The Eurovision Song Contest lived up to expectations, with Liverpool and Sweden being the big winners. As is often the case, the final scores (shown in brackets below) bore little relation to reality. That the Swedish entry won is, frankly, unconscionable. The Eurovision Song Contest acts as a mirror on society, so the high scorers are those who successfully tap into the zeitgeist, rather than the performances that showcase the best musical or songwriting talent.
Loreen's "Tattoo" falls wide of the Eurovision vibe. Trying too hard and taking themself way too seriously. The voyeuristic/calisthenic video makes me uncomfortable. Put some clothes on!
The least likely Eurovision members, Israel, offer "Unicorn" by Noa Kirel. Check out the lyrics: "I'm gonna stand here like a unicorn / Out here on my own / I got the power of a unicorn / Don't you ever learn?" You what? More calisthenics here but at least Noa has the good grace to go to an actual gymnasium.
Mae Muller - I Wrote A Song "When you said you were leaving to work on your mental health, you didn't mention the cheating". Rather bland, eurobeat stuff but a fun waitress-power video.
La Zarra's "Évidemment" is a very French contribution to the Eurovision spectacle. Think Edith Piaf with a heavy backbeat. Nice.
Victor Vernicos "What They Say" is a grower. It didn't make a good first impression with the off-brand Ed Sheeran sound and the human marionette video, but it builds to a stirring finale, and all in under three minutes.
Lord Of The Lost's "Blood & Glitter" is appropriately Teutonic and has a Hasselhoff-adjacent video that fans of spangly Krautrock will enjoy.
Pasha Parfeni "Soarele şi Luna" has a stunning Game of Thrones-inspired official video. I can't wait to see if they can translate that to the Liverpool stage.
Gustaph "Because Of You" feels derivative of mid-90's Jamiroquai or Cathy Dennis, but it has a nice Eurovision vibe that is a crowd-pleaser and should see it score well.
"Who the Hell is Edgar" tells the story of an author possessed by the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe. And why not? The very catchy tune is an earworm you won't lose easily and it's sooo on brand for Eurovision fun!
TVORCHI "Heart Of Steel" will probably take top slot for the same reason Ukraine won last year's competition. With a catchy tune, a charismatic front man and strong (English) lyrics, it is a strong contender even without the political votes.
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