And now for the third and final part of my little preview of some of the entries put forward for the Eurovision Song Contest which will be held in Düsseldorf on May 14th. Or “today” as it’s known around these parts.
First up is the music tournament’s favourite song, Sognu by Amaury Vassili, representing France. That’s right: France are the favourites. I know. I thought that too. And that. Oh yeah, and definitely that.
Big floppy hair and operatic stylings do nothing for me. Sorry France, but, yet again you’ve completely failed to embrace Eurovision and present us with something hilarious or even just mildly amusing.
Unlike this lot.
Zdob și Zdub – in addition to being gross swearing by Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men – is the name of the group and So Lucky is the name of the song that somehow made it through to the final for Moldova. Since half the scoring is from a musical jury and no jury in its right mind could like this song it’s clear that it’s got some popular support amongst the unwashed masses. And the reason is clear: France, look, this is fun.
Okay, it’s not going to win but I hope it does well. Especially in light of the fact that they’ll be performing with tall, black traffic cones on their heads. Go Moldova!
Sjonni’s Friends are singing Coming Home for Iceland and for Sjonni who, sadly, couldn’t be there to sing the song himself. You may just detect hints of The Brotherhood Of Man’s winning song for the United Kingdom in this pleasant, if not stunning tune.
Estonia certainly aren’t powerhouses when it comes to producing music but Rockefeller Street by Getter Jaani isn’t half bad. I’d say it’s about three sevenths bad. But in Eurovision terms that’s pretty damned good. Now, having seen her semi final performance I have to say this: if she can sing better than that then this song has a chance of doing quite well; maybe a top three finish. And if she can’t then she’s always got the magic to fall back on.
Now, when we can’t support our own teams or representatives we here in Britain like nothing more than finding tenuous links to other places doing well and claiming some affinity with them. Fortunately, if Blue fail to deliver – very possible – then we’ve always got English singer David Bryan who will be performing his song Change for Romania under the group name of Hotel FM.
It’s actually a nice little song. Upbeat. Full of smiles. Toe-tappy. Hand-clappy. Dagnabbit to heck I genuinely like it. Yay England! I mean Romania, of course. Here’s hoping that all those gypsies the Daily Mail hates so much will be voting from their caravans.
We’ll finish with a look at the final one of the so-called “Big Five” (the countries that donate the most amount of money into the Eurovision Song Contest), Spain (the others being the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and – after a bit of an absence – Italy). Usually, Spain put forward something quite rubbish and they don’t do very well. But they’ve made a change this year:
With their song Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao by Lucía Pérez, Spain have decided to go with something just a tad under being quite rubbish that won’t do well. Good luck Spain; you’ll need it.
And good luck to everyone else too.