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Latvia: Laura Rizzotto – Funny Girl

Supernova 2018 has reached its climax, with Laura Rizzotto winning the chance to represent Latvia in Lisbon with the song Funny Girl. Latvia will perform in the second half of semi-final 2. It was all set for Madara to win, but then Laura Rizzotto's Love Injected-influenced staging added a touch of class and more polish to what is just a cabaret song. It will be interesting to see how this works in Lisbon where there won't be any LED screens to divert the audience's attention from how bland Funny Girl is. Maybe Laura will go the full Jessica Rabbit? That…
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Funny Girl could easily fall between the cracks of semi-2 where Latvia is missing its best allies.

User Rating: 2.91 ( 30 votes)

Supernova 2018 has reached its climax, with Laura Rizzotto winning the chance to represent Latvia in Lisbon with the song Funny Girl.

Latvia will perform in the second half of semi-final 2.

It was all set for Madara to win, but then Laura Rizzotto’s Love Injected-influenced staging added a touch of class and more polish to what is just a cabaret song. It will be interesting to see how this works in Lisbon where there won’t be any LED screens to divert the audience’s attention from how bland Funny Girl is. Maybe Laura will go the full Jessica Rabbit?

That might sound unduly harsh, but Funny Girl doesn’t really go anywhere; there is no progression or build and it fails to take viewers on a journey. It is fine to acknowledge the quality of the song and performance, but one has to reconcile its shortcomings when it comes to Eurovision. It sits somewhere between My Turn and I Stand; both entries from the Czech Republic. Laura’s main problem is that she fails to create the big moment of I Stand, so Funny Girl plods along like My Turn, though classier.  There is a fine vocal for jurors to score, yet for viewers it could easily fall between the cracks of semi-2 where Latvia is missing its best allies.

Latvia are borderline for now until we see their Lisbon staging and get the running order. As I’ve said previously, semi-two could be the dirtiest in recent memory and Latvia could fall victim to the odd brown envelope.

  • Great vocal
  • Classy instrumentation
  • Missing voting allies
  • Lacks a big moment/plods along
  • Won’t have LEDs in Lisbon

Will Latvia return to the Eurovision final this year?

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14 comments

  1. Well after a night that has seriously underwhelmed the best is left to last. Some much needed class. Laura’s vocal is really impressive. Not an easy song to deliver but she doesn’t miss a beat. The question is the televote but I would be very surprised if juries don’t see the undoubted quality of the performance.

  2. Gav, you can’t have the steady cam for Michael Schulte as I need it for Funny Girl. Laura knows how to sell a song and a re-creation of the lyric video performance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YLCVG-kg6w (minus the radiators!) would go down nicely in Lisbon.

    As we all know, Latvia has a pig of a semi-final draw, but this classy song and even classier delivery gives them some prospect of qualification – that and the fact that tonight some of the Semi 2 competition has served up pretty poor fare. That said, Laura will be relying on the juries carrying her over the line.

    So, for now, qualification hangs in the balance.

  3. This is the surprise of the night!

    I saw Laura’s semi-final performance and thought she will qualify to the final in May. However, her final performance made me realise how much I underestimated this song – we’re looking at the Top 5 performance as the least.

  4. Top 5? She will be lucky to reach the final.

  5. I like this song. But this can save only the jury … Zero connection with the audience.

  6. Latvia made a huge mistake not sending Esamiba.

    • I too liked Esamiba. It felt authentic rather than the Hi-Hi-Ho-Hilla-Ho-Noo-Nah-Neh fare that normally passes for ethnic folk music at Eurovision. However, the meaning of Funny Girl was clear whereas non-Latvian speakers would have no idea what Esamiba was about, Laura was a stronger singer/performer than Madara, and Esamiba’s staging was rather drab and static. Esamiba reminded me a little bit of Nar Jag Blundaar – Finland’s entry from 2012 – a lovely song which didn’t get out of it’s semi-final.

  7. With a 2nd half draw and so much crap picked in that semi I’m confident this can qualify, actually pleasantly surprised at how good it is, may need a lot of help from the jury as like mentioned above can’t see the public getting it on one listen.

    Also on one listen must say Laura is a freaking good singer, sold that song to me perfectly with her voice, hope they can add to the performance visually though.

  8. Top vocals. Banker not to mess up on the big night. Song oozes a restrained class and will get jury love for sure. Hard to see this not qualifying and doing respectably. Triana Park ghost is finally banished.

  9. Not watched anything from Latvia so came into this cold and it’s really quite good. Great singer, good song and with better presentation can really do something. Missing their baltic mates is not great but looking at that half of the semi this is already much better than Malta, Hungary, Montenegro, Slovenia and with all due respect to Georgia – most likely them too. Top 5 in the semi with juries and I’d guess top ten on the televote too. I have it qualifying and midtable or a little higher in the final.

  10. The jury gave her a lot of praise but even they admitted that song is going nowhere and that it misses umph! She added back vocals for finale and song got little more gravitas (this is semi final video), but yeah… it’s not setting world on fire but it will have a better result than Triana Park. She looks professional and voice is great. Really have to hope that juries award that.

  11. Gav, you put as a negative point that there will no LEDs in Lisbon. In my view this could work to this song’s advantage. Funny Girl requires intimate staging with the focus on Laura. She knows how to act the emotions of the song. My concern with the Supernova performances was that Laura and her team were starting to move in the opposite direction – trying to make the performance bigger with lighting effects and vocal variations – which I think is a mistake in this case. That said, despite being a fan of the song, I can’t disagree with your overall assessment that it is borderline for qualification.

    • No, I think LEDs are the main draw for this song, otherwise it’s a dirge in my humble opinion. She had the slickest staging in the final. Without them, I doubt she should have built the momentum to win.

      • We must agree to differ on that one!. I think she won Supernova not because of the staging , or the song even (Esamiba was of a similar standard), but because she had the best vocal and was by far the most professional performer.

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