So, here it is, my review of this year’s songs in full. Some are good, some are rubbish, some are just odd. As usual, all views are entirely my own so please respect them.
Albania (Adrian Lulgjuraj and Bledar Sejko – Identitet): Another year, another naff song. It may not be a squealy jazz-type song but we need more passion and dance-type songs from you, Albania. Please take note for next year.
Armenia (Dorians – Lonely Planet): With songs like this, you have to wonder why Armenia decided to come back this year after taking a year out. At least it isn’t the worst song of the bunch but it definitely comes near the bottom of my list.
Austria (Natália Kelly – Shine): Now, this one, I LOVE. Austria may even be in the final this year but I get a horrible feeling it’ll get lost in the mix of a lot of other uptempo songs round it. I hope I’m wrong though.
Azerbaijan (Farid Mammadov – Hold Me): Nice song. Nice voice. Shame Azerbaijan won’t be hosting Eurovision next year. They may reach the top ten (as usual) but there’s too much competition at the top.
Belarus (Alyona Lanskaya – Solayoh): Alyona was already going to Malmö with her song Rhythm Of Love, which I liked, and then the Belarusians decided to do what they’d done in previous years and send a totally different song to the one that initially won their national final. I’m not keen on Solayoh either. Sorry Belarus. See you in the semis… again!
Belgium (Roberto Bellarosa – Love Kills): This guy’s nice on the eye. Just a shame the song’s crap. Sorry Belgium. I do like your chocolate though.
Bulgaria (Elitsa and Stoyan – Samo Shampioni): Last time Elitsa and Stoyan entered Eurovision, they came fifth. Back then, their song was at least listenable. I don’t see them making the final this time around.
Croatia (Klapa s Mora – Mižerija): Whilst I like the song, I fear Croatia may be disappointed again. We’ve had popera songs before and they’ve all flopped at the first hurdle so I can see this one suffering the same fate yet again.
Cyprus (Despina Olimpiou – An Me Thimase): Cyprus have opted for a nice and gentle slowie this year but, like neighbours Greece, they’ve been having all sorts of money problems recently so they won’t want Eurovision being held in Nicosia next year. I can’t see that happening though, thankfully.
Denmark (Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops): One of the songs I’ve liked from the start and it’s favourite to take the main prize this year. It’s even got Celtic sounds to it which, given my Irish roots, is even better. Last time Eurovision was held in Sweden, Denmark won it, so will we see it being held in Copenhagen (or another Danish city) next year? Only time will tell…
Estonia (Birgit Õigemeel – Et Uus Saaks Alguse): Yet again, Estonia have sent a song that’s as boring as hell. Yawn!
Finland (Krista Siegfrids – Marry Me): Ooh, an actual uptempo-and-therefore-not-boring song from Finland! They’ve even gone for the comedy factor this year which isn’t a bad thing!
France (Amandine Bourgeois – L’Enfer Et Moi): After last year’s song, which was at least listenable, France have sent a shit song again! Where are the fit dancers from last year when you need them?
FYR Macedonia (Esma and Lozano – Pred Da Se Razdeni): Their original song, Imperija, was much better than this one. At least I can tolerate it, though, so it’s not all bad.
Georgia (Nodi and Sophie – Waterfall): They’re a duo and they’re singing a lovely song about water. Let’s just hope they’re not as foolish as the talentless Irish duo from last year who jumped into their on-stage water feature with live microphones. I’m sure they won’t be that silly though.
Germany (Cascada – Glorious): Germany have sent a very well-known artist this year and I’ve always liked Cascada so I love this song. I sense there may be competition with at least two of the Scandinavian countries but that won’t be a bad thing.
Greece (Koza Mostra feat. Agathonas – Alcohol Is Free): This is the worst song of the bunch this year! Don’t expect any sympathy from the rest of Europe for your money troubles now, Greece!
Hungary (ByeAlex – Kedvesem): This one’s rather odd and I’m not entirely sure what he’s singing about. Anyone got any idea?
Iceland (Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson – Ég Á Líf): I wasn’t sure about this one at first and I was hoping for an English version but, actually, I weirdly like it and it’s the first time in a long time that we’ll hear Icelandic being sung at Eurovision. It’s a beautiful song but, like with some of the slow ones before it, I can see it getting lost if it gets to the final.
Ireland (Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives): YAY! NO EVIL TWINS! This song is absolutely fantastic and yet another favourite of mine, it being the Irish entry and all that, coupled with the fact they’ve left the talentless twins in Dublin this year, and if Ryan manages to pull off managing to sing live and in key, he may do well. If not, he may as well forget it.
Part two coming up…