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?
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.
Normally, Backtrax would be a full playlist, but since it’s Eurovision week, I’m taking a special liberty with this post since 2010 was a hella weird year. Why? Well..
- ESC 2010 SUCKED. Horribly. It was completely unnoteworthy. I only remember two things about that dreck: Dima Bilan won it for Russia in Oslo with a shitty song, and that the song to pick was pretty damned obvious, which brings us to…
- The picks were obvious. It took me one playthough of all the songs to know that the number one pick was Lena’s “Satellite” and the number two pick was maNga’s “We Could Be the Same”. Why? Lena was just that good, and I was still in love with Turkey’s rock bands after hearing Mor ve Otesi’s “Deki” in 2008, making maNga a natural choice. When they came through, I was more surprised that I as just a “stupid American” was able to pick the winners so quickly.
- Lastly, the picks were NOT included on a playlist PRIOR to the contest. The reason for this is simple: I didn’t have the means to play them on anything other than my computer. No (working) mp3 player, and since I didn’t have a car, or a CD player (cause really?). It wasn’t until just before the Holla At Ya BOI mix dropped that I had the means. Of course they both made an appearance as you’ll see in June/July.
So without further ado…
Lena – “Satellite”
maNga – “We Could Be the Same”