I was really getting into my Eurovision. The last two winners were excellent with Lorene’s Euphoria from Sweden and Emmelie De Forest’s Only Teardrops for Denmark taking the glory. Those songs were worthy winners and I thought that the political relevance of the Eurovision was fading away. Sure, I never expected the United Kingdom to win it, but other countries that have managed to escape the hatred of bigger political powers have a decent chance. However, then Austria won this year with this.
This is Conchita Wurst and… well, yeah. In fairness, her voice isn’t awful, but compared to some of the other singers featured here, she was easily beaten. It is also really hard to take her song seriously as well. I keep calling him a her, but apparently he is only a she onstage. It is easy to see what happened. Everyone voted her for a joke. That is how little the general public care about the Eurovision; Wurst became the butt of the joke and every other entry suffered because of it.
Below are five songs that I felt should have taken the glory. For biased reasons, I am not including the United Kingdom’s entry from Molly. It is my Song of the Week though (do any of you ever check that out? It’s changed on my home page every Sunday), and I recommend you give it a listen. It definitely deserved higher than 17th. For starters, one of the lyrics are “you’ll never walk alone”, which is fantastic, because that is the motto of the greatest Premiership football team going. However, the below songs also deserve a listen.
5th – ELAIZA – IS IT RIGHT? (GERMANY)
The first thing that struck me about this one is that Elaiza has clearly been influenced by Pink. The voice, the look, even the genre in a roundabout way. This is why, out of all of the entries I selected for the top five, I am putting this one last. It partially comes across as a cheap, European version of Pink, lacking its own personality. Why is it on this list at all, you ask? Well, mainly, because it is a bloody good song.
The chorus is catchy and the lyrics are quite good. Being German, Elaiza keeps to simple English, which does hold it back. You cannot help but wish that some more complicated sentences are thrown in at places. It also falls back on repetition, which is fine here, but would stop me from actually buying it on iTunes tonight. I can kind of see Pink singing this song in the charts, however, which I guess would please Elaiza.
4th – FREAKY FORTUNE FT. RISKYKIDD – RISE UP (GREECE)
When this song was opened, I began to have my doubts. This R&B singer and rapper team up and come out with a vaguely clubby tune. It sounds like something DJs play for a week and then forget about, like a weak Wanted hit. The rapping is nothing we haven’t heard before and the two of them struggle to deliver a live performance, getting breathless on stage. You begin writing them off before they even get too far into it.
And then there’s that drop. It makes the crowd go wild. They are loving it, and you get swept up in their euphoria. Sure, it is a pretty simple song, but it works. You can imagine being right there in that crowd, jumping up and down like a lunatic, shouting ‘Rise Up’ at the top of their lungs. Maybe the reason it didn’t do better was because it does feel like a filler song. It is a crowd-pleaser however, and I would happily take this over a dull ballad. If this won, you wouldn’t be overjoyed, but you would be thankful that this beat France to the top.
3rd – ANDRAS KALLAY-SAUNDERS – RUNNING (HUNGARY)
Just when the Eurovision was lagging, this song came along and brought the bar back to where it should be. It has this garage beat to the chorus that just gets you pumped and ready to listen to even more music. He makes good use of the stage, not sticking to one spot, but travelling from one side to the other, which is an apt thing to do, when you are singing a song called ‘Running’. It is also about something different than the norm with Eurovision (and not about moustaches), adding a new layer of emotion to proceedings. Saunders deserved to take the trophy at any rate, even if it was just for breaking up the monotony of the evening.
2nd – CARL ESPEN – SILENT STORM (NORWAY)
This one really surprised me. I didn’t think I was going to like it, because everyone was talking about how his voice was weird, rather than good. I was expecting one of the weird acts that pops up every now and again. But when he opened his mouth, I was impressed. He sounds like a blend between Biffy Clyro, Mumford and Sons and that bloke who sang ‘Sweet Disposition’. Maybe it is the originality that I like so much about this song. It is like nothing else shown on Eurovision night and that sticks with you, until the end of the evening, despite being one of the first acts that sang.
1st – SANNA NIELSEN – UNDO (SWEDEN)
But for me, Sweden deserved yet another victory. This song blew me away. Nielsen has such an amazing voice, drifting across the audience and immediately captivating them. Even if this didn’t win you over, you had to admit that it was the best of the ballads. Despite just standing there, she does something different with the stage and keeps you hooked on her every word, which is a lot more than could be said for some of the dull songs to come out of that evening.
And the song grows. It becomes more than a ballad, but a powerful performance. As the song climaxes, Nielsen starts giving it everything she has got, earning every member of that audience’s respect. She doesn’t trip up on the English language, like most of the foreign singers, and really owns it for Sweden. She definitely deserves a place standing next to other Swedish champions, like Loreen, and dare I say it, ABBA.