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, 22 April 2014
This review is from: Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Copenhagen (Audio CD)
The thirty-seven entries (two down from 2013)) appear on this double CD along with a bonus track from last year's winning singer Emmelie de Forest. The tracks are in roughly alphabetical order of country, although for the UK entry is between the songs from France and Georgia. The Ireland and Israel that complete the first CD bear a strong resemblance to one another.
There are a number of good songs and most improve on second and third hearing but none of the offerings can be rated as truly outstanding. It is a mystery why the bookmakers have got the Armenian entry by Aram MP3 as head of the betting, but the second favourites Sweden have a strong entry from Sanna Nielsen. Other good songs comes from hosts Denmark, Germany and Spain represented by 2008 X-Factor contestantant Ruth Lorenzo, the entry bears a striking similarity to a well known Elkie Brooks song, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Malta, Netherlands, Norway and controversially, Russia.
The United Kingdom entry, Children of The Universe has a strong hook and if Molly can reproduce her powerful recorded performance in the live show, a top ten finish should ensue. The afore-mentioned Russian entry is performed by a pair of very pretty blonde twins. The song is about peace and love and could have been cherry-picked by Vladimir Putin. The other controversial entry comes from Austria - their artist is a bearded drag queen. The two turkeys are from Poland, who should be eliminated at the semi-final stage and France who as one of the six automatic qualifiers, will unfortunately get a bye into the final. Eurovision veteran songwriter Ralph Siegel, composer of Nicole's winning song, Ein Bisschen Frieden, and six other top four finishers has his 22nd contest entry with San Marino's song, Maybe performed by Valentina Monetta.
If the best songs qualify for the May 10th final, it should make for an entertaining evening and at under ten pounds for thirty-eight tracks the double CD is good value for money..
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