So, all 42 entries are known! Albania and all the other usual suspects have rearranged and reproduced their songs, Iceland changed the lyrics into English like they always do, Belarus replaced their originally selected entry for some obscure and vague reason, Armenia decided to call it a day as expected, Ukraine managed to pick a song without causing controversy and Slovakia didn’t change their minds a gasillon times before they ended up selecting the usual crap. This means we’re good to go with the 2012 edition of our reviews, hurrah!
Even though it’s very tempting to kick off the review season way earlier, we have restrained ourselves as it’s usually worth the wait. However make no mistake, we have thoroughly enjoyed reading the reviews and analysis on the national final season and the selected songs on the many excellent blogs out there dedicated to this fabulous contest. Check out our blogroll to the right, all well worth adding to your favorites. We have laughed our way through all 42 entries, pulling our hair, jumping with joy and getting goose-bumps all over the place, 2012 is shaping up to be a great year!
By waiting we don’t run the risk of reviewing songs that won’t even make it to the Eurovision stage in May or base our opinions on what at best can be viewed as a draft of what most televoters around Europe will listen to for the first time several months later. It’s nice to be able to take the running order in the semi-finals and final into account as well. Not that we spend much time speculating over this as it’s our belief that a good song will stand out and proceed to the final regardless of when it’s performed. But yeah, maybe it will pip the odd song in or out when it comes to the more marginal qualifiers.
The reviews will be posted in no particular order, and those of you who have followed our blog during the past couple of years will recognize the format. We have opinions, we’re not afraid to state them, and sometimes we go bonkers. Feel free to disagree. We hope our readers are ready to join us for the ride!