In recent years, the Eurovision has somewhat lost it’s shine in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Gone are the days of Johnny Logan or Katrina and the Waves as mainland European countries incestuous voting patterns have meant that it is all but impossible for one of these islands to win the competition. Realistically, it’s deemed an impressive result if we can even reach the final stage of the famously entertaining contest most years.
I personally can’t see Ireland’s Molly Sterling making it past this Thursday’s semi-final, with her relatively bland and uninspiring effort “Playing With Numbers”. UK entrants Electro Velvet will, in my opinion, receive a good reception in the final, but won’t come close to finishing within the top 10 acts.
For me, Australia could shock the world further than they already have by finishing in the top 10 this year. Unfortunately, I can’t see Guy Sebastian’s wild card performance topping the chart altogether. That honour, I believe, will go to bookies’ favourites Sweden, with Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Heroes”. The song is typical of the Eastern European entrants in the 21st century and is one of the most credible pop songs in the contest this year. I can also envisage Austrian entry “I am yours” by The Makemakes competing near the top. This year’s crop tends to veer more towards ballads than fun, over-the-top numbers, but I am looking forward to watching the Belarusian and Moldovan entries “Time” and “I Want Your Love”
I personally really fancy Finland’s entry PKN, and have the utmost respect for their members Pertti Kurikka, the band’s guitarist and front man, who writes the lyrics with vocalist Kari Aalto and composes the music. Bassist Sami Helle and drummer Toni Välitalo complete the four-piece. They are doing people with learning disabilities proud and they have the guarantee of getting the Corby household’s vote should they make it to the final on Saturday the 23rd of May. Ironically, if they do make it, Saturday will be the first time I have picked up the phone and voted for anyone in the Eurovision since 2006’s Finnish entry; rock band Lordi, who they claim are one of their inspirations for entering the contest.
In what is a significantly weaker competition this year, I believe the real winners will be casual television viewers, who will get to experience the joyously camp contest and I know for sure 2014 winner Conchita Wurst will prove an extremely fun host in the famous Green Room part of the broadcast. However Eurovision fanatics, I feel, will be disappointed by the standard of the competition which has brought us such household names as Abba and Bucks Fizz.
Image: Electro Velvet © BBC/Sarah Dunn.
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