Here come the next three countries all hoping to get through the first of this year’s Eurovision semi-finals, a fortnight from tonight. Denmark have enjoyed back-to-back Top 5 finishes by sending non-threatening soft rock numbers that sounded curiously like Simply The Best (in 2010) and Fight Test by the Flaming Lips (last year). This year they’re sending Soluna Samay, singing Should’ve Known Better. Sadly this has nothing to do with the old Jim Diamond hit – rather it sounds like it could have been a hit for Sheryl Crow about 10 years ago. The outfit, on the other hand, is rather more Cheryl Cole:
So, as non-threatening and easy on the ear as the Danes’ last couple of entries, which probably means it’ll do quite well. Easy on the ear is not a description that could be applied to the Russian entry, one that has already garnered a fair bit of attention. Buranovskiye Babushki previously entered the national selection competition in 2010 with a song whose title translated as Very long birch bark and how to turn it into a turban. Incredibly, they didn’t get selected. This time, however, they got lucky, mainly one suspects by entering a song with the slightly more Eurovision-friendly title of Party For Everybody. You may watch this and smirk, but ask yourself: would voting for this be any more ridiculous than voting for a man singing about the whereabouts of his keys and his phone?
This is actually one of the favourites to win, and frankly given that this is Eurovision, anything is possible (even if the country you’re representing is fresh – or rather rotten – from an election with a grimly predictable outcome). As well as singing about birch bark, turbans and partying, Buranovskiye Babushki also have a line in unlikely cover versions. Like this one:
They beat Dima Bilan and one half of T.A.T.u in the national final. You’ve got to admit, that result has made things a bit more interesting than they would have been otherwise. It’s certainly more interesting than the Hungarian entry that’s up last today. Here are Compact Disco performing Sound of Our Hearts, with a similarly uninspiring video in which the lead singer plays both an Apprentice reject and a tramp.
Nothing really memorable going on there, and with the song sandwiched between two rather more striking entries in the semi-final running order, it’s likely to get lost in the mix. The second of those two rather more striking entries is the Austrian one, and we’ll be taking a look at that, Moldova and Ireland next time. I can assure you that Jedward are far from being the most mind-boggling act in that trio…