Eurovision 2013

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Scandinavian Hopefuls

They used to be good at football. And sex. Now they are good at crime telly things. And Eurovision. And they say Scandinavia is the most progressive part of Europe!

The overall favourite in the early running is Denmark’s ‘Only Teardrops’ at 2.58 – a folksy number and undoubtedly one of the most polished songs in the competition. Perhaps its biggest strength however is 19-year-old songstress Emmelie de Forest, a captivating and intense performer whose floaty dresses and bare feet clearly recall last year’s eventual winner Loreen. Worth a google fellas.

If you don’t fancy the Danes, how about Norway? The Norwegians have been on many bettors’ radars ever since Alexander Rybak’s landslide victory in 2009, but this year’s entry looks like it might finally deliver on some of that promise. ‘I feed You My Love’ is an unashamed piece of electro-pop, a broody synth-heavy song performed with ice queen like coolness by Margaret Berger. However, one potential downside is that those depressed Eurozone voters voters have tended to favour more uplifting numbers in previous years. 9.4 looks about right.

And what of the hosts themselves? Robin Stjernberg’s ‘You’ is undoubtedly one of the better songs that will invade your earholes in this year’s competition, but it faces an uphill struggle if Sweden is going to retain its title. After all, out of the 57 previous contests only Luxemburg, Ireland and Israel have won twice in a row. Little wonder the Swedes are drifting all the time, now out to 34.

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