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Eurovision 2012 Preview Part 10 – Croatia, Sweden and Georgia

It’s Monday evening, the first day of another week is nearly done and dusted, and the first of this year’s Eurovision semi-finals is now barely more than a week away. This year’s previews, meanwhile, move on apace, and today we’ve got Croatia, Sweden and Georgia lined up for inspection. Starting with Croatia, who’ve missed the qualification boat in the last couple of years and will be hoping to put that right this year. Croatia decided to scrap their selection competition (fabulously called Dora) and go for an internal selection instead. Their representative is Nina Badrić (who herself has missed the boat when trying to get selected on a number of previous occasions), singing Nebo, or “Heaven”, from inside what appears to be a Dove advert. Complete with lots of gratuitously semi-naked men.

Random fact: Nina once did a TV job-swap with a zoo-keeper. That’s not a bad entry at all, but whether moving to an internal selection will improve things for Croatia as it did for the UK last year remains to be seen.

From a country that’s amongst this year’s rank outsiders, to the country that is currently this year’s hot favourite. Sweden of course are no strangers to success at Eurovision, although it’s now 13 years since Charlotte Nilsson (as she was then, and minus the ill-advised cosmetic enhancements) gave the Swedes their fourth Eurovision triumph with Take Me To Your Heaven. Last year it looked like Erik Saade’s glass-smashing efforts might come good, as Sweden led the voting for a while before being overtaken in the later stages and having to settle for third place. Hoping to take the lead and stay there to the end is Loreen with Euphoria, performed here using interpretative dance on a level not seen since the early days of Kate Bush.

It certainly has the sound of a potential Eurovision winner – start slowly, build up to a banging chorus and keep it up from there. She ends the performance being held aloft – whether she’ll end this contest holding the trophy aloft remains to be seen.

Last up today are Georgia. In the four Eurovisions they’ve competed in so far, the Georgians have been a model of consistency, qualifying each time and then finishing somewhere from 9th to 12th in the final. This year, they’ve sent Anri Jokhadze performing I’m a Joker. Anri, judging by this video, isn’t exactly a shrinking violet. In fact he makes John Barrowman look restrained. He also, one suspects, might be going all-out to make it clear to the world that he’s completely and utterly heterosexual.

Anri has apparently been doing showbiz since the age of 4 and is known as “The Georgian Golden Voice”. With hair colour to match. Completely OTT – if the stage performance is similarly excessive, and based on their previous results, this might make it through.

So, three very different entries, one of which could be this year’s winner. But there’s plenty more still to get through, and next time it’ll be the turn of Turkey, Estonia and Slovakia to get the preview treatment.

Chris x

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Eurovision 2011 Preview: Georgia and Finland

Here come the next two hopefuls in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Georgia have only been entering since 2007, but in their three showings so far (they withdrew from the 2009 contest after Russia threw a hissy fit over the alleged political subtext of their entry) they’ve been consistent, finishing either just inside or outside the Top 10. They’ve decided to rock out this year, with a song that appears to have been beamed in from 2001: medium-loud verse, rock-out chorus, really bad white-boy rap, rinse and repeat. So here’s Eldrine with One More Day:

Not convinced by that one – it might have to rely on the good neighbour vote to get through. Next are Finland. Having finally conquered Europe thanks to Lordi in 2006, they’ve since immediately reverted to the poor showings that preceded that victory for so many years, and last year they narrowly failed to qualify from the semi-finals (a shame, as I rather liked that entry). This year they attempt to rectify this situation with a 12-year-old singing Five Years to the tune of You’re Beautiful. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Paradise Oskar with Da Da Dam:

Winsome in the extreme – but that winsome Welsh boy singing for Cyprus got to the final last year, so who knows? Today’s classic takes us back to 1985, when Finland entered Kim Wilde-a-like Sonja Lumme with Eläköön elämä. If you can get past the sea of mullets, then those sparkly white gloves are to die for:

Power pop with added syllables and lipgloss. Fabulous. Tomorrow, as it’s Friday, I’ve got a triple treat (or threat, depending on your point of view) lined up, as the tour takes in Malta, San Marino and Croatia. See you then!

Chris x

Eurovision 2010 Haiku #33: Georgia

Georgian singer raids
Cheryl Cole’s wardrobe for a
Big old school ballad

The One That Got Away

Well, we’re nearly at the end of the haiku for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. In fact, there are just two more to go, including one for the United Kingdom entry. Those will come tomorrow, but first I’ve decided that, for the sake of completeness, I should also do a haiku for the Eurovision entry that won’t be heard in either of the semi-finals on 12 and 14 May, or in the final on 16 May. Namely the one that upset hosts Russia so much that they demanded the country in question field another entry – which that country flatly refused to do. They didn’t want to put in, so they decided to pull out instead. Here it is:

Eurovision Haiku #0: Georgia

Harmless disco spoof
With comedy hair – clearly
Not political