After being disappointed with Russia’s national selection show, befuddled by ESTONIA!!!!!’s show, and unable to watch Ukraine’s show, we had high hopes for the Serbian final. Serbia is a nation that takes Eurovision very seriously, and has turned out some great stuff (not to mention, you know, a winner.)
Sadly, we were disappointed again. The only song that stood out to Jen, Marko Kon and Milan Nikolić’s “Cipela,” ultimately won. It wasn’t tops in the audience voting, but tops in the jury voting, which was enough to put it over the top:
Both Jen and I liked this song a lot, so we’re glad it won. But it was really the only song worth noting in the whole show. Even the extra song thrown into the competition after voting irregularities in the semis didn’t help. (There were supposed to be two extra songs, but one of the contestants refused to perform because she was pissed about the voting irregularities. Which, when you think about it, is a damn fool thing to do.)
The only other song worth mentioning is this utterly schlocky Les Miz-ish popera number by Pozitivan Haos, who were like Elnur and Samir without the bat-shit insanity:
Why mess with success, everyone in Serbia asked themselves tonight. Jelena Tomašević will represent the host country at Eurovision this year with “Oro,” a ballad very much in the vein of last year’s winner “Molitva.” This is going for a more traditional sound, and it is quite lovely. It doesn’t have the dramatic impact that “Molitva” had, though. That said Tomašević should acquit herself nicely, and I expect “Oro” to do well.
I’m not exactly sure what the point of the back-up “dancers” are. They’re just milling about while Marija sings. Oh wait, they’re back-up singers. They’re still just milling about. Otherwise, this is a pretty emotional performance. Marija brings it home hardcore at the end.
It’s still not my favorite song, but this was a pretty darned good performance.
Well, ok, Marija does have some musicality, and this is a big song that builds nicely. Good use of big chorus – although I’d be happier if it were a big gospel chorus. I will note she has issues switching between her head and chest voice. I’m not sure why there needs to be celtic flute on this track. It makes me think of the Titanic.