Today Turkey revealed its song choice, once again made by internal selection. Here’s Can Bonomo with “Love Me Back.”
Over the past decade Turkish entries have usually been either rock or pop; “Love Me Back” falls squarely into the ethno-pop Eurovision tradition. The selection is perky and upbeat, though it strikes me as much less commercial than maNga or Hadise. The orchestration is punctuated by bouzouki and I also hear some klezmer influences in there, which makes sense given Bonomo’s Sephardic Jewish roots.
The first time I heard “Love Me Back” was audio only. It’s not something I usually like to do because it doesn’t replicate the experience that the majority of Eurovision viewers will get. The audio track, if I’m honest, struck me as rather ho-hum. A pleasant though somewhat stagnant way to spend 3 minutes of my life. I was mildly entertained, but after 2 minutes I felt like I had heard enough.
The song is strengthened with its performer on camera. Clearly an example of promising young talent (he won Breakthrough Artist in Turkey’s 2011 Altın Kelebek–Golden Butterfly–awards), Can Bonomo is a likable artist with a quirky performance style. He looks like he’s having a lot of fun onstage. These qualities have often translated to Eurovision success, if not always Eurovision wins. I am disappointed that he lip-synched the song reveal and will point out that his English pronunciations are not where they should be when you consider the track was pre-recorded. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for live vocal performances.
As an aside, what is going on with all the nautical themes this year?