The Estonian sensation Kerli is back in het most human form yet! Her new single "The Lucky Ones" sounds like a tamed version of her previous song "Zero Gravity" which was musically and lyrically way better than this song. Nevertheless I love this track and it's on heavy rotation down here! Everything about Kerli is more ralatable in this last video, so have a look!
As we have listed the trashiest videos of this year, we will now switch to the more positive side of 2012. Now these songs have made quite an impact here at MIXKULA, so we'd like to know if you agree, and what's your favorite! I have to say, now all songs were accompanied by great videos, but we're only judging the song here:
1. Euphoria - Loreen
This song blew up my iPod right after i heard it for the first time. It winning the ESC 2012 totally restored my trust in the whole event (imagine if Russia won!?!?!?!). The song has had an incredible surge up many charts around the world, but sadly I'm not confident it will last as long as I'll love this song.
2. La La Love - Ivi Adamou
Another incredibly catchy song from this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Even if her vocal performance was a big let-down I still think this song was one of the highlights. And the video totally rocks!
3. ЧИ-ЛИ - Облака
The wild-child of Russian pop music may be hard to get used to. I admit, she has an unusual voice. I cant say its her best video, but i absolutely love the song!
4. Kerli - Zero Gravity
While Estonian Kerli overdid a little on the video, the song is TOTALLY catchy, and repeatable!
5. Laurentiu Duta - Shining Heart ft. Andreea Banica
While the song is kinda built on the same mold as many other Romanian songs, this one is way more catchy! Laurentiu is kind of the ugly duckling next to Andreea but she's nothing without him! Or so she sings...
My second favorite Estonian lady (the first being my good friend and top-model Triin Villemsaar) is back in a WONDERFUL video. It's the breath of freshness missing today between the dusty madonnas and pretentious katy perries. When I first heard the song a while ago I wasn't so gripped, but with this video it's picture perfect! My favorite scene is the second, where's she's looking like Freya the germanic goddess. This is what the 90's would be if they had today's technology!
Even if it was the most underwhelming Eurovision song contest of the last couple of years in terms of show and quality, the scoring was rather enticing. Some very suprising results came out of the votes and some favourites were smashed!
Personally i wasn't surprised Blue didn't go far, the vocal capabilities of the boyband are hardly impressing. Another favorite of the bookies, France, didn't fare well either, the background was very nice, but the song was not set in the right picture. Also Germany's snoozefest didn't score well, and again I wasn't surprised.
However, even if she didn't sing very nicely, Norway's 'haba haba' made a shocking failure to place in the finals, and Hungary's power-song ended up far to low for my taste, even if it was kind of a Eurovision cliché and her dress was kinda ugly... Estonia's "Rockefellar Street" a welcome break from the Euro-drama we've heard in all the other songs, placed second to last, a true pitty, for my taste.
From all the top 10 placing songs, i do admit Azerbaijan was the best show and song, since the rest was really bad. I really suspect some maffia activity behind the placing of Italy as runner-up, since it was a pure ear-torture. Raphael was clearly without voice, and resembled from time to time a cat in heat. Sweden's Eric Saade, with his overall nasal vocality, was my pick if i had to choose from the top 3, just because he looks good and the song was kind of catchy, were it in an irritating way tough. Ukraine's Mika Newton also failed to impress me, and her dress looked like she just plucked a chicken before going on stage! Denmark was pretty good, but it's not really my genre of music.
However, it is interesting to see what Azerbaijan will do with Eurovision 2012 so I'm exited nevertheless.
This year the Eurovision shows a low in songs that interest me, however I'd like to give a prediction of the winner using viewing totals from youtube, let's see how the overall favorites are doing. My favorites of these are Hungary, Estonia and Norway. I think the vocal capabilities of Sweden and Norway are dubious, Stella's "Haba Haba" is like the new "Waka Waka" and Eric Saade's "Popular" is an obnoxious ABBAeque-song that however enters your head and seems indelible. Poland's "Jestem" is the usual Polish pop-rock song. Lena's tries to go back to the 60's and should've participated in the Avengers. Dino will do good with the elderly, he kind of remind me of Roger Witthaker. My prediction: anyone of the top 3 youtube hits I think, with special attention to B&H because they always get a lot of political votes.
Norway, Stella Mwangi ± 1 300 000
Bosnia Herzegovina, Dino Merlin ± 1 200 000
Sweden, Eric Saade ± 1 100 000
Poland, Magdalena Tul ± 1 000 000
Germany, Lena ± 950 000
Hungary, Kati Wolf ± 800 000 +
Estonia, Getter Jaani ± 500 000