Russia has also jumped on the retro bandwagon with the internet celebrity Peter Nalitch and his “friends” representing Russia in Oslo with the song Lost & Forgotten. The song could best be described as fulfilling every single cliché that most of the Western world would have of a Russian Eurovision entry.*
* despite the fact that Russia has pretty much avoided musical cliché since 2000.
With hope this dross will be lost and forgotten.
Meanwhile, Moldova’s entry Run Away recycles a song title from 2002’s Estonian/Swedish entry and song and performance from Romania’s 2005 & 2006 entries, or Iceland’s 2008 entry. Take your pick, but the entry recalls so much from earlier Eurovision contests that it’s actually kind of…original.
The Moldovans’ neighbours, Romania also raid the Eurovision cupboard and come up with a catchy fusion of Slovenia’s 2001 entry, the UK’s 1977 entry, and well…their own 2005 entry. The end result is Playing with Fire, which pretty much outdoes the Moldovan entry at its own game. (It also is the first Romanian entry that I really like.)
The Slovaks have shockingly gone upbeat, which they have never properly done before on the Eurosong Stage. It may be original to them, but I keep expecting Kristina and her male dancers to break out whips and do a jig like Ruslana did.
Latvia goes for avant-garde theatrical staging to a song which would certainly fit in any midlevel theatre festival. In other words, they took the mind-numbingly dull Polish ballads from 2008-09 and added the staging from Macedonia 2004 or Bosnia-Herzegovina 2006. What for? is a misstep after last year’s pleasantly manic Latvian entry.
Portugal goes for a power ballad, a formula which has never really hurt them recently (2008, 2009), and Há dias assim does sound like the Portuguese version of Poland’s spectacular 1994 debut or Switzerland’s 1988 win.
I don’t quite know what to make out Lithuania’s entry East European Funk, it’s more ska than funk, with a sly political edge to it. It’s almost like a mature version of the Lithuanian 2006 entry, or a defanged version of the brilliant-but-banned Georgia 2009 (which actually has a funk beat in it).
Really holding out hope for the UK now.