Now it gets interesting. While there will be many broadcasters more than happy with their results at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, there will be many more looking at the right hand side of the table and wondering what went wrong.
The obvious answer, and it’s probably the right one, is that they didn’t choose the right song. For whatever reason, they zigged when they should have zagged. So let’s point out those wrong turnings and wonder what could have been in Malmö…
This Is Gonna Hurt The United Kingdom
To be fair to the BBC, they were really close this year. I think they chose the right artist in Bonnie Tyler (seriously), and they even chose the right album (it’s called ‘Rocks and Honey’, and trust me, everyone in the ESC press centre knows about it because Bonnie made sure to tell us). It’s just that they managed to pick the most useless track on the entire album for the Contest in ‘the National Final voted on by one person in an office somewhere deep in New Broadcasting House.‘
‘This is Gonna Hurt‘ was track one and it’s quintessential Bonnie Tyler. They must have listened to it before reaching track 4 ‘Believe In Me’. Whoops.
Romania Should Have Sent Luminita Anghe
There was something classy about sending a theatrical number to Eurovision, but it needed more than just the high voiced chest-waxing tones of Cezar. Where the counter tenor had a rising platform, Luminita Anghe’s backing dancers had a fantastic dance move to replicate the sea that we wanted to try on the Euroclub dancefloor. When Cezar went all Emperor Palpatine, Anghe went all Idina Menzel. And if Cezar had stayed at home, Anghe would have been far higher than 14th on the night.
YLE Sent Krista Siegfrids One Year Too Late
This year’s ranking system favours less controversial songs, those that appeal to the AOR crowd across Europe. Which means, much as it pains me, YLE missed a trick in not sending Mikael Saari. Even though Krista’s song was infectious, fun, and made me smile, it needed the 2012 jury system if it was going to reach the Top Ten. Saari could have been this year’s Kuula result, with an appeal to the Radio 2 listener that lives in all of us.
Serbia Should Have Sent Someone Who The Wardrobe Department Liked
Because really, there was no excuse for those outfits except that the head of wardrobe blamed Moje 3 for the death of her Alsation/Corgi cross-breed puppy. How about Spas, by Dusan Svilar?
Latvia forget the rap rule.
Anything but rap. Anything. Even dubstep will perform better. But if you want us to put the cards on the table, Samanta Tina. A fantastic power ballad that built over the three minutes from cold and vulnerable waif to a strong and independent woman. We could have had a song with a story and a fabulous performance. Instead we got a stage diver.
The Estonian jury were wrong to send Birgit Oigemeel
Because they could have sent Winny Puhh…
Any other countries that you think made the wrong call? Let us know in the comments, just as you all did . And if you think some of the countries had a perfect night, yesterday’s ‘National Finals That Got It Right‘ is for you.