Eurovision 2011 Preview: Turkey and Serbia

Right, here we go again with two more of this year’s hopefuls. First up are Turkey. The introduction of televoting to Eurovision in the late 90s had a dramatic effect on Turkey’s fortunes. Having only previously achieved one Top 10 finish since first entering Eurovision in 1975, they came 3rd in 1997, although their strong run really began in 2003 when Sertab squeaked to victory. They’ve been Top 10 for the last four years, and after last year’s effort from maNga was the runner-up, they’ve gone for a rock feel again. This is Yüksek Sadakat with Live It Up, a song that sadly bears no resemblance to the old hit for Mental As Anything. Instead it’s mostly rock-by-numbers, albeit with some slightly incongruous Daft Punk keyboard noises thrown into the mix, and sung by a bloke who looks strikingly like Andre Agassi:

Now on to Serbia. Of all the states of the former Yugoslavia, Serbia was the last to enter the Eurovision fold as a country in its own right, initially as Serbia & Montenegro and then, after those two went their separate ways, on its own since 2007 – the year Serbia swept to victory thanks to Velmalike Marija Šerifović. Unlike the other ex-Yugoslav states, Serbia have yet to enter a song performed in English, and this hasn’t changed this year. Here’s Nina (on this evidence, the Balkan answer to Duffy – not a flippant comparison as she appears to have done a cover of Mercy) with Čaroban. It’s got a 60s feel to it that could tap into the current vogue for female singers with an old-school sensibility – and her backing singers have dresses to die for:

Okay, time for the classic corner. As I mentioned earlier, prior to televoting, Turkey had only secured one Top 10 finish. That was in 1986, and here’s the song. Performed by Klips ve Onlar, this is Halley (as in the comet). Well I say Klips ve Onlar. In actual fact, it appears to be French & Saunders on vocals, Mike Read on guitar (watch him make the most of his solo), Trevor Horn on drums and one of Doctor and the Medics on the keyboard. Now that’s one hell of a band:

And that’s today’s Eurovision preview. Tomorrow it’s the turn of one country that’s had plenty of good fortune in previous years and a once successful Eurovision force that has, of late, struggled to even make an impact in the semi-finals. See you then!

Chris x


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