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 – San Marino

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Part 12 of our 39 part run up to the start of the Eurovision Song Contest makes a stopover to San Marino, San Marino. Valentina Monetta is trying to see if the third time is the charm for Eurovision success. Let’s look at her chances

Artist: Valentina Monetta

Song: “Maybe (Forse)”

Analysis: Let’s start with the major red flags: no live version of this song. Add that to the fact that she’s a back to back loser, and it doesn’t look good. On the other hand, it appears that Monetta has come up in the world. Instead of singing about Facebook (and being ridiculous about it to boot), it appears she’s singing her own songs. That fact alone is a big upgrade. In doing so, she’s put together a song that isn’t annoying or cloying. In fact, in the right circumstances, it would make a pretty interesting Bond song because it sounds pretty damn close as it is. She has a pretty damn good, almost great, voice, and she has good command of her range. All of the notes that she needed to hit she does.

Verdict: I’m cautiously optimistic here. She has a really good voice…in the video. She may be one of the better vocalists I’ve heard or reviewed thus far…in the video. The song is pretty good too. If she can deliver this song live, then all hell will start breaking loose, because this song kind of grows on you. This could become a good dark horse song that looks like it has no shot, but then snipes the crap out of people. You may want to keep an eye out for this one…