Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Preview: Final Thoughts

Eurovision Final: Songs 6-10

Mike: I think the song is passable, but there’s a lot of gimmick going on onstage.

Ben: For me, the song’s always felt like it’s trying too hard, and the gimmicky performance isn’t helping at all.
“Playing With Fire” was better.

Mike: When describing a “Eurovision-y” song, this would be a prime example.

Ben: YES. It’s Eurovision-y to a fault.

Mike: The piano donut though…….why?

Ben: I ask the same question.  It clearly isn’t functional.

Mike: Or practical! You see Ovi entering and exiting!

Ben: If it was large enough to hold both of them and have both of them playing, it could be cool (and remind the viewer of their last song). As it is, it’s just one more unnecessary gimmick.

Mike: OH! And Paula’s weird arm thing!

Ben: Paula loves that choreography during “All the things I see”

Mike: Thank goodness they’re both charming.

Ben: This song is basically a series of gimmicks with just enough connecting material between them

Aram Mp3 / Armenia (Eurovision MiniPop: Ben Morris)
Aram Mp3 / Armenia (Eurovision MiniPop: Ben Morris)

Mike: Is that a segue to Armenia?

Ben: It is now. I like the song (and would totally give it the “Best Use of Dubstep Elements” prize), but have never understood why it was the frontrunner this year. There’s a nice “You’re all alone…You’re not alone” mirroring in the lyrics.

Mike: I think it struck the balance between the Eurovision ethos and actually moving the medium forward a step

Ben: That could be it.  The performance felt a little expected to me. Before watching rehearsal footage, I could have told you that the song would start with Aram in spotlight and would have the backdrop go crazy once the dub step drop happened. So perhaps not expected, but predictable.

Mike: Oh yeah, but I think I was expecting more visually interesting craziness instead of pyro overload

Ben: Me too.

Mike: “Aram casts Firaga”

Ben: HERE’S SOME FIRE YOU GUYS DUBSTEP IS CRAZY. For me, it’s not as clear a frontrunner as “Euphoria” was a few years ago, which I think speaks to the quality of the field this year

Mike: Absolutely. I don’t even think Armenia is a frontrunner at this point.

Ben: Agreed.  The winner isn’t already set in stone, which excites me.

Mike: Does that mean there’s hope for Montenegro?

Ben: I wouldn’t go that far. The skating was cool, but I’m still not sure how it fit in with the rest of the performance.

Mike: I was impressed with Montenegro’s performance on Tuesday. Being able to see how the figure skater was interacting with the floor display helped a lot.

Ben: Montenegro has sent “joke” acts the past two years, so it’s nice to see them take things seriously

Ben: I think the stage show was enough to push them to the final, but I’m not sure it’ll take them all the way to the top.

Mike: I don’t think so either, but I hope the skater earns them some points for degree of difficulty—doing those tricks on rollerblades instead of ice skates must be challenging.

Ben: Agreed. Does Poland get any difficulty points for their live laundry and butter-churning demonstration?

Mike: I mean, I’m not in the demo for that part of the performance, but I do applaud Poland for translating the video into a workable stage production.

Ben: As a representative of the demo for that part of the performance, I also applaud them for translating the video into a stage show. I was a little disappointed by Cleo’s live vocals. Not that this song requires perfect pitch, but it was a little screechy.

Mike: I’ll be curious to see if they improve during Saturday’s show—that could have been nerves

Ben: true.

Freaky Fortune ft. Riskykidd / Greece (Eurovision MiniPop: Ben Morris)
Freaky Fortune ft. Riskykidd / Greece (Eurovision MiniPop: Ben Morris)

Mike: Speaking of nerves, what was going on during Greece’s performance Thursday? The guy on the left flubbed his lines and had a few other hiccups during the song.

Ben: He seemed nervous.  I wanted more trampoline
I also wanted the main singer to wear a shirt that’s not super long for some weird reason.
8:27 PM

Ben: Again: song needed more trampoline.  You could have had someone jumping for the entire song rather than just the key change

Mike: I…ugh…this entry concerns me.

Ben: Greece tends to be an inevitable inclusion in the final, but I think it’ll be interesting to see if they finish outside of the top 10 this year.

Mike: I hope they do, this entry felt so phoned in.

Ben: This entry mostly highlights the difficulty of performing the current EDM trends live.

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