Lost in yesterday’s big news about Buranovskiye Babushki winning Russia’s national final was that Slovakia announced their Eurovision representative: dreamy metal singer Max Jason Mai and his song “Don’t Close Your Eyes.”
I’m an old ’80s metalhead, so I’m down with this. Given Mai’s look, I thought I would be getting some glam rock a la The Ark, but “Don’t Close Your Eyes” has a much harder edge than I was expecting. The chorus is a little too Creed for me, but that’s a minor quibble. I really like this.
The big question now is can Slovakia finally qualify for the Final? Mai performs in the second Semi, which is chock full of ballads and dance numbers, and also “I’m a Joker.” Belarus’ Litesound is the only other rock act that night, but they lie closer to pop rock than metal. In theory, the odds look good for Mai since the last two metal acts to perform in the Semis, Finland’s Teräsbetoni in 2008 and Finland’s Lordi in 2006, both made it to the big show. Of course, this could be wishful thinking on my part…
Regardless of what happens, I’m thinking this is going to be one I’ll be cranking a lot in the future.