My first reaction to this song was “No. Just no. And I hope to Christ that the beard and mustache are fake because otherwise this is the biggest fail since (ironically) Denmark’s DQ (who had a good song)”. Upon a second listen, my reaction is way less hostile. Now, I just think that the 80s threw up all over this song. I can imagine Gladys Knight or Dionne Warwick or someone belting this out as the theme to some cheesy James Bond-esque title.
Verdict: It’s a hard call, but I think this may be the one song that probably deserves to get in, but doesn’t because it’s not poppy enough. Actually, it’s more like the song feels too dated for the times