Welcome to the fourth part of the reviewing series! There’s still a lot to come, and thankfully there’s still some time until May, even though it is approaching quicker and quicker. Today, we will get to the first “classic” Western nation as well as the first Big 5 nation – Germany – and before that, we’ll pay a visit to the specialists for weird performances, volcano dresses, scantily clad police and epic saxophones: Moldova!
Moldova: Lidia Isac – Falling Stars
Moldova has presented us a nice overview of their musical scene over the last years, even though I hope for them that it’s not actually representative for Moldovan music. Among the Moldovan entries, there has been a lot of stuff which I liked – most of which many others disagreed on (hello, Cristina!) – but also some stuff I liked less. And generally a lot of rather cheap things. Like quite a few we’ve already looked at, they’re up for a hattrick, but in their case it’d be a negative one. Can Lidia Isac keep Moldova from the third NQ in a row?
Moldova is back to where they have been last year – not the Ukraine, and not the “NYPD”, but the land of cheap dance music. It’s always a bad sign if the first 50 seconds of jury-pleasing are my favourite part of a song, and in this case, they definitely are. This song sounds as if DJ Antoine spent a holiday in the East and put it together there. The only thing I can say in favour of this is that Lidia is not nearly as slappable as Romanyuta was, otherwise this gives me pretty much the same feeling. Except that Falling Stars lacks last year’s hook (and lack of clothes).
I do, however, love the lyrics – they’re brilliantly foreshadowing this song’s fate. With this song, yes I believe you will be torn in pieces, Moldova. And while I doubt that this prime example of factory dance music (of an outdated Moldovan factory) will make anyone a star, if you already were one before, you’re most likely falling. Even though I doubt that it will be a particularly bright fall. I actually did not want to be that harsh on Moldova, but with SunStroke Project, Zdob si Zdub and Pasha, you did lay the bar a little too high to come up with something like this twice in a row. Sorry, but I fear I can’t give you more than 3/10.
Germany: Jamie-Lee – Ghost
Instead of what may be my favourite song of the whole NF season, Germany sent a girl with an interesting thing on her head. Jamie-Lee
Kriewitz followed a tradition among young German females going to ESC and deleted her last name for contest purposes. Or maybe she did rename herself to Jei-Mi Lee. Given that her last name is “Kriewitz”, I assume Eurovision commentators all over Europe are thankful for that decision, even if it would have been funny to compare all the different attempts at pronouncing it. Let’s turn to the song now – can Germany improve after Ann-Sophie’s joint last place of 2015?
Now, I think that this has a brilliant sound for a song called “Ghost”, but there’s a big problem with it. I tend to forget it very quickly. To her benefit, she’ll be visible during Eurovision and the whole manga thing does certainly help making her recognizable, but the song itself, in my opinion, isn’t. This is a pity because I am trying to like it, and she seems very likable, but how can I like a song if I forget it in five minutes? It’s something that I kind of remember when hearing it again, but I wouldn’t ever be able to hum it to you or something like that.
One way to liking this is, like Moldova, through the lyrics – and this time even without poisonous sarcasm! There’s a few images in them that the reader in me loves (“Like a dragon to his gold / We’re still holding on” or “Can we get an alternate ending?”) but I also can’t understand what she’s trying to say. However, nobody will care in the end anyway, so why should I? This song is something odd to me. I try to like it, but not only do I forget it quickly, it also completely fails to touch me in any way, similar to A Million Voices did last year. I assume it may be some kind of overproduction or something like that, but there is just nothing there for me. I can’t see anything wrong with Ghost though, which is why Germany receives a solid 5/10.
Thank you for reading this, and can you Hear Them Calling? It’s not for saying Goodbye, it’s us, for the fifth reviewing session featuring Iceland and Serbia!