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Funny Girl could easily fall between the cracks of semi-2 where Latvia is missing its best allies.
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
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