SunStroke Project will once again grace the Eurovision stage after winning O melodie pentru Europa 2017 with their song “Hey Mamma.”
Do we really need to do a bio of SunStroke Project? It’s the Epic Sax Guy and his buddies. Come on now!
Anyway, at Moldova’s national final, SunStroke Project’s “Hey Mamma” tied with Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu’s “Discover Moldova.” The former won the televote and the latter won the jury vote, and the tie was broken by the public vote. (Are you reading this, Spain?)
Now, what made SunStroke Project’s previous Eurovision attempt so glorious was its utter lack of self-awareness. It was an unexpected delight.
The problem with their latest Eurovision attempt is that they are sooooooooooooooo self-aware. You can’t force a meme, guys. It just happens. Moreover, it’s not that a great song and that sax riff gets a little annoying after awhile.
But you know what? It is fun. It is a lot of fun, and goodness knows there is always room for a little more fun at Eurovision. We just love Sergei Yalovitsky’s vocal tone. Saxophonist Sergey Stepanov gets all the glory, but Yalovitsky is the unsung hero of SunStroke Project. (We think a lot about these things.)
So even if “Hey Mamma” is no “Run Away,” it has done us good and will do us good and we say god bless it.