With the Swiss national selection, ‘Die Grosse Entscheidungs Show’ to be held next week, we will soon know the first official song to be competing in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf! So I’ve decided to listen to all the hopefuls one more time and more carefully and see if Switzerland stands a fighting chance this year.
At this point, they all sound like demos, so I am hoping that the songs have been reproduced and improved upon. But to make do with what we have, let’s see what (in my opinion) are the best songs in the Swiss selection in their current form.
1) Andrina – ‘Drop Of Drizzle’
A nice country-esque song that has really good instrumentation and is well sung.
2) Anna Rossinelli – ‘In Love For A While’
This is a purely minimalistic song that is the complete antithesis of the standard over-the-top Eurovision song. It relies solely on the singer’s voice which itself is pretty powerful. I think this song is a bit of a grower and it should be interesting to see this in its final form.
3) Aliose -‘Sur Les Pavés’
Well, it’s no ‘L’Égoiste’, but it is French. Another simple song with a pleasant melody in the style of classic French chanson. It might be too subtle for Eurovision, but it ahs a sweetness about it that could make it stand out. It all depends on the performance and presentation. And the duo singing it look like a very likable pair.
So those are my favourites amongst the Swiss hopefuls. I really hope they’ve beefed up the production of all the songs and in lieu of 100% televoting, that the Swiss public selects the best song, whichever that may be.
Today Finland have revealed the songs participating in their national final by uploading them onto the YLE’s official Eurovision website. I’ve had a listen to the songs and the ones I like the most are:
Jimi Constantine – ‘Party To Party’ : It sounds like Bon Jovi with a bit of Euro flavour and I think that it works really well. A bit formulaic but an extremely enjoyable catchy pop-rock song.
Tommi Soidinmäki – ‘Seis!’ : Starts off as a very moody, string-laden song before the beat kicks in and bringing a surprisingly catchy chorus along for the ride. The melody and vocals lean in the direction of musical theatre for me. It’s like they’ve taken the signature song of a musical and laid a pop beat over it. It works AND I love that its in Finnish. Should go over nicely if performed well on the night.
Automatic Eye – ‘I’m Not The One Who’s Sorry’ : Automatic Eye sees Finland return to doing what they do best: rock. This rock song in the guise of pop sounds promising, though the melody takes a while to kick in but when it does, it’s very gratifying. Once again, I think this song will truly shine at the live performance.
Paradise Oskar – ‘Da Da Dam’ : This is a good acoustic song with a relevant message about the environmental strife our planet is facing today. I’m prepared to bet that after Belgium’s success with Tom Dice and ‘Me And My Guitar’ this year, alot of similar songs will be popping up in national selections across Europe and this is a good example. I like how the lyrics tell a story, delivering the message in an interesting manner. However, they should consider changing the song title. Maybe something like ‘Peter’s Song’.
Stala & So. – ‘Pamela’ : A rousing eighties rock number with a chanty chorus. As far as rock songs go, this is an OK song and should be fun to head bang to. The group is fronted by Stala who was a member of Finland’s only Eurovision-winning group Lordi, so having a former winner in the national selection is a novel thing for the country.
So who would I like to see win and go on to represent Finland? At the moment, I’m really enjoying ‘Sesi!’ by Tommi Soidinmäki. It’s a catchy pop song with a musical theatre twist sung in Finnish. I prefer when countries sing in their national langugaes and although Finnish isn’t the most accessible of languages, this song makes me appreciate it alot more, which is one of the reasons why it works for me. My other favourite is ‘Party To Party’ by Jimi Constantine for its sheer catchiness. Of course, new favorites may arise once we go into the televised heats, so let’s wait and see.