This weekend was the first real Super Saturday of the season, with two Eurovision entries chose and a few more preliminary competitions.
Finland held the final of their UMK. In
third place was “God/Drug” by MIAU. This dark electro song isn't
very Eurovisiony and probably wouldn't have worked on that stage, but
it would be great in a club.
Switzerland had a six-song final. One
of the competitors was 3 For All with “Together Forever,” which
was a little to inspired by last year's contest (“We Are One”).
Hungary had another ten-song heat, from which six songs qualified.
“Born To Fly” is a cute retro song by Szécsi Böbe and Szécsi
Saci, who I assume are sisters. It's tempting to read their surname
as “sexy” but I know it's not pronounced that way.
Iceland had their first five-song semifinal, from which two songs
qualified. The only good song was a non-qualifier, “Amor” by
Ásdís María Viðarsdóttir. Ásdís is channeling Florence + the
Machine a little bit here. It's the kind of cool weirdness that the
world expects from (non-Eurovision) Icelandic music.
Latvia held two semifinals this weekend
– each with six songs qualifying out of twelve performed.
One non-qualifier from the first show was “Bučas” by Crazy
Dolls. It's a weird little ukelele song (one of those words is
redundant). And the mascot-costumed dancer is surprisingly still on
A non-qualifier from the second show is
“Pressure” by Sabine Berezina, a nice pop ballad with polished
vocals and production, which is surprisingly uncommon in that
country's entries in the past few years.
Sweden's first Melodifestivalen heat
showcased 8 songs, as usual. Alvaro Estrella's “Bedroom” is what
the Belarussian “Cheesecake” should have been. It's a little bit
Bruno Mars, and pretty dirty for this family show.
Next weekend is a busy one in international broadcast competitions, as the finals (Malta), semifinals (Hungary, Iceland, Sweden), and casting shows (Belgium and Lithuania) have to compete for ratings with the Winter Olympics!