Germany proved victorious last night at the 55th Eurovision Contest with 19 year old singer Lena scoring the top score of 246 points with her catchy toe-tapper Satellite. View her performance below:
All bias aside for my home country of Ireland aside, I think Satellite was a deserved winner. While the song does have the potential to be highly irritable if overplayed on the radio, it’s a fun catchy pop song that sounds like it belongs to a more upbeat, less dreamy Ellie Goulding. You see it actually sounds like it belongs in today’s music industry rather than dated or completely cheesy. The Eurovision is no different from today’s music industry. You’ve got to have a contemporary and incredibly catchy song sang by a talented (and possibly young, reasonably sexy) singer. Include gimmicks if you like but make sure the act is talented – this is a primary example of why Lady GaGa is currently the World’s biggest popstar.
The UK has plenty of talented singers and bands, send one of them. Josh Dubovie is a good looking guy with a decent enough singing voice (apart from his fail singing at the end of his performance below) but don’t give him a cheesy song that made Schooch’s Flying The Flag look like the height of pop sophistication. People tend to think the Eurovision is cheesy – it’s not! Just because a large proportion of mainland Europe send some cheap Eurodance act over to Eurovision doesn’t mean they’ll win. Look back at some of the previous winners or successful participants in previous Eurovisions – Lordi might have dressed as gimmicky monsters but they produced trash metal with an infectious chorus (who can forget “HARD ROCK HALLELUJAH!), tAtU might have done the gimmicky faux lesbian thing but All The Things She Saidis probably one of the ’00s greatest pop songs. And last year’s winner – Alexander Rybak just had a song that grabbed you on first listen and he was memorable because of his energetic violin playing. UK and Spain sadly went for cheesy acts, which probably described UK’s last position. If Spain hadn’t been interrupted, they would have probably came much lower. Check out UK and Spain’s performances below.
And Ireland…oh where do I start! I was laughing at Marty Whelan’s commentary has he described himself “astonished” at Ireland’s measly 25 points, putting us in third last place. I’m sure Marty expected us to have a runaway victory or at least do well because Niamh Kavanagh previously won the competition. Wrong Marty! Niamh has a fantastic voice and she performed the song well live but giving her the poor man’s version of My Heart Will Go On was not a good move. Like I said, you need a song that will grab you on first listen and sounds contemporary. The song sounded like a Part 2 to her previous winning entry In Your Eyes from 1993! Ireland almost got it right last year when they sent Black Daisy to represent us in the Eurovision. But the (out of touch) higher powers that thought Black Daisy’s lead singer and music was too “edgy” for Eurovision sent them along with girl next door Sinéad Mulvey and gave them a B*Witched B-side to sing. If Black Daisy had performed Disturbing New Fashion instead, they would have qualified past the semi-final and maybe have even won it. Disturbing New Fashion had a pop chorus at its centre but a much needed sexiness and edge to make sure it goes all the way. Check out Niamh’s performance, the B*Witched B-side and the amazing Disturbing New Fashion below.allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”640″ height=”385″>
Yeah, so I should choose Ireland’s next entry to Eurovision. Ireland have always prided themselves in being too down-to-earth and not fans of all that over-the-top shite but newsflash, showbiz is over-the-top. If we want success, we have to send someone talented who isn’t afraid to be gimmicky.
Anyways, Turkey, Romania and Belgium were rather good too. Talented, contemporary acts. Watch their performances below.