Good Friday to the fifth heat of The Winner Is… ! Last time’s attempt to drive up production sort of killed the fourth heat’s ability to draw votes, so that won’t be happening again. Instead, I’ll just publish more frequently (hopefully). Anyway, onto these next four songs!
After Who See’s failure to deliver the purest form of dubstep on the Eurovision stage, the presence of entries with that flavor has shrunken considerably in 2014. Nermin Puškar and Samuel Lucas seem to have forgotten about that and instead created this rock-dubstep number for Slovenia’s EMA. It’s musically rich, with layers and layers of sound that, while obviously separate, work together well. That feeling of disconnect is a very interesting property that works in unison with the lyrics, which detail making it through a rocky part of a relationship. Vocally, Lucas and Puškar both sounded committed and vested in what they were singing; it felt genuine.
First, RTVSLO deserves huge props for organizing one of the best national finals of the year on such short notice. Each of the seven songs was good and the production was unique and fun. That said, this one stood above the rest for being, in essence, what Armenia’s entry wants to be. The moving and exciting orchestration is nearly singular in the year’s songs, rich and accessible. I can’t get enough of the song’s energetic construction. Performance-wise, they sell it quite well, even if Lucas has a few problems with his pronunciation. All in all, it was a missed opportunity for Slovenia to send something even more unique than Tinkara. Thanks for the music guys!
Live: 8 | Staging: 7 | Lyrics: 8 | Music: 10 | Preference: 19
Total: 10.65 pts.
This song got better and better through each stage of UMK. MIAU really polished their appearance and song until the final, and were rewarded with a very deserved 3rd place. This performance in the final was probably the most well-rounded of all the finalists, tied maybe with Softengine. I love the energy and vibe that they gave off, as it was one of the most “in your face” acts of the year. They absolutely delivered when it mattered and I ended up falling for this song.
Live: 9 | Staging: 8 | Lyrics: 6 | Music: 9 | Preference: 18
Total: 10.2 pts.
Going into this strong edition of MGP, “Needs” was my favorite song and looking back now, I can say that it’ll probably stay in my top five. I love that the lyrics and music work together by creating a very organic feeling but it’s absolutely destroyed with the nasty dress she wore. Something more raw would’ve done wonders for the song. Talking of the song itself, I’m not crazy about how the lyrics fail to resolve her request; sure we should eschew things we don’t need but what should we focus on instead? That said, these are all small issues, compared to Misund’s tendency to go sharp in the chorus. All in all, this is a very welcome addition to the soundtrack of 2014. Tusen takk, Dina!
Live: 4 | Staging: 5 | Lyrics: 9 | Music: 8 | Preference: 17
Total: 9 pts.
As the most “normal” song of this heat, “Heal” might be the most competent. Mo’s vocals and stage presence were both top notch. The song was one of the better delivered ones on the night, and really earned its slot in the super final. In particular, I love the brief little “Oh”s that punctuate the melody at points, most notably at the beginning. Simply put, everything here works incredibly well.
Live: 7 | Staging: 8 | Lyrics: 7 | Music: 8 | Preference: 18
Total: 9.9 pts.
So I’ve eliminated the two Norwegian entries but will you? Did you only “Need” a good song to support Dina or did Mo help you “Heal” from a “Drug” addiction? Then again, if you don’t like any of those three, don’t use your vote as a “Masquerade” and vote for your favorite and share!