ESC 2014: My opinion about the Final (Part II)

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The second part of my opinion regarding the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 is now here to shine. On my previous post, I started talking about the begining of the show + started to review the songs and its performances during the final one by one. After talking about the first 13 entries, here’s my opinion of the last 13 entries:

14: France – Twin Twin – Moustache

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First up on this post is a catchy electro-dance entry influenced by such artists as Stromae or David Guetta. The song is so fun and hyperactive and their videoclip promised… but, sadly enough, that wasn’t quite translated into the visual performance: it became messy and confusing to watch. And on top of it, the trio’s vocals weren’t consistently good. Overall, a disapointing performance

15: Russia – Tolmachevy Sisters – Shine

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A classy retro ballad is coming up next, sung by a former jESC winning act back in 2006 (first of all, I must say they really look beautiful these days). Despite the not so good reception by the audience during the voting, they undeniably gave a pretty slick and solid performance with a very effective see-saw platform gimmick on their shelf (many think the use of gimmick made the performance pretty confusing. I wouldn’t classify its use as such, though). Overall, a dignified package pretty well sold

16: Italy – Emma Marrone – La mia città

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From ballads to a power rock entry: that’s all on the next performing country. A solid and confident performance (previous performances for this song varied between great to disapointment), eventhough Emma is really out of breath at times (but then again, it’s a pretty demanding entry). It just lacked something extra to stand out visually… and I’m not talking about her fiercy posture (maybe her usual concept of  live performance was one of the reasons for its downfall)

17: Slovenia – Tinkara Kovač – Round and round

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The folk-pop sound is coming up with the next performing country. Tinkara can really sing, that’s a fact, and she wonderfully demonstrated it (afterall, she’s a seasoned singer-songwriter and instrumentalist). Just a pity, though, the stage was a bit empty, especially for a song of its type – simple staged performances can do well in ESC, but they need, at times, something that stands out… and that’s what was missing visually-wise. Still, great use of LED imagery, giving the impression of something grand into the performance

18: Finland – Softengine – Something better

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Here comes the pure rock song of the evening as the next attraction. For such a upcoming young band like them, their performance was utterly powerful and cool in both visual and vocal terms (on the latter, though, it wasn’t pitch perfect) – just the ideal for a song of its kind. Loved the intense light effects on this one – it gives a whole lot of stamina and action throughout the performance (kudos, DR, for the great job)

19: Spain – Ruth Lorenzo – Dancing in the rain

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The romance is on the spolight as the rain is passionately pouring down on this following entry. There’s no doubt Ruth delievered the song’s steaming power and heartfelt emotion into a single power house vocal performance. But the best point of the performance was, though, the wonderful LED imagery reflecting the pouring rain as if it was some kind of hologram – it really looked like it was raining onstage

20: Switzerland – Sebalter – Hunter of stars

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“Entertainment” is the main motto for the next entry, a catchy uptempo folk-rock song. The performance, on the other hand, can really be described by only one word: joy. There’s a sense of sincere and fresh happiness throughout the entire performance that somehow makes a person feel sunny – the singer’s charismatic and dazzling personality even could light up a home by more than 100%. Surely a entertaining performance ending with a blissfull whistling…

21: Hungary – András-Kállay Saunders – Running

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From light to dark, fun to drama: it’s this power pop entry with social conotation lyrics’ time. A superbly defined visual performance with a breathtaking choreography that reflected the integrity of the lyrically defined and challenging social issues – building, building and buliding up in a dazzling crescendo up to its suspenseful climax at the end of the performance. In vocal terms, he gave a pretty competent delivery (eventhough they were a bit far from being perfect)

22: Malta – Firelight – Coming home

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More folk-rock tunes are coming into this ESC‘s edition as we’re about to get on the road with this following song. The visual performance may be a bit static or too simple, but it normally works well for a song of its type (as said before: simple stagings can work if well done). Regarding the vocal aspects, some members did a great job, but some others didn’t. At least, the harmony was not badly given at all

23: Denmark – Basim – Cliché love song

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Love and clichés aside, here comes the host entry: a R’n’B flavoured pop entry at the likes of Bruno Mars, amongst other influences. Basim might not have been as vocally secure as many of the performers in the final (some fragility right there and then), but it’s all compensated with a visual scenery and choreography full of effervescent swag and youthful vigour that doesn’t get unnoticed just like that

24: The Netherlands – The Common Linnets – Calm after the storm

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From frenzy to serenity, it’s this next country’s contribution – a contemporary/modern take on country music. Maybe one of the songs that grew on me the most thanks to its performance: the dutch delegation + DR surely knew how to capture the entry’s essence in terms of camerawork. On top of it, their intense chemistry lifted the song to higher grounds (sheer work of art in every possible aspect of the performance)

25: San Marino – Valentina Monetta – Maybe

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A classic pop ballad by normal ESC standards is coming our way, all courtesy of the second debuting country into the final (NOTE: the composer of the entry, Ralph Siegel, can be seen playing the piano – a similiar thing happened back in ESC 1980 when he accompained Katja Ebstein on the stage by playing the same instrument). The performance itself is nothing out of this world (great use of the stage replicating a shell combined with the LED imagery of water below it), but she did kept it simple and composed – just about right for both the song and her vocals to shine

26: United Kingdom – Molly – Children of the universe

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And finally, the 26th and last entry  something different and vibrant to finish the presentation of the songs in style: power indie-pop entry. The song was truly electrifiying… and yet, the performance was a true letdown. Nothing wrong with Molly‘s good vocals, but… it lacked something to stand out in visual terms: as it was presented, the feeling it gave me was that it was too static beyond words (it didn’t even help the fact that Molly looked a bit stiff throughout the performance). By the way, I thought her dress was fiercly fierce

After the songs have been performed, several interval acts were done between the time when the televoting lines were open and the time before going to the results presentation. The 1st interval act were the presenters themselvers singing a especially made song for the occasion about ESC… with references to China (that has been transmitting ESC since last year) as well

The televoting lines were closed and the final interval act appeared on the stage: Emmelie de Forest, previous edition’s ESC winner, sings the tribal-like pop entry “Rainmaker” – the official ESC 2014 theme. The best of the performance was, of course, the 26 finalists appearing on the stage singing the song (this wasn’t the first time that the participants do get a chance to be on the spotlight for a second time during the interval act, though: something similar had already happened in 1979 during the “Shalom’ 79” act – the difference being that the 19 participants at the time didn’t sing in it)

There were a couple of suprises this year as well. In a edition where there was more than one favourite to win (Armenia and Sweden were some of the favourites in the pre-ESC 2014 week, but during the ESC nights, The Netherlands and Austria had gone up several notches), Austria emerged victorious with 290 points. On the other hand, one of the big pre-favourites, United Kingdom, fell down to a disapointing 17th place. Noting that Azerbaijan got their worst placing ever in ESC by being out of the top-10 (actually, they got a bottom-5 (22nd place out of 26) and France has become the last placed entry for the very first time

Next year, we’ll go to either Vienna, Innsbruck or Graz (these are the cities still fighting to host the event, eventhough the country has hosted the contest in Vienna (1967) and, according to the latest news, is a perenial favourite to host ESC 2015. We never know, though, what will actually happen). Until then, I hope next year’s ESC will be as wonderful as this one was. And hoping Portugal has a more competitive entry… one that not only assures us of a qualification to the final, but also fights out for a top-10 (the last one we got on a final was in 1996, the year we got our best placing ever: 6th place) – if they decide to participate again

A last treat – the reprise performance of the ESC 2014 winner (as seen by Das Erste (ARD – Germany):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

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