Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Selection Show

Over the last 37 days, I have broken down each Eurovsion entry and have given general impressions of how each will do. Today, we get specific as I break down my number one, two, three spot and Dark Horse picks.. The winner needs no explanation, of course. The Number two pick is my second choice. It does not necessarily mean that it is a second place song, it could even be up for the win. Lastly, the Dark Horse pick is the track that has no chance in Hell at winning, but I really like it, and hope it wins. More often than not, it’s a cheesy as hell song. Sometimes it’s just a track that’s real good, but not what people are listening to at the moment. So without further ado, here are my picks for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest!

WINNER: Hungary András Kállay-Saunders – “Running”

This track has it all: great vocals, meaningful lyrics, kickass DnB beat, this is prime for club play and radio play. Easily my favorite in the field.

NUMBER 2 PICK: Sweden Sanna Nielsen – “Undo”

This track is just what I would have assumed if I were looking for some future sounding pop ballad.

THREE SPOT: F.Y.E. Macedonia Tijana – “To the Sky”

 

The only reason why this track is at the three spot is because I don’t think Macedonia has the cash to host. All things considered, I would have to put this in a tie with Sweden.

DARK HORSE: San Marino Valentina Monetta – “Maybe (Forse)”

I’m not sure what it is about this song, but something tell me this track will surprise people….if Ms. Monetta would kindly please not eff it up.

 

 

 

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Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Hungary

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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.