Welcome to part 32 of the 37 part breakdown of this years Eurovision Song Contest. We’ve come to the last week for the breakdown, and as such, we get into the Big Five and host countries entries! For those just joining the program, the Big Five are the countries who pay for it, which are France, England, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Because of this, they are automatically in through the Finals. The host country also gets the free pass, so today, we will start with the host country, Denmark!
Song: “Cliche Love Song”
Analysis: Okay, I know that back to back wins are not the most common thing, but Denmark has a real shot at this. The track is poppy (VERY poppy), which means it’s damn near impossible for Basim, who actually can sing (though this song is all more or less in the same octave) to mess up. Germany in 2010 and 2011 was the last country that I felt could pull it off, but I have a feeling that people are predisposed to shoot down the back to back attempt. Without re-litigating 2011 too much, “Taken By A Stranger” I don’t think was given the credit that it was due, and because “Satellite” was so quirky, we had to take a hard right to pop, hence “Running Scared”, “Euphoria” and “Only Teardrops” (Kylie Minogue/Sophie Ellis-Bextor, prototypical Zedd and Hayley Williams, and Taylor Swift, respectively).
Verdict: Given the field, it should blow through the countries who made it through semi-final 2, but I don’t think it gets much higher. There are too many other good songs, that I can’t justify it winning out, but I will give it high marks and a likely top ten finish.