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 – Spain

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Welcome the next to last post, part 36 of our 37 part breakdown of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. We’ve got one more after this one to go before the big show next week. I will give my official picks on Monday, and then we will see how it all goes down! But, before that, let’s break down today’s next contestant, who, like Axel Hirsoux, is counting on pop star show experience to get the W for Madrid. Ruth Lorenzo, come on down!.

Artist: Ruth Lorenzo

Song: “Dancing in the Rain”

Analysis: Well, I will say this, it’s certainly not what I had expected Spain to put up, that is for sure. That said, this is a standard adult contemporary pop song. If this were the States, it would be whatever this generation’s equivalent of Celine Dion is, but not nearly as good. Now, I make the point specifically in that way so that I can play that any way the hell I like. Don’t forget, Celine Dion won this in 1988 for the Swiss doing the ’88 equivalent, and by God, the music back then was HORRIBLE!

Getting back to the point, this song would be good if there was some kind of a beat on it, slightly sped up and if this chick could just goddamn stick those big notes. She sounds like she’s slides in and out of key in spots. It’s like her voice isn’t strong enough to carry the load of this song, which would be a great song with a slightly better vocalist

Verdict: All things being equal, I would be generous in saying that this will run in the middle of the pack. Realistically, it all depends on how generous the televote will be to her. The industry vote should break the correct way to get her in the low middle, but we’re talking the difference between 15th and 21st here. The televote could make Lorenzo go places, but I don’t think she breaks much higher

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Slovenia

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Welcome to part 30 of our 37 part run up to the Eurovision Song Contest. Tomorrow is the last entry in the semis (Whoo!) but today, we take a penultimate pause in Ljubljana to give Tinkara Kovač a shot to impress the oddsmakers

Artist: Tinkara Kovač

Song: “Round and Round”

Analysis: Wow, she’s a flautist, nice touch. Kovač is a good singer with a small range.  She’s a bit of a looker, so that I’m sure will work in her favor too. The song is poppy, but it works. It’s overall a good entry

Verdict: This song is surprisingly catchy. So much so that it automatically qualifies for dark horse contention. This song has a good shot at winning if she can keep it simple but add a spike of energy to it. It would likely be in the top half of the finals. I can even see it being top ten, but I’m not sure it will go down that way.

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Belarus

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Part 26 of our 39 part run up to the start of the Eurovision Song Contest means it’s time to hit up Minsk. Checking in with Teo, Belarus thinks they just might have a shot. Do they? Let’s find out!

Artist: Teo

Song: “Cheesecake”

Analysis: The track is catchy and poppy, but Sweet mother of God, Teo, what do your lyrics even mean? “I’m not Patrick Swayze, you’re no Jennifer Grey?” I thought this was the 2010s, not the 1980s! Not that there’s anything wrong with the 80s, that’s when I was born, I would have figured that if he’s going to throw out a movie couple reference, it would be a better one than that. Also, if he could find his way around to actually singing, I think he’d be in business

Verdict: Teo should make it to the finals, barring a complete meltdown, but that’s when it could get interesting. If he can sing this song, and do a job, he may hit dark horse territory. If he just phones in this performance, he’ll be on the bottom side of the average mark

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Norway

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Part 19 of our 39 part run up to the start of the Eurovision Song Contest brings us to Oslo, Norway, home of the 2010 contest following Alexander Rybak’s brilliant win in 2009…which means that they may be due again. Can Carl Espen do it up for Norway?

Artist: Carl Espen

Song: “Silent Storm”

Analysis: I can’t help comparing this to a Dashboard Confessional or Jack Johnson song because it’s the kind of song that should be on the soundtrack of a crappy young adult rom-com circa 2001. Espen has a decent voice, but it sounds like he doesn’t want to wake up his parents in the next room. The lyrics, what little of them I chose to care about, are good, but again, it’s just…uninteresting.

Verdict: I think he makes it, but just barely. I do not believe he will do well in the finals. The song is too timid, it’s too depressing, and there is really nothing to make it memorable. It’s just…vanilla

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Israel

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Shalom! Part 18 of our 39 part run up to the start of the Eurovision Song Contest takes us to way too sunny Jerusalem as we break down Mei Finegold’s chances to bring the Contest home for Israel.

Artist: Mei Finegold

Song: “Same Heart”

Analysis: As with many other entries, no live video of this song exists. That is a bad sign. I was willing to give the vocals the benefit of the doubt (because the trance track by itself is pretty badass, as is the video), but we hit the chorus and I’m done. Does the track have a chance? Yes, on the strength of the track itself, but do I have doubts Mei Finegold can sing this live? Yes, and I don’t like the sound either. The vocals should be at least half an octave higher for what she’s trying to pull off. If you’re going to channel P!nk, you better have her range too, because it sounds like Finegold is struggling to save her voice to break into that second octave on big notes, and that key change near the end was barely noticeable until that slide down that just sounds awkward.

Verdict: It will be a halfway miracle if she gets in, but even if she does, she will be near the bottom. Politics aside, the song and vocals aren’t that strong, the only real good thing about this is the trance track in the back.

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.