It’s Andrew James Main here again and in the build up towards Copenhagen I am going to publish my Eurovision Countdown of all of the songs. There will be 6 parts in all and the second part takes us through from position 31 to 25. This is something that I do every year and post to my Facebook wall so that some of my friends can saviour some of the delights and some of the horrors that we have to look forward to come May.
In all honesty this year is a fairly level playing field with no runaway stand out favourites and no absolute horrors. So continuing on from Part 1 which was published last week we start at position 31.
MY EUROVISION COUNTDOWN NO.31
Another song which I instantly disliked when it was chosen back in January was the one chosen by Latvia. Aarzemnieki bring us Cake to Bake to Copenhagen and its certainly a bold choice. Joke entry doesn’t even touch this as a description, it is clear the Latvian public do not care if an International audience like this. It is destined to stay in the Semi Finals. On the plus side the performance is so laid back it has grown on me a little and gives it a slightly endearing quality. But it would have to go some distance to persuade me to bring it up in my rankings come May.
MY EUROVISION COUNTDOWN NO.30
MY EUROVISION COUNTDOWN NO.29
MY EUROVISION COUNTDOWN NO.28
The very last song that we all heard in this years countdown was the one from Russia. They have gone for an internal selection and chosen their Junior Eurovision winners from 2006, The Tolmachevy Sisters with a song that has been co written by Philip Kirkorov and Gerard James Borg. The song is entitled Shine and with such a Eurovision pedigree one would expect something special. But what we find is a song that is surprisingly safe and middle of the road and dare I say bland. The lyrics are also rather cringeworthy.
Onto the positives, these girls can certainly sing and being sisters I am sure their harmonies will be good. As to the performance I would expect them to come up with something spicy and memorable. Will Russia qualify with this? Of course. Will they do well in the Final?No I don’t think so as it will not appeal to the broad church of voters throughout Europe.
MY EUROVISION COUNTDOWN NO.27
By sheer coincidence the song that follows Russia in my countdown just happens to be from Ukraine. Maria Yaremchuck was chosen back in December to sing the song Tick Tock. However the original version was dull and uninspiring and did not bode well for Copenhagen. So in true Ukrainian style it has had a major makeover and is now a lot catchier and stylish. It’s not the best song this year by a long way but I think Maria has a good voice and combined with the expected usual staging makeover too I can see this sailing into the Final. Also given the current situation in Crimea its perfectly possible that Ukraine could pick up some sympathy votes, not that they will need them, which could even see this propelled into the top 10.
EUROVISION COUNTDOWN NO.26
EUROVISION COUNTDOWN NO.25
The Irish elements have been added with the instrumentation and the dancers. Instrumentation fair enough but the dancers, No! They are a total distraction and add nothing to the dimension of the song, I am hoping the staging gets a complete makeover to emphasise the song more. Kasey’s vocals are good and will certainly help it. As far as qualification I really hope so as I am officially on the Irish team this year, so fingers crossed all the elements are worked on and come together in May.
So I will be back next week with part 3 of the countdown from 24-19 which I will publish having returned from Amsterdam for Eurovision in Concert where I will have had the chance to see many of the artists performing their songs live.
Do you agree or disagree strongly with any of my position’s or comments then let us know?