Eurosunday: We don't wanna political entry (or do we?)
Last week I mentioned that no joke entries had been selected yet. Little did I know that would prove to be untrue as soon as the next Wednesday. Georgia picked the politically-charged disco song “We don’t wanna put in.” I must be a hypocrite because I like it and think its kind of funny and definitely fabulous, but I’ll discuss that more when I write the rankings.
Greece picked “This Is Our Night”, which is not what I would have expected from Sakis after “Shake It” 5 years ago but it was the best of the three songs in the Greek selection. At first listen it reminds me a little of “This is my life” from Iceland last year.
Ireland chose “Et cetera”, a cute pop-rock song. It’s nice to see an all-female rock band in Eurovision for the first time in a few years (was the last time Vanilla Ninja in 2005?).
The overwhelming majority of the population of Norway, it seems, chose “Fairytale”. It’s a unique folk-inspired song that’s a bit haunting, but sounding unlike any of Norway’s previous “folky-haunting” entries.
FYR Macedonia chose “Nesto sto ke os”. It’s a rock song that isn’t that memorable at first listen. It’s probably my least favorite Macedonian entry of the past few years, but at least they’re trying something new.
Bulgaria chose “Illusion”, which has a high male vocal. I’ll probably do a post on the songs’ music videos later, but as of now this has the most interesting video. It’s a little bit along the lines of “Tornero” and “Work Your Magic” in that it is a parade of strange-looking people -- except this one has nudity.
Sweden had its third semifinal. I know everyone talks about the first semifinal as the one of lower quality, but I feel like in the past two years it has been the third that has the least number of songs that I like. Coincidentally, both had BWO, who went to the Andra Chansen this time. That’s what they get for sending a ballad, although I really liked their live performance. I’m a little disappointed that E.M.D. made it to the final, because I really dislike their live performance. I must have become too old to appreciate boy bands. My favorite in this semifinal was Sofia, with BWO second.
There are only three more weeks left of pre-selection before all the songs have been chosen. Next week Croatia, Portugal, and Latvia (and probably more) choose their entries, and Slovakia, Sweden, and Spain have more semifinals. I’d like to see Femminem’s song in Croatia and Mirela’s song in Spain do well.