What makes a good song? That is a question frequently raised as Eurovision season hits peak level, and not only by Alexander Rybak. How do we as critics decide what’s good and not? How do voters and juries at home judge entries? Who will win? And will it be a well deserved victory?Continue reading
PÆNDA has the most divinely beautiful voice, but not quite the song to go with it. How ænnoying.
Austria has done quite well in Eurovision lately, of course with Conchita winning a few years back as the absolute highlight. Besides that, they managed to win the jury vote last year and bestowed “Loin d’ici” by Zoë upon us, one of the biggest post millennium fan favorites never to disappear from Euroclub’s A-list.Continue reading
After a long time in this game that we call Eurovision, we have developed certain preferences. Certain countries are closer to our heart than others. Certain returning performers are more dear than others. Certain sounds are preferred. Swedish song writers are disregarded.Continue reading
So, let’s see, this year Estonia takes us to Schlager land Sweden, Latvia invites us to swing by Nashville and Lithuania wants us to join them on a … safari?
Ok, we get it, not all lyrics are supposed to be taken literally, and we have enough ECTS credits in literature and communication studies to know our way around metaphors. We even think Lithuania’s message this year about being bold enough to run with the lions is kind of fresh compared to all the worn-out clichés we usually must put up with in this business.Continue reading
We really should hurry up reviewing this entry before the artists are banned from entering Tel Aviv:Continue reading
It was bound to happen, really. Russia has been teasing the fans for months with stories of our hero Sergey Lazarev’s participation in Eurovision. Sergey is probably the only man in the world who can sing schlager while climbing around on brightly lit IKEA furniture and still look amazing. We all feel he was robbed the first time around with his catchy show, swirling around in space.:Continue reading
Did you hear about that time when Denmark accidentally made a Fool’s Garden song?Continue reading
Was a Swede and a Melodifestivalen reject the best Estonia could come up with this year? We hate to break it to you guys, but it leaves us rather unimpressed.Continue reading
That Romania should be a proud country. Not only did they give us count Dracula, Nadia Comăneci, Alec Secăreanu, marvelous bottles of Feteasca Negra and a mesmerizing Transylvanian view. They also gave us, Mihai Trăistariu, Cezar, Paula Selling and Ovi Jacobsen…Or wait, WE actually gave Romania Ovi Jacobsen, come to think of it, but Romania did supply his groundbreaking circle piano.Continue reading