Jeez Louise, we watched the Norway, Denmark and Iceland finals and never wrote them up! Damn you, Olympics!!! Let the rectification begin with our look at the reigning champions, who are sending Kris Allen-lookalike Didrik Solli-Tangen and his song “My Heart Is Yours”:
It’s as if Norway collectively thought, “That song Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote last year was quite good. Let’s ape that.” That said, this is a stand-out anthem among all the ballads that are making it to Eurovision this year. Jen said that it shows you, rather then tells you, like all those “I love you I love you I love you” songs. (That’s her term, based on Ukraine’s “I Love You,” which, I neglected to mention in the review, repeated the phrase “I love you” 12 times in English and nine times in Ukrainian. Well, we assume that’s what he’s saying since we don’t speak Ukrainian.)
The Norway final was particularly strong. I mentioned “Jealous ‘Cause I Love You” earlier, but the other stand-out for me was Keep of Kalessin’s “Dragontower,” because I’m still a teenaged metal head.