We’re ready for the last semi-final before the big final in Oslo Spektrum next weekend, and we’re eager to find out to whom we’re gonna squeal “we really liked your song, too bad you didn’t win” at the after party, that is of course after a couple of drinks too many. Just around the same time as we have to resist the temptation of pouring our pints over a certain lead singer.
So bring it on Florø, and here’s the verdict from the GEE jury:
Tooji – Stay: Is it even possible to try harder to look and sound like Eric Saade’s long lost brother? As much as we hated Sweden’s ESC entry last year, we should truly loath Popular2.0. The case is we don’t. This is how desperate we’ve become in the search of someone who might actually stand a chance of snatching Plumbo’s unrightful ticket to Baku out of their flabby fingers. Given how inexperienced Tooji apparently is, he will of course crash and burn live on stage, but hey, nice try!
Marthe Valle – Si: Being number two in the running is obviously the kiss of death in this year’s semi-finals and the same goes for Marthe Valle we’d say. She’s a proper artist with a good song, and this does not fit into the equation anywhere in MGP 2012.
Bobby Bare & Petter Øien – Things Change: To all the peeps out there planning on supporting Plumbo in the final, would you mind voting for this one instead?
Yaseen & Julie Maria – Sammen: This is actually an ok song, for MGP Junior that is. In the grown up’s competition, not so much. Please come back in a few years’ time if you have learned to rap and sing by then.
Håvard Lothe Band – The Greatest Day: We’re stealing a comment from Youtube here saying you know it’s a bad song when it begins with “I close my eyes”. That just about sums it up, we reckon. But if Håvard manages to take his band all the way to Baku we guess he can have rewarding conversations with Soluna Samay on how to make average songs going nowhere but into obscurity the moment after the last cord strikes.
Silya – Euphoria: It’s been long known that the history keeps repeating itself. In this case it’s Silya repeating Shirley Bassey feat. Propellerheads, only not so cool and a whole lotta more aggravating. This song sounds promising to begin with, but towards the end you just want to smash the TV-set. Keep your finger near the mute button on the remote to prevent further inventory damage.
The Canoes – It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time: We used to love these guys back in the 90s when they were cool stars in popular bands with big hits. Of course they have to go ahead and ruin it all by making a comeback in MGP. We don’t want to know how Erik Røe looks like 15 years older without dreads, even if he kinda looks like a cross between Billy Bob Thornton and Richard Gere, and not in a bad way if you don’t mind us saying so. And we sort of don’t believe these guys going on and on about boozing and badass hangovers, we know they’re all settled in their villas with Volvos and house mortgages like the rest of us, so give us a break. Isn’t MGP supposed to be family entertainment? Keep your kids away from the telly while these blokes ramble on about their midlife crisis. We do however want this to proceed to the final, as we’d love to test their party stamina at the after party.
Lise Karlsnes – Sailors: Norway’s very own Pop Princess according to Per. This is a decent pop song for people never tiring of those. Not exactly controversial, but we bet she’ll throw some feminist glossary in your face for her right to sing whatever. That’s what Norwegian, boring pop artists do these days. Don’t blame us.