Well it's that time of year again where we don our best of British attire in order to cheer on our mediocre act and of course this year is no different. Millions of us will be round the television to watch the biggest non-sporting tv event - it can only be Eurovision! This year the final, the 58th annual Eurovision Song Contest, is taking place in Malmö, Sweden, following Loreen's win in the 2012 Contest with the song "Euphoria".
This week Air3 Radio brought you a special Eurovision preview show presented by Liam Beattie and Lauren Marriott. They have both come up with their predictions on which act will be crowned Eurovision 2013 winners, with a Top 3, a bottom 3 and finally each picking a personal favourite.
Belgium went back to the euro-pop vibe loved by eurovision enthusiasts with Roberto Bellarosa and Belgium’s entry "Love Kills". With odds of 100/1 this is unlikely to win, but it was certainly a favourite in the studio. Slow to start, this song builds into something truly brilliant. A club remix of this would certainly be a massive hit and will get the crowd buzzed in the arena.
This is currently the favourite to win the contest and rightly so.Emmelie de Forest with the song “Only Teardrops”. De Forest has a very strong voice which works perfectly in this very upbeat song. The style of music is very similar to the Alexander Rybak Fairytale entry from Norway in 2009 which went onto win the competition.With Malmö only a stones throw away from Copenhagen, De Forest may well have a large supporting crowd cheering her in the Malmö Arena.
Margaret Berger will represent Norway with the song "I Feed You My Love", The song has a definite modern vibe and is definitely something that would do well in the charts. The arena will certainly crackle with energy when Margaret takes to the stage. The song is electro-pop at its best and Berger's vocals soar over the epic backing music. The whole feel of the song and lyrics are darker than best film noir and the singer's stunning looks and beauty queen figure would not look out of place in a Hollywood movie.
El Sueno de Morfeo will be representing Spain with the song “Contigo hasta al final” (With you until the end). Their musical style is pop-rock fused with Celtic, folk rock and indie pop elements, the band have been together since 2002 and have had 5 top 20 albums. This doesn’t save them from the diabolic shambles of their song choice. The song is boring and repetative, will little action. If you are planning on singing a ballad at Eurovision, you should come with a violin, like 2009 Norway winner, Alex Rybak.
The italian entry is not very strong and is very similar to the lackluster entry from the UK. Sung by Marco Mengoni, the song is titled “L’Essenziale”. You would expect this song to be played in a suburban Italian restaurant in Dunstable while the punters eat overcooked pasta. The chances of Eurovision coming from the nation that gave the world the ice-cream cone are very slim.
Krista Siegfrids will be flying the flag for Finland with their song, “Marry Me”. This entry is clearly the Finnish answer to the Bruno Mars Marry You song as the lyrics and music are very similar. However the success of the individual songs will most likely be very different. Siegfrids entry may sweep up some votes from lovers of sing-along-songs but the song is very weak in comparison to her Scandinavian neighbours. This entry may not finish last but will certainly not go down in Eurovision history.
Lauren Marriott’s one to watch, the greek entry will certainly have you resisting the urge to smash plates with a traditional vibe at the start, then kicking into a great beat to really raise the roof of the Malmö Arena. The all male group will certainly keep the ladies happy. This is definitely a guilty pleasure. It's fun, fast and frantic (and full of kilts).
Liam Beattie’s one to watch come from the french beauty Amandine Bourgeois with “L'Enfer Et Moi”. This entry has the potential to come within the top 10. Although the French are always guaranteed entry to the final due to their 'Big Five' status they have none the less put effort into finding a national representative. This song is similar to something we could hear on the late Amy Winehouse's Back to Black album - a strong voice with a solid musical backing.
The UK entry this year, will come from Total Eclipse of The Heart singer, Bonnie Tyler. She is the queen of the ballad and will be a familar face to many watching the competition. From the reception the song, “Believe in Me” has had in the UK, it is clear that this downbeat ballad will not be receiving many twelve points in Malmo. There is as always, much pressure on Tyler to bring the competition home but we cannot expect to win if we continue to send former 'big names' who have lost much of their talent. Unfortunately on this occasion, we don't think many people will be holding out for a hero in you Bonnie. Next year, One Direction?
The competition is set to be a spectacular affair, as always. With this years slogan "we are one" it will be a coming together of europe to celebrate the joy of Eurovision, don't forget to tune in on Saturday at 20:00 on BBC 1. Even if it’s not for the music, Graham Norton’s commentary will be enough! Gather your nearest and dearest and indulge in an evening of music and good ol’ european fun.