I’ve come to the annoying conclusion that finishing this quickly simply will not happen. So, we’re going to speed through the final two heats in order to get to a good stopping place before Eurovision. Now, no time for lengthy intros, Eurovision is afoot!
I’m trying to to have this be a prediction thing, but I think this would have better chances in Copenhagen, just because it’s a bit hookier and poppish. And in saying that, I’m fully aware of the fact that “Is It Right?” is somewhat more sophisticated, lyrically and musically, so I can live with this not winning USFD. But this would’ve been swell. Everything about the performance is stellar and the song is so gorgeous, I can’t help but really like it. As a big softie, I prefer these relatable lyrics to the others, but that’s just a personal thing. No matter what was going to happen in Cologne, Elaiza were bound to be great, and the fact that they had two equally great songs is a testament to them as artists.
Live: 10 | Staging: 8 | Lyrics: 7 | Music: 8 | Preference: 17
Total: 10.05 pts.
First, the line “We listened to the song of flowers, of rivers…” might be one of my favorites for the entire year. It’s one of those things that’s instantly imaginable and beautiful. Although, that could be said for the whole song, which didn’t seem have justice done unto it in the Eesti Laul final. The performance in the semi-final was a tad stronger. Nevertheless, it’s musically amazing and even if my understanding of the lyrics is challenged, there’s obviously something beautiful there, too. There were so many special songs in this edition of Eesti Laul, it’s almost a shame that Tanja was sent instead.
Live: 8 | Staging: 7 | Lyrics: 8 | Music: 10 | Preference: 18
Total: 10.35 pts.
My favorite part about this song might be the intro, which introduces all the concepts so well and so playfully. Then again, the whole song is brilliant, carrying all of the careful details throughout so well, like the “hmm”s and high-pitched synths in the chorus (listen and you’ll know what I’m talking about). This is also amazing lyrically, as it’s very vivid without being worn out. Moi’s choreography of couch-hopping made a bit of sense to me, if the idea was to portray trying (and failing) to reason with someone in a dynamic way, but there might be a grander idea that’s lost on me. At least her vocals were really good, as was everything about this song.
Live: 8 | Staging: 8 | Lyrics: 8 | Music: 10 | Preference: 19
Total: 10.8 pts.
This is the best staged entry I’ve seen in a very very long time. The concept is brave but so perfect for the subject matter, as each choir member who appears represents a different thought that’s lent itself to helping Salumäe find a conclusion. The spinning helps to illustrate the introspective idea and the whole idea, while not executed perfectly, is so strong, it doesn’t matter. And as a song, it’s also incredibly strong, with a quirky but straightforward orchestration that ebbs and flows appropriately and lyrics that grow and really show the frustration and occasional loneliness that comes with finding something deep within oneself. The only problem with this entry was the choir, which frequently sang out of key and nearly ruined the great effect. Thankfully Salumäe was able to recover, but he never should’ve been put in that situation.
Live: 5 | Staging: 10| Lyrics: 10 | Music: 9 | Preference: 18
Total: 10.5 pts.
So, here’s the recap for Heat 7. Both polls will be at the bottom of the post.
Now, onto the final heat, Heat 8!
This is one of those songs that makes so much more sense together than it its parts. Case in point, the lyrics are a bit fuzzy (although I assume that’s the point), the staging was way too heavy and busy, and MarieMarie’s vocals were, hate to say it, bad. Thank goodness it was fabulous musically, although the three minute version isn’t anything compared to the four minute original. That said, the music on its own is barely enough to save the song, but it’s delivered from the absolute bottom.
Live: 4 | Staging: 4 | Lyrics: 7 | Music: 9 | Preference: 18
Total: 9 pts.
This was my first year closely following MF, and I have to say, although the songs were great, the results vexed me like nothing else. Really Sweden, 7th behind Ammotrack and Alcazar? *sigh* I loved this song so much, from the arrangement, to the performer, to the staging. It all rocked. However, I think the lyrics are the highlight here, as Johansson comforts his beloved as she contemplates suicide. The staging reflects that really well, with the spinning lampshades that let through shimmers of light, although that effect was marred by the overabundance of split screen shots and overlays. Still, this is really a missed gem from MF 2014, and I’m glad that I have it here.
Live: 6 | Staging: 7 | Lyrics: 10 | Music: 8 | Preference: 20
Total: 10.65 pts.
The reason she made it directly to Stockholm was because her performance in Malmö was breathtaking. She wasn’t able to replicate that in the final, sadly. And even if she had, the weaknesses of “Songbird” still would’ve been apparent, namely the lyrics, which pull off the rare feat of being both trite and ridiculous at the same time. Thankfully the simple music and staging was there to offset the song’s other losses. In an average Melfest final, this should’ve easily been top three.
Live: 7 | Staging: 8 | Lyrics: 3 | Music: 8 | Preference: 16
Total: 8.7 pts.
Having not listened to this song in a while, this was a positive surprise. Lead singer Charlie Grönvall was incredibly solid vocally, adding just the right amount of emotion to the performance. The song overall was bracing and full, with lots of great contrast and style. The lyrics are simply fantastic, challenging András Kállay-Saunders for darkest of the year. Like almost all of the Melodifestivalen songs here, this was a robbery.
Live: 9 | Staging: 7 | Lyrics: 9 | Music: 9 | Preference: 18
Total: 10.5 pts.
And that’s a wrap! Here’s a recap for the final heat of The Winner Is.
Again, thanks so much for voting and sharing. It means the world to me. Finally, here are the last two polls before Eurovision! I’m so excited!