Back to form for Serbia

We have a confession to make. We never really understood the big fuss over “Lane moje”. Sure, it’s a nice enough ballad which was competently performed, but not a winner in our opinion. We loved Ruslana’s “Wild Dances” and rate it as a much more striking and memorable entry. Now Željko Joksimović is back in the contest, once again taking the role as performing artist after having played host to the 2008 contest in Belgrade and working behind the scenes as composer. Most notably he wrote “Leija” for Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2006.

With a CV like this it’s impossible to dismiss him as a possible contender for the victory. By all means, heaven knows this competition can be ruthless to returning participants and Continue reading

What if, Serbia?

What if  someone told you that when you cover yourself up in turquoise, add a little pink and superglue on a pair of eyelashes that’s only inches away from reaching that good old book of records, you will sing something fabulous? What if that someone even told you that’s what Serbia did this year, only they threw in a couple of deliciously clad backup singers and tried to burn our brains down with psychedelia as well?

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How hard could it have been? Part 1: Russia, Greece, Serbia and Spain

So did you think we’d shut up about the second chance contenders? Oh no, not us. Here’s our ruthless reviews:

The entry from Russia is the breathless Antonello Carozza. We think the song Senza Respiro suits the current situation in Moscow pretty darn well, but apart from that, what does it suit exactly? Safe to say all things Italian make GEE girls pop, but this is a bit too much of the language in one blow. We keep wondering when the fellow is gonna catch his breath and actually sing. That part is kinda nice, but we only really enjoy Carozza’s flirty glance and how he makes us miss Italy (not Russia) in Eurovision. Hop back on your carriage, man. Continue reading

Barbara Dex Award 2010

Earlier this week it was announced that Serbia’s Milan Stanković was voted the winner of the Barbara Dex Award. Please allow us to take a moment here. What??? In our opinion he was one of the best dressed contestants this year. His stage outfit in the same colors as the Serbian flag and his marching band jacket was a perfect match for his ethnic styled, brassy celebration of a song. And yeah, we get it, his haircut was rather unconventional and his dancers came out of shower cabinets while being dressed in bubble wrap frocks, but c’mon, this is just not enough to win a contest where bad taste is refined into perfection.

This picture is taken from the Serbian party and GEE think he looks super cool. Kudos!

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Semi-Final 1

The rehearsals for the semi-finals have kicked off and with this, the speculations around which countries will proceed to the big final. We find the prediction game rather mind wrenching, and with the 50/50 jury and televote system it makes it even harder to guess the lucky 10 in each semi-final.

That’s why we will settle for choosing our personal favorites which according to our opinion, in a perfect world without war, global warming and Dutch schlagers, would snatch a ticket to the final. Amazingly we agree on most entries. We suppose we have brainwashed each other and have pretty much morphed into one person by now. Ok, nuff said, here’s our pick for Semi-Final 1! Continue reading

Whatever happened to our judgment?

Sometimes, listening to a song many times can make it better, while other times it just burns an irreplaceable hole in your head. So, after giving you our honest opinion about the entries, and then listening to them for like a million times more, has anything changed? A little for some of the entries. Here’s the latest news from our changing minds, after the rehearsals have kicked off in Oslo.

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Russia

We hated Russia. Kinda still do. But then we’ve hated it so much it has reached the level of something similar of a cult status with us. “What are you doing, man?” will certainly be a party one liner for the next couple of weeks and we will almost remember it when looking at a photo. At least this song has something quirky and funny about it, and that’s more than we can say about the other boring stuff. Continue reading