Dragonfly w/ Dado Topić: “Vjerujem U Ljubav”
“Vjerujem U Ljubav” has a bluesy, smooth jazz feel to it, right down to the guitar licks. The chorus is really Eurovisiony, though. The song alternates between English and Croatian, which is fun. Not bad, but not a stand-out either.
DQ: “Drama Queen”
DQ is a drag queen, which is a long way from the Olsen Brothers (thankfully). He looks great, although his song sounds like a Erasure b-side.
Frederik Ndoci: “Hear My Plea”
Ooo, exotic chanting and synthy strings. Haven’t heard this since, well, Bulgaria’s entry. It’s not horrible, and there’s some nice Kraftwerk touches in it towards the end. But it’s just a generic Eurovision track.
Edsilia Rombley: “On Top Of The World”
Anastacia is really popular in Europe.
Natalia Barbu: “Fight”
I feel bad for Natalia because she has to follow Switzerland’s number. Although this, like “Vampires Are Alive,” is gothy electronica. Her vocal goes out of control at the end, which could be perilous when she’s performing live.
DJ Bobo: “Vampires Are Alive”
This song is really, really, really, really, really, really stupid. So stupid. Really, seriously stupid. It’s pure Eurotrash, so I of course adore it. It’s like the Battlefield Earth of Eurovision songs: it’s so awful, you can’t help but enjoy it.
Stevan Faddy: “Ajde Kroči”
Serbia and Montenegro had to withdraw from Eurovision last year due to the situation around their impending break-up. Both countries have their own entries this year. Montenegro’s number sounds like the closing credits to an ’80s action comedy.
Sopho: “Visionary Dream”
Georgia is making its Eurovision debut this year. I hope they do well, because this song is really totally awesome.
Eiríkur Hauksson: “Valentine Lost”
“Rock ‘n roll can heal your soul/When broken hearts lose all control.” Indeed. This song is funnier than last year’s entry from Iceland. Except this isn’t supposed to be funny, I think.
Koldun: “Work Your Magic”
Wow, there are some really awful lyrics in this one. For example, “Welcome to the night/And you will see you’ve got the magic power/I am on my way, I keep the key to your tower.” Also for example, “You set my beating heart in motion/When you cast your loving potion over me.”
Musically, it has a generic James Bond theme feel to it, which… doesn’t help at all. Neither does the high note Koldun hits at the end. Wow.