Eurovision 2011 Preview – Moldova and Sweden

Time to give another brace of Eurovision entries the once-over. Moldova have competed in the contest every year since 2005, although they so far have yet to better that year’s placing of 6th. So they’ve decided to once more employ the services of the act who gave them that best-ever performance (so far), Zdob şi Zdub. Here they are with So Lucky, which starts off combining the music stylings of The Offspring with the sort of big pointy hats normally only seen at a Pet Shop Boys concert. Then a fairy turns up on a unicycle and the brass section kicks in. Yep, it’s Eurovision:

The sort of demented entry that will either get loads of votes or be very quickly consigned to the scrapheap. We’ll find out in four weeks from today. Now on to Sweden. Having competed, with just three exceptions, every year since 1958, and with four victories to their name (including, of course, in 1974, the most famous Eurovision winner of them all), Sweden are stalwarts of Eurovision to the extent that the contest without them would be unthinkable. But last year, the unthinkable happened, as they narrowly missed out in qualifying for the final. Can the mighty Swedes bounce back with this year’s entry, Popular, performed by Eric Saade? Certain friends of mine on Twitter (particularly @TyronWilson and @Schadenfreude) have been following the country’s Melodifestivalen qualifying contest, a competition that puts our half-arsed jamborees to shame. Eric is giving it both barrels in the contemporary electropop stakes and frankly it’s head and shoulders above most of the entries seen so far:

Look, he can break glass with one gloved hand. What more do you want?? Actually, Robyn would have been good, but you can’t have everything. It’s classic time now, and frankly where Sweden are concerned there’s so much to choose from that it’s hard to know where to start. But instead of doing the obvious and choosing one of the winners, I’m going to choose a song that should have won, but didn’t, although it’s singer would achieve glory (albeit under highly controversial circumstances) eight years later. Here, from 1983 (the last time Germany hosted Eurovision) is Carola with Främling. Love the little “woo!” she does between the first chorus and the second verse – 16 and having the time of her life:

Fabulous. Well that’s it for today. Tomorrow we’re tucked down in Europe’s south-east corner, with this year’s offerings from Cyprus and Bulgaria. See you then!

Chris xx


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