Eurovision Sofa: The Songs (S to U)
So, part 4 of my preview of the songs for this years Eurovision, starting with San Marino and ending with grand ol’ United Kingdom. Lets roll.
|San Marino: Stand By – Senit|
|They are only in it so Italy don’t score nul points. Oooh, you big cynic. Well, maybe. San Marino isn’t that bad. A nice song by a very talented singer for sure, but I do think this could work well being in the middle of two dance songs from Malta and Croatia. Right on the edge of qualification.
Prediction: Shame for the returning Sammarinese, but I can see this one just missing out.
|Serbia: Caroban – Nini|
|Graham Norton: “And now we are going back in time to the 1960s for Serbia’s entry by Nina. Look, it is just like watching Austin Powers all over again. However the retro feel isn’t going to work in my own opinion.”*
*Opinion of me, not Graham Norton.
Prediction: Ooooh I’m not sure why I’ve decided to put them in squeezing into the final, but apparently I have. Must have done it at 3am.
|Slovakia: I’m Still Alive – TWiiNS|
|Slovakia decided that this year one good looking girl just wouldn’t be enough to qualify with a poor song, so they decided to send two that looked exactly the same. Double the hotness double the points? God no. But hey, the video has football in it… although that might be them trying to bribe to say nice things about it. Its not a memorable song for me, but I’ll still be alive at the end of it at least. I hope.
Prediction: Miss. Though I imagine the twins themselves may prove to be quite the hit.
|Slovenia: No One – Maja Keuc|
|Its like The Silence, once its off our screens, everyone will magically forget about it. Until the round-up, when they come and again and we can continue this all night. Its nice, but not memorable. Nowhere near it, and just as it happens, people are going to forget to vote for it too.
Prediction: Going home early for me.
|Spain: Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao – Lucia Perez|
|Its a standard little pop song here. Though, I will admit, actually one of my favourites this year. I feel like I’m celebrating and having a damn good time. Good times!
Prediction: I really want to say top 10, but can’t see it. Sadly. Damn you rest of Europe.
|Sweden: Popular – Eric Saade|
|Eric Saade attempted to win the Melodifestivalen in 2010 but could only finish 3rd with Manboy, which in my eyes is a stronger song than Popular. And with the way Popular is being built up, if that had been sent it could have done very well. Popular isn’t too bad.
Prediction: Could be hit and miss, but I’ll follow the crowd and say this will be massive. Top 5.
|Switzerland: In Love For a While – Anna Rossinelli|
|You go onto the YouTube video for this song and you’ll notice there are a few dislikes. Honestly, I can’t see how you can dislike this song. Its a sweet song sung by a cute girl which is easy to listen to and easy to look at. But it just doesn’t offer much more than that overall.
Prediction: It’ll get through the semi final and languish in the bottom half of the final.
|The Netherlands: Never Alone – 3JS|
|I feel for the Dutch. The come year in year out and never make it out of the semi finals, and they’ve tried everything. 3JS (not to be confused with JLS) are this years latest attempts by the Dutch just, possibly, to reach the coveted grand final. Its similar in a way to Denmark, soft-rock, but its actually OK. Nothing more really, but OK. Not as bad as some of their previous efforts and is borderline qualification.
Prediction: Inevitably going to give it the kiss of death here… but the Dutch will qualify.
|Turkey: Live It Up – Yüksek Sadakat|
|Somehow, maNga snuck up on everyone last year and finished second behind Lena. Turkey, obviously thinking that worked well for them, have decided to send back something similar. Although it is a bit less hard rock than last years (having watched rehearsals I can say that, for example, there is a girl doing gymnastics rather than a metal robot with a chainsaw one program error from killing everyone in Oslo). But this is a good song and although he may be slightly older, Turkey are going to be fighting for the win.
Prediction: Top 5 without a doubt and maybe, just maybe, even more.
|Ukraine: Angel – Mika Newton|
|It wouldn’t be Eurovision if it didn’t include a Ukrainian disaster in the national final. Mika Newton won, but claims of vote rigging ensued and in the end, somehow, the dullest song in Dusseldorf is here. Its just a boring ballad really and I can see this one struggling.
Prediction: Zzzz, won’t go far.
|United Kingdom: I Can – Blue|
|Jemini, James Fox, Javine, Daz Sampson, Scooch, Andy Abraham and Josh Dubovie. Jokes. The lot of them (for the record Scooch deserved nil points, if it wasn’t for that pesky block voting stuff from Ireland and Malta…) Those will sum up Britain in the 2000s, but when Jade Ewen finished 5th in 2009 you realised there was hope for us yet. And despite last year’s step back, this is a jump up a few more steps to gaining credibility again. After realising going to the public was probably not sensible, the BBC chose internally and one of the most popular boy bands in Europe, Blue. Hell, we’ve got points already just because they are Blue. The song is strong again, typical boy band material. You know what, I’m proud to be supporting Britain at Eurovision again this year, because this could do very, very well.
Prediction: Win! Well, nearly, at least.
To sum up who I feel will qualify for the semi final, well, here it is (I won’t do the final because I genuinely keep changing my mind every four minutes.
|Pos||Semi Final 1||Semi Final 2|
|5||Norway||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
So there we go, I’ve looked at all 43 songs and you can expect from tomorrow some indepth thoughts on certain songs and Eurovision itself. Bet you all can’t wait. If you’ve agreed, disagreed, shout at me in the comments as per usual.
Posted on May 5, 2011, in Eurovision Sofa and tagged eurovision sofa, eurovision song contest 2011, san marino, serbia, slovakia, slovenia, songs, spain, sweden, switzerland, the netherlands, turkey, ukraine, united kingdom. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.