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.
Holy crap, this is it! This is the last part, part 37 (THIRTY-SEVEN!) of our 37 part breakdown of the Eurovison Song Contest. With the Contest starting on Tuesday, we are closing rapidly on when I post my official picks on Monday, but in order to get there, we hve one last piece of business to complete, and to do it, we will have to take a short hop to London to take in some Molly.
Song: “Children of the Universe”
Analysis: She’s a decent singer, but the song is just this side of vanilla of being interesting. It’s not bad, but it’s not memorable either, though the song, I think is trying to actually make a point. And what the hell is with the “Power to the people” line? What’s she trying to do, start a proletariat revolt?
Verdict: You know, I don’t know. You see, in the wake of Emmelie de Forrest’s win, it is entirely possible that the industry judges would want to sound like someone put a basic beat on Florence Welch. In that case, could Molly be a dark horse? Maybe? I feel no, but some kind of better’s instinct is saying yes. If yes, then well done UK, you will have avenged yourselves of the horror that was Scooch. I have a hunch that it will sound more electronic since now everyone is trying to ride that (and I get to gloat even more), and I’m hoping a bit more quality too. If no, then middle of the pack almost certainly.
Welcome to part 35 of the 37 part breakdown of this years Eurovision Song Contest. We continue the looks at the Big Five today with the video that I started the whole handicapping enterprise with. Fresh from the streetrs of Rome, let’s see what we have from the lovely Emma Marone!
Artist: Emma Marrone
Song: “La ma città”
Analysis: For a straight rocks song, it’s not that bad. Marone has a decent range, and when she’s not shouting the words out instead of singing them, she’s a decent singer. The lyrics (that I translated) are your standard early 2000s Avril Lavigne/P!nk rebel chick singer lyrics, nothing too beyond the pale. All around, it’s a standard pop song.
Verdict: When I saw the video for this song when I wrote the draft for this post in early March, I thought this was an early lock. I watched her live at the Germany song selection webcast, and I don’t believe she’s a lock anymore. The live performance was pretty good, but I think other countries have surpassed her. I think she’ll make a run for top ten, but she may not get there.
Welcome to part 29 (God, are we really only at 29?) of our 39 part run up to the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s been eight years since Athens last had their season in the sun. It will take a lot of Greece’s entry’s namesake, Freaky Fortune, to deliver them a show. Let’s see what they’ve got:
Artist: Freaky Fortune feat. RiskyKidd
Song: “Get Up”
Analysis: This is so much Pitbull laziness that it is kind of ridiculous.The lyrics are weak, the vocals are decent, and the track is probably the most phoned in that I have heard at Eurovision in a while. The performance itself is a little boring, and these guys look pretty damn douchey, so all things considered, it’s a perfect cloying pop track.
Verdict: This track has a pretty good shot at making the finals, but once there, it doesn’t go far. I don’t think they’ll get eviscerated, but they surely have no shot at winning this thing.
This is part…God, what are we up to now? 27 of our 39 part run up to the Eurovision Song Contest. Skopje is one of the last places on Earth one would remember existed, but will their entry to the Contest will definitely make you remember the name, and possibly host it? Let’s take a look!
Song: “To the Sky”
Analysis: Well, it’s definitely a pop song, and it’s actually pretty well done. Tijana has a pretty good, albeit low, range, and has good command of it. The melody is quite catchy for a pop-techno track. There’s not that many lyrics, that is to say there’s a verse and then the chorus is repeated fifty-seven times, but that’s okay in this case, she’s doing more than enough to look beyond that issue. Whether or not she can do it for real, live, we’ll see.
Verdict: Definitely makes the finals. Definitely makes a good run, the question is how high? I can make a pretty good argument for the win. I don’t think it will since there are a few tracks that are better in my opinion, but she’s definitely top ten, maybe even top five.
Welcome to part 25 of our 39 part run up to the Eurovision Song Contest. Today’s edition is brought to us by way of Dublin, Ireland. Looking to push away the irrepressible stench of Dustin the Turkey even farther, Ireland has turned to Can-Linn and Kasey Smith. Can-they win one for Dublin and go crawlin’ in the streets?
Artist: Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith
Analysis: You know, I have mixed feelings about every bit of this deal. Decent electronic track, question the choice of including traditional Irish instruments on it (as opposed from going straight analog). Good singer, great lyrics, don’t know if this is the song to be doing it with. Decent vocals, but maybe there should be more vocalists to add to a sense of depth? I don’t know. And what the hell is with the two guys jigging?
Verdict: I buy that “Heartbeat” is a contender. I even buy that it could pop high in the finals, but I just don’t see where the votes are coming from. Also, I don’t see them beating out anyone from the first semis. This could be a dark horse, but again, I just don’t see it.
Welcome to part 23 of our 39 part run up to the Eurovision Song Contest. Vilija Matačiūnaitė has been chosen to bring the Contest to Vilnius, the question is: does she have a hope in hell of pulling it off?
Artist: Vilija Matačiūnaitė
Analysis: The only good thing about this track is the use of piano. It takes a lot for me to not like an electronic track. This sounds like someone who just figured out how to run a synth and drum machine. Don’t get me started on the vocalist. I can’t pronounce her name, and she can’t sing. Hell she even chant or shout!
Verdict: There is no way she wins this. Hell, I don’t think she gets out of the semis, and that’s saying something with this semis group. Most, if not all, of the tracks have have legit shots at winning are in the first half. To get in the finals on this bottom half, all you have to do is not suck. And if you do suck, it’s gotta be a lot, and unfortunately, I think that is what we have here.