Second week in of giving my thoughts on the songs competing in this year’s Eurovision. This week I’ll feature the second half of the first semifinal and also look at two countries who have already qualified for the final.
Serbia (Bojana Stamenov – Beauty Never Lies)
It’s a powerful song and you can tell that the singer takes this seriously, she sings from the heart. However, I can’t help but giggle a bit because the lyrics and the song doesn’t match: “Finally I can say, yes I’m different and that’s ok”. Two minutes in, the song changes to techno beats and that’s what I like. It’s a surprise you don’t see coming.
Hungary (Boggie – Wars For Nothing)
This is a beautiful song and it has a lovely messages too. It’s a simple song with a single guitar and one voice. If they add more voices gradually to the guitar on stage, like they do in the video, I think it can touch peoples hearts. It’s not a winner but with its message it can make it to the final.
Belarus (Uzari & Maimuna – Time)
Man singing, woman playing the violin. It would be cool if she sits in the hourglass on stage too – really cool effect. The song starts off slow to later become and upbeat pop song. The violin adds to the darkness and make the song very intense. It’s an ok song but I’m not sure if there is more to it than the beginning, the end is very abrupt.
Russia (Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices)
Russia is sending one of their famous pop singers and boy is she beautiful. She has a lovely voice too but I get tired of the perfection and I do believe they could have put more effort into the lyrics. It’s like she’s gone on repeat after singing “Sing it” the first time.
Denmark (Anti Social Media – The Way You Are)
Finally something different, a song that stands out from the boring ballads. This is a sing-along-song, influenced by the 60’s. A cute boy band just having fun on stage but I’m not sure how far that will take them.
Albania (Elhaida Dani – I’m alive)
Elhaida is a famous singer in Albania, she’s also the winner of The Voice in Italy two years ago. Representing her home country she’s singing a pop ballad. She’s got a lovely voice and the song has a few elements that makes it enjoyable but it’s a song I won’t remember and I wouldn’t be able to say which country has sent it. Yes, it sounds exactly like all the rest of them.
Romania (Voltaj – De la capăt / All Over Again)
Lovely that this band is singing in Romanian, I find it more interesting than when I understand the lyrics. Unfortunately it doesn’t have much more than that to give. Again it’s a slow tempo song with some powerful voices. Another minus for the song swapping over to English towards the end.
Georgia (Nina Sublatti – Warrior)
Nina reminds me a lot of Ruslana who won for Ukraine quite a few years back now. This is a powerful song and it has to be considering the name: Warrior. This song could do well if they put on a good stage act. It’s not bringing anything new or re-thinking to the competition but still enough to go through.
Spain (Edurne – Amanecer)
I’ve got no words. Another ballad and it sounds exactly the same as the others, apart from being sung in Spanish.
Austria (The Makemakes – I Am Yours)
Last year’s winners. I feel like I have heard this song multiple times before. Is it because it sounds like someone else or have I actually heard it on the radio? The singer/piano player looks very hip and someone who could be on stage every day! The song is nice but more suitable as lift music than winning Eurovision.
Sad to say it but I didn’t take a liking for any of the above songs. What do you think? Who is your favourite?
Next week I’ll take a look at Lithuania, Ireland, San Marino, Montenegro, Malta, Norway, Portugal and Czech Republic. I’ll also feature the two finalists: Italy and United Kingdom.