Okay, I frigging love Deep Zone and Balthazar’s “DJ, Take Me Away.” First of all, it has all the Euro-techno pop trappings I love. Plus, it has flaming turntables. I ask you, how can you not love this?
No dancers, minimal backdrops, just performers with drums. Where’s the pomp? My god, they’re letting the song stand on its own! Uncool.
Just kidding. It’s a good performance. The song is all build, no release, though. It’s hard to tell if the crowd is into it or not. There’s some applause during the drum solo, and they got a nice pop at the end, but it’s not overwhelming.
Going first may just kill them off, because the song just isn’t that memorable enough.
The travelogues, by the way, are going for a playful sense of humor.
Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoukov – “Water”
The Afro Celt Sound System goes to the rave. Trinity fights Agent Smith. And very special guest Scatman John joins the party for no apparent reason.
Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov: “Water”
One of those traditional-techno mash-ups. Think of an Eastern European Afro-Celt Sound System. Let’s hope these two are compelling performers, because the song goes absolutely nowhere.
I wish I thought of this when the show started. Our story so far:
- Armenia (Andre: “Without Your Love”) – Generic Eastern Mediterranean pop. Blah.
- Bulgaria (Mariana Popova: “Let Me Cry”) – Stiff singer, decent song, bad back-up dancers.
- Slovenia (Anžej Dežan: “Mr Nobody”) – Good song, even if it’s generic Eurotrash discopop. More bad dancing. †
- Andorra (Jennifer: “Sense Tu”) – Non-English. Sounded like Vanilla Ninja. Even more bad dancing.
- Belarus (Polina Smolova: “Mum”) – Think of a hard-rocking Backstreet Boys with a female singer and ’80s clothing. Plus the back-ups almost dropped the singer when they lifted her.
- Albania (Luiz Ejlli: “Zjarr e Ftohtë”) – Ooo, traditional musicans. More generic Eastern Mediterranean pop, though. Not surprisingly, this is not in English.
- Belguim (Kate Ryan: “Je T’Adore”) – Ooo, fluorescent pink mike stands! Someone has heard the “Chess” album. Key lyric: “Je t’adore and I can’t conceal it.”
- Ireland (Brian Kennedy: “Every Song Is a Cry for Love”) – And every Irish entry is a cry for help. Awful.
- Cyprus (Annette Artani: “Why Angels Cry”) – Buxom singer. Flabby pop song.
- Monaco (Séverine Ferrer: “La CoCo-Dance”) – Had a Hawaiian theme. Grass skirts and everything. Lame. It was sung in French. [NOTE: Actually, it’s Tahitian. My bad.]
- Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Elena Risteska: “Ninanajna”) – Slutty. The singer, the music, the lyrics. Slutty. Kinda awesome, but only in a Britney Spears way.
- Poland (Ich Troje: “Follow My Heart”) – White tails on the piano player. Polish rapping, in a Real McCoy way. The male singer has green hair. The female singer is in a mask. It’s like Andrew Lloyd Webber did a song for Dead or Alive. ‡
† No, it’s a horrible song. What was I thinking?
‡ In a Real McCoy way because it was actually O-Jay from Real McCoy.