Eurovision Song Contest Wrap-Up

So, first, sorry for the delay, I have had some major crap go down that did not allow me to post this when I wanted (the reason for that will be made very evident on Friday when I post my 100th [100TH!!!] post).

With that said, let’s look at the top 5 songs from the show along with what I believed the verdict would be:

 

WINNER: Conchita Wurst – “Rise Like a Phoenix” (Austria)

 

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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

2ND PLACE: The Common Linnetts – “Calm Before the Storm” (The Netherlands)

 

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Verdict: This is another tricky one because it’s not going to necessarily be done on the merits. They’ll clear the semis, no problem. While I don’t believe country music is as huge worldwide as it is here, I don’t see why they don’t make the finals purely on quality. I wonder if the fact that it’s country music they’re selling hurts their chances, and I don’t know if the youth set connects to them easily, so I don’t think they win, but they may make a good push.

3RD PLACE: Sanna Nielsen – “Undo” (Sweden)

 

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Verdict: Sanna’ll make the finals relatively easily. If she stabilizes that one word, she will be a major threat. She should make top ten, even make a good push for five. As it stands she’s hovering around the three spot in my book.

4TH PLACE – Aram MP3 – “Not Alone” (Armenia)

 

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Verdict: Since Aram Mp3 has talent, he’ll make the finals relatively easily. I don’t think he’ll win in the finals, but I have a feeling he’ll pop relatively high. He may make top ten, even

5TH PLACE – Andras Kallay-Saunders – “Running” (Hungary)

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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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Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Germany

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Welcome to part 34 of the 37 part breakdown of this years Eurovision Song Contest. Today’s Big Five spotlight goes on Germany. Lena did her bit and brought the show to Berlin back in 2010, and almost pulled off a back to back. Can Elaiza swing it back for Germany?

Artist: Elaiza

Song: “Is It Right?”

Analysis: The song itself is just kind of boring. I appreciate the accordion and the standup bass, but those are novelties. Elaiza’s vocals don’t do much for me, and I would even go so far as saying that any decent female vocalist could have done this track better. Hell, it almost sounds like a track that I would have expected a stereotypical Balkan country or some ex-Soviet breakaway to come up with: depressing, boring, and not particularly good.

Verdict: I saw the selection show for this entry live, and I can safely say they picked the wrong entry. Let’s also call a spade a spade, there was no way Germany was winning this this year anyway, no matter who they picked. The best that Germany could have hoped for was a top five or top ten showing, and I’m pretty confident that neither will be happening.

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Switzerland

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Welcome to…where are we at now? ..part 28 of our 39 part run up to the Eurovision Song Contest. A visit to the land of cheese and cuckoo clocks awaits us today, as we see if Sebalter has the goods to win!

Artist: Sebalter

Song: “Hunter of Stars”

Analysis: I don’t particularly dig country or folk, but okay, I see what you did there. Here’s a factoid for the Swiss: 100% of the tracks that opened to whistling have been miserable failures. Something to consider. Also, if you’re going to play violin, be good at it, and not tricky, and for God’s sake, you should be the only performer who’s going to be on stage if you are. Just ask Alexander Rybak about that.

Verdict: Sebalter is good enough to reach the finals, but I don’t think they’ll win it. I do anticipate a nice showing from them. 10th, maybe 11th, but I don’t see them poping off too huge

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Georgia

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This is part 20 of our 39 part run up to the Eurovision Song Contest. Today’s edition is brought to us from sunny Tblisi, courtesy of Mariko & The Shin. Let’s find out if they will make the cut this year!

Artist: Mariko & The Shin

Song: “Three Minutes to Earth”

Analysis: Now, while there is a link to a live performance, I’m using the sponsored link because you can barely hear the song…which is a blessing and a curse, because even the shiny version is bad enough. Mariko tries too hard and hits all the big notes rather off key. The Shin doesn’t really sing so much as they chant, and they can’t even really do that harmoniously. Their only good skill: playing guitar. Their arpeggios are kind of complicated

Verdict: Nope, not going to happen. They should not even get out of the semis. If, somehow, by some fluke they do, they will be at the bottom.

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Malta

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For part 17 of our 39 part run up to the start of the Eurovision Song Contest, we start in on the second round of the semi-finals. We take a trip to Valletta to see if Firelight has what it takes to win it all for Malta.

Artist: Firelight

Song: “Coming Home”

Analysis: Normally, I spring for more electronic sounds, but this is about as straight folksy as I get, and damn they do it well. Then again, this is the same country that brought us that lovely story about Jeremy (working in IT…). The lead singer dude needs to sing more and perform less, stop shouting and for God’s sake, don’t overshout his backing vocals, because they’re the only thing making this guy sound credible.

Verdict: I think that Firelight gets out of the semis, but it may be close. It completely depends on if they take the performance. If they can do as well as they did above, then they’ll be fine. Do they win? Probably not, unless deals were made in advance. I think one sure fire sign would be if Denmark cosigns them. If so, prepare for some stuff.

 

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Montenegro

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Today, we continue our 39 part breakdown of this year’s entries in the Eurovision Song Contest.  Part 15 takes us to the mean streets of Podgorica. Sergej Ćetković certainly has all the makings of a pop star (by Montenegrin standards, at least), but can he win at the Eurovision game? Let’s see!

Artist: Sergej Ćetković

Track: “Moj svijet”

Analysis: Sergej Ćetković sounds like a pretty good singer. I have no earthly clue what in the hell he’s saying, but this track could make a run as is. The primary knock is that, like many others, no live version of him singing. The official video is kind of depressing, yet inspiring, if not a little creepy.

Verdict: I see Sergej here making a run out of the semis, but where he ends up after is going to be interesting. Folk can work (like the reigning champ, Emmelie de Forest, though full disclosure, I hate that song), but only with a pop hook that he doesn’t have. Depressing can work (Marija Serfovic) but only if you have one hell of a voice. For Ćetković to win it, he’s gonna have to sell it like he’s never sold it before live, and he’s gonna have to spice it up a bit. Maybe kill some of the native instruments, I don’t know. Right now, he’s making a case for top ten, but he’s still on the outside looking in.

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Netherlands

 

Welcome to part 14 in our 39 part breakdown of the Eurovision Song Contest! Today’s breakdown takes us to Amsterdam, where in addition to some the best molly money can buy, you can apparently find country music. The Common Linnets are in it to win it, but do they have the muster to get it done?

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Artist: The Common Linnets

Track: “Calm Before the Storm”

Analysis: Okay, quick one minute rant. Why…the fuck…are you doing country music…at friggin Eurovision? I mean, if this were the AMAs or some shit, you’d be straight, but good God, the whole point of this is to be able to win, go on tour where everyone and their mothers will put a sweet vocal house or vocal trance beat on your shit and make you lots of money. When the hell has country music ever benefited from techno? Cotton Eye Joe notwithstanding.

Now that I have that out of my system, let me start by saying that I am not a country fan (thank you Captain Obvious). With that said, Nashville should be proud, a little jealous and maybe a little concerned since The Common Linnets are doing it better than everyone else I’ve heard in a minute. The voices are gold, the melody is nice and mellow. It’s sippin whiskey outside on a sunny day with your dog Blue at the fishin’ hole music if I’ve ever heard it.

Verdict: This is another tricky one because it’s not going to necessarily be done on the merits. They’ll clear the semis, no problem. While I don’t believe country music is as huge worldwide as it is here, I don’t see why they don’t make the finals purely on quality. I wonder if the fact that it’s country music they’re selling hurts their chances, and I don’t know if the youth set connects to them easily, so I don’t think they win, but they may make a good push.