Artists who should give it another go.Posted: November 18, 2010
Over the years, we’ve witnessed many talented and amazing singers grace the Eurovision stage and did not achieve the result they ought to have. Below is a list of former Eurovision participants that I feel could come back and give it another go:
1. Sofia Nizharadze (Georgia, 2010)
The fact that Sofia was able to take a mediocre song like Shine into the Top 10 is a testament to her vocal prowess. She has an amazing voice and I was very disappointed with the fact that none of the songs in the Georgian pre-selection did justice to her voice. I’d really like to see Sofia back and with a song more worthy of her.
2. Sakis Rouvas (Greece, 2004 / 2009)
OK, here’s the thing. I’m a fan of Sakis Rouvas. I think he’s a consummate performer who gives his all on stage and doesn’t hold back. However, I’m not a fan when his ‘all’ involves practically gyrating out of his shirt. Sakis is at his best when performing his trademark ballads. To that end, I’d like to see him participate again but with a ballad, preferably in Greek. If he sings something like Emena Thes (below), he could win.
3. Friðrik Ómar (Iceland, 2008)
Here’s another one who could go all the way with the right song. Having participated as part of Euroband, his extraordinary navigation of the keychange of This Is My Life has got to be one of the most memorable moments of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest for me. What a voice! I reckon he should go solo with an equally rousing number.
4. DJ BoBo (Switzerland, 2007)
The biggest travesty of the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest was that Switzerland did not qualify for the Grand Final. It’s a real shame, as the song Vampires Are Alive was undoubtedly one of the best songs that year. But I could also see why it didn’t qualify. While DJ BoBo’s performance was perfect, that female vocalist was the one that messed it all up.
I mean, what made her think that dancing while singing was a good idea? She was out of breath the whole time and it brought the whole performance down. That and the mannequins dressed up as emo vampires. Next time BoBo, ditch the woman and the mannequins! I think Switzerland should organise a national final like the United Kingdom did back in 2009 wherein they hold a massive Idol/X Factor-like show to find a vocalist or act who will accompany DJ BoBo. Are you reading this SF?
5. Mihai Träistariu (Romania, 2006)
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyeeeeah!!!!!!!! Mihai’s impressive vocal range of five octaves pretty much makes him the male version of Mariah Carey. His voice and the equally amazing song Tornerò made him one of the favourites to win the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, eventually going on to place fourth. I’d love to see him back in the contest with a song even better than Tornerò (if that were possible) and a key change to end all key changes.
I’ll be preparing another list soon! Hopefully y’all enjoyed this list 🙂