Is Krista Siegfrids, like, really really famous in Finland? Because I have no other explanation why “Marry Me” is the song that Finnish voters selected to send to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Jen said it reminded her of Venke Knutson’s “Jealous ‘Cause I Love You,” one of the lucky losers in Norway’s 2010 Melodi Grand Prix. Watching the two performances together, they are really similar, both musically and in energy. The difference is that Knutson’s song is supposed to be funny, whereas I’m not sure Siegfrids’ song is. Sure, the staging is jokey, with the over-the-top train and the general hamminess. But lyrically, “Marry Me” is regressive and desperate.
It’s almost as if Siegfrids’ team realized the song was bad and tried to stage it with a satirical edge. George S. Kaufman said, “Satire is what closes on Saturday night.” Whether or not this is satire, I hope it closes on Thursday night.