Yay Belarus! Best song. (It’s a joyful, catchy folk duet. In Belarussian. But fully 2/3 of the lyrics are “hey! hey!”)
Portugal’s song (and singer) is legitimately good. Sort of a romantic piano bar feel, or maybe looking through a rainy window at a couple at a romantic piano bar while you are yourself wistful. Salvador Sobral. He’s my second favorite after Belarus. I think the betting odds at the moment say he’ll win.
Dude on a ladder lost all mystique once he took off the horse head.
I am able to hate both the English and the Italian sections of Croatia’s English/Italian mashup song. That’s how far I’ve come.
Sabs says: I like Hungary and Portugal so far. What’s up with the Israeli inflatable weapons?
Romie: I have no good explanation. I also have no explanation for why Romania brought cannons to a yodel.
Bethany: so baffling that one
Sabs: We are all very confused about this too.
I forgot I also like Belgium’s song. Not enough to remember that I like it, but I like it. I’d look up other stuff by the singer (Blanche) but that seems difficult to search. (I think this might be her only single. She’s mostly famous for being in the Belgian equivalent of American Idol.)
Sweden’s song is so stupid and I love the backup dancers SO MUCH.
Katherine: That guy with the long hair was nailing that choreography.
Roberto: Don’t get me started on the blinking at the camera.
Katherine says: Romania was GOLD
Romie: Oh yes I have been e-mailing their music video to unsuspecting friends all week. Possibly it should replace Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” as the E.U. anthem, because it is clearly an accomplishment on that level.
Feeling sad for the Israeli broadcasters. What class acts. (I had to research why they said they won’t be around next year.) They found out just THREE DAYS AGO that they’re being shut down, despite decades of very good work. I’ll miss you, IBA.