The KMG’s: “LovePower”
I was hoping this was a cover of the song Dick Shawn sings in The Producers. KMG stands for “Krazy Mess Groovers.” Judging from their song, the K in Krazy stands for “Kool and the Gang.” I hate admitting this, but I enjoyed it, right down to the electronic voice box breakdown near the end.
Gerli Padar: “Partners In Crime”
A few years ago, Estonia won Eurovision with the song “Everybody,” which was performed by Tanel Padar and Dave Benton. Gerli is Tanel’s younger sister. Unlike last year’s representative, Gerli is actually Estonian, so I’ve put the extra exclamation point back in. The song, by the way, sounds like Vanilla Ninja, which makes total sense.
Magdi Rúzsa: “Unsubstantial Blues”
This year’s best song title. (Yes, better than “Vampires Are Alive.”) “Unsubstantial Blues” is indeed bluesy, although it has a strong country influence on it too. Magdi’s got a smoky, raspy voice that suits the song well. I don’t know how well this will fly with the European viewers at home, but I dig it.
Anonymous: “Salvem El Món”
Neo-punk rockers in the Sum 41/Avril Lavigne mold rock out about changing the world. If they were American or Canadian, they’d sound sarcastic, but in Andorra, they sound sincere.
Olivia Lewis: “Vertigo”
Someone got confused and gave a song written for the Turkish entry to Malta. Phlechk. When is Malta going to let Beangrowers represent them?
Guri Schanke: “Ven A Bailar Conmigo”
What the hell? I honestly wasn’t expecting this to sound like a Latin American pop song. Seriously, does Guri look like she would be singing a Latin American pop song? Yikes.
Karolina: “Mojot Svet”
“Mojot Svet” has synthesizers and slight nods to traditional music. It’s what Eurovision is all about. It doesn’t mean I enjoyed it. It just means that it follows the formula well.
Sabrina: “Dança Comigo”
Quintessential Eurovision track. I’m listening to it right now and I’ve already forgotten about it.
Kabát: “Malá Dáma”
Surprisingly, this is Czech Republic’s Eurovision debut. Kabát is a rocker, and the vocals have baritone under-dubs to make the song sound vaguely menacing. I’m willing to bet that if you replaced the guitars with synths and the tenor and bass vocals with sopranos, you would get a pretty generic Eurovision track. Fairly forgettable.
Marija Šerifović: “Molitva”
This has a Jim Steinman, 80s epic rock feel to it. That is, until the flute kicks in. Then it feels like a Europop cover of a Les Mis number.