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Eurovision is here again...
on 27 April 2004
Yes, it is that time of year again, and this year because of theintroduction of a qualifier round, there are 36 songs to listen to. Butalthough this may seem like a lot (nearly two hours of songs), there iscertainly a lot to listen to!
Let's begin with the good stuff. Germany's entry brings a bit of JamieCullum-esque jazz to the contest, Sweden maintains that Euro-pop stylethey're famous for, and Norway will probably not get nul-points this yearas their song is possibly the most chart-worthy of the bunch. The UKshould also not worry too much about a repeat of last year, as James Foxshould pick up a few votes.
Now the bad stuff. Switzerland's entry is by far the worst of the 36, andit takes a lot of building yourself up to be able to listen 3 minutes ofthis. Austria, Slovenia and Portugal sadly have rather boring songs thatwill not make an impact at the contest. There are quite a few 'OK' songsthis year, but don't let that put you off, there is something foreverybody.
If you watch Eurovision for novelty / light entertainment purposes, thenthere are certainly a few eye openers. If you like your music ethnic, thenSerbia-Montenegro's dark song should win you over and it puts fiddles andpanpipes to good usage. The Ukraine (who I hotly tip to take the title)have a frantic, rhythmic song with a little bit of yodelling in. However,Estonia will either delight or annoy. Five girls singing an odd song withan odd tune, and the translation of the Estonian word "Tii"? Yes, "Road".But it's not nearly as good as the Spanish entry's translation intoEnglish, which produces "To Fill Myself with You". Terry Wogan may have afield day...
So who's going to win? Well, it's a tough one this year. If the people ofEurope go for a ballad, Cyprus will walk it. Greece and Turkey have songsthat will make people pick up the phone, and Ireland could well be up atthe top with a song written by Bryan McFadden. I still think The Ukrainewill win however - it's a good song with a good hook.
There are so many interesting songs this year, it's possibly the mostmixed selection of songs for many years in Eurovision. And although thequality of the songs isn't always brilliant, they will definitely put asmile on your face. Where else will you hear a Belarussian woman yodellingin bad English to a background of panpipes? This CD is gold - buy it!