Sunday, 27 March 2011

Eurovision Countdown: The Secret Is Love

Austria is back! Hurrah! This year's entry is by Nadine Beiler

The Secret Is Love is good, brilliant vocals but a bit too dull to be the winner I think.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Eurovision Countdown: Change

Hotel FM bring us Romania's entry "Change". And it's not bad, certainly the best Romania entry I've heard. Great beat, good vocals. Could do well...

In worrying news my other half quite like's Belarus' entry... I've asked for them to be sectioned.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Eurovision Countdown: Lipstick

Jedward. Why Ireland?? WHY??? After Dustin the Turkey I thought you couldn't do any thing worse... but JEDWARD???

On second listen it's not so bad but I refuse to link to the live version 1) because it's a carcrash and 2) because it features Jedward.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Eurovision Countdown: Born in Belorussia

My first "OMG THEY DIDN'T DO THAT" entry is Belarus'. Enjoy...

As one says in the comments... 12 points from Stalin!!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Eurovision Countdown: Popular

There's no getting around it. I have a soft spot for Sweden's Eric Saade, and the greatest disappointment of 2010's Eurovision Song Contest was the fact he wasn't in it representing Sweden with "Manboy"

But he didn't give up and last night won Sweden's annual Melodifestivalen and will thus be flying the blue and yellow flag in Dusseldorf with "Popular"

It's a good tune with an awesome hook and I've no doubt it'll do well in May. How can it not when the singer has as cute a face as this???

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Eurovision Countdown: Madness of Love

Italy! Yes, you heard me right. ITALY. They have returned to Eurovision and magically made their way in the "Big Five".

Raphael Gualazzi's entry is actually rather good, a bit low key for Eurovision I'll admit and probably more suited to a classy evening out but still it's a quality song with awesome music.

I'm thinking top 50% finish...

Friday, 11 March 2011

Eurovision Countdown: Ding Dong

Dana International. A Eurovision legend. And she's back... Israel's entry for 2011 can hardly fail to impress, surely?

But... I don't think it's got winning potential. Compared to many of the other songs in the competition, it's just a bit run of the mill.

Not awful. Just middling... NEXT...

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Eurovision Countdown: Taken By A Stranger

In a change to my usual huge pre-Eurovision summary blog post, I'll be posting a daily look at a particular song from this years contest... starting with the hosts; Germany.

Lena Meyer-Landrut's Satellite was a worthy winner last year. Fun, catchy and all round awesome.

This year, having decided they were on to a good thing with Lena, Germany's entry is more grown up and subtle.

Taken By A Stranger doesn't fall very easily into Eurovision stereotypes (such as the "poptastic" or the "OMG they've gone with their country's traditional music" genres). It's a well-crafted piece of music, and it's easy to imagine it in any European pop chart. I don't want to go over the top but, from a personal taste point of view, I think this is one of the best Eurovision songs I've heard. I absolutely adore it. Saying that, I quite enjoyed Scooch...

Check it out and let me know what you think: