I wouldn’t call myself a trendsetter (not by any means) but nor would I label myself a sheep. Still, there’s one thing that every Eurovision fan is doing right now that I can’t resist doing also…
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen; it’s time for me to do a Top 43 for 2011! I’ve decided to do about 3 of these, as I change my mind about the songs every year, from when they are initially chosen, to around the time of the contest itself, all the way to a month or so afterwards. Right here and right now is number one – the pre-contest countdown.
I’ve separated the countries into points in traditional ESC style, so you can gauge exactly what I’m thinking. I’m betting a heap of you will shake your heads with concern for my sanity at numbers 1, 3 and 4 among others…but remember, we all have different taste. Still, I’ve provided a little reasoning as to why I heart my top 3, and hate no. 43. If you disagree with me on anything (or by some miracle, happen to feel the same) I’d love to hear why, so comment or Facebook EBJ ASAP!
So, without further frivolous ado, douze points go to:
1. Latvia – There’s something about Angel In Disguise that just gets me. I love the whole pop/R & B contemporary vibe it gives off; I love the combination of singer (ultra sexy vocals) and rapper (Latvia got it right. Greece got it wrong); I love the guitar work…I love it all. It looks particularly good when compared to the dreadfulness of their 2010 entry, but on its own, it’s still a winner in my book.
2. United Kingdom – Speaking of songs that look amazing when compared to others…we all know what went down with the UK last year, and so we were all aware that their next effort couldn’t POSSIBLY be worse. To my pleasant surprise, it hasn’t just improved on The Dreadful Song That Shall Not Be Named; it’s blown it out of the water and sent it catapulting into outer space (hopefully) to never be heard again.
3. Ukraine – I don’t expect ANYONE to understand why I love this song so much. In fact, not even I understand. I’m just into it! I love a good ballad, and I feel like Angels falls into that category. It reminds me of one of my all time favourite songs, Dyshi, by Russia’s wannabe schoolgirls Serebro (who we met in Helsinki four years ago). The whole thing, from start to finish, gives me goose bumps.
9. Bosnia and Herzegovina
10 points go to:
8 points go to:
7 points go to:
6 points go to:
35. FYR Macedonia
5 and under points go to:
42. San Marino
The “Easter Egg” goes to:
43. Lithuania – If you think this song is amazing, then you’ll know how I feel about Ukraine as I go on and say that I think it is dreadful. The chorus makes me cringe and the rest sends me to sleep, and cringing/being bored enough for my eyelids to droop and me to start dribbling (er, well maybe not dribbling) are not things that I like to do on a regular basis.
So there you have it: another top to bottom. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you come back to see Round 2 and 3, as my taste will no doubt have drastically changed in a month or so. But why not drop by again sooner? As we get closer and closer to the big D (I’ll give you a clue: it rhymes with Strusselwharf) I plan to be blogging as often as possible…expect, among other things, a Eurovision fan haul in the near future!
PS – Check back through my archives to read my ‘first impression’ reviews of all 43 songs (44 if you count Belarus 1 and 2…this year’s obligatory “We messed up so we’re pretending we want to keep you all in suspense for as long as possible as to what our song will be” country).
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