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FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi – Black & White

Black & White, Kaliopi’s song for Baku, was officially unveiled tonight. For me, it’s miles off the required standard and is a song that seems to jump from genre to genre. She sounds like she’s just smoked 40 Cubans. There …

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Bulgaria: Sofi Marinova – Love unlimited

Bulgaria have chosen Sofi Marinova with the song, Love Unlimited to represent them at Eurovision. Add yet another house tune to the list of about seven competing in this year’s contest. If house tunes keep being selected, there’s going to …

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Slovenia: Eva Boto – Verjamem

Slovenia have chosen Eva Boto with ‘Verjamem’ to represent the country at Eurovision 2012. It’s another dramatic song entering the fray, which is a welcome relief from the dance songs. How often can we say that? As for the song… …

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Netherlands: Joan Franka – You and me

[youtube id=”UqlJaubki0o” width=”600″ height=”350″] Joan Franka has won the Dutch selection with the song, You and Me. It’s an American inspired Country song, but the confusing part is why she’s wearing a Native Indian headdress singing a cowboy song? The …

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Ireland: Jedward – Waterline

Jedward will grace Eurovision yet again in Baku with Waterline. As with Lipstick, they rely on backing singers to carry the majority of the vocals. There are a few moments where it gets a bit ropey and there are certainly …

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Austria: Trackshittaz – Woki mit deim Popo

Non-qualifyer. It’s too far in the realms of novelty and that constant monotonous chanting will just turn most televoters off. The juries will detest it too. This is going nowhere. Shit by name, shit by nature. BOOKMARK US!  FOLLOW US! …

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Belarus: Litesound – We Are The Heroes

Belarus have entertained us yet again with yet another song switch! Why do they bother with selection shows? I like this one less than Alena Lanskaya’s ‘All My Life’. Even so, this one does provide some variety to a very …

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Turkey: Can Bonomo – Love me Back

To start, it’s not what I expected. I anticipated a song with a more mainstream sound and western influences, even though I was well aware of Bonomo’s quirky style. I thought we’d get a Dum Tek Tek stomper, but Love …

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Israel: Izabo – Time

Studio version Live Version This is the official Eurovision version of Izabo’s Time. I quite like this. It reminds me of the Flaming Lips with a dash of Arcade Fire. Quite how this will play out on the Eurovision stage …

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