jESC 2004: My opinion (Part II)

Hi,

Sometime ago, I made the first part of my opinion post about the jESC 2004, one of my favourite editions ever of the contest. Now it’s time for the second part

By the running order, here are my comments of the last 9 songs:

10: Belarus – Egor Volchek – Spjavatsje sa mnoju

The fairytale world is the main theme of this catchy entry that goes much into the retro sound that reminds us of the 70’s disco music. Much scandal was portrayed by a part of the performance during rehearsals according to sources on that year: the skirts of the dancers were too short. Scandals apart, the song is really a guilty pleasure and the performance was equally one of the kind

11: Croatia – Nika Turković – Hej mali

The first ballad of the edition came with a bang: not only was a very solid and strong poppish one about the love for a boy of her age, but the performance itself was sheer perfection vocally, providing the personality out of the song. She was also a very fashionable girl with her trendy casual look in pink with a trendy hat as well

12: Latvia – Mārtiņš Tālbergs & C-Stones Juniors – Balts vai melns

“Black or white? Good or bad?”, some of the eternal questions on life get their own portrait in this catchy dance entry that relies much on the choreography for the visual performance. Although not bad as a song, the performance didn’t have a suprise factor – they defended it the best their could. Their 2003 entry was miles better and in future time, they’d have some more good to great songs on jESC. In a way, it’s musically the dark horse of Latvia in jESC

13: United Kingdom – Cory Spedding – The best is yet to come

The title was quite prophetic: the best was still yet to come and this piano-pop ballad really points it out, although it’s lyrically different (the theme of the song is “peace in the world”). Convincingly one of the best ballads in that year, if not the best one, with a pure, natural and confident performance by the singer, selling it very well to the audience, confirming the favouritism to win the edition

14: Denmark – Cool Kids – Pigen er min

After a catchy dance entry with ethnic influences in the previous year, a dramatic change of music style was in our way as the country sent the first pure “rap” act ever to appear in the contest. The story of the song concerns two boys that are fighting for the same girl. Usually I don’t really like “rap” music, but this one at least is bearable, although quite average. The performance gave life and coolness to a song that wouldn’t be viewed as something important at first

15: Spain – María Isabel – Antes muerta que sencilla

Make way for the unleashed moment of the year and also of jESC overall: in a NF that we got to know for the first time a singer that would try several times to go to ESC, Mirela, a clever song about someone that prefers to be anything but a common girl as she wants to go anywhere, wild and free, and also have some fun (we could say it’s quite a power-house feminist statement, well intentioned and carefully well done) wins it all. Music-wise, it could be said that it was inspired on some music genres from Spain as flamenco and rumba adding a modern pop touch to it, making it a bombastic combination. Back to the jESC 2004, what could be said about her performance? Sheer genius, from her vocal performance to the choreography done by her and the dancers. In a way, everything just hit the perfect spot

16: Sweden – Limelights Varför jag?

After a bombastic song like the one from Spain, the pace is toned down for a quite swedish schlager-ish ballad about a unhappy person that is considered a “left out” one with the same person not even knowing why of that, which leads to thinking if there’ll ever be a day that something will happen. The nostalgic feeling and the negativism is ever so present in the song that the production makes it all worthwhile to hear and appreciate. The performance by the two girls was consistent, making even wave for a solo end from one of the singers in the duet (one of the few climaxes of the song)

17: Belgium – Free Spirits – Accroche-toi

After the good sucess of last year, it was RTBF‘s turn to choose the belgian entrant (like on ESC, Belgium used both the national channels from the dutch and the french part of the country to choose their representant for a while: a year VRT, a year RTBF and so on…). The formula was once again a rock entry, this time in french and in a more topical matter as the message for the pessimists whose life is not working well is to hold on and make an effort to elevate the hope inside of them. Musically, the song gives a cool vibe that blends well with the lyrics and the performance was as great as expected from the band

18: Romania – Noni Răzvan Ene – Îţi mulţumesc

The last entry of the contest as a stomping power ballad about a ravishing love that the boy has for his mother. The performance could have been a bit over the top, but there’s no denying that Noni could really sing, seemingly giving the performance of a lifetime in ballad terms. All in all, a good song with a well crafted (although sometimes overboard) dramatic performance

The interval act, besides of dancing, was provided by irish boyband Westlife who sang a cover of a Dean Martin song especially made in 1960 for the original movie version of “Ocean’s 11”, “Ain’t that a kick in the head?”, included in their 2004 tribute album for the Rat Pack (a nickname for a group of artists that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., etc…), “…Allow us to be Frank”. Nice touch for a contest of this calibre, altough being quite out of the place

The voting had some unforgettable moments: as posted in the first part of the opinion about jESC 2004, anytime The Netherlands got points, its representants Klaartje & Nicky would say thanks by loudly whistling. Then, we get into a always forgotten trivia as the spokesperson for Spain was the first one in the history of both ESC and jESC to not be a flesh and body person, but rather a puppet: the adorable Lucho, one of the puppets from the famous children TV-show, “Los Lunnis”. He would also become one of the spanish commentators in jESC 2006

In the end, Spain won with a magnificent amount of points: 171, still a jESC record for a winning entry. Besides, it’s still the jESC entry that charted the most outside of its own country, where it became a #1 hit:  it reached the #6 spot in the French Single Charts, while it also reached the top-20 in Switzerland, top-40 in Belgium (Wallonia) and even top-100 in Germany (a country that still hasn’t took part on jESC)

This ends the second part of my opinion about jESC 2004. Here’s the video of the two jESC 2004 interval acts in two parts as a final treat:

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

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