The Eurovision finals, the annual kermesse of pop schlock, beloved by teenyboppers, ice skating costume designers, campy queens and all lovers of unhealthy style all through Europe is a responsible pleasure that I sit up for yearly. Think about if the Europeans have been allowed to create their very own pop music with out the overwhelming inventive bullying of Afro-American kinds, Caribbean beats, Indigenous melodies from Mexico and Afro-Lusitanian creativity from Brazil? A daunting thought, and one which is delivered to terrifying life each Spring!
On Saturday, Could 24, the 2008 ultimate night passed off. An extended parade of largely amateurish songs glided by in a gleeful blur. However that’s okay, as a result of though a real fan finds the entire present totally entertaining, it’s all the time considerably tongue in cheek, and half the enjoyable is hating it. I watched it on French TV and had the chatter of Julien Lepers and Jean-Paul Gaultier to maintain me firm. Right here was my tackle the proceedings:
The primary track was from Romania. Nico and Vlad singing “Pe-o Margine de Lume.” I believe Romania has completed the Italian bit to loss of life. This love duet was completed half in Romanian and half in Italian, and it was an suave track, however that wasn’t be sufficient to make it in any respect fascinating.
UK: Andy Abraham, singing “Even If”. Contemplating that the U.Ok. might by no means sink decrease than the 2007 entry, which can most likely go down in historical past because the worst Eurovision track EVER, this was nice compared. Funky soul disco from the 1970s, and a reasonably good efficiency from Andy, as properly. Jean Paul Gaultier referred to as him elegant in his kind becoming funksuit.
Albania: 16 12 months outdated Olta Boka sang “Zemrën E Lamë Peng.” Nicely completed, within the French soul diva mode. However since Albanian doesn’t sound in any respect like the rest, it was arduous to inform what she was getting all labored up about.
Germany: No Angels sang “Disappear”. Sure, that’s proper. Disappear. Please! Think about the Pussy Cat Dolls in the event that they couldn’t carry a tune or bust even the lamest transfer. Clearly, Germany was getting again at Eurovision for the snub 2007’s entry received.
Armenia: Sirusho sang “Qele, Qele.” The Balkan beat that’s acquainted from so many ex Yugoslavian entries through the years blended with a little bit of Pink. Not horrible, because the French would say, largely due to her sturdy and musical voice.
Bosnia Herzegovina: Laka singing “Pokusaj”. Simply what we wanted: Theater of the Absurd inside the Theater of the Absurd. The singer appeared like Captain Kangaroo assisted by the bride of Frankenstein in a miniskirt. The track appeared like an outdated novelty track from San Remo, classic 1985.
Israel: Boaz sang “The Hearth in your eyes.” A superb singer with an authentic pop track with a Balkan tint. The primary actually good track within the present.