My tickets finally arrived! The stars
finally aligned to send me to Eurovision's 60th contest.
However, I won't be seeing the first semifinal, so who knows if I'll
get to see the later four of these five later in the week.
The Makemakes - “I Am Yours”
Reaction: It's not as good as last
year's winner (what could be?) but it's better than their average.
This heartfelt piano rock ballad is catchy and familiar. It's an
Eurovision take on the dad-rock ballad.
Best Part: Last chorus
Bojana Stamenov - “Beauty Never Lies”
Reaction: They get bonus points for
being about body positivity, although the lyrics are a little
awkward. The melody sounds better with Serbian lyrics, though. Both
the message and energy are refreshing in this field.
Best Part: When the power ballad soul
ascends to dance heaven
Boggie - “Wars for Nothing”
Reaction: Peace songs in Eurovision are
practically a dime a dozen. A sweet-voiced woman with a simple
repetitive melody would be unremarkable if not for the lyrics.
Instead of painting an airy picture of world peace, they angrily call
out the injustices of war.
Best Part: “Let me ask can you
justify all the eyes that will never see daylight”
Polina Gagarina - “A Million Voices”
Reaction: In contrast to the previous
song, this song is one of those cliched, syrupy everyone's-together
peace songs, especially in the lyrics. The chorus leans a little bit
towards “shine/believe in yourself” for variety, but the lyrics
are so positive it's cynical. What saves this song is the upbeat
Scandinavian pop almost-perfection, almost only because of the
Best Part: “We can sing/we can shine” (this
is for the delivery, not lyric)
Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät – “Aina
Reaction: This is a burst of punk
energy and attitude. The short length works perfectly because that's
about all you want to hear. The lyrics express frustration and anger
at society and the mundanities of life, which shows more depth than
some other songs with longer sentences.
Best Part: Chorus